Standing Council on Health - Joint Communique - 11 November 2011

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11 November 2011

Australian Health Ministers met in Brisbane today and welcomed the passage of world-first legislation for plain packaging of tobacco products that passed in the Senate yesterday.

Ministers noted the historic legislation was yet another measure in a long history of tobacco-control measures over many decades taken by Commonwealth and State and Territory Governments.

Ministers also noted the legislation, combined with State and Territory efforts on tobacco control, would assist in achieving targets committed to by the Commonwealth and State and Territory Governments to reduce the adult daily smoking rate to 10 per cent by 2018, and halving the rate among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Ministers discussed and considered a range of issues, including:

  • eHealth
  • MyHospitals website
  • food labelling
  • rural and remote health
  • aged care reform
  • mental health reform
  • health workforce.
Media enquiries: Ruth Awbery, Minister Hill’s office, 0428 822 114

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