Media Releases

Black Spot Program funds to improve safety on the Mornington Peninsula

Residents on the Mornington Peninsula received a major road safety boost today with the Australian Government announcing it will invest $4.9 million towards improving local roads under the 2020–21 Black Spot Program.   The Program will fund six projects across the Peninsula, helping to improve safety in towns such as Shoreham, Tuerong, Bittern, Dromana and…

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…

Additional COVID-19 Mental Health Support

The Australian Government will provide 10 additional Medicare subsidised psychological therapy sessions for people subjected to further restrictions in areas impacted by the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. Mental health and suicide prevention remains one of our Government’s highest priorities, and this Government recognises the mental health impact the COVID-19 pandemic is having on…

New AMA leadership team elected at 2020 AMA National Conference

The Australian Medical Association (AMA) has announced its new president, Dr Omar Khorshid, following Dr Tony Bartone’s two year tenure coming to an end. Dr Khorshid is an orthopaedic surgeon from Perth and a former AMA WA President and current AMA Federal Councillor. Supporting Dr Khorshid, will be by the new Federal Vice-President Dr Chris…

New operating theatres open at Mater Private Hospital, Townsville

Residents of Townsville and the greater North Queensland region will benefit from new, state of the art operating theatres at the Mater Private Hospital’s Pimlico campus.   The new digital operating theatres, officially opened today, are part of the Mercy Centre, the centrepiece of the $50 million redevelopment of the Pimlico facility.   The Australian…

Greater virus protection for aged care workers

Protection from COVID-19 for aged care staff and residents in Victoria will be increased, with reusable face shields and additional face masks being supplied from the National Medical Stockpile to help prevent the spread of the virus.   The Australian Government will:   Supply 500,000 reusable face shields to all residential aged care services across…

Transcript – Sky News interview with Peter Stefanovic

E&OE…                       Topics: Potential for Stage 4 restrictions in Victoria; Peak numbers; Aged care outbreaks in Victoria; Paid pandemic leave; Black Lives Matter Protest in Sydney today.   PETER STEFANOVIC: Well, joining me live now is the Health Minister Greg Hunt. Minister, good morning, good to see you. Thanks so much for joining us.  …

World Hepatitis Day: Australia on track to eliminate hepatitis C

On World Hepatitis Day, Australia remains on track to eliminate hepatitis C as a public health threat by 2030. The Morrison Government is investing more than $45 million in five National Blood Borne Viruses and Sexually Transmissible Infections strategies–including hepatitis B and C–to save lives and protect lives. Hepatitis is preventable, treatable, and in the…

Statement – Vale Dr Harry Nespolon

On behalf of the Australian Government, I extend my deepest condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of Dr Harry Nespolon, who passed away on Sunday night.   As President of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners for the past two years, Dr Nespolon worked very closely with myself and the Government.   He…