The Pharmacy Guild has welcomed the appointment of Ken Wyatt as Minister for Aged Care and Minister for Indigenous Health
National President of the Pharmacy Guild George Tambassis says that the appointment of a Minister for Indigenous Health is an important recognition of the unique and challenging needs of indigenous health.
“We would also like to acknowledge the significance of this appointment with Mr Wyatt being the first Indigenous person appointed to a Commonwealth ministry,” Mr Tambassis says.
“The well-known documented poorer health outcomes experienced by Indigenous Australians demand immediate attention and the appointment of Mr Wyatt as Minister for Indigenous Health is a very positive step in addressing shortfalls in indigenous health.”
Mr Tambassis says community pharmacies are ideally placed to help provide services to indigenous communities and to improve access to medications and services.
“Given community pharmacies are the most accessible healthcare professionals they have a unique role to play in addressing the gaps and providing services to improve the health outcomes for Indigenous Australians,” Mr Tambassis says.
“The Guild looks forward to continuing and growing our close relationship with Mr Wyatt in his new role.”
Mr Tambassis also congratulated Dr David Gillespie on his reappointment as Assistant Minister for Health with responsibilities for regional, rural and remote health, health workforce, food policy and health safety.