ASMI congratulates Mr Martin Bowles as new Secretary of Federal Health Department

03 September 2014

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3 September 2014 - The Australian Self Medication Industry (ASMI) today congratulated Mr Martin Bowles PSM on his appointment as Secretary of the Federal Department of Health for a period of five years.

Mr Bowles has been Secretary of the Department of Immigration and Border Protection since 2012 and was previously Deputy Secretary of the Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency.

ASMI Executive Director, Dr Deon Schoombie, welcomed Mr Bowles to his new role saying: "ASMI congratulates Mr Bowles on his appointment. Mr Bowles is a distinguished public servant and we wish him well in his new role.

"National health policy is under review as the Federal Government seeks to build a more sustainable healthcare system. ASMI has always had a strong working relationship with the Department of Health and we look forward to working with Mr Bowles and the Department on a variety of opportunities and issues impacting health."

About ASMI: The Australian Self-Medication Industry (ASMI) is the peak body representing sponsors of non-prescription medicines - over-the-counter (OTC) and complementary medicines. Its members make up 85 per cent of the $4bn self care market. Membership totals 60 companies and ASMI members employ approximately 18,000 people with exports estimated at $1.2 billion annually. ASMI's mission is to promote better health through responsible self care. This means ensuring that safe and effective self care products are readily available to all Australians at a reasonable cost. ASMI works to encourage responsible use by consumers and an increasing role for cost-effective self-medication products as part of the broad national health strategy (

For more information or to arrange a media interview, please contact:
Marie Kelly-Davies
PR Manager, Australian Self Medication Industry (ASMI)
P: 9923 9410 M:0408 256 381 E: