Professor Chris Baggoley AO

Professor Chris Baggoley is the Chief Medical Officer of the Department of Health.

Page last updated: 07 January 2015

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. He also holds direct responsibility for the Department of Health’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 with the South Australian Department of Health. His clinical career has been in emergency medicine.

Professor Baggoley was the President of the Australasian College for Emergency Medicine, Chair of the national Committee of Presidents of Medical Colleges and Chair of the Board of the National Institute of Clinical Studies and his previous 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; the inaugural Director of Emergency Services at the Ashford Community Hospital.

In addition to his Flinders University Degree in Medicine, Professor Baggoley holds a Flinders University Bachelor in Social Administration and an Honours degree in Veterinary Science from the University of Melbourne. In the Queen's Birthday honours for 2013, Professor Baggoley was made an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO).