Senator the Hon Fiona Nash

Assistant Minister for Health

Page last updated: 26 September 2013

Minister Nash was first elected to the Senate for the NSW Nationals at the 2004 Federal Election, and was re-elected in 2010.

Prior to becoming Assistant Minister for Health, Senator Nash held a range of Parliamentary and Senate Committee positions.

In 2007 she was appointed Party Whip and in 2008, was elected Deputy Leader of the Nationals in the Senate. Also in 2008, Minister Nash was appointed as Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Water Resources and Conservation, and in 2010 became Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Regional Education.

In her role as Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Regional Education, Minister Nash led a successful campaign to make the independent youth allowance criteria fair for thousands of students living in inner regional areas.

In the Senate, Senator Nash chaired the Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport References Senate committee from 2008 – 2010, heading up inquiries on issues such as biosecurity, grains, BSE-affected meat and regional education.

As a resident and representative of regional Australia, Minister Nash has a deep understanding of the challenges faced by people living outside metropolitan Australia.

Minister Nash and her husband, David, have two sons, William and Henry, and operate a mixed farm near Young in south west NSW.

Rural Health a Priority During New Zealand Visit


The Assistant Minister for Health Fiona Nash visited businesses and a health service in regional New Zealand.

Forging Closer Trans-Tasman Ties on Food and Nutrition Policy


Assistant Health Minister Fiona Nash met with Ministers in New Zealand to progress a range of discussions on key food and nutrition policies.

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