The PSA has welcomed the continuing appointment of the Hon Sussan Ley as Minister for Health, and the announcement of Senator the Hon Fiona Nash as Minster for Rural Health and Mr Ken Wyatt AM as Assistant Minister for Health in the first Turnbull Ministry announced yesterday.
National President of the PSA, Joe Demarte, says the health portfolio has been given prominence in the Ministry and is now one of the strongest the sector has seen.
“We have a very good working relationship with Minister Ley and I welcome her reappointment and the opportunity to continue the strong ties we have established with her and her department,” Demarte says.
“A priority for PSA will be continuing to discuss with the Minister and the Government the need to ensure that the skills and knowledge of Australia’s pharmacists are fully utilised in our health system and that consumers benefit from this better utilisation.
“PSA is at the forefront of developing and implementing innovation in the pharmacy sector with the aim of achieving the best possible health outcomes for Australians.”
Demarte says the appointment of Ken Wyatt as the first Assistant Minister for Health of indigenous heritage will add a deeper understanding to the portfolio regarding the needs of Indigenous Australians.
“The PSA has a strong commitment to meeting the health needs of indigenous Australians and Australians in rural and remote communities and Mr Wyatt’s appointment will strengthen moves to ensure indigenous Australians have access to the best possible health care,” says Demarte.
“This commitment to rural and regional Australians is further strengthened in the appointment of Senator Nash as Minister for Rural Health. Senator Nash has broad experience, most recently as Assistant Minister for Health, and brings to her new position a depth of understanding of the health portfolio.
“PSA looks forward to continuing to work with the new health team to show how pharmacists can help to improve the health of all Australians.”