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31 May 2019

Greg Hunt has been reappointed Health Minister in the re-elected Government of Prime Minister Scott Morrison.

In announcing the appointment, the Prime Minister said Mr Hunt would lead the charge on the Government’s plan to combat youth suicide and youth mental health.

“He will do that of course as Minister for Health, where he’s done an outstanding job.

“Greg will pull together an implementation forum of the nation’s experts in coming months , dealing with both youth and Indigenous mental health issues and working through our plan to deliver that on the ground.”

Mr Hunt will also take on the role of Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Public Service and for Cabinet.

Mr Hunt said he was “honoured and delighted” to be reappointed as Minister for Health.

“Every day I see the amazing work of our doctors, nurses and medical researchers in helping to protect patients and save lives,” he said.

“Our task as a Government will be to support our patients and medical community in the ongoing implementation of the Long Term National Health Plan with its emphasis on guaranteeing Medicare and support for our Hospitals.

“In particular I will focus on delivering new medicines through the PBS, the deep shared passion with the Prime Minister of further strengthening our support for mental health and in particular youth mental health and suicide prevention and delivering our ten-year Medical Research Strategic Plan.”

Tasmania Senator Richard Colbeck is the new Minister for Aged Care and Senior Australians, taking that role from Ken Wyatt who has become the first Indigenous Cabinet Minister as Minister for Indigenous Australians.

Published: 31 May 2019