58 million face masks arrive to protect health workers from COVID-19

The Australian Government has now received 58 million protective face masks that will help provide essential protection for frontline health workers at risk of COVID-19. The protective face masks have arrived ahead of the scheduled delivery date of the end of April, and in greater numbers than the 54 million previously predicted. They will allow…

Protecting the lives of Australians with disability during Coronavirus

The Australian Government has taken urgent action to protect the lives of Australians with disability as we continue to confront the coronavirus pandemic. On Thursday, National Cabinet agreed to release the Management and Operational Plan for COVID-19 for People with Disability (the Plan). The Plan forms part of the national response developed by the Government…

Working to preserve Mount Martha North Beach

The Morrison Government will provide funding of $1.5 million to conserve coastal systems at Mount Martha North Beach.   Member for Flinders, the Hon. Greg Hunt MP, said that the Mount Martha community, particularly the Mount Martha North Beach Group, had worked tirelessly for many years to protect the coastal environment.   “The Mount Martha…

Transcript – A Current Affair Interview with Deborah Knight

E&OE…                       Topics: COVID-19 update; flattening the curve; planning the ‘road out’; Australia’s healthcare workers.   DEBORAH KNIGHT:         Minister, thanks so much for joining us. Now, you pointed specifically to Easter as a crucial weekend for the country to get on top of coronavirus. How did we go?   GREG HUNT: Australians were travelling about…

Transcript – The Project interview with Waleed Aly and Carrie Bickmore

E&OE…                       Topics: COVID-19 testing; Coronavirus in Singapore; Research funding announcement   CARRIE BICKMORE: For the very latest, we’re catching up with Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt.   Minister, new cases are down which is great news, but is there a chance that there might be a whole lot of people in the community who…

$3 million to boost the national coordinated COVID-19 research response

The Australian Government will provide a further $3 million to support frontline health workers with training and information which will support the treatment of patients with coronavirus. $1 million in funding from the Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) will transform the treatment and management of patients with severe coronavirus, delivering better patient outcomes. The CovED…

Looking after people with existing health conditions during COVID-19

The Australian Government is urging all people with chronic health conditions to not neglect their regular health care and to continue to see their general practitioner or specialist about the management of their conditions. While COVID-19 is rightly front and centre in all our minds, it’s vitally important people with existing chronic health conditions continue…

Free Coronavirus Wellbeing Support Service

A new 24/7 support service specifically designed to help people through the COVID-19 pandemic is now available free of charge to all Australians.   The Coronavirus Mental Wellbeing Support Service has been developed by Beyond Blue to address the growing mental health impact of the pandemic, including fear about the virus, financial stress, family stress,…

$5 million for research into bushfire impact on Australian communities

The Australian Government is investing $5 million via the Medical Research Future Fund in nine research projects to investigate the physiological and mental health effects of the recent bushfires on Australians and their communities.   The devastating bushfire events have warranted concerns about the medium-term health impacts of exposure to ash and smoke haze, reduced…

$1.5 million to support clinical management of COVID-19

The Australian Government is investing $1.5 million to support guidance for clinicians to ensure they are given the best possible advice on managing COVID-19 patients. The National COVID-19 Clinical Evidence Taskforce will receive $1.5 million from the Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) to deliver ‘living guidelines’ on the clinical management of patients with suspected or…