Mary-Anne Thomas sworn in as Vic health minister

Former Minister for Agriculture and Regional Development Mary-Anne Thomas has been sworn in as Victoria’s new Minister for Health and Minister for Ambulance Services.

She takes over from Martin Foley, who took over the role following the resignation of predecessor Jenny Mikakos and led the health sector through much of the pandemic.

Mr Foley told The Age that in his two years as health minister he had “got the rail tracks laid” for major reform in the system.

“The once-in-a-100-year catastrophe of the pandemic gave us a chance to get a better system in place,” Mr Foley said.

Ms Thomas had a previous stint as parliamentary secretary for health. She has been in parliament since 2014, following a career as a teacher, union training officer, departmental communications head, and as a policy and communications executive with National Australia Bank and humanitarian organisation Plan International.

Minister for Treaty and First Peoples Gabrielle Williams will take responsibility for the reform agenda in mental health following Victoria’s Royal Commission into Mental Health.

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