Department of Health Annual Report 2016-17

Part 1.4: Ministerial Responsibilities (as at 30 June 2017)

Page last updated: 19 October 2017

The Hon Greg Hunt MP
Minister for Health
Minister for Sport

As senior Minister, Minister Hunt held overall responsibility for the Portfolio, with specific responsibility for:

  • Medicare benefits
  • Pharmaceutial benefits
  • Public hospitals
  • Mental health policy
  • Primary health care
  • Preventive health
  • Pathology and diagnostic imaging
  • Drug and alcohol policy and programs
  • Health workforce
  • Health protection
  • Private health insurance
  • Digital health
  • Health and medical research
  • Sport

The Hon Dr David Gillespie MP
Assistant Minister for Health

Assistant Minister Gillespie, had responsibility for:

  • Rural, regional and remote health
  • Rural health workforce policy and programs
  • Food regulation and policy (including Chair the Australia-New Zealand Ministerial Forum on Food Regulation)
  • Tobacco
  • National Rural Health Commissioner
  • Office of Chemical Safety
  • Office of the Gene Technology Regulator
  • National Industrial Chemicals Notification Scheme
  • Oversight of the following Portfolio entities:
    • Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency
    • Food Standards Australia New Zealand (including Per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances (PFAS))
    • National Blood Authority

The Hon Ken Wyatt AM, MP
Minister for Aged Care
Minister for Indigenous Health

Minister Wyatt, had responsibility for:

  • Aged care policy and funding
  • Aged care service delivery and implementation
  • Aged care workforce
  • Dementia
  • Indigenous health services
  • Hearing services
  • Oversight of the following Portfolio entities:
    • Australian Aged Care Quality Agency
    • Organ and Tissue Authority (Australian Organ and Tissue Donation and Transplantation Authority)