New opposition health minister named

Federal Ballarat MP Catherine King has been named new Federal Opposition Health Minister in the Labor shadow ministry announced by leader Bill Shorten today.

Ms King replaces Labor's former health portfolio holder Tanya Plibersek, who has been elevated on the opposition front bench to Deputy Leader and Foreign Affairs Minister.

A former social worker, Ms King was first elected to the House of Representatives in 2001, and served the former Gillard/Rudd government as parliamentary secretary for Health and Ageing and as minister in Regional Services, Local Communities and Territories; Road Safety and