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Travel restrictions for remote areas commence tonight

The Australian Government is working in close collaboration with State and Territory Governments to help save Australian lives by stopping the spread of COVID-19.   Following agreement from the National Cabinet, the movement into certain remote areas is being restricted to protect some of our most vulnerable Australians.   From 11:59pm Thursday 26 March 2020,…


Government backs remote communities with COVID-19 support

The Australian Government is offering 45 flexible grants to help 110 remote communities across Australia protect themselves against COVID-19.   The grants are available as part of the Government’s $57.8 million Remote Community Preparedness and Retrieval package.   Minister for Health, Greg Hunt, said the Government was focused on ensuring remote Indigenous communities were prepared…


Training to help nurses re-enter the health workforce

The Australian Government will provide funding for registered nurses to undertake online education to enable them to re-enter the clinical workforce and assist with the national response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Despite swift action by Australian governments, the number of COVID-19 cases will continue to grow. It is likely that unprecedented demand for health care…


Expansion of telehealth services

We thank and acknowledge all of Australia’s vital health care workers for their ongoing commitment and dedication to providing Australians with the health care they need during this unprecedented time. The Government has been consulting extensively with the AMA, RACGP, ACCRM, RDAA, and other key peak bodies and members of the medical profession and health…


$2.6 million for coronavirus research, including a new simpler Australian pathology test

The Australian Government is investing more than $2.6 million in cutting-edge diagnostics research at the Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity, to tackle the evolving novel coronavirus health emergency. The funding, from the Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF), will be used to help maximise Australia’s capacity to test patients for the coronavirus. Four projects…


Fast-tracking research into treatments for COVID-19

The Australian Government will provide $13 million to fast-track research into treatments for the novel coronavirus, COVID-19.   The funding from the Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) aims to support rapid development of safe and effective treatment options for COVID-19, and will be awarded via two open competitive grant opportunities:   $8 million to identify…


Transcript – Today Show Interview with Karl Stefanovic & Allison Langdon

E&OE…                       Topics: Update on Government’s coronavirus measures; measures to prevent medicine hoarding; border closure; social distancing   KARL STEFANOVIC: Pharmacies across the country are facing serious shortages this morning as panic shoppers stock up on vital medicines like paracetamol and Ventolin.   ALLISON LANGDON: The madness is prompting the Government to impose restrictions on…


Transcript – Triple M Melbourne Hot Breakfast – Interview with Eddie McGuire & Luke Darcy

E&OE…                       Topics: update on government’s response to Coronavirus; Chief Medical Officer; measures to restrict medicine hoarding; schools; AFL; medical technology   LUKE DARCY: The Federal Health Minister has been good enough to dial in right now, Greg Hunt joins us on Triple M’s Hot Breakfast.   Minister, thanks for your time this morning.  …