Medicines Australia thanks Minister Greg Hunt

Minister Hunt stands in front of a sign that reads "#Medicines Matter"
Minister Hunt at PharmAus21 ‘Room for the Patient View’ in June 2021.

2 December 2021: Medicines Australia wishes to thank the Hon Greg Hunt MP for his service to Australian patients and the health industry, following his announcement to retire from Parliament at the next election.

Minister Hunt has been the Minister for Health and Aged Care since 2017 and has been an energetic and active Health Minister, not least in his leadership of the response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“I have had the honour of working closely with Minister Hunt over the past four years, to achieve measures that assist Australian patients today and into the future,” said Dr Anna Lavelle, Chair of Medicines Australia.

“Despite the turmoil and uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic, Minister Hunt has led with conviction and integrity. He has been an integral part of the biopharmaceutical industry’s response to the pandemic and most importantly, has shown great empathy and compassion for Australian patients.”

“On behalf of Medicines Australia and the Board, we thank Minister Hunt for his collaboration and extraordinary commitment, which has delivered health benefits for all Australians.”

Medicines Australia has delivered several landmark outcomes during Minister Hunt’s tenure including the recently finalised five-year Strategic Agreement which sets an ambitious plan for innovative medicines into the future.

“Minister Hunt leaves a lasting legacy, showing a deep commitment to Australian patients as the beneficiaries of our national health care compact. Whether announcing the listing of a new, innovative medicine, or working with industry and other stakeholders, the Minister’s passion and energy has been unmistakable. I am sincerely grateful for his leadership and partnership over the past few years and wish him all the best,” said Elizabeth de Somer, CEO of Medicines Australia.

Medicines Australia looks forward to continuing to work with the Minister until the end of his term and continue our strong partnership with the Department of Health to make a real difference to the health of Australians by ensuring they have access to world-class medicines when they need them.


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