Transcript – Press Conference Sydney

E&OE… Topics: Launch of Zero Childhood Cancer Initiative, mental health GREG HUNT: Thanks very much to Michael. What an amazing institution we have here and what an incredible group of people. To Brad Hazzard, my state colleague, on which there couldn’t be a stronger unity of purpose, not just between us and New South Wales,…

Transcript – Mt Martha doorstop

E&OE… Topics: Private health insurance; London terror attack GREG HUNT: The Coalition is focussed on taking the pressure off private health insurance customers. Private health is fundamental to choice, it’s fundamental to the ability of Australians to have peace of mind. Our task and our commitment is to work towards strong downward pressure on the…

Turnbull Government strengthens No Jab, No Pay

The Turnbull Government is taking action to encourage even more parents to meet immunisation requirements for their children. Under legislation being introduced today, parents’ fortnightly Family Tax Benefit Part A payments will be reduced by about $28 per fortnight for each child who does not meet the immunisation requirements. From 1 July 2018, this will…

Transcript – Canberra doorstop

E&OE… Topics: Launch of the Royal Life Saving National Drowning Report 2017 GREG HUNT: The National Drowning Report shows that our drowning deaths in Australia have sadly gone up by nine in this year to 291. One life lost is too many, 291 is a national tragedy. We have a very extensive national water safety…

Transcript – Sky News interview with David Speers

E&OE… Topics: National Drowning Report 2017; private health insurance reform; Labor’s reckless energy policies DAVID SPEERS: Greg Hunt, thank you for your time. GREG HUNT: Good afternoon David. DAVID SPEERS: And I know you did pay a special tribute to Shaun Oliver earlier in the day when you were announcing these figures. So to go…

Medical technology investment to improve lives

The Turnbull Government will fund three medical breakthroughs to help people with severe disabilities walk again and support thousands of Australians facing crippling chronic back pain. A total of $13.3 million will be invested into high potential Australian innovations from the $500 million Biomedical Translation Fund (BTF) – a key initiative of the Turnbull Government’s…

Marking World Suicide Prevention Day

Today is World Suicide Prevention Day and this year’s theme, “Take a Minute, Change a Life”, captures the idea that each of us has a role to play in suicide prevention. The same concept lies behind R U OK? Day, which will be marked next Thursday. Just a simple, sincere question can show a distressed…

Remembering that alcohol and pregnancy don’t mix

The ninth day, of the ninth month of the year is International Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) Day – when we are reminded that there is no known safe limit of alcohol consumption during pregnancy. Today is about acknowledging the lifelong physical, neurological, developmental and behavioural problems for children if their mother drinks alcohol while…

Supporting construction workers on R U OK? Day

Health Minister Greg Hunt joined construction workers on site at the new Ti-Tree aged care facility in Mornington today ahead of R U OK? Day on Thursday, September 14. The Turnbull Government is supporting MATES in Construction to deliver an integrated program of training and support to prevent suicide and improve mental health in the…

Encouraging women to make health a priority during Women’s Health Week

As part of Women’s Health Week, we’re encouraging all Australian women to take time to think about making positive changes that can improve your health and wellbeing. The Turnbull Government is committed to helping improve women’s health in Australia, and we recognise the importance of providing healthcare that supports, and is responsive to, the unique…