Consistency in health portfolio


Health Minister Sussan Ley and Shadow Health Minister Catherine King have retained their portfolios in the Cabinet and Shadow Cabinet announced recently.

Australian Private Hospitals Association (APHA) CEO Mr Michael Roff said the consistency in leadership across the health portfolio was a positive step.

“Health is a large and difficult portfolio and it takes time for anyone new coming into it to understand the nuances, to really understand how the whole system fits together is a big task. So to return the two Members of Parliament who already know and understand the sector to their respective Cabinet and Shadow Cabinet posts brings stability to the portfolio,” Mr Roff said.

Mr Roff said APHA had a good relationship with both the Health Minister and the Shadow Health Minister and looked forward to continuing to work with both of them.

“From the private hospital sector perspective, having both return to the portfolio, with some different support Assistant Ministers gives both an opportunity for some new ideas, without losing the consistency of direction that health needs.

“It should also mean that the reviews into primary health care, private health insurance and the Medicare Benefits Schedule can be built on.

“While they may disagree on policy direction, both the Health and Shadow Minister are passionate about high quality health care for all Australians who need it. That is certainly something the private hospital sector aims to deliver.

“There are a number of potential changes and improvements to the system that already have bipartisan support, like the end to public hospital only private health insurance policies .Both parties committed to this during the election campaign and it is a good outcome for Australians so we look forward to seeing that implemented quickly.”

Mr Roff also welcomed the new Assistant Ministers to their roles, including Dr David Gillespie to rural health and Mr Tony Zappia as Shadow Assistant Minister for Medicare.

Health line up:

Turnbull Health Ministry

Minister for Health, Ageing and Sport: Sussan Ley

Assistant Minister for Health and Aged Care: Ken Wyatt

Assistant Minister for Rural Health: Dr David Gillespie


Shorten Shadow Health Ministry

Shadow Minister for Health and Medicare: Catherine King

Assistant Shadow Minister for Medicare: Tony Zappia

Shadow Minister for Ageing and Mental Health: Julie Collins

Shadow Assistant Minister for Ageing: Helen Polley


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