Transcript – Sky News interview with Kieran Gilbert

E&OE…                       Topics: COVID-19 vaccine; Inquiry into the Ruby Princess outbreak; Aged care Royal Commission; REFF in Victoria; State border closures; Rise in immunisation rates.   KIERAN GILBERT: Let’s go live now to the Health Minister Greg Hunt who joins us via Zoom. He’s still in quarantine ahead of Parliament sitting. Minister, thank you very…

Essential childhood immunisation reaches record new high

Australia’s childhood immunisation rates have risen to record levels, with coverage for all five year olds now at 94.77 per cent.   Immunisation rates for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children have increased even more.   All six categories made positive gains, with coverage for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children at five years 96.90…

Red Nose Day working towards saving little lives

Today is Red Nose Day, a day to remember loss and to spread the message to future mothers that the risk of stillbirth and neonatal death can be reduced.   While there has been a reduction in SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome) in Australia, almost 3,000 young babies still die suddenly and unexpectedly each year.…

Application process open for $45 million for regional cancer centres

Public and private service providers are invited to apply for grants totalling $45.5 million, to develop regional radiation treatment centres for local cancer patients in ten regions across four states.   The Australian Government is providing the funding to improve access to radiation therapy for thousands of cancer patients in rural and regional areas of…

Transcript – Doorstop – Canberra

E&OE…                       Topics: Update on the COVID-19 response in Australia; Flattening the curve; Aged Care; Language translation; ADF Deployment; Vic State Control Centre meeting on 27 March.   GREG HUNT: We know at a time when the world has past 20.5 million cases and very sadly, agonisingly, almost three-quarters of a million people have officially…

Further mental health support for Victorians during COVID-19 pandemic

The Australian Government is providing an additional $12 million to ensure people in Victoria can access 24/7 mental health support through digital and telephone counselling services during this difficult time.   Our Government recognises the mental health impact the COVID-19 pandemic is having on individuals and communities, particularly those in Victoria, where regrettable but necessary…

Transcript – Doorstop – Melbourne

E&OE…                       Topics: New mental health support package; Aged care patients and workers in Australia; National database agreement; St Basils reopening; Mystery cases in Vic; Vic MPs returning to Parliament.   GREG HUNT: Thank you very much to everybody for joining us today.   This is a day when so many Victorians will be feeling…

Transcript – Sunrise interview with Natalie Barr

E&OE…                       Topics: Reported estimated cases numbers in Victoria; Food distribution; QLD border closure; False details for the COVID-Safe register in NSW.   NATALIE BARR: Live now to the Minister Greg Hunt. Good morning to you.   GREG HUNT: Good morning Nat.   NATALIE BARR: First to those dire predictions that the case numbers in…

Transcript – Doorstop – Melbourne

E&OE… Topics: Increased COVID-19 restrictions in Victoria and in New South Wales, Aged Care, Contact tracing, PPE. GREG HUNT: Today is one of the hardest days in Victoria’s history. In terms of health for the families that have been affected, with the lives of their loved ones, or those that have been infected. In terms…