Physicians congratulate Minister Hunt and outline policy priorities for a healthier nation

27 May 2019

The Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP) has welcomed the re-appointment of Minister Greg Hunt to the critical health portfolio and congratulated the Morrison government for its election win.

RACP President, Associate Professor Mark Lane said: “We are looking forward to continuing to work with Minister Greg Hunt and his team. Congratulations to the Minister, Prime Minister Scott Morrison and his government on their re-election.

“Whilst we have very good health care compared with most other countries, there are challenges ahead.

“The increasing numbers of people with multiple chronic conditions will require a health system that works in a more integrated way and that places more emphasis on prevention and keeping people out of hospital.

“We also need to address inequities in health access and outcomes, particularly for Indigenous Australians. Australia needs urgent and immediate attention to address indigenous youth suicides in particular.

“Our health system needs to be sustainable and forward looking. This includes being able to respond to the emerging impacts of climate change and health.

“We are looking to work with the government for the rapid establishment of a national task force to address the accelerated silicosis epidemic.

“We are also looking forward to progressing the government’s Child Health Action plan.

“The College has a proud history of working well with all sides of politics and our good relationship was never in doubt. We warmly welcome Minister Hunt back to one of the most important cabinet roles for the future of the nation,” A Prof Lane said.

In its pre-election statement, the RACP identified sustainability, prevention and equity as three key interlocking priority areas, advocating for a sustainable healthcare system, greater investment in preventative health and a stronger focus on ensuring equity and access for all Australians.

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