• Hannah Phillips

Ambassador For Regional Health Security

Last Thursday Minister for Foreign Affairs Julie Bishop announced the appointment of Mr Blair Exell as Australia’s first Ambassador for Regional Health Security.

The appointment of an Ambassador for Regional Health Security is an important step in reducing health security risks to our region and signals Australia’s commitment to leadership on this important issue.

The role broadens the responsibilities currently undertaken by the Ambassador for HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.

The Ambassador will foster partnerships with other governments, including emerging donors in our region, and lead Australia’s development and implementation of innovative health security solutions in international fora.

A key focus for the Ambassador will be the Indo-Pacific region.

Mr Exell is a senior career officer with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) and is currently First Assistant Secretary, Development Policy Division. He has served overseas with the Australian Government in senior roles in Indonesia, Solomon Islands and Cambodia.

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