Turnbull Government Ministry

Medicines Australia would like to acknowledge the appointment of the Turnbull Government Ministry following the Federal Election.

With the recent confirmation that Prime Minister Turnbull will lead a majority government and today’s appointment of the Ministry, Medicines Australia looks forward to the resumption of Parliamentary business and policy development which is in the interests of the Australian people.

Medicines Australia welcomes the reappointment of the Hon. Sussan Ley MP as Minister for Health, Ageing and Sport. The reappointment of the Hon. Ken Wyatt MP as Assistant Health Minister and the elevation of Dr David Gillespie MP to the role of Assistant Minister for Rural Health are also welcomed by the innovative medicines industry.

We look forward to working together to implement the Government’s election policies to improve the clinical trials framework as well as faster approval processes for innovative medicines.

As the Prime Minister has acknowledged, the Government needs to do more in health within a challenging budget environment. It’s therefore of critical importance that reform focuses on inefficiencies and that precious health dollars are prioritised towards outcomes for patients which are proven to be not only clinically effective but cost effective too.

Medicines Australia also congratulates the Hon. Greg Hunt MP on his appointment as the Minister for Industry, Innovation & Science and Craig Laundy MP as his Assistant Minister. The National Innovation & Science Agenda (NISA) provides an important opportunity to build the biopharmaceutical sector in Australia by encouraging more collaboration and commercialisation between researchers and industry which will grow the economy and create jobs.

The reappointment of Ministers in other senior portfolios, including Treasury and Finance, Employment, Trade & Investment is a welcome decision which provides continuity and confidence for the innovative medicines sector which is an important industry for investment and employment in Australia.

Medicines Australia looks forward to continuing our engagement with the Turnbull Government on the development of policy which puts the interests of patients and the community first.


James Boyce
Phone: 0423 239 265