13 Jun 2017

Australia appoints ambassador for regional health security

9:24 pm on 13 June 2017

Australia has appointed its first Ambassador for Regional Health Security, Blair Exell.

Blair Exell

Blair Exell Photo: ABC

Foreign minister Julie Bishop said it was an important step in reducing health security risks in the region and signaled Australia's commitment to leadership on the issue.

She said it broadened the responsibilities currently undertaken by the Ambassador for HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.

Mr Exell previously held senior positions with Australia's Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.