ASMI welcomes Catherine King as Shadow Health Minister

22 October 2013

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22 October 2013 - The Australian Self Medication Industry (ASMI) has welcomed the appointment of Catherine King as the new Federal Shadow Health Minister in the Labor ministry, just announced by Opposition Leader Bill Shorten.

Ms King replaces Labor's former health minister Tanya Plibersek, who has been elevated on the opposition front bench to Deputy Leader and Foreign Affairs Minister.
Congratulating Ms King on her appointment, ASMI Executive Director Dr Deon Schoombie said:

"ASMI enjoyed a longstanding relationship with Catherine King during her former role as Parliamentary Secretary for Health and Ageing. During this time, Ms King was engaged and accessible on all matters affecting the over-the-counter and complementary medicines industry and ensured that a pragmatic approach was taken to the vast number of regulatory reforms, particularly the labelling and packaging review which is still underway.

"ASMI also congratulates Shayne Neumann on his appointment as Shadow Minister for Ageing and Shadow Minister for Indigenous Affairs.

"Both Ms King and Mr Neumann were instrumental in maintaining open dialogue between the industry and the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) on major issues that impacted the non-prescription healthcare sector. ASMI looks forward to continuing this positive working relationship and keeping both shadow ministers abreast of important developments within the industry."
Media contact: Michelle Sollitt-Davis - ASMI PR Manager
Ph: 02 9923 9410 | M: 0422 084 951 | Email:

About ASMI: The Australian Self-Medication Industry (ASMI) is the peak industry body for the Australian self care industry representing consumer healthcare products including over-the-counter medicines and complementary medicines. 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.