The people of rural and remote Australia should be delighted and encouraged by the appointment of Sussan Ley as Minister for Health.
Sussan Ley has been a strong voice in the House of Representatives for a large rural constituency since 2001. Add to that her recent work as Assistant Minister for Education, and you have someone particularly well-equipped to understand both the rural and remote aspects of the health portfolio and the vital importance of the social determinants of health.
"Ms Ley's previous experience as Parliamentary Secretary for Children and Youth Affairs, and Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, equip her well for understanding the relationship between social and economic issues in rural and remote areas," said Gordon Gregory, CEO of the NRHA.
"Ms Ley will bring to Cabinet a knowledgeable and sympathetic understanding of rural affairs - particularly where health services are concerned."
Ms Ley is the first rural MHR to hold the portfolio since Malcolm Fraser's first Health Minister, Ralph Hunt. Together with Assistant Minister Nash there are now two rurally-based Ministers with a sound commitment to rural and remote parts of the health portfolio.
"The Alliance looks forward to working closely with Minister Ley to ensure her understanding of rural and remote communities leads to improvements in health and health service delivery in those areas."
Gordon Gregory, Chief Executive Officer 02 6285 4660