Professor Julie Quinlivan to head Professional Services Review

Professor Julie Quinlivan has been appointed as the Director of the Professional Services Review (PSR). Professor Quinlivan’s three-year term as Director begins on 13 February 2017. Professor Quinlivan brings a wealth of experience as a practicing medical professional as well as expertise in executive management roles dealing with complex technical, policy and legal issues. The…

Statement on Mr Ben McDevitt

The Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA), Mr Ben McDevitt AM APM, has advised the Government that he has decided to step down as head of ASADA, from 5 May 2017. Mr McDevitt was appointed head of ASADA in May 2014 following a distinguished 30 year career in various national and…

Ovarian cancer event, Canberra

GREG HUNT: Thanks very much to Paula, to Jane, to the incredibly courageous Trudy, and to people from all walks of life here. To my colleagues Kelly and Michaelia and Nola and Ken. To the Leader of the Opposition, to Bill and his team, to Tanya and Catherine and others. I think that we’ve drawn…

Child dental benefit cap to be $1000

The Turnbull Government is increasing the rebate available under the Child Dental Benefit Scheme (CDBS) to $1000 per child for treatment over a two year period. We are committed to ensuring that kids right across Australia – both in cities and remote areas – have access to the dentist when they need it. Under the…

Remarks at cystic fibrosis rally in Canberra

GREG HUNT: To Nettie and to everybody with Cystic Fibrosis Australia, thank you for having me here today and thank you for the fight and commitment that you’ve made to your family members and your friends. This is what life is about, and I’m really delighted to be here with Sarah Henderson, who as the…

Sky News interview with David Speers

E&OE… Topics: Long-term national health plan; cystic fibrosis drug; Medicare; Cory Bernardi DAVID SPEERS: Minister for Health and Sport, Greg Hunt, who is with me now. Thank you very much for joining us and congratulations. GREG HUNT: And good afternoon to you. DAVID SPEERS: We haven’t spoken since your appointment in that role. Let me…

Major suicide prevention trial extended to four more regions

Four more regions across Australia with higher than average suicide rates will be the latest communities to take part in a $46 million trial aimed at delivering better mental health services. The Suicide Prevention Trial Sites will be established in Darwin, Central Queensland, Western New South Wales and Mid-West Western Australia. Each year over 3000…

ABC 7.30 interview with Leigh Sales

E&OE… Topics: Suicide prevention trial extended to four regions; Medicare; Cory Bernardi LEIGH SALES: With me now from Canberra is the federal Health Minister Greg Hunt. Do you reckon minister you would be able to find some time and head up there and meet with that dad and go for a drive with him and…

3AW Talking Health interview with Sally Cockburn

E&OE… Topics: Launch of the Turnbull Government’s $125 million NHMRC funding into medical research SALLY COCKBURN: Welcome and congratulations on your new portfolio. You were previously the Environment Minister and now you’re looking after Health. We love it. GREG HUNT: Look, it’s an incredible portfolio. And over the last six months I also had responsibility…