Consumer Healthcare Products Australia today welcomed the announcement that Hon Greg Hunt will remain Health Minister in the Morrison Coalition Government. Minister Colbeck was also welcomed to the health team.
"We have had a strong working relationship with the Coalition Government since 2013 and we look forward to advancing consumer health through responsible Self Care with the Morrison Government and Minister Hunt," said CHP Australia CEO, Dr Deon Schoombie, today.
"Prior to the election we outlined to the Coalition our priorities, which includes greater investment and focus on measures to improve health literacy and preventive health, grow the consumer healthcare products industry through manufacturing and export opportunities, and increase access to non-prescription medicines so that consumers are empowered to make greater choices for their own Self Care."
"We will be seeking a meeting with Minister Hunt as soon as possible to outline our priorities and discuss how the consumer healthcare products industry can work constructively with the government."
"During the election campaign, we had constructive dialogue with all sides of politics and will be advancing those discussions throughout the next term of parliament."
"We also look forward to participating in the review of the National Medicines Policy."
CHP Australia also thanked Minister McKenzie and Minister Wyatt for their engagement in their previous roles.
"We congratulate Ken Wyatt on his historic appointment as Minister for Indigenous Affairs," said Dr Schoombie.
Just before the election was called the Industry Minister, Hon Karen Andrews MP, announced a common-sense solution to the difficulties faced by the complementary medicines sector in using the 'Australian made' logo. This still needs to be enacted and CHP Australia identified this as a key priority for the government.
"We will be appealing directly to Minister Andrews to ensure that certainty is delivered for the complementary medicines sector as soon as possible," said Dr Schoombie.