Transcript – Melbourne doorstop

E&OE… Topics: Media reports on after-hours care; same sex marriage; Bairnsdale ulcer GREG HUNT: I am deeply concerned by reports today about potential substandard quality and potentially inappropriate Medicare billing claims under the after-hours service. I have instructed the Department of Health’s Medicare integrity division to begin an investigation immediately. I’ve just been informed that…

More support for people with an eating disorder

The Turnbull Government is providing almost $3 million for more support and better treatment for people suffering from eating disorders. Eating disorders not only affect an individual’s relationship with food, but also body image, confidence, mental health, and overall health. They are among the most debilitating of mental health conditions and the impact on families…

World-leading children’s cancer initiative kicks off

The fight to find a cure for many terrible childhood cancers has been boosted with the start of ground-breaking clinical trials, backed by $20 million from the Turnbull Government. Zero Childhood Cancer is a world-leading initiative, bringing together a national network of hospitals, research centres and clinicians across Australia. The Australia wide clinical trial will…

Transcript – Press Conference Sydney

E&OE… Topics: Launch of Zero Childhood Cancer Initiative, mental health GREG HUNT: Thanks very much to Michael. What an amazing institution we have here and what an incredible group of people. To Brad Hazzard, my state colleague, on which there couldn’t be a stronger unity of purpose, not just between us and New South Wales,…

Transcript – Mt Martha doorstop

E&OE… Topics: Private health insurance; London terror attack GREG HUNT: The Coalition is focussed on taking the pressure off private health insurance customers. Private health is fundamental to choice, it’s fundamental to the ability of Australians to have peace of mind. Our task and our commitment is to work towards strong downward pressure on the…

Turnbull Government strengthens No Jab, No Pay

The Turnbull Government is taking action to encourage even more parents to meet immunisation requirements for their children. Under legislation being introduced today, parents’ fortnightly Family Tax Benefit Part A payments will be reduced by about $28 per fortnight for each child who does not meet the immunisation requirements. From 1 July 2018, this will…

Transcript – Canberra doorstop

E&OE… Topics: Launch of the Royal Life Saving National Drowning Report 2017 GREG HUNT: The National Drowning Report shows that our drowning deaths in Australia have sadly gone up by nine in this year to 291. One life lost is too many, 291 is a national tragedy. We have a very extensive national water safety…

Transcript – Sky News interview with David Speers

E&OE… Topics: National Drowning Report 2017; private health insurance reform; Labor’s reckless energy policies DAVID SPEERS: Greg Hunt, thank you for your time. GREG HUNT: Good afternoon David. DAVID SPEERS: And I know you did pay a special tribute to Shaun Oliver earlier in the day when you were announcing these figures. So to go…

Medical technology investment to improve lives

The Turnbull Government will fund three medical breakthroughs to help people with severe disabilities walk again and support thousands of Australians facing crippling chronic back pain. A total of $13.3 million will be invested into high potential Australian innovations from the $500 million Biomedical Translation Fund (BTF) – a key initiative of the Turnbull Government’s…

Marking World Suicide Prevention Day

Today is World Suicide Prevention Day and this year’s theme, “Take a Minute, Change a Life”, captures the idea that each of us has a role to play in suicide prevention. The same concept lies behind R U OK? Day, which will be marked next Thursday. Just a simple, sincere question can show a distressed…