Today I announce 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. The Ambassador will advance Australia’s interests by focussing global attention on the needs of our region, strengthening national health systems and preparing the Indo-Pacific to respond to emerging health threats.

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.

I thank outgoing Ambassador for HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, Mr James Gilling for his contributions to global efforts tackling these diseases since 2012.

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