Management Structure Chart

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

Page last updated: 08 February 2016

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Martin Bowles PSM Secretary


Chief Medical Officer

Prof. Chris Baggoley - Chief Medical Officer


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 PolicyGraeme Barden
Health Emergency ManagementRhonda Owen
ImmunisationMasha Somi

Strategic Policy & Innovation

Mark Cormack - Deputy Secretary


Principal Medical Adviser - Dr Tony Hobbs
Chief Nurse and Midwifery Officer - Debra Thoms
Principal Adviser / Chief Economist - Dr David Cullen

Health Systems Policy

First Assistant Secretary - Mark Booth

Principal Adviser - Charles Maskell-Knight
BranchAssistant Secretary
Portfolio Strategies, Engagement & CoordinationChris Carlile
International Strategies Simon Cotterell
Best Practice RegulationGlenn Paterson (acting)
Strategic PolicyNicole Jarvis (acting)
Primary Health Care Advisory Group TaskforceJanet Quigley
Special AdviserShane Porter
Health Adviser - GenevaMadeleine Heyward

Health Services

First Assistant Secretary - Natasha Cole

Principal Medical Adviser - Dr Andrew Singer
BranchAssistant Secretary
Primary HealthcareLouis Young (acting)
Hospitals and Acute ServicesKathy Dennis
Mental Health Early InterventionEmma Gleeson (acting)
Mental Health ServicesDr Anthony Millgate
Mental Health Reform TaskforceColleen Krestensen
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 & EvaluationPeter Woodley

Health Benefits

Andrew Stuart - Deputy Secretary

Health Provider Compliance

First Assistant Secretary - Kerryn Vine-Camp

Principal Medical Adviser - Dr John Primrose
Senior Medical Adviser, Medicare Reviews Unit - Dr Megan Keaney
BranchAssistant Secretary
Health ComplianceBen Noyen
Health Compliance StrategyChris Jeacle
Health Professional Review & AdviceDr Jo Benson

Medical Benefits Division

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

Pharmaceutical Benefits Division

First Assistant Secretary - Penny Shakespeare
BranchAssistant Secretary
Pharmaceutical PolicyNick Henderson
Pharmaceutical EvaluationAdriana Platona
Pharmaceutical AccessJulianne Quaine

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

Indigenous Health Division

First Assistant Secretary - Bobbi Campbell
BranchAssistant Secretary
Programme, Services & Access SupportMeredeth Taylor
Strategy & EvidenceTania Rishniw
Health Programmes & Sector DevelopmentBridget Carrick (acting)

Health Workforce Division

First Assistant Secretary - David Hallinan

Medical Adviser - Dr Louise Stone
Medical Adviser - Dr Susan Wearne
Adviser - Prof. Marlene Drysdale
BranchAssistant Secretary
Health TrainingDavid Meredyth (acting)
Rural AccessLisa La Rance
Health Workforce ReformTarja Saastamoinen

Regulatory Services Group

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

Medicines Regulation

First Assistant Secretary - Mary McDonald
BranchAssistant Secretary
Prescription Medicines AuthorisationJudy Develin
Complementary & OTC MedicinesLyndall Soper
Pharmacovigilance & Special AccessSteve Dunlop (acting)
Scientific EvaluationDr Mariana Gebara-Coghlin (acting)

Medical Devices & Product Quality

First Assistant Secretary - Dr Larry Kelly
BranchAssistant Secretary
Medical DevicesDr Cheryl McRae
LaboratoriesDr Peter Bird
Manufacturing QualityDr Harry Rothenfluh

Regulatory Practice & Support

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

Office of Gene Technology Regulator

Dr Jane Cook (acting)
BranchAssistant Secretary
Regulatory Practice & ComplianceDr Vidya Jagadish (acting)
EvaluationDr Michael Dornbusch

Office of Chemical Safety

(incorporating NICNAS & AgVet Chemicals) - Brian Richards

Ageing and Aged Care

Dr Margot McCarthy - Deputy Secretary


Aged Care Reform Taskforce

First Assistant Secretary - Rachel Balmanno
BranchAssistant Secretary
Home Care Reform & Sector EngagementShona McQueen

Aged Care Policy and Reform

First Assistant Secretary - Nick Hartland
BranchAssistant Secretary
Aged Care PolicyLisa Gruber (acting)
Funding Policy & LegislationNigel Murray

Access, Quality and Compliance

First Assistant Secretary - Fiona Buffinton
BranchAssistant Secretary
Prudential & Approved Provider RegulationDavid Laffan
Quality & Regulatory PolicyMichael Culhane
Access ReformCraig Harris
My Aged Care OperationsRachel Goddard (acting)

Ageing and Aged Care Services

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

Chief Operating Officer

Liz Cosson - Deputy Secretary


Organisational Performance - Ross Hawkins

Portfolio Investment Division

First Assistant Secretary - Matt Yannopoulos
BranchAssistant Secretary
Chief Financial OfficerCraig Boyd
Chief Budget OfficerKeith Tracey-Patte
Investment StrategyLiane Pettitt (acting)
Shared ServicesKate Herden (acting)
IntegrityCelia Street

Grant Services Division

First Assistant Secretary - Kate Pope
BranchAssistant Secretary
Grant Process & PolicyLou Andreatta
Capital Grants ManagementCraig Rayner
National Programme GrantsFifine Cahill
Regional Services Grants Paul McCormack

People, Capability & Communication Division

First Assistant Secretary - Adam Davey
BranchAssistant Secretary
Ministerial, Parliamentary, Exec Support & GovernanceRobert Wright
PeopleAnn Smith
Capability & ChangeKylie Perrin
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 ServicesScott Glare

Legal and Assurance

General Counsel - Chris Reid
BranchAssistant Secretary
Legal ServicesApril Purry
Regulatory Legal ServicesTerry Lee

Payments Contestability Programme[

John Cahill

Payment System Taskforce - Kate McCauley
BranchAssistant Secretary
Payment System TaskforceKate McCauley

Delivery Strategy & Operations Division

First Assistant Secretary - Michael Maynard
BranchAssistant Secretary
Aged Care Delivery - NTWendy Ah Chin
Aged Care Delivery - SAChristine Steele
Aged Care Delivery - VICBernadette Ryan
Aged Care Delivery - TASAnthony Speed
Aged Care Delivery - NSW/ACTLucelle Veneros
Aged Care Delivery - WAHelen Grinbergs
Aged Care Delivery - QLDLucelle Veneros
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 & GovernanceLinda Jackson
Digital Health OperationsDavid Paull
ParticipationGiulio Cerasani (acting)
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