Plibersek acknowledges GP's role

“Every Australian needs to be able to see a doctor at the right time in the right place when they need to [and we are] making sure that we have the workforce in place to do that [and] making sure that we've got the physical services located on the ground,” she said.

Yesterday’s cabinet reshuffle saw former Health Minister Nicola Roxon appointed Attorney General, the elevation of Mental Health Minister Mark Butler to Cabinet and the creation of a Disability Reform portfolio to be headed by Jenny Macklin.

Ms Plibersek’s appointment to the health portfolio was greeted with a raft of congratulations and demands from professional and industry groups of all stripes, including the AMA, the Rural Doctors Association of Australia, the Generic Medicines Industry Association, the Heart Foundation, the Australian Nursing Foundation and the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia.

Opposition Health Spokesman Peter Dutton said it remained to