The PM has announced that Greg Hunt will be taking the health portfolio following Ley’s resignation over travel expenses
Mr Hunt moves from his position as the Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science, which Arthur Sinodinos will now be taking on.
Ken Wyatt has been promoted to the role of Minister of Aged Care and Indigenous Health, from his former role as Assistant Minister for Health and Aged Care.
“This is not a major reshuffle, it is driven by the consequence of one resignation,” said Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull in his announcement.
The PM said of Mr Hunt: “During his time as the environment minister, he demonstrated an ability to grapple with extremely complex policy issues and engage a very diverse range of stakeholders and interest groups including state and territory governments.
“He’s ideally suited to take on the very important – critically important – frontline portfolio of health and sport,” Mr Turnbull said.
The National President of the Pharmacy Guild of Australia, George Tambassis, said the Guild looked forward to working closely and constructively with Mr Hunt during what is a challenging time for the health system, and in particular for the community pharmacy sector.
“Greg Hunt takes over the portfolio at a time when there are a number of unresolved issues of concern to community pharmacy in Australia,” Mr Tambassis said.
“It is critical that these issues are addressed and resolved quickly and satisfactorily to give security to community pharmacists so they can continue their work in improving the health outcomes of all Australians.”
Mr Hunt served as Minister for the Environment from 2013 to 2016, before moving to the Industry and Science portfolio.
First elected to the House of Representatives in 2001, he is MP for the Victorian seat of Flinders.