Doorstop – Canberra

E&OE…                        Topics: Apology to the Katherine Mayor   GREG HUNT: Good morning. I just want to address some comments in the papers last night.  In December, I met with a delegation from Katherine.  During the course of the conversation, I used strong language.  I have…

Locals reflect on history this National Reconciliation Week

Residents from all around the electorate of Flinders are being encouraged to learn more about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history this National Reconciliation Week and embrace the 2018 theme Don’t Make History a Mystery: Learn. Share. Grow. To commemorate National Reconciliation Week 2018, the Coalition Government is investing $3.6 million into Reconciliation Australia to…

Funding for research to prevent anxiety and depression

The Turnbull Government has launched a new research hub focused on preventing anxiety and depression. The Prevention Hub is benefiting from $5 million in Government funding. It is collaboration between the Black Dog Institute and Everymind and brings together research, clinical education and policy experts to work on prevention strategies. The Hub will implement and…

Doorstop – Melbourne

E&OE…              Topics; The listing of new medicines on the PBS for Australian patients  GREG HUNT: Look, thank you everybody for joining us today at this magnificent Monash Health Centre.  This centre is about saving lives and protecting lives and the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme is about saving lives and protecting…

Interview with Leon Byner – 5AA

E&OE…                        Topics: More medicines added to the PBS; Newspoll; by-elections; company tax cuts; reducing medical costs LEON BYNER: Greg, good morning and thanks for joining us.  GREG HUNT: Good morning, Leon.  LEON BYNER: Tell us about this COPD treatment. GREG HUNT: So, COPD is…

New medicine to improve the lives of more than half a million Aussies

More than half a million Australians with severe breathing difficulties from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) are set for a boost with the listing of a new medicine which significantly improves their lung capacity.   COPD is a progressive disease which causes shortness of breath, coughing and excess mucus production. Patients describe their daily battle as…

Funding to combat Human T-cell Lymphotropic Virus-1 and emerging communicable diseases in remote communities

The Turnbull Government will provide $8 million to form a taskforce, in collaboration with the states and territories, to combat emerging communicable diseases in remote communities including Human T-cell Lymphotropic Virus-1 (HTLV-1). Led by the Commonwealth’s Chief Medical Officer, Professor Brendan Murphy, the taskforce will bring together Aboriginal communities, relevant health providers, researchers, clinicians and…

Interview with Bridget Brennan – ABC Radio AM

E&OE…                        Topics: Announcement of a taskforce to tackle HTLV-1in remote communities.  SABRA LANE: As AM reported last month, the blood-borne virus HTLV-1 has been found at astonishingly high rates in Aboriginal communities. There’s been a groundswell of global interest and advocacy since then to…

Supporting better mental health for all Australians

The 2018–19 Budget is guaranteeing the essential health services that Australians rely on, with a $12.4 billion increase in the Health Budget and a $414.5 billion investment in health, aged care and sport.  As part of this record funding, the Turnbull Government will deliver an increase of $338.1 million in mental health funding, with a…