Queensland has a new Health Minister, who has been “warmly welcomed” by the Pharmacy Guild
On Tuesday, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk announced that Deputy Premier Steven Miles, who has held the Health and Ambulance Portfolios, would be moving to become Minister for State Development, Local Government, Infrastructure and Planning.
Yvette D’Ath will become the Minister for Health and Ambulance Services.
Pharmacy Guild Queensland Branch President Trent Twomey said the Guild warmly welcomed Ms D’Ath to her new role.
He said that by continuing to work together as strong partners, Minister D’Ath, the Palaszczuk Government and the Pharmacy Guild of Australia can continue to provide Queenslanders and their families with better access to primary health care.
“The Guild welcomes Minister D’Ath’s appointment. The Labor Government has recognised the importance and need for community pharmacists to do more in the provision of primary health care,” he said.
“Minister D’Ath has a strong reputation of being engaged and diligent at getting the job done for the people of Queensland. Her belief in building an even stronger public health system will benefit all Queenslanders.
“We are confident that with Minister D’Ath’s appointment, Queenslanders who are crying out for community pharmacies to deliver more local primary health care services will continue to be heard.
“We’ll work with the Palaszczuk Government to implement their election promises to design and implement a trial of pharmacists practising to their full scope in North Queensland, provide further improved access to the National Immunisation Program (NIP) in Queensland, and to appoint a community pharmacy representative to Queensland’s Clinical Senate within their primary care representative group.”
The Guild thanked Deputy Premier Steven Miles for his ongoing commitment to primary health care from community pharmacies in his role as Minister for Health and Ambulance Services.
“Deputy Premier Miles has worked tirelessly towards empowering community pharmacists to practice their full scope of clinical training, to provide better support for patients, less avoidable hospital admissions and improved access to primary health care.
“The Government’s swift health response early in the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, which included passing several key legislations through Parliament, meant that Queenslanders had better access to primary health care services, and no patients went without their medicines.
“This year we’ve seen several key pieces of legislation swiftly passed to support Queenslanders in need; including Continued Dispensing – Emergency Measure, the Drug Therapy Protocol – Communicable Disease Program to allow therapeutic substitution and COVID-19 vaccine administration, image-based prescriptions, ePrescriptions and changes to the Queensland Pharmacist Vaccination Standard.
“We look forward to continuing our strong working relationship with Minister D’Ath and Queensland Government as we work towards fully utilising our strong community pharmacy network of almost 1,2002 as key primary healthcare providers.”
Meanwhile the Premier said that the new cabinet will hit the ground running.
“Having managed the health risks of COVID we are able to concentrate on our economic recovery,” the Premier said.
“The new ministry will immediately get back to work implementing Queensland’s Economic Recovery Plan.”