Andrew Laming

Andrew Laming

Andrew is the federal Coalition spokesperson for Aboriginal Health and Regional Health Services, member for Bowman on Brisbane’s bayside and former Chair of the Coalition’s Backbench Economics Committee.
After graduating Medicine and Surgery (University of Queensland) in 1990, he worked in rural general practice for two years before volunteering as a landmine clearing medic in Afghanistan with the HALO Trust.
In 1995 he pioneered a breakthrough drug in the treatment of trachoma in the central desert community of Lajamanu with the Menzies School of Health Research.
After completing speciality training on Ophthalmology at Royal North Shore Hospital in 1999, he joined the World Bank Group in Health, Nutrition and Population, before being seconded to the East Timor Transitional Authority as a health planning specialist. He also worked as a Ministerial policy advisor and conducted major reviews of indigenous organisations for ATSIC and ATSIS.
He has Masters degrees in Public Health (Sydney), Public Policy (Charles Darwin) and Public Administration (Harvard).

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Now there is another gap, between the city and the bush

Now there is another gap, between the city and the bush

07 Feb 13 Yesterday’s Prime Ministerial address to the nation on Closing the Gap with Aboriginal Australia showed just how complex this historic…... Read more

Labor needs to fight the black dog in the bush

Labor needs to fight the black dog in the bush

26 Nov 12 Male suicide is two and a half times more likely in remote Queensland than in our cities. Last week Mental…... Read more

A detox is not going to drain the indigenous grog bog

A detox is not going to drain the indigenous grog bog

14 Nov 12 Last week’s announcement of new minimum standards for alcohol in remote Indigenous Australia show that Jenny Macklin simply doesn’t get…... Read more

The risks of the bush health deficit are not so remote

The risks of the bush health deficit are not so remote

31 Oct 12 About a third of our health suffering is self-induced; it’s what we eat, drink, smoke and how we exercise. The…... Read more

A peace-loving people crushed by corruption

A peace-loving people crushed by corruption

16 Oct 12 It is Australia’s invisible northern neighbour. The Philippines are south-east Asia’s first democracy and only Christian nation. Most of us…... Read more

Ow! Labor’s dental plan has some serious holes

Ow! Labor’s dental plan has some serious holes

24 Sep 12 It was a week where both sides of politics trashed each other’s dental policies. But if you are sick with…... Read more

Fee fi fo fum. Opposing full-fee students is dumb

Fee fi fo fum. Opposing full-fee students is dumb

11 Sep 12 Buying your place in medical school. It evokes images of lazy rich kids displacing slaving battlers out of the noble…... Read more

Come on, come on, give me something for the pain

Come on, come on, give me something for the pain

17 Aug 12 Love can free us from the pain of life, Sophocles argued. But people like Raylee and John would disagree. John…... Read more

Why the carbon tax is literally bad for your health

Why the carbon tax is literally bad for your health

21 Jul 12 If you transferred millions from a public hospital budget to the Cayman Islands, it would be a national scandal. But…... Read more

ALP membership no longer a free pass on Indigenous land

ALP membership no longer a free pass on Indigenous land

09 Jul 12 “You’re not welcome on our land, Jenny Macklin.” The young female voice cut the air in Hobart’s Grand Chancellor ballroom…... Read more

Putting proper store in grassroots solutions

Putting proper store in grassroots solutions

28 Jun 12 Update 10am: Indigenous Affairs Minister Jenny Macklin’s office has provided The Punch with this statement: The Government has not cut…... Read more

We must keep chaplains in our schools to help our kids

We must keep chaplains in our schools to help our kids

20 Jun 12 Six years ago this week, Greg Hunt enlisted Louise Markus, David Fawcett and me to formulate the National School Chaplaincy…... Read more

Our record with stroke is really just a big joke

Our record with stroke is really just a big joke

29 May 12 Cancer and heart disease each claim a third of all deaths Australia-wide. Of these two, it is cancer which has…... Read more

Assange is no hero but he deserves a fair trial

Assange is no hero but he deserves a fair trial

29 Feb 12 If you break the law overseas, don’t expect government to bail you out. Julian Assange hasn’t been charged under any…... Read more

Stop the welfare to start closing the gap

Stop the welfare to start closing the gap

16 Feb 12 Another year; another Closing the Gap Prime Minister’s report. More statistical improvements at the margins but the core issues evaded…... Read more

Cross border health issues must be resolved

Cross border health issues must be resolved

12 Aug 11 For three months Australia’s world-class health system refused to treat Thornlands’ Della Johnson who has a rare vascular disease of…... Read more

No guilt, no shame in rejecting this tax, Australia

No guilt, no shame in rejecting this tax, Australia

03 Aug 11 Apologies in advance to those with fixed views on a carbon tax. It is time the majority of Australians had…... Read more

Unions abandon their members on carbon

Unions abandon their members on carbon

26 Apr 11 In search of mates for their unloved climate tax, Labor phoned a friend and the ACTU answered on The Punch…... Read more

Doomsayers are doomed to be proven wrong

Doomsayers are doomed to be proven wrong

28 Dec 09 Global economics rarely moves as fast as it has over the last twelve months. Inflation genie, global financial crisis and…... Read more

Rudd’s internet nanny plan targets the wrong enemy

Rudd’s internet nanny plan targets the wrong enemy

10 Sep 09 We all want our kids to be safe online. Parents can’t be expected to monitor every click and it’s understandable…... Read more

The Rudd-free account of how we dodged the downturn

The Rudd-free account of how we dodged the downturn

01 Sep 09 Australia’s momentary brush with recession is over. After less than twelve months we are now leading the world out of…... Read more

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