Dr Gillespie was elected to the Australian Parliament on 7 September 2013, representing The Nationals.
Dr Gillespie is married to Charlotte and together they have three children: Isabelle, Oliver and Alice. Dr Gillespie and Charlotte have raised their family on their farm in the Hastings Valley, on which they run grass-fed Angus beef for the export market.
Dr Gillespie graduated MB BS from University of Sydney in 1981 and Fellow of Royal Australasian College of Physicians (FRACP)in 1991. As an undergraduate, he gained experience training both in Papua New Guinea and British Columbia. Dr Gillespie’s post graduate specialist training included stints at hospitals at Bathurst, Orange and Dubbo while based at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital (RPAH) in Sydney (1981-1982 and 1987-1990). Dr Gillespie also gained two years of paediatric experience at Royal Alexandra Hospital for Children (RAHC) Camperdown (1983-84), St George Hospital (1991) and at Sydney’s St Vincent’s Hospital (1992). Dr Gillespie obtained a Diploma of Anaesthetics (London) and Diploma of Child Health (UK) in 1986 after working in the UK NHS (1985-6).
Before entering Federal Parliament, Dr Gillespie had 33 years of medical practice, including 21 years as specialist Gastroenterologist and Consultant Specialist Physician in Port Macquarie (1993 -2013). Dr Gillespie was active in Postgraduate Medical Training as Director of Physician training at Port Macquarie Base Hospital (1995 – 2009) and was instrumental in the Base Hospital achieving accreditation by Royal Australasian College of Physicians for Specialist Training and becoming a Centre for College Examinations.
Dr Gillespie and Charlotte built, licensed and ran the free standing Hastings Day Surgery in Port Macquarie for 12 years. During this period, Dr Gillespie also lectured and tutored at UNSW Rural Medical School since its inception.
Dr Gillespie wants to see Australian business, particularly small business, released from unnecessary government red-tape and green-tape at federal, state and local levels of government. David understands the complexity and pressures of primary production in Australia and works to ensure primary producers and processors receive equitable treatment by retailers under Australia’s consumer and competition laws.
Since entering Parliament, Dr Gillespie has served as Assistant Minister for Health and Assistant Minister for Rural Health. In December 2017, he was appointed as Assistant Minister for Children and Families.
Dr Gillespie is working with his colleagues in Government to improve policies and programs that impact on Australian children and families. Dr Gillespie believes that the family unit is the bedrock institution of all societies.