Professor Chris Baggoley AO

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

Page last updated: 08 August 2013

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.

Professor Baggoley 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 is crucial in the development of evidence based public health policy. 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 and Executive Director with the South Australian Department of Health. His clinical career has been in emergency medicine.

Professor Baggoley chairs the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee, the Expert Panel on the implementation of the access targets under the National Partnership Agreement, the Australian Therapeutic Goods Advisory Council and co-chairs the National Cancer Expert Reference Group. He represents Australia on the IARC (International Agency for Research in Cancer) Governing Council and is a Council member of the National Health and Medical Research Council.

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. Professor Baggoley has been awarded the Order of the International Federation for Emergency Medicine. In the Queen's Birthday honours for 2013, Professor Baggoley was made an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO).