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Medicines Australia welcomes appointment of Chris Bowen as Shadow Minister for Health

Tuesday, 4 June 2019

Media Release

Medicines Australia welcomes the appointment of the Hon Chris Bowen MP as Shadow Minister for Health.

Medicines Australia CEO, Elizabeth de Somer said Mr Bowen’s track-record as Treasurer and Shadow Treasurer will provide a strong foundation for success in the
all-important health portfolio.

“Mr Bowen understands the impact that investment in medicines can have, on an individual, the community and the economy and he has previously indicated his support of the pharmaceutical sector.

“His focus on mental health, suicide prevention, indigenous health and targeting areas of low income and poor health outcomes is a welcome one – these are big challenges that Australia faces, and rely on all facets of health to collaborate on solutions.

“Medicines Australia looks forward to working with Shadow Minister Bowen to ensure Australians have access to the latest in breakthrough medicines,” she said.

Medicines Australia also welcomes the appointment of the Hon Brendan O’Connor MP as Shadow Minister for Employment and Industry and as Shadow Minister for Science, Madeleine King MP as Minister for Trade, the Hon Julie Collins MP as the Shadow Minister for Minister for Ageing and Seniors and Clare O’Neil MP as Shadow Minister for Innovation, Technology and the Future of Work.

“The Albanese Shadow Ministry composition shows a desire to think toward the future of Australia, the composition of our workforce and our technological capabilities. The innovative pharmaceutical sector has the potential to be a key driver of our technological and manufacturing capabilities as a nation,” said Ms de Somer.

Medicines Australia would also like to acknowledge the important contribution that the Hon Catherine King MP made to the Shadow Health portfolio for the past six years.

“Ms King displayed a thorough understanding of the complex portfolio and a determination to hold the government to account to ensure new medicines are listed. Medicines Australia wishes Ms King well in her new role,” said Ms de Somer.

 

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