Minister for Health (New South Wales)

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Minister for Health
Minister for Medical Research
Coat of Arms of New South Wales.svg
Bradley Hazzard, Lismore, December 2012 (crop).jpg
Incumbent
Brad Hazzard

since 30 January 2017
Style The Honourable
Nominator Premier of New South Wales
Appointer Governor of New South Wales
Inaugural holder Fred Flowers (as the Minister for Public Health)
Charles Cutler (as the Minister for Science)
Formation 22 April 1914 (Public Health)
13 May 1965 (Science)
Minister for Mental Health
Minister for Women
Minister for Ageing
Incumbent
Tanya Davies

since 30 January 2017
Style The Honourable
Nominator Premier of New South Wales
Appointer Governor of New South Wales
Inaugural holder Cherie Burton (as the Minister Assisting the Minister for Health (Mental Health))
Kerry Chikarovski (as the Minister for the Status of Women)
Formation 10 August 2005 (Mental Health)
26 May 1993 (Women)

The New South Wales Minister for Health is a minister in the New South Wales Government and has responsibilities which includes all hospitals and health services in New South Wales, Australia.

The current Minister for Health and the Minister for Medical Research, since 30 January 2017 is Brad Hazzard. He is assisted in his portfolio by the Minister for Mental Health, currently Tanya Davies since 30 January 2017. Davies is also the Minister for Women and the Minister for Ageing. Together, they administer the portfolio through the Ministry of Health, the Office of Medical Research, and a range of other government agencies.[1]

Office history[edit]

The role of a government advisor and administrator on medical policy in New South Wales began in 1914, with the appointment of Fred Flowers as the Minister for Public Health. However the medical porfolio had been administered in the government since 1848 when the first "Medical Adviser to the Government" was appointed, with his office reporting to the Colonial Secretary.[2] Following the amalgamation of the Board of Health and the Medical Advisor to the Government a "Department of Public Health" was established in April 1904, headed by the President of the Board of Health.[3] This department was abolished in 1913 and was replaced by the "Office of the Director-General of Public Health" which, like its predecessor, operated under the supervision of the Colonial Secretary. Upon Flowers' appointment as Minister for Public Health, a dedicated government minister supervised the portfolio while remaining the junior minister to the Colonial Secretary. The office was reconstituted as a fully independent "Department of Public Health" headed by the Minister (titled Minister for Health since 1930) in 1938.[4]

The department existed until its abolition in 1972 with the passing of the Health Commission Act 1972 which created the "Health Commission of New South Wales" headed by the minister.[5] In December 1982 the Health Commission was abolished by the Health Administration Act 1982 and replaced by the Department of Health. On 5 October 2011 the Department was renamed the "Ministry of Health".[6]

Women ministry[edit]

On 1 July 1993, Premier John Fahey established the Ministry for the Status and Advancement of Women which was the first independent ministry on women's affairs in the state. The inaugural Minister for the Status of Women was Kerry Chikarovski who took over the responsibilities of the Women’s Coordination Unit of the Chief Secretary and the administration of the Women’s Legal Status Act 1918 from the Attorney General.[7] The Ministry was replaced by the Department for Women on 5 April 1995 by the Carr government with a Minister for Women.[8] On 1 July 2004 the Department for Women was abolished and its responsibilities were transferred to the "Office for Women" within the Premier’s Department, with the Minister acting in an advisory role to the Premier on women's affairs. The name of office was changed to the "Office for Women's Policy" by June 2009 and from 4 April 2011 it was transferred from the Department of Premier and Cabinet to the Department of Family and Community Services.[9] In 2015 the office was transferred to within the Ministry of Health.

List of ministers[edit]

Health[edit]

Minister Party affiliation Ministerial title Term start Term end Time in office
Fred Flowers Labor Minister for Public Health 22 April 1914 27 April 1915 1 year, 5 days
George Black 27 April 1915 15 November 1916
John FitzGerald Nationalist 15 November 1916 18 July 1919
David Storey 18 July 1919 29 January 1920
Greg McGirr Labor Minister for Public Health and Motherhood 9 February 1920 20 December 1921
Charles Oakes Nationalist Minister for Public Health 20 December 1921 20 December 1921
Greg McGirr Labor 20 December 1921 13 April 1922
Charles Oakes Nationalist 12 April 1922 17 June 1925
George Cann Labor 17 June 1925 26 May 1927
Robert Stuart-Robertson 26 May 1927 18 October 1927
Richard Arthur Nationalist 18 October 1927 3 November 1930
James McGirr Labor Minister for Health 4 November 1930 17 June 1931
Bill Ely 17 June 1931 15 October 1931
Labor (NSW) 15 October 1931 13 May 1932
Reginald Weaver United Australia 16 May 1932 10 February 1935
Herbert FitzSimons 11 February 1935 5 August 1939
Hubert Primrose 5 August 1939 5 September 1939
Herbert FitzSimons 5 September 1939 16 May 1941 1 year, 253 days
Gus Kelly Labor 16 May 1941 30 June 1950 9 years, 45 days
Maurice O'Sullivan 30 June 1950 15 March 1956 5 years, 259 days
Bill Sheahan 15 March 1956 13 May 1965 9 years, 59 days
Harry Jago Liberal 13 May 1965 3 December 1973 8 years, 204 days
John Waddy 3 December 1973 3 January 1975 1 year, 31 days
Dick Healey 3 January 1975 14 May 1976 1 year, 132 days
Kevin Stewart Labor 14 May 1976 2 October 1981 5 years, 141 days
Laurie Brereton 2 October 1981 10 February 1984 3 years, 0 days
Ron Mulock 10 February 1984 6 February 1986 1 year, 127 days
Barrie Unsworth 6 February 1986 4 July 1986 148 days
Peter Anderson Minister for Health
Minister for the Drug Offensive
4 July 1986 21 March 1988 1 year, 265 days
Peter Collins Liberal Minister for Health 25 March 1988 6 June 1991 3 years, 73 days
John Hannaford Minister for Health and Community Services 6 June 1991 24 June 1992 1 year, 18 days
Ron Phillips Minister for Health 24 June 1992 4 April 1995 2 years, 284 days
Andrew Refshauge Labor 4 April 1995 8 April 1999 4 years, 4 days
Craig Knowles 8 April 1999 2 April 2003 3 years, 359 days
Morris Iemma 2 April 2003 3 August 2005 2 years, 123 days
John Hatzistergos 3 August 2005 2 April 2007 1 year, 242 days
Reba Meagher 2 April 2007 5 September 2008 1 year, 156 days
John Della Bosca 5 September 2008 1 September 2009 361 days
John Hatzistergos 1 September 2009 14 September 2009 13 days
Carmel Tebbutt 14 September 2009 28 March 2011 1 year, 226 days
Jillian Skinner Liberal 3 April 2011 30 January 2017 5 years, 302 days
Brad Hazzard 30 January 2017 incumbent 233 days

Medical Research[edit]

Minister Party affiliation Ministerial title Term start Term end Time in office
Charles Cutler Country Minister for Science 13 May 1965 19 June 1972 7 years, 37 days
Frank Sartor Labor Minister for Science and Medical Research 2 April 2003 2 April 2007 4 years, 0 days
Verity Firth 2 April 2007 5 September 2008 1 year, 159 days
Tony Stewart 8 September 2008 4 November 2008 57 days
Jodi McKay 4 November 2008 28 March 2011 2 years, 144 days
Jillian Skinner Liberal Minister for Medical Research 3 April 2011 2 April 2015 3 years, 364 days
Pru Goward 2 April 2015 30 January 2017 1 year, 303 days
Brad Hazzard 30 January 2017 incumbent 233 days

Mental Health[edit]

Minister Party affiliation Ministerial title Term start Term end Time in office
Cherie Burton Labor Minister Assisting the Minister for Health (Mental Health) 10 August 2005 2 April 2007 1 year, 235 days
Paul Lynch 2 April 2007 5 September 2008 1 year, 154 days
Barbara Perry Labor Minister Assisting the Minister for Health (Mental Health) 8 September 2009 28 March 2011 1 year, 201 days
Kevin Humphries National Minister for Mental Health 4 April 2011 23 April 2014 3 years, 19 days
Jai Rowell Liberal 23 April 2014 2 April 2015 344 days
Pru Goward 2 April 2015 30 January 2017 1 year, 303 days
Tanya Davies 30 January 2017 incumbent 233 days

Women[edit]

Minister Party affiliation Ministerial title Term start Term end Time in office
Kerry Chikarovski Liberal Minister for the Status of Women 26 May 1993 4 April 1995 1 year, 313 days
Faye Lo Po' Labor Minister for Women 4 April 1995 2 April 2003 7 years, 363 days
Sandra Nori 2 April 2003 2 April 2007 4 years, 0 days
Verity Firth 2 April 2007 14 September 2009 2 years, 165 days
Linda Burney 14 September 2009 4 December 2009 81 days
Jodi McKay 8 December 2009 28 March 2011 1 year, 110 days
Pru Goward Liberal 3 April 2011 30 January 2017 5 years, 302 days
Tanya Davies 30 January 2017 incumbent 233 days

Former ministerial titles[edit]

Cancer[edit]

Minister Party affiliation Period Ministerial title
Frank Sartor Labor 2 April 2003 – 2 April 2007 Minister Assisting the Minister for Health (Cancer)
Verity Firth 2 April 2007 – 5 September 2008
Tony Stewart 8 September 2008 – 4 November 2008
Jodi McKay 4 November 2008 – 4 December 2009
Frank Sartor 8 December 2009 – 28 March 2011

Assistant Ministers[edit]

Minister Party affiliation Period Ministerial title
Deirdre Grusovin Labor 26 November 1987 – 21 March 1988 Assistant Minister for Health
Jim Longley Liberal 3 July 1992 – 26 May 1993 Assistant Minister for Health
Jai Rowell Liberal 23 April 2014 – 2 April 2015 Assistant Minister for Health
Pru Goward 2 April 2015 – 30 January 2017

Healthy Lifestyles[edit]

Minister Party affiliation Period Ministerial title
Kevin Humphries National 3 April 2011 – 17 April 2014 Minister for Healthy Lifestyles

Hospitals[edit]

Minister Party affiliation Period Ministerial title
Ron Phillips Liberal 6 June 1991 – 26 June 1991 Minister for Hospital Management
26 June 1991 – 24 June 1992 Minister for Health Services Management

References[edit]

  1. ^ Vukovic, Dom; Gerathy, Sarah; McDonald, Philippa (29 January 2017). "NSW Cabinet reshuffle: Premier Gladys Berejiklian announces big changes to front bench". ABC News. Australia. Retrieved 29 January 2017. 
  2. ^ "Medical Adviser to the Government". NSW State Records. NSW Government. Retrieved 17 September 2015. 
  3. ^ "Department of Public Health [I]". NSW State Records. NSW Government. Retrieved 17 September 2015. 
  4. ^ "Office of the Director-General of Public Health (1913-1938) / Department of Public Health [II] (1938-1973)". NSW State Records. NSW Government. Retrieved 17 September 2015. 
  5. ^ "Health Commission of New South Wales". NSW State Records. NSW Government. Retrieved 17 September 2015. 
  6. ^ "NSW Health Department (1982-2009) Department of Health (2009-2011) Ministry of Health (2011- )". NSW State Records. NSW Government. Retrieved 17 September 2015. 
  7. ^ "Ministry for the Status and Advancement of Women". NSW State Records. NSW Government. Retrieved 17 September 2015. 
  8. ^ "Department for Women". NSW State Records. NSW Government. Retrieved 17 September 2015. 
  9. ^ "Office for Women". NSW State Records. NSW Government. Retrieved 17 September 2015. 

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