The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists welcomes today’s appointment of Greg Hunt as Australia’s new Minister for Health and Sport, and looks forward to working with him on important mental health reform.
‘We congratulate Minister Hunt on his new appointment, and particularly welcome his strong statement highlighting the vital importance of mental health,’ said RANZCP President, Professor Malcolm Hopwood.
‘The enormity of the impacts of mental illness cannot be understated – and must not be overlooked by Government. The facts are that, just like physical illness, mental illness will affect every Australian during their lifetime, either directly, indirectly or both. We look forward to working with the new Minister to improve access and care for all Australians.
‘The RANZCP also welcomes the appointment of Ken Wyatt as the new Minister for Aged Care and Indigenous Health, and supports the elevation of these portfolios as a positive and important step towards recognising the growing needs of our increasing ageing population, and addressing the inequality gap in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander mental health.
‘The RANZCP stands ready to work with the Australian government to improve the health outcomes of all Australians,’ said Professor Hopwood.
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The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists is a membership organisation that prepares medical specialists in the field of psychiatry, supports and enhances clinical practice, advocates for people affected by mental illness and advises governments on mental health care. For information about our work, our members or our history, visit www.ranzcp.org.