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With the federal government nominating mental health and suicide as priorities to be tackled during this term of parliament, the Health Minister Greg Hunt will outline the government’s approach.
Mental health is an issue that is particularly important to the Minister.
Mental health touches nearly every family in Australia and he is making this a focus of his role as Health Minister to improve mental health services.
Greg was elected as the Federal Member for Flinders in 2001, and became Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for the Environment and Heritage and then Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Foreign Affairs as a young MP in the Howard Government.
Greg was Shadow Minister for the Environment from 2007-2013, and was Minister for the Environment between September 2013 and July 2016.
As Environment Minister, Greg counts his key achievements as establishing Australia’s Emissions Reduction Fund, developing the Great Barrier Reef 2050 Long-Term Sustainability Plan and $1 billion Reef Fund.
Greg was appointed Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science in July 2016 and was responsible for implementing the Government’s innovation agenda and ensuring support for Australian jobs today, tomorrow and the jobs of the future.
In January 2017, Greg was appointed Minister for Health and Sport. Greg is passionate about the health portfolio and his vision is to ensure that Australia has the best health care system in the world.
Greg is guaranteeing Australians’ access to health services and affordable medicines with the establishment of the Medicare Guarantee Fund to secure the ongoing funding of Medicare and the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme.
Greg has struck partnerships with the nation’s GPs, specialists, pharmacists and the medicines sector. This is historic; as it is the first time a Government has achieved simultaneous partnerships with all sectors and underscores the Government’s rock solid commitment to Medicare and delivering the health care people need.
Following the Morrison Government’s historic 2019 Federal Election victory, Greg was re-appointed Federal Health Minister and appointed Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Public Service and Cabinet.
Greg was born and raised on the Mornington Peninsula where he currently resides with his wife Paula and their two children.