Private health insurance simpler and cheaper for everyday Australians

New rules announced today will make private health insurance easier to understand and help Australians choose the cover that best suits them and their families from 1 April, 2019.   The rules establish easy to understand clinical categories and a Gold, Silver, Bronze and Basic classification system.   This is a no surprises approach that…

Investing in the next generation of student leaders

Federal Member for Flinders, the Hon. Greg Hunt MP, has encouraged students, researchers and professionals in the community to apply for a share of up to $119 million in funding as part of the Morrison Government’s new Endeavour Leadership Program.   Mr Hunt said applications for the program were now open and will close on…

Strong Government support for mesh implant recommendations

The Australian Government will take sweeping steps to deal with the adverse effects of transvaginal mesh implants in its response to the Senate Inquiry.   The inquiry raised awareness about serious and longstanding impacts reported by some women following mesh-related procedures.   I acknowledge the strength of the women who spoke at the public hearings,…

Applications open for Parliament’s My First Speech Competition

Schools and individual students from the Flinders electorate are invited to participate in the Parliament of Australia’s ‘My First Speech’ Competition.   Students in years 10-12, as well as their schools, are tasked with writing a 3 minute speech about issues they are passionate about then record themselves presenting the speech on video.   Winners…

Daryl Somers to join Greg Hunt’s Walk for Autism Launch

Australian television icon Daryl Somers will join Greg Hunt MP to launch the Minister’s 2018 500km Walk for Autism later this month.   Minister Hunt will be joined by Mr Somers, members of the Abacus Learning Centre, the Light up Autism Foundation and the local community, to begin the walk from Arthurs Seat Summit on…

New Productivity Commission Inquiry to shine a light on mental health

The Morrison Government will establish a Productivity Commission Inquiry into the role of mental health in the Australian economy and the best ways to support and improve national mental wellbeing.   Mental health challenges not only have a devastating personal impact, but significantly affect individuals’ employment and productivity. This has an effect on incomes, living…

Fostering Integration Grants to Help Migrants Succeed

Federal Member for Flinders, the Hon. Greg Hunt MP says not-for-profit organisations around the Flinders electorate can now apply for $5 million worth of grants to help migrants better integrate into Australian life.   The Commonwealth Government’s Fostering Integration Grant Program will support the delivery of one-off projects and new or expanded initiatives that encourage…

Thousands to benefit from spinal arthritis medication listing on PBS

The Morrison Government will make a medication for severe inflammatory spinal arthritis more affordable when it is listed on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS), saving patients more than $15,000 a year. Almost 4,000 patients who suffer from active non-radiographic axial spondyloarthritis will benefit when Simponi® (Golimumab) becomes available on the PBS on December 1. Patients…

Australia’s health advances highlighted at G20 meeting

Australia’s efforts to tackle multi-drug resistant tuberculosis, our landmark investment in genomics and a locally-led universal cancer database will be highlighted at the G20 Health Ministers’ Meeting in Argentina.   This is the second year a health ministers’ meeting has been held to advance international cooperation in health care. An Australian delegation will attend on…