Greg Hunt re-appointed as Health Minister
AMA President, Dr Tony Bartone, welcomed the re-appointment of Greg Hunt as Minister for Health this week. The Minister has acknowledged that major reform and investment is needed in general practice. Dr Bartone noted that the health portfolio is broad and complex, and it takes time for Ministers to get fully across all the issues. A new Minister now would have undermined effective health policy leading into the next election. “Greg Hunt has been a very consultative Minister who has displayed great knowledge and understanding of health policy and the core elements of the health system,” Dr Bartone said.
Dr Bartone said that the AMA also looked forward to continuing its strong working relationship with the Minister for Senior Australians and Aged Care, Ken Wyatt, who is also Minister for Indigenous Health.
The AMA has been advised that Senator Bridget McKenzie will retain Rural Health as part of her Regional Services, Sport, Local Government, and Decentralisation portfolio.