Media Releases

Get the Facts about Immunisation

The Morrison Government will target parents across the country with a powerful message around the need to vaccinate their children, with an enhanced $12 million campaign rolling out this week.   Areas of low vaccination rates in one, two and five year olds will be micro targeted in every state and territory under the fourth…

$22.3 million funding support for health and medical research

The Morrison Government is providing unprecedented funding to help our best and brightest health and medical researchers translate their ideas into new treatments and breakthrough cures for patients. The four-year, $22.3 million Biomedical Translation Bridge (BTB) funding program will be open for applications from Australian health and medical research innovators from 17 February 2020. SMEs…

Safer Internet Day 2020 – Starting the chat for online safety

Federal Member for Flinders, the Hon. Greg Hunt MP, is encouraging locals on the Mornington Peninsula to join more than 1,000 schools and organisations around Australia in raising awareness about online safety, particularly among our youngest Australians as part of Safer Internet Day.   This year’s theme is ‘start the chat’, with leaders from business,…

Australia to host world leaders at Innovation Summit

Australia will host the Global Federation of Competitiveness Councils’ (GFCC) Global Innovation Summit (the Summit) in Melbourne on 18 and 19 November 2020.   The Summit will bring together leaders and innovative thinkers from numerous countries, and across the business, industry, academia and government sectors.   Humanity, Technology and Health Frontiers will be the focus…

Update on assisted departure of Australians from Hubei Province

Australian citizens and permanent residents aboard Australia’s second assisted departure flight out of Wuhan, China, will spend 14 days in quarantine in the Howard Springs Accommodation Facility on the outskirts of Darwin.   The flight is currently expected to arrive in Darwin on Saturday.   With the primary quarantine facility on Christmas Island now at…

$5.5 million for international research collaboration in human health

The Morrison Government is investing $5.5 million in ten ground-breaking medical research projects aimed at improving outcomes in mental health, dementia, aged care, cerebral palsy, diabetes and many more life-changing conditions.   The Government’s funding contribution is part of the National Health and Medical Research Council’s commitment to international collaboration, and supports research grants awarded…

Australian confirmed cases of novel coronavirus on cruise vessel

Thirteen cases of novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) have been confirmed in Australia – the latest being an eight-year-old boy from Wuhan in China.   Importantly, of the 13 patients, three have recovered from the virus, and the others are understood to be in a stable condition.   A further two Australians on board a cruise ship…

$32 million to turn more research ideas into reality

Australia’s world leading health and medical researchers will have a greater chance of discovering new ways to prevent, diagnose, and treat disease, thanks to a new grant from the Morrison Government.   The $32 million investment – through the Researcher Exchange and Development within Industry (REDI) initiative – will boost Australia’s success in turning innovative…

Press Conference – Parliament House – Canberra

E&OE…                       Topics: Coronavirus update.   GREG HUNT: Good afternoon, everyone.   I’m joined by Professor Paul Kelly, the Deputy Chief Medical Officer, who is also a leading Australian epidemiologist.   So a specialist in contagious diseases. I want to begin by updating the figures on both the global and the Australian confirmed cases of…

58,000 type 1 diabetics to have free access to new glucose monitoring device

Australians with type one diabetes will soon have free access to the FreeStyle Libre flash glucose monitoring system, thanks to the Morrison Government’s $300 million Continuous Glucose Monitoring (CGM) Initiative.   The FreeStyle Libre glucose monitoring device measures glucose levels without the use of lancets, test strips and blood.   A sensor worn on the…