Women’s health advocates have praised the new deputy minister of women and child development for a big, ambitious job.
Key points:Catherine Zuckerman has the job of bringing women’s and children’s health to the forefrontWomen’s health campaigners praised Catherine Zuckermans leadership on men’s careShe said she was “well prepared” for the jobWomen’s Health Victoria chief executive Susan Foulkes described her as “one of the most experienced and well-respected female commissioners in the state” and she was confident her team would bring a “vital new perspective” to the area.
Catherine O’Connor, a senior researcher at the Australian National University’s Gender Studies Program, said Ms Zuckers leadership was “one that has been sorely missed”.
“Ms Zuckertons appointment is a big change, one that will make the world of women’s healthcare even more visible,” Ms O’Donnell said.
“I’m confident that she will bring a vital new perspective to the state.”
Ms Zucks appointment comes as the State Government announced plans to close the men’s hospital and hospital on Friday and bring men’s services to the private sector.
Key point:Ms ZUCKERMAN was appointed as deputy minister for women and childrens health and deputy leader of women & child healthCatherine is the new Deputy Minister of Women and Child Health.
She said in her new role, she was looking to develop “a collaborative approach to addressing men’s issues in our community”.
She said the state would provide “the most effective, efficient and compassionate service to the communities most at risk” and said it was a “high priority” to provide services to men.
“While we understand the importance of addressing men and boys’ health, we also need to make sure that men’s needs are being met,” she said.
Ms Zuckerman said the department was looking for people who were “strong and knowledgeable about the issues and processes surrounding men’s healthcare and child welfare”.
“We are committed to supporting men and their families in a way that is appropriate and equitable,” she told the ABC.
“It is an incredibly challenging time for men and family health, but I will do everything I can to ensure that this is not a situation where the care of men is under-served.”
She said that “inclusionary approach” had worked well for the department in the past, but it was time for the “big change” to take place.
“We need to build a stronger, better, more inclusive model,” she added.
“A strong, strong and inclusive model that respects and supports men’s concerns and concerns of all Australians, including the families and partners of men and families, will give us the best chance of ensuring men and fathers can have the same access to care that is provided to women.”
Ms O’Dwyer said the appointment would be a big one.
“She has experience of leading women’s services and this will be a very good position for her to continue to lead women’s initiatives,” she noted.
“The deputy minister’s job is to represent all Australians’ interests and I believe she has the experience and expertise to do that.”
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