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…

Game On grants open to get Queensland moving

Game On Queensland grants are now available to local councils to deliver sport and recreation events and programs in the lead-up to, during and after the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games. The grants, funded by the Australian Government, are being delivered through the Queensland Government’s Embracing 2018 program. Federal Minister for Sport Greg Hunt said…

Transcript – Mt Martha doorstop

E&OE… Topics: Compulsory flu vaccination for aged care workers GREG HUNT: This year we’ve seen tragic outcomes in relation to the flu. 4.5 million Australians have been given a free flu vaccine. Every Australian over the age of 65 is entitled to the flu vaccine free of charge. However, after consultation with the Chief Medical…

Compulsory flu vaccination for aged care workers

The Turnbull Government will investigate ways to boost vaccination rates among workers in aged care facilities, including making the flu vaccine compulsory, following an increase in deaths this winter. Health Minister Greg Hunt has requested Australia’s Chief Medical Officer, Professor Brendan Murphy, investigate ways to ensure all aged care workers are properly vaccinated against flu.…

Launch of ‘Kids Alive – Do The Five’ app

The Turnbull Government is proud to be supporting a great new initiative to help keep Aussie kids safe in the water – with the launch of the new ‘Kids Alive – Do the Five’ app. Children need constant and active supervision when they’re in, on or around the water. With the summer months approaching, vigilance…

Transcript – Hastings doorstop

E&OE… Topics: Launch of Laurie Lawrence’s Kids Alive Do The Five app; Meningococcal vaccine; WA GST GREG HUNT: I’m really thrilled to have the great Laurie Lawrence here in Hastings at Pelican Park. This pool is about teaching kids to swim. It’s about helping parents to understand safety. Today Laurie is launching the Kids Alive…