Bastian Seidel was elected as the Labor member for Huon in Tasmania’s Legislative Council on Saturday 1 August 2020. He lives locally, in Mountain River, with his wife Alex and their 2 young boys. He’s passionate about representing the Huon electorate in Parliament – because it’s his community too.
Bastian currently serves as the Shadow Minister for Health in the Labor Opposition Cabinet.
Bastian was previously a rural GP in Tasmania’s Huon Valley and Chair of the Huon Medical Group. Bastian is the Immediate Past President of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (representing over 40,000 members nationally) and a former Clinical Professor at the University of Tasmania.
Bastian studied medicine in Germany and South Africa. He underwent postgraduate training in the UK, USA and Hong Kong before moving to Australia in 2007.
He holds a research doctorate in paediatric immunology and has published peer-reviewed, scientific articles as well as books in general medicine, health services research and medical education.