Minister for Health (New South Wales)

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Minister for Health
Coat of Arms of New South Wales.svg
Jillian Skinner at the Mosman International Women's Day Breakfast.jpg
Incumbent
Jillian Skinner

since 3 April 2011
Style The Honourable
Nominator Premier of New South Wales
Appointer Governor of New South Wales
Inaugural holder Fred Flowers
Formation 22 April 1914
Minister for Mental Health
Minister for Medical Research
Assistant Minister for Health
Minister for Women
Minister for Prevention of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault
Pru Goward (7010666561).jpg
Incumbent
Pru Goward

since 3 April 2011 (as Minister for Women)
2 April 2015
Style The Honourable

The New South Wales Minister for Education is a Minister of the Crown in the New South Wales Government and has responsibilities which includes all hospitals and health services in NSW and is the head of the Ministry of Health.

The current Minister for Health, since 3 April 2011 is Jillian Skinner (Liberal. The current Minister for Medical Research, Minister for Mental Health and Assistance Minister for Health, since 2 April 2015, is Pru Goward (Liberal). Goward is also the Minister for Women since 3 April 2011 and the Minister for Prevention of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault since 2 April 2015. Together, they administer the portfolio through the Ministry of Health and the Office of Medical Research.[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 new Minister for the Status of Women Kerry Chikarovski 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 new government of Bob Carr with a new Minister for Women.[8]

However, 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 made another move to its current position within the Ministry of Health.

List of Ministers for Health[edit]

Minister Party affiliation Period Ministerial title
Fred Flowers Labor 22 April 1914 – 27 April 1915 Minister for Public Health
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 9 February 1920 – 20 December 1921 Minister for Public Health and Motherhood
Charles Oakes Nationalist 20 December 1921 Minister for Public Health
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 4 November 1930 – 17 June 1931 Minister for Health
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
Gus Kelly Labor 16 May 1941 – 30 June 1950
Maurice O'Sullivan 30 June 1950 – 15 March 1956
Bill Sheahan 15 March 1956 – 13 May 1965
Harry Jago Liberal 13 May 1965 – 3 December 1973
John Waddy 3 December 1973 – 3 January 1975
Dick Healey 3 January 1975 – 14 May 1976
Kevin Stewart Labor 14 May 1976 – 2 October 1981
Laurie Brereton 2 October 1981 – 10 February 1984
Ron Mulock 10 February 1984 – 6 February 1986
Barrie Unsworth 6 February 1986 – 4 July 1986
Peter Anderson 4 July 1986 – 21 March 1988 Minister for Health
Minister for the Drug Offensive
Peter Collins Liberal 25 March 1988 – 6 June 1991 Minister for Health
John Hannaford 6 June 1991 – 24 June 1992 Minister for Health and Community Services
Ron Phillips 24 June 1992 – 4 April 1995 Minister for Health
Andrew Refshauge Labor 4 April 1995 – 8 April 1999
Craig Knowles 8 April 1999 – 2 April 2003
Morris Iemma 2 April 2003 – 3 August 2005
John Hatzistergos 3 August 2005 – 2 April 2007
Reba Meagher 2 April 2007 – 5 September 2008
John Della Bosca 5 September 2008 – 1 September 2009
John Hatzistergos 1 September 2009 – 14 September 2009
Carmel Tebbutt 14 September 2009 – 28 March 2011
Jillian Skinner Liberal 3 April 2011 – present

Junior ministers[edit]

Assistant Ministers[edit]

Minister Party affiliation Period Ministerial title
Deirdre Grusovin Labor 26 November 1987 – 21 March 1988 Assistant Minister for Health
Office not in use N/A N/A N/A
Jim Longley Liberal 3 July 1992 – 26 May 1993 Assistant Minister for Health
Office not in use N/A N/A N/A
Jai Rowell Liberal 23 April 2014 – 2 April 2015 Assistant Minister for Health
Pru Goward 2 April 2015 – present

Medical Research and Science[edit]

Minister Party affiliation Period Ministerial title
Charles Cutler Country 13 May 1965 – 19 June 1972 Minister for Science
Office not in use N/A N/A N/A
Frank Sartor Labor 2 April 2003 – 2 April 2007 Minister for Science and Medical Research
Verity Firth 2 April 2007 – 5 September 2008
Tony Stewart 8 September 2008 – 4 November 2008
Jodi McKay 4 November 2008 – 28 March 2011
Jillian Skinner Liberal 3 April 2011 – 2 April 2015 Minister for Medical Research
Pru Goward 2 April 2015 – present

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

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

Mental Health[edit]

Minister Party affiliation Period Ministerial title
Cherie Burton Labor 10 August 2005 – 2 April 2007 Minister Assisting the Minister for Health (Mental Health)
Paul Lynch 2 April 2007 – 5 September 2008
Barbara Perry 8 September 2009 – 28 March 2011
Kevin Humphries National 4 April 2011 – 23 April 2014 Minister for Mental Health
Jai Rowell Liberal 23 April 2014 – 2 April 2015
Pru Goward 2 April 2015 – present

Healthy Lifestyles[edit]

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

Women[edit]

Minister Party affiliation Period Ministerial title
Kerry Chikarovski Liberal 26 May 1993 – 4 April 1995 Minister for the Status of Women
Faye Lo Po' Labor 4 April 1995 – 2 April 2003 Minister for Women
Sandra Nori 2 April 2003 – 2 April 2007
Verity Firth 2 April 2007 – 14 September 2009
Linda Burney 14 September 2009 – 4 December 2009
Jodi McKay 8 December 2009 – 28 March 2011
Pru Goward Liberal 3 April 2011 – 2 April 2015
2 April 2015 – present Minister for Women
Minister for Prevention of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hasham, Nicole (3 April 2015). "Premier Mike Baird's new NSW cabinet sworn in: Gladys Berejiklian and Gabrielle Upton first female Treasurer and Attorney-General". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 6 April 2015. 
  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. 

"The Ministry of Health" (PDF). A History of Medical Administration in NSW. NSW Department of Health. 1973. Retrieved 2009-05-21. 

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