Boost for mental health services in the bush begins today

From today, people living in rural and remote regions of Australia will get improved access to psychological services, under a new telehealth initiative. A major barrier to rural residents accessing vital mental health treatment will be removed with the introduction of a new Medicare rebate for online videoconferencing mental health consultations with psychologists, social workers…

$35 million boost for new medical breakthroughs

The Turnbull Government is investing $35 million to identify and develop new medical solutions to improve the health of Australian patients. The funding will be drawn from the Coalition’s Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) and back Australian companies and entrepreneurs to make medical discoveries. The first $5 million investment under the new BioMedTech Horizons program…

New mental health services now available for Mornington Peninsula

Starting from today, Mornington Peninsula residents will have access to a new range of free mental health support services. The new services are part of an Australian Government’s $11 million funding package for mental health services across South Eastern Melbourne. The new services include: • Accessible Psychological Interventions (APIs) to support those with mild/moderate mental…

$50,000 announced for Armistice Day Centenary Grants

Member for Flinders, Greg Hunt MP, today encouraged the local community to apply for funding under the recently announced Armistice Centenary Grants Program. The grants program announced by the Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Dan Tehan will open in November this year and support projects or activities that commemorate the end of the First World War.…

Local industry to benefit from HMAS Cerberus redevelopment

Member for Flinders the Hon Greg Hunt MP and Minister for Defence, Senator the Hon Marise Payne today announced that Mornington Peninsula firms will be given a greater opportunity to be involved in a $463 million redevelopment of HMAS Cerberus under a new Turnbull Government initiative. Minister Hunt said the redevelopment of Cerberus would include…

$100 million fund to fight brain cancer

The Turnbull Government is today announcing a $100 million fund in an effort to defeat brain cancer and provide a better life for those suffering from this terrible disease. The Australian Brain Cancer Mission is a partnership between the Federal Government, philanthropists, medical experts, patients and their families. The Mission aims to double survival rates…

More resources to help fight opioid addiction

Opioid addiction is an international and Australian health challenge, therefore the Turnbull Government is providing over $1 million to ensure health practitioners and consumers are informed about changes to accessing codeine-containing medicines. From 1 February next year, medicines containing codeine will no longer be available over-the-counter and will instead require a prescription from a doctor.…

Statement on Jackie Crowe

It is with great sadness that we mark the passing over the weekend of National Mental Health Commissioner, Ms Jackie Crowe. Jackie was one of the most influential figures in mental health, involved in activities across Australia which brought the voice of the consumer to mental health policies and services. Jackie had recently been reappointed…

New website to support mums

The Turnbull Government is today launching a new online mental health resource to support new mums and mums-to-be through a range of perinatal support programs. The new MumSpace website offers free access to evidence-based mental health support tools, apps, helplines and resources. These include two online programs that help new parents build practical skills and…

New NBN fixed wireless now available in Flinders

Minister Greg Hunt has welcomed the activation of several fixed wireless tower in the seat of Flinders which will connect residents to fast, affordable broadband. Mr Hunt said the new sites in Arthurs Seat South and Cape Schanck will provide fast and affordable broadband to homes and business in the area. “Fixed wireless is the…