Interview with David Koch – Sunrise

E&OE…                        Topics: 2018 influenza vaccines now available DAVID KOCH: Flu season’s approaching and this year is predicted to be a bad one. Influenza claimed 1100 lives in 2017 and more than 250,000 Aussies tested positive for the virus. So, the Federal Government is stepping…

Interview with Ray Hadley – 2GB Mornings

E&OE…                        Topics: GP management plans RAY HADLEY: The Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt’s on the line. Minister, good morning. GREG HUNT:           Good morning, Ray. RAY HADLEY: Am I right about all of this? Because it came as- when the lady…

Doorstop – Melbourne

E&OE…                        Topics: Greens’ proposal to legalise cannabis GREG HUNT: The Greens’ proposal for open slather on marijuana is dangerous and medically irresponsible. We know from bodies such as the AMA, the Royal College of Psychiatrists in the UK, from Mental Health Australia, from SANE…

Interview with Allison Langdon – Weekend Today

E&OE…                        Topics: Keytruda® listed on the PBS for Hodgkin’s lymphoma; National Health Reform Agreement; Syria ALLISON LANGDON: A lifesaving cancer treatment that costs over $200,000 is about to get a whole lot more affordable. From next month patients fighting Hodgkin’s lymphoma will pay less…

Doorstop – Sydney

E&OE…                        Topics: ACT and South Australia agreeing to sign the National Health Reform Agreement; medicinal cannabis; mandatory reporting; endometriosis GREG HUNT: I’m delighted with the outcomes of today’s COAG health minister’s meeting. Perhaps most significantly, South Australia and the ACT have agreed to sign…

Investing in better Parkinson’s disease management

Marking World Parkinson’s Day, the Turnbull Government’s Biomedical Translation Fund (BTF), is investing $7.75 million to help Global Kinetics Corporation continue to develop their world leading technology to help Parkinson’s sufferers self-manage their disease and therapy requirements.  The technology, the Parkinson’s KinetiGraph (PKG), is a wrist worn device that monitors symptoms and provides clinical reports…

More funding for Men’s Sheds across Australia

The Turnbull Government is providing funding to 90 Men’s Sheds across the country to support the mental health and overall wellbeing of Australian men. Men’s Sheds will receive grants totalling $395,000 under round 16 of the National Shed Development Programme to help them buy tools, maintain sheds and host community activities focused on men’s health…

Increased payments lock in record Commonwealth funding for hospitals

The Turnbull Government will make an increased payment of $547 million to the states and territories for public hospital activity in 2015-16, following the final reports by independent hospital pricing and funding agencies.  Commonwealth payments will now total $17.4 billion in 2015-16 and reflect the actual public hospital services delivered, after errors were found in…

Labor’s latest attack on pensioners and private health insurance

Labor has revealed an alarming new plan to drastically increase private health insurance premiums for millions of pensioners and families, many on low incomes. Shadow Health Spokesperson Catherine King confirmed Labor’s plan to completely remove the private health insurance rebate on all low cost policies.  This plan will drive up the cost of premiums for…