Professor Chris Baggoley
Professor Chris Baggoley is the Chief Medical Officer of the Department of Health and Ageing.
Professor Chris Baggoley is Chief Medical Officer for the Australian Government and is the principal medical adviser to the Minister and the Department of Health and Ageing. He plays a key, strategic role in developing and administering major health reforms for all Australians. In particular his close association with Australia’s medical fraternities and researchers will be crucial in the development of evidence based public health policy. Professor Baggoley also holds direct responsibility for the Department of Health and Ageing’s Office of Health Protection.
Prior to his appointment Professor Baggoley was the Chief Executive of the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care. He was a former Chief Medical Officer and Executive Director with the South Australian Department of Health. Other medical positions include Professor-Director of Emergency Medicine at the University of Adelaide and Royal Adelaide Hospital; Director of Emergency Medicine at Flinders Medical Centre in Adelaide, Censor-In-Chief and President of the Australasian College for Emergency Medicine, Chair of the Committee of Presidents of Medical Colleges; and Chair of the Board of the National Institute of Clinical Studies.
In addition to his medical degrees, Professor Baggoley holds an Honours degree in Veterinary Science from Melbourne University, a degree in Social Administration, FUSA, and has been awarded the Order of the International Federation for Emergency Medicine.