Following the 2019 Federal Election, Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced his new ministry as the Coalition began its third straight term of government.
The Hon Greg Hunt MP will remain in his position as Health Minister, and Senator the Hon Richard Colbeck has been appointed as Minister for Aged Care and Senior Australians.
Dementia Australia welcomed the appointments of The Hon Stuart Robert MP as Minister for the National Disability Insurance Scheme and Minister for Government Services; Senator the Hon Zed Seselja as Assistant Minister for Finance, Charities and Electoral Matters; Senator the Hon Anne Ruston as Minister for Families and Social Services; Mr Luke Howarth MP as Assistant Minister for Community Housing, Homelessness and Community Services, as well as the reappointment of The Hon Karen Andrews MP as Minister for Industry, Science and Technology.
The following week saw the announcement of the federal opposition’s Shadow Cabinet by the new Leader of the Opposition, The Hon Anthony Albanese MP.
New key appointments (and re-appointments) included The Hon Chris Bowen MP as Shadow Minister for Health, The Hon Julie Collins MP as Shadow Minister for Ageing and Seniors, The Hon Linda Burney MP as Shadow Minister for Families and Social Services, The Hon Bill Shorten MP as Shadow Minister for the NDIS and Government Services and supporting Assistant Ministers.
Dementia Australia is now in the process of reaching out to all Ministers and Shadow Ministers to congratulate them on their appointments and reappointments, and to start a dialogue on how we can work together to ensure the needs of people impacted by dementia are a priority.
We look forward to working with all sides of politics, including smaller parties and independents, to ensure people impacted by dementia receive the best quality dementia care.
The Government needs to be very conscious of the impact that Dementia will have on our Already over stretch health system an should be willing to sit down with the appropriate experts in this field an put in place a strategy that they can implement Having witness my late Mother suffering from this insidious disease I pray that someone will listen
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