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…

$10,000 for Men’s Sheds on the Mornington Peninsula

The Australian Government is continuing to support the health and wellbeing of men on the Mornington Peninsula through two grants under the 20th funding round of the National Shed Development Programme. The Safety Beach Dromana Men’s Shed and the Western Port Men’s Shed will share in $10,686 worth of funding for projects including the installation…

$500,000 investment in Men’s Sheds across Australia

121 Men’s Sheds across Australia will share in $500,000 in the latest funding round of the National Shed Development Programme, thanks to the Morrison Government. Men’s Sheds help men find social support, while being engaged in meaningful community projects. The Government is committed to supporting Men’s Sheds and encouraging men to meet regularly, support each…

$27 million to boost research in preventive and public health

The Morrison Government continues to invest in vital research to help promote better health and prevent people from getting ill. Our Government is investing $27 million in 22 preventive and public health projects through the landmark $20 billion Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF). This funding will enable research teams across Australia to look at new…

Centrelink Mornington to remain open until 2021

The Mornington Service Centre in Main Street will remain open until March 2021.   Federal Member for Flinders, the Hon. Greg Hunt MP, said he was pleased that Services Australia has announced the Service Centre would remain open to support locals through COVID-19.   “Many Australians are doing it tough right now, and locals on…

Transcript – Doorstop – Melbourne

E&OE…                       Topics: COVID-19 response update; ADF Deployment; PPE; Aged care support update; Wangaratta Hospital; St Basil’s in Fawkner; Contingency reserve, Delivery of test results; Isolating after test; Budget outlook; Partner rules for women giving birth.   GREG HUNT: Thank-you everybody and welcome here today, I’m joined by Professor Alison McMillan, The Chief Nursing and…