The Hon Greg Hunt MP, who been the Minister for Health and Aged Care since 2017, has announced he will retire from Parliament at the next election.
Medicines Australia has thanked Mr Hunt for his service, describing him as “an energetic and active Health Minister, not least in his leadership of the response to the COVID-19 pandemic”.
Whether announcing the listing of a new, innovative medicine, or working with industry and other stakeholders, the Minister’s passion and energy has been unmistakable
“I have had the honour of working closely with Minister Hunt over the past four years, to achieve measures that assist Australian patients today and into the future,” said Dr Anna Lavelle, Chair of Medicines Australia.
“Despite the turmoil and uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic, Minister Hunt has led with conviction and integrity. He has been an integral part of the biopharmaceutical industry’s response to the pandemic and most importantly, has shown great empathy and compassion for Australian patients.”
“On behalf of Medicines Australia and the Board, we thank Minister Hunt for his collaboration and extraordinary commitment, which has delivered health benefits for all Australians.”
Medicines Australia has delivered several landmark outcomes during Minister Hunt’s tenure, including the recently finalised five-year Strategic Agreement, which sets an ambitious plan for innovative medicines into the future.
“Minister Hunt leaves a lasting legacy, showing a deep commitment to Australian patients as the beneficiaries of our national health care compact. Whether announcing the listing of a new, innovative medicine, or working with industry and other stakeholders, the Minister’s passion and energy has been unmistakable. I am sincerely grateful for his leadership and partnership over the past few years and wish him all the best,” said Elizabeth de Somer, CEO of Medicines Australia.