Premier Daniel Andrews announced the appointment of Deputy Premier James Merlino as Minister for Mental Health, taking over from Martin Foley MP who, on Sunday, was appointed Minister for Health.
SHA CEO Cheryl Holmes AM said she looked forward to working with the incoming ministers across these critical portfolios.
“As we continue to move through this pandemic and into recovery, there is a long road ahead for our health system, and for the community. Spiritual care will be vital to helping us face the individual and collective changes, losses and experiences which all of us have lived through,” Cheryl said.
“We look forward to working closely with Ministers Foley and Merlino to ensure spiritual health continues to have a voice in conversations about our health and mental health responses to the global pandemic, and beyond.
“Minister Foley’s keen appreciation of the importance of hope in mental health recovery will serve us well in the days ahead. Deputy Premier Merlino’s capable leadership guiding the rebuilding of our mental health system will help to save lives.
“We look forward to meeting the new ministers to discuss embedding spiritual care as an integral element of these reforms,” she said.
SHA takes this opportunity to also acknowledge the commitment and dedication of Jenny Mikakos in her many years of service to the Victorian health sector and community.
“We are especially thankful to Jenny Mikakos for her work towards enabling the first Victorian International Pregnancy and Infant Loss Memorial Service on 15 October 2010.”