Mikakos takes on Health in Victoria as Hennessy moves to AG

Newly reelected Victorian premier Daniel Andrews has announced a new-look cabinet for the next four years, with former minister for families and children Jenny Mikakos taking on the health ministry and the state's ambitious hospital building program.

Former Health Minister Jill Hennessy has been promoted to Attorney General, the first woman to hold this position in a Victorian Labor government. In addition to a number of building projects, Ms Hennessy's tenure as health minister was notable for the introduction of the SafeScript real-time prescription monitoring program.

Ms Mikakos, a commercial and tax lawyer before entering politics, will also take on the ambulance services portfolio and oversee the roll-out of one of Labor's big election promises in the free school dental program.

Martin Foley will continue as the Minister for Mental Health and will oversee Australia’s first ever Royal Commission into Mental Health. The government promised to start work on the $13 million inquiry within 100 days, including the appointment of commissioners and terms of reference.

Minister for Child Protection Luke Donnellan will also take on the role of Minister for Disability, Ageing and Carers.

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