Management Structure Chart

Welcome to the Department of Health structure including the Divisions and Branches.

Page last updated: 18 July 2016

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Martin Bowles PSM Secretary


Office of the Secretary

Assistant Secretary - Ross Hawkins


Health Protection

Acting Chief Medical Officer - Dr Tony Hobbs


Principal Medical Adviser - Dr Jenny Firman
Principal Medical Adviser - Dr Gary Lum

Office of Health Protection

First Assistant Secretary - Sharon Appleyard
BranchAssistant Secretary
Health Protection PolicyChris Carlile
Health Emergency ManagementRhonda Owen
ImmunisationMasha Somi

Strategic Policy & Innovation

Mark Cormack - Deputy Secretary


Chief Nurse and Midwifery Officer - Debra Thoms

Health Systems Policy

First Assistant Secretary - Mark Booth

Principal Adviser - Charles Maskell-Knight
BranchAssistant Secretary
Portfolio Strategies, Engagement & CoordinationBen Noyen
International Strategies Matthew Williams (acting)
Best Practice RegulationGillian Shaw
Strategic PolicyShane Porter
Primary Health Care Advisory Group TaskforceJanet Quigley
Health Adviser - GenevaMadeleine Heyward

Health Services

First Assistant Secretary - Natasha Cole

Principal Medical Adviser - Dr Andrew Singer
BranchAssistant Secretary
Primary HealthcareMargaret Sykes
Hospitals and Acute ServicesKathy Dennis
Mental Health Early InterventionEmma Gleeson (acting)
Mental Health ServicesDr Anthony Millgate
PHNChris Bedford

Research, Data & Evaluation

First Assistant Secretary - Alanna Foster
BranchAssistant Secretary
Health & Medical ResearchErica Kneipp
Health AnalyticsIan Crettenden
Health System FinancingShannon White
Performance, Accountability & EvaluationGraeme Barden

Health Benefits

Andrew Stuart - Deputy Secretary

Health Provider Compliance

First Assistant Secretary - Simon Cotterell

Principal Medical Adviser - Dr John Primrose
Principal Medical Adviser, Medicare Reviews Unit - Dr Megan Keaney
BranchAssistant Secretary
Health ComplianceChris Jeacle
Health Compliance StrategyKeith Tracey-Patte
Health Professional Review & AdviceDr Jo Benson

Medical Benefits Division

First Assistant Secretary - Maria Jolly
BranchAssistant Secretary
Medical Specialist ServicesNatasha Ryan
Office of Hearing ServicesTrisha Garrett
Primary Care & DiagnosticsJaye Smith
Private Health InsuranceTracey Duffy
Medicare Reviews UnitAndrew Simpson (acting)

Pharmaceutical Benefits Division

First Assistant Secretary - Penny Shakespeare
BranchAssistant Secretary
Pharmaceutical PolicyNick Henderson
Pharmaceutical EvaluationDianna Prosser (acting)
Pharmaceutical AccessJulianne Quaine

Office of Chemical Safety

(incorporating NICNAS & AgVet Chemicals) - Brian Richards

National Programme Delivery

Dr Wendy Southern- Deputy Secretary

Population Health & Sport Division

First Assistant Secretary - Dr Lisa Studdert

Principal Medical Adviser - Dr Bernie Towler
BranchAssistant Secretary
Preventive Health PolicyElizabeth Flynn
Office for SportNarelle Smith
Sport Integrity AdviserAndrew Godkin
Cancer & Palliative CareAlice Creelman
Tobacco ControlJackie Davis
Drug StrategyLisa McGlynn
National Cancer Screening RegisterMarko Jankovic (acting)

Indigenous Health Division

First Assistant Secretary - Bobbi Campbell
BranchAssistant Secretary
Programme, Services & Access SupportMeredeth Taylor
Strategy & EvidenceTania Rishniw
Health Programmes & Sector DevelopmentKate Wallace

Health Workforce Division

First Assistant Secretary - David Hallinan

Senior Medical Adviser - Dr Louise Stone
Senior Medical Adviser - Dr Susan Wearne
Adviser - Prof. Marlene Drysdale
BranchAssistant Secretary
Health TrainingDamian Tuck
Rural AccessLisa La Rance
Health Workforce ReformTarja Saastamoinen

Office of Gene Technology Regulator

Dr Raj Bhula
BranchAssistant Secretary
Regulatory Practice & ComplianceDr Vidya Jagadish (acting)
EvaluationDr Michael Dornbusch

Health Products Regulation

Adj Prof John Skerritt - Deputy Secretary

Principal Medical Adviser - Dr Tony Gill (acting)

Principal Legal & Policy Adviser - Philippa Horner
Office of Drug Control - Bill Turner
Senior Adviser, Regulatory Reforms - Mark McDonald

Medicines Regulation

First Assistant Secretary - Dr Harry Rothenfluh (acting)
BranchAssistant Secretary
Prescription Medicines AuthorisationAdrian Bootes
Complementary & OTC MedicinesLyndall Soper
Pharmacovigilance & Special AccessDr Jane Cook
Scientific EvaluationDr Mayada Kayali (acting)

Medical Devices & Product Quality

First Assistant Secretary - Adriana Platona (acting)
BranchAssistant Secretary
Medical DevicesDr Cheryl McRae
LaboratoriesMichael Wiseman
Manufacturing QualityDr Mariana Gebara-Coghlan (acting)

Regulatory Practice & Support

First Assistant Secretary - David Weiss
BranchAssistant Secretary
Regulatory Services & ImprovementNicole McLay
Regulatory Engagement & PlanningAvi Rebera
Regulatory Practice, Education & CompliancePio Cesarin

Ageing and Aged Care

Margot McCarthy - Deputy Secretary


Ageing and Aged Care Services

First Assistant Secretary - Rachel Balmanno
BranchAssistant Secretary
Residential & Flexible CareKerrie Westcott
Home SupportKaren Pickering
Ageing & Sector SupportSharon Rose

Aged Care Policy and Regulation

Acting First Assistant Secretary - Nick Hartland
BranchAssistant Secretary
Aged Care PolicyMichael Culhane
Funding PolicyNigel Murray
Prudential & Approved Provider RegulationDavid Laffan

Aged Care Access and Quality

First Assistant Secretary - Fiona Buffinton
BranchAssistant Secretary
My Aged Care OperationsRachel Goddard
Home Care ReformShona McQueen
Access ReformCraig Harris
Quality ReformAmy Laffan

Chief Operating Officer

Alison Larkins - Deputy Secretary


Organisational Performance - Dr Jenean Spencer

Portfolio Investment Division

First Assistant Secretary - Matt Yannopoulos
BranchAssistant Secretary
Chief Financial OfficerCraig Boyd
Chief Budget OfficerSam Franks (acting)
Investment StrategyLiane Pettitt
Shared ServicesFay Holden
IntegrityCelia Street

Health State Network

First Assistant Secretary - Donna Moody
BranchAssistant Secretary
Grants OfficePaul McCormack
Capital and AssessmentCraig Rayner
Grants ManagementFifine Cahill
NTWendy Ah Chin
SAChristine Steele
VICBernadette Ryan
TASAnthony Speed
NSW/ACTEmma Jobson (acting)
WAHelen Grinbergs
QLDGerald Griffin

People, Capability & Communication Division

First Assistant Secretary - Kerryn Vine-Camp
BranchAssistant Secretary
Ministerial, Parliamentary, Exec Support & GovernanceRobert Wright
PeopleAnn Smith
CapabilityJudy Develin
CommunicationJodie Grieve

Information Technology Division

First Assistant Secretary - Daniel McCabe
BranchAssistant Secretary
Enterprise SolutionsHeidi Madden
IT Strategy and GovernanceChristine Svarcas
Service Management & OptimisationTerry Green
Information Knowledge ManagementNicky Antonius (acting)
Regulatory Knowledge & Technology ServicesAnthony O'Connor

Legal

General Counsel - April Purry (acting)
BranchAssistant Secretary
Legal ServicesFarhana Islam (acting)
Regulatory Legal ServicesTerry Lee

Digital Payments Services Taskforce

John Cahill
BranchAssistant Secretary
Digital Payments Services TaskforceKate McCauley
Aged Care Complaints Commissioner - Rae Lamb
Governance, Education & Strategy - Shona Moloney

Strategic Health Systems and Information Management

Paul Madden - Special Adviser

Digital Health

First Assistant Secretary - Bettina Konti
BranchAssistant Secretary
Legislation, Policy & GovernanceNicole Jarvis
ParticipationGiulio Cerasani (acting)
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