Turnbull Government supports female sporting leaders

The Turnbull Government is backing the next generation of female leaders in sport with the launch of a new initiative aimed at encouraging more participation throughout Australia and a greater representation at the elite level. Minister for Sport, Greg Hunt, and Minister for Women, Michaelia Cash, today marked International Women’s Day by naming 18 successful…

First licence granted for commercially grown medicinal cannabis in Australia

Access to medicinal cannabis has taken another major step forward today with first licence being granted for an Australian company to grow and harvest medicinal cannabis. This major development will lead to improved access to domestically produced medicinal cannabis products for Australian patients. The Department of Health’s Office of Drug Control has issued the licence…

RN Drive interview with Patricia Karvelas

E&OE… Topics: Medicare; mental health; importance of vaccinations; ‘No Jab, No Pay’; One Nation; My Health Records PATRICIA KARVELAS: Greg Hunt is the Health Minister, welcome back to RN Drive. GREG HUNT: And good afternoon Patricia. PATRICIA KARVELAS: Do you think Pauline Hanson should retract her comments on immunisation? GREG HUNT: Look, I do think…

Nominations now open for Commonwealth Games baton bearers

As the countdown to the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games (GC2018) continues, the Turnbull Government is delighted to announce that nominations for baton bearers are now open. GC2018 will be a celebration of sport, art and culture, showcasing the Gold Coast and Australia to the world. The journey of the Queen’s Baton Relay leading into…

Protecting Australians from influenza in 2017

The Australian Government has secured a supply of new vaccines which protect against four strains of influenza virus for the 2017 season. The new vaccines will be made available free of charge from mid-April to at-risk groups through the National Immunisation Program (NIP) and will also be available on the private market. The 2017 quadrivalent…

Providing certainty and funding for alcohol and drug treatment services

The Turnbull Government will continue to support drug and alcohol treatment services across Australia with funding of more than $75 million a year. Across Australia, around 150 groups that provide direct drug and alcohol treatment and support services will be given guaranteed funding for another two years until 30 June 2019. This includes services such…

Thousands support Gift of Life DonateLife Walk

Minister for Health and Sport, Greg Hunt, and Minister for Aged Care and Minister for Indigenous Health , Ken Wyatt, today joined thousands of Canberra residents to show their support for organ and tissue donation by participating in the annual Gift of Life Walk around Lake Burley Griffin in Canberra. Minister Hunt and Minister Wyatt…

Suicide prevention support for Grafton community

Grafton will be the first location in Australia to get one of ten new headspace youth mental health services, providing an increase in support available to young people and their families during times of need. Health Minister Greg Hunt and Federal Member for Page, Kevin Hogan, were joined by headspace’s CEO Jason Trethowan and Professor…