Friday, December 12, 2014

Canberra's New Minister for Health

Simon Corbell MLA is no stranger to the health portfolio having held the role in the mid-2000s but this time he will notice a difference.

It is going to be a very challenging time for the new Minister.

We are seeing increasing pressure on our public health system, with increased number of people accessing emergency departments and outpatient services.

There is uncertainty at the national level with the proposed introduction of policies that will undermine our universal health care system. This will make it more costly to see a GP and may well drive more people to public hospital emergency departments for care.

And we are part way through a large infrastructure program to design build facilities and services that will enable the ACT Government to meet the needs of the community for the next 30 years.

Mr Corbell has considerable experience in portfolios with strong vested interests and Health is no different. He will have many opportunities to draw on his skills and experience from the planning portfolio and as our Attorney General.

Health care is about people. It is not about buildings and equipment, although they play an important role. One of the strengths of our previous Minister, Katy Gallagher MLA, was that she did not forget about the people in the system and fostered good relationships. She recognised the needs of patients and staff who were at the front line of experiencing and delivering care. We are confident that Minister Corbell will take a similar approach.

We enjoyed a very good working relationship with Katy Gallagher as Minister for Health and look forward to working with Mr Corbell in his new role.

Darlene Cox
Executive Director

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