Andrew has a strong history of commitment to health and to social justice.
After graduating in Medicine and working as a junior resident in NSW hospitals he was a founding member of the executive of the Doctors’ Reform Society.
He later worked at the Redfern Aboriginal Medical Service and helped establish others in Kempsey and Wilcannia.
In 1983, he stood for the ALP for the state seat of Marrickville, won and held it continuously until 2005. After the 1988 election he was elected as Deputy leader of the Opposition and held the Shadow Health portfolio for seven years until Labor won Government in 1995.
Andrew was then Deputy Premier and Minister for Health and Minister for Aboriginal Affairs.
His priorities during his four years in Health included:
- Fair distribution of resources,
- Protection of the Mental Health budget at the local level,
- Full partnership between the Department and the Aboriginal community on any Aboriginal policy,
- Building infrastructure for Health in Aboriginal communities
For the next seven years as Deputy Premier Andrew held the portfolios of Planning, Housing, Education, Training, State development and Treasury.
After leaving politics in 2005 he has held a number of board positions, mostly in the health of welfare area and is now Chair of the Far West Local Health District and Chair of CareFlight.
He has been an advocate, an activist, a practitioner, an Opposition spokesperson and a Minister for Health.