Mark Butler has been the Labor Member for Port Adelaide and Hindmarsh in the Federal Parliament since 2007 and is the 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.
Read the latest media releases, speeches and transcripts.
- Australians with chronic heart failure now have access to cheaper medicines under the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS).
- The Albanese Government is making medicines cheaper by doubling the number of medicines now available for a 60-day prescription, with an additional 94 medicines for stable, ongoing health conditions like diabetes, epilepsy, breast cancer and menopause now eligible.
- Read the transcript of Minister Butler's interview with Raf Epstein on the new influencer-led vaping campaign; next steps of vaping reform; private health insurance.
- The Australian Government has accepted the latest advice from the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) on the National COVID-19 Vaccine Program for 2024.
More rare conditions considered for newborn bloodspot screening and new treatment option for spinal muscular atrophyOn Rare Disease Day, the Albanese Government has announced two more rare genetic conditions have been recommended by the independent group of experts for addition to Australian newborn bloodspot screening (NBS) and a new treatment option for infants with spinal muscular atrophy.
Radio interview with Minister Butler and Craig Reucassel, ABC Radio Sydney Breakfast - 29 February 2024Read the interview with Minister Butler and Craig Reucassel on the new influencer-led vaping campaign; next steps of vaping reform; snus; private health insurance.
- Read the transcript from Minister Butler's press conference on vaping, private health insurance, tobacco and the Community Pharmacy Agreement.
- The Australian Government’s world leading vaping reforms are progressing, with the next stage of import restrictions taking effect from 1 March, as well as the launch of a government communications campaign targeting youth vaping.
- The Australian Government today launched the Stronger Medicare Awards, to honour those who have made a significant contribution to Australia’s primary care sector.
- The Australian Government is providing $50 million to develop and commercialise the world’s most advanced artificial heart, a technology that could halve deaths from heart failure globally and contribute $1.8 billion to Australia and Australian society.