Australia to attend G20 Health Ministers’ Meeting to advance international health cooperation

The Minister for Aged Care and Minister for Indigenous Health, Ken Wyatt, leaves for Germany to attend the first ever G20 Health Ministers’ Meeting, where he will represent the Australian Government at this premier forum for international economic cooperation.

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16 May 2017

The Minister for Aged Care and Minister for Indigenous Health, Ken Wyatt, leaves for Germany today to attend the first ever G20 Health Ministers’ Meeting, where he will represent the Australian Government at this premier forum for international economic cooperation.

The health issues to be discussed at the meeting represent significant threats to global public health.

In addition to the main meeting Minister Wyatt will hold a number of bilateral and stakeholder meetings including with the German, Canadian, Singapore and Indian Ministers for Health.

“I am looking forward to discussing a range of health issues with my counterparts from Europe and Asia, particularly focussing on aged care, dementia and Alzheimer’s disease,” Minister Wyatt said.

“During the visit I will be signing a Joint Declaration of Intent on Health Cooperation with the German Health Minister, Hermann Grohe, which includes areas of cooperation such as digital health, mental health, and communicable and non-communicable diseases.

“I will also be following up with the Indian Minister of Health and Family Welfare, Jagat Prakash Nadda, on the new Australia-India Memorandum of Understanding on health cooperation.

“I am also keen to meet with my Canadian counterpart, Health Minister Jane Philpott, to discuss the health priorities for their recent increased investment towards Indigenous communities.

“I look forward also to meeting with the Singaporean Minister for Health, Minister Gan Kim Yong, who also helms the Singapore Ministerial Committee of Ageing whose key focus is to spearhead Singapore’s promotion of active ageing for its population.”

A feature of the G20 meeting will be a Health Simulation Exercise during which delegates will simulate the emergence and spread of a novel virus in a fictitious, low income country.

“The Director General of the World Health Organization, Dr Margaret Chan, will be in attendance and this exercise seeks to test global health capacities to communicate events of potential international relevance, to collaborate and coordinate public health emergency responses,” Minister Wyatt said.

Minister Wyatt said the international fight against antimicrobial resistance will also be discussed at the G20 Health Ministers’ Meeting.

“This session which will focus on the need for increased research and development of new antibiotics, rapid diagnostics and vaccines to prevent infections,” Minister Wyatt said.

Media contact: Kay McNiece, 0412 132 585

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