If the Coalition is re-elected the South Australian senator will take over as Federal Health and Aged Care Minister.
Mr Hunt announced his intention to retire at the next federal election on December 1 last year, saying he wanted to spend more time with his family.
At the moment Senator Ruston is South Australia’s Families and Social Services Minister.
She said she was honoured to be chosen as the new Health Minister if the Morrison government was re-elected.
“Healthcare has been a part of my life ever since I was born as my mum was a nurse in our regional town, which also gave me great insight into the vital role country hospitals play in the lives of their communities,” Senator Ruston said.
Mr Morrison says Senator Ruston’s experience as a senior minister who managed a complex portfolio made her “the right pick”.
“I know she’ll bring that ability to understand complex issues, and her compassion to the health portfolio,” Mr Morrison said.
He also thanked Mr Hunt again for his time in the role.
“He has helped ensure Australia has one of the lowest death rates from COVID and highest vaccination rates…for his years of advocacy in the portfolio on mental health, making telehealth permanent and delivering a record number of medicines listings on the PBS.”