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Minister for Health; Culture and the Arts


Hon John Day MLA

For The Honourable John Day BSc BDSc MLA

Minister for Health; Culture and the Arts; Manager of Government Business in the Legislative Assembly

As Minister for Health and Culture and the Arts, John Day has built a strong reputation as a reliable and knowledgeable Member of the Legislative Assembly in the Western Australian Parliament. Now in his eighth year leading key portfolios, John is committed to ensuring WA is a modern, diverse and globally competitive State, with a world-class health system. John also currently represents the Kalamunda electorate.

In his role as Health Minister, he is committed to providing not only the best, but the most efficient health care in the nation, by driving service, accountability and engagement from the patient up, ensuring it is responsive to community needs and delivered as close to home as possible. One of his top priorities is delivering the Perth Children's Hospital, and he is dedicated to health science, to ensure WA maintains its leading role in global health research.

As Australia's longest serving Minister for Culture and the Arts, John has been influential in the ongoing revitalisation of the Perth Cultural Centre. This project has seen the State's cultural institutions including the Art Gallery of WA, WA Museum, State Library of WA and the State Theatre Centre engage with public spaces to help transform the area into a popular destination for cultural entertainment. His dedication to a new museum for WA was instrumental in securing State Government investment of $428 million, with the museum now one of the most significant cultural infrastructure projects currently underway in Australia.

As Minister for Planning, John focused on red tape reduction and was responsible for overseeing some of this State's most significant major projects, including Perth City Link, Elizabeth Quay and Riverside.

John Day was first elected to the Legislative Assembly of the Western Australian Parliament in 1993. He was Minister for Police and Emergency Services (1997-98) and Minister for Health (1998-2001) in the previous Liberal Coalition Government. In opposition, he held many Shadow portfolios including Resources Development and Energy; Pilbara; Education and Training; Indigenous Affairs; Transport; Water Resources; and Energy. More recently, John held the Science and Innovation portfolio from 2010-13.

John has served on numerous Parliamentary and other committees as a Member of Parliament, including those concerned with the Darling Range bushfire hazard, road safety and acquired brain injuries.

Before embarking on a political career, John was a dentist, both in private practice, and previously with the Perth Dental Hospital. He studied science and dentistry at the University of Western Australia. He has lived most of his life in the Perth Hills.

(As at 2016-Sep-2)