Health industry stakeholders welcome Ley, Nash, Wyatt

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Health industry stakeholders continue to welcome the new Health team in the Turnbull ministry.

The Australian Self Medication Industry today welcomed the new health team in the Turnbull Ministry: the reappointment of Sussan Ley as Health Minister and the appointment of Fiona Nash as Minister for Rural Health and Ken Wyatt as Assistant Minister for Health.

Deon Schoombie, ASMI Chief Executive Officer, says: “ASMI congratulates Sussan Ley on her reappointment as Federal Health Minister and Fiona Nash and Ken Wyatt on their new Ministerial appointments.

“We look forward to working with the new Ministers and Health Department to advance policy in the non-prescription medicines industry, particularly reshaping the regulatory framework for over-the-counter and complementary medicines,” he says.

Medicines Australia says it would like to congratulate all the Ministers sworn in to the first Turnbull Ministry and is particularly encouraged by the Prime Minister’s focus on innovation.

“I would like to congratulate the Prime Minister for placing innovation back into the Industry and Science portfolio and for appointing Wyatt Roy MP to the new and exciting role of Assistant Minister for Innovation,” says Medicines Australia CEO Tim James.

“Medicines Australia member companies are at the forefront of innovation. They create medicines which help Australians live healthy and productive lives. This innovation also helps to support local investment in research and development, clinical trials and jobs for thousands of Australian scientists and doctors.

“The new Minister for Education, Sen. Simon Birmingham, will also have an important role in the future of the Australian innovative medicines industry.

“Yesterday, the Prime Minister also made a point of making University collaboration with industry a major focus of the Government. Our members are already heavily involved in achieving exactly this outcome and we welcome further efforts by the Government to make this investment even easier.

“Medicines Australia welcomes the retention of Sussan Ley MP as the Minister for Health. It’s important to have continuity in this important portfolio and we look forward to working with the Minister on policies that help Australians to live long, productive and healthy lives.”

“I would also like to congratulate Senator Fiona Nash on her appointment as Minister for Rural Health and Ken Wyatt on his elevation to Assistant Minister for Health. Mr Wyatt has a strong background in Aboriginal Health issues at the NSW and WA Departments of Health, is a longstanding member of the Standing Committee on Health and is currently the Chair of Parliamentary Friends of Diabetes.”

The Cabinet announcement promises an important and welcome boost to the Australian Government’s work to improve the health of both rural/remote and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, says the National Rural Health Alliance.

Fiona Nash’s appointment as Minister for Rural Health is to be applauded, it says: Minister Nash has proved her commitment to better health for people in rural and remote areas and will now be able to focus more strongly on this.

It is made possible by the appointment of Ken Wyatt as Assistant Minister for Health, says the Alliance. “Ken Wyatt will presumably have responsibility, under Minister Sussan Ley, for the health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people,” the Alliance says.

“There will not be a person in the land who does not welcome the appointment of an Indigenous man with high level and direct experience of the health sector in two States as the responsible Minister for the health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. He will have the support and good will of everyone in his endeavours to meet Australia’s greatest unmet social challenge.”

The Alliance highlights the comments by Prime Minister Turnbull about the infrastructure and human capital of Australia’s cities having been, in some respects, ignored.

“That is of course what rural people feel much of the time about their national Government,” said Gordon Gregory, NRHA CEO.

“I am sure that the Prime Minister’s references today apply, in his mind, just as much to rural and remote people and industries as to the cities,” he says.

“Working with Minister Ley, Fiona Nash and Key Wyatt will be able to build on the Prime Minister’s views about the value of human capital and the need to integrate policies across the board for productivity and wellbeing in rural and remote areas.”

The peak business organisation representing manufacturers and suppliers of dental products, the Australian Dental Industry Association, has welcomed the announcement that Ken Wyatt will become the new Assistant Minister for Health.

“We welcome the appointment of Mr Wyatt as the Assistant Minister for Health and look forward to working with him to ensure that the regulatory framework for dental products is based on a risk management approach designed to ensure public health and safety, while at the same time freeing industry from any unnecessary regulatory burden,” said Troy Williams, ADIA CEO.

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