5 August 2022 - 1:00pm to 2:15pm



We are delighted that the new Minister for Health and Aged Care, the Hon. Mark Butler MP, joined us to discuss future plans for health in this webinar for consumers, members and stakeholders on 5 August 2022. 

Members and consumers were invited to propose questions to aid the discussion on the Minister’s priorities for health and the big issues that we hope to see progressed in the first term of the Labor Government.

We chose a spectrum of submitted questions and invited guests to put them directly live to the Minister – ABC “Q&A” style. 

Hon Mark Butler MP,
Minister for Health and Aged Care

Mark served as Minister for Ageing and Australia’s first Minister for Mental Health in the Gillard Government. He has also held the ministries of Housing, Homelessness, Social Inclusion, Climate Change, Water and the Environment.

Before Mark was elected to parliament, he worked for some of the most disadvantaged people in the community as an official with the United Workers Union (then United Voice) for over 15 years, including 11 years as State Secretary.

In 2003 Mark was awarded the Centenary Medal for services to trade unionism.

He has long been a champion for society’s most vulnerable, and was a member of the South Australian Social Inclusion Board during its major review of the South Australian mental health system. Read more

Introduced by

Tony Lawson
Chair, Consumers Health Forum 

Tony Lawson is Chair of the CHF Board. Tony has extensive experience in managing and implementing governance frameworks in a diverse range of organisations both as a leader and independent adviser. Overall, he has been involved at the highest levels in consumer health for over a decade and continues to strive to provide decisive and strategic leadership to CHF representing the interests of Australian healthcare consumers. He has managed not-for-profit organisations and was Chair of the SA peak consumer health body for six years. He has undertaken many health consumer participation projects and produced many reports and published articles on health issues including two co-authored articles in Heart Lung Circulation relating to equitable standards for cardiovascular care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People.

Facilitated by

Leanne Wells
CEO, Consumers Health Forum 

Leanne has held executive positions in federal government and non-government organisations. She has previously served as CEO of national peak and local service delivery organisations in the primary care sector. She is a health advocate and service executive with over thirty years’ experience in health and social policy, program, and service development. Leanne has broad governance experience and is currently Board Director of Coordinare (Southeast New South Wales’ Primary Health Network), the Ozhelp Foundation, and the Population Health Research Network.

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