Online version of the 2013-14 Department of Health Annual Report

Ministerial Responsibilities as at 30 June 2014

Page last updated: 31 October 2014

The Hon Peter Dutton, MP Minister for Health and Minister for Sport

As senior Minister and member of Cabinet, Minister Dutton holds overall responsibility for the portfolio and its agencies and programmes with specific responsibility for:

  • Medicare benefits
  • pharmaceutical benefits
  • pharmacy
  • hospitals policy and implementation of funding reforms
  • private health insurance
  • health workforce capacity
  • medical indemnity insurance
  • primary health care and preventative health
  • eHealth
  • health and medical research including human cloning and stem cell research
  • mental health policy
  • national health priorities
  • biosecurity and bioterrorism
  • immunisation
  • blood borne viruses and sexually transmissible infections including HIV/AIDS
  • diagnostics and technology
  • sport and recreation
  • deregulation

Senator the Hon Fiona Nash, Assistant Minister for Health

As the Assistant Minister for Health, Senator the Hon Fiona Nash, has responsibility for:

  • rural and regional health services
  • multipurpose services
  • Indigenous health services
  • palliative care
  • tobacco
  • illicit drugs including National Drug Strategy
  • alcohol
  • food policy
  • hearing services
  • blood and organ donation
  • gene technology regulation
  • Therapeutic Goods Administration
  • Office of Chemical Safety
  • Oversight of the following portfolio agencies:
    • Office of the Gene Technology Regulator
    • National Industrial Chemicals Notification and Assessment Scheme
    • Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency
    • Food Standards Australia New Zealand
    • National Blood Authority
    • Australian Organ and Tissue Donation and Transplantation Authority