Management Structure Chart

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

Page last updated: 27 July 2017

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Martin Bowles PSM Secretary

Office of the Secretary

Assistant Secretary - Kayla Calladine (acting)

Health Protection

Chief Medical Officer - Prof Brendan Murphy

Deputy 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 PolicySarah Norris (acting)
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 - Maria Jolly

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

Health Services

First Assistant Secretary - Natasha Cole

Principal Medical Adviser - Dr Andrew Singer
BranchAssistant Secretary
Practice Incentives Program (PIP)Margaret Sykes
Hospitals & Acute Services / Primary HealthcareBarbara Reid
Mental Health Early InterventionEmma Gleeson
Mental Health ServicesDr Anthony Millgate
PHNChris Bedford

Research, Data & Evaluation

Acting First Assistant Secretary - Graeme Barden (acting)
BranchAssistant Secretary
Health & Medical ResearchErica Kneipp
Health AnalyticsIan Crettenden
Health System FinancingShannon White
Performance, Evaluation & QualityEmily Hurley (acting)

Office of the Gene Technology Regulator

Dr RajBhula
BranchAssistant Secretary
Regulatory Practice & ComplianceNeil Ellis (acting)
EvaluationDr Michael Dornbusch

Health Benefits

Andrew Stuart - Deputy Secretary

Provider Benefits Integrity

First Assistant Secretary - Simon Cotterell

Principal Medical Adviser - Dr John Primrose
Principal Medical Adviser, Medicare Reviews Unit - Dr Megan Keaney
BranchAssistant Secretary
OperationsTiali Goodchild (acting) (DoE 7/8)
SystemsKeith Tracey-Patte
AnalyticsCraig Chalmers

Medical Benefits Division

First Assistant Secretary - David Weiss
BranchAssistant Secretary
MBS Policy & Specialist ServicesNatasha Ryan
Hearing & Diagnostic Imaging ServicesTrisha Garrett
Primary Care, Analytics & PathologyJack Quinane (acting)
Medicare Reviews UnitAndrew Simpson

Technology Assessment & Access Division

First Assistant Secretary - Penny Shakespeare
BranchAssistant Secretary
Pricing & PolicyLisa La Rance
Office of Health Technology Assessment - Policy Louise Clarke
Pharmacy & Insurance ProgramsJulianne Quaine
Office of Health Technology Assessment - AssessmentTracey Duffy

Office of Chemical Safety

(incorporating NICNAS & AgVet Chemicals) - Brian Richards
BranchAssistant Secretary
NICNASJanet Power

National Program Delivery

Dr Lisa Studdert- Acting Deputy Secretary

Population Health & Sport Division

Acting First Assistant Secretary - Jaye Smith

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 ControlGeorge Masri
Drug StrategyDavid Laffan

Indigenous Health Division

First Assistant Secretary - Bobbi Campbell
BranchAssistant Secretary
Programme, Services & Access SupportMeredeth Taylor
Strategy & EvidenceKate Thomann
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 TrainingFay Holden
Rural AccessChris Jeacle (DoE 7/8)
Health Workforce ReformLynne Gillam

Health Products Regulation

Adj Prof John Skerritt - Deputy Secretary

Principal Medical Adviser - A/Prof Greenaway

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

Medicines Regulation

First Assistant Secretary - Dr Larry Kelly
BranchAssistant Secretary
Prescription Medicines AuthorisationAdrian Bootes
Complementary & OTC MedicinesLyndall Soper
Pharmacovigilance & Special AccessDr Jane Cook
Scientific EvaluationRochelle Christian

Medical Devices & Product Quality

First Assistant Secretary - Adriana Platona
BranchAssistant Secretary
Medical DevicesDr Cheryl McRae
LaboratoriesMichael Wiseman
Manufacturing QualityDr Harry Rothenfluh

Regulatory Practice & Support

First Assistant Secretary - Ross Hawkins (acting)
BranchAssistant Secretary
Regulatory Services & ImprovementNicole McLay
Regulatory Engagement & PlanningAvi Rebera
Regulatory Practice, Education & CompliancePio Cesarin

Ageing and Aged Care

Dr Margot McCarthy - Deputy Secretary

Ageing and Aged Care Services

First Assistant Secretary - Catherine Rule
BranchAssistant Secretary
Residential & Flexible CareKerrie Westcott
Home SupportKaren Pickering
Ageing & Sector SupportHelen Grinbergs

Aged Care Policy and Regulation

Acting First Assistant Secretary - Dr Nick Hartland
BranchAssistant Secretary
Aged Care PolicyMichael Culhane
Funding PolicyNigel Murray
Prudential & Approved Provider RegulationVal Spencer (acting)

Aged Care Access and Quality

First Assistant Secretary - Fiona Buffinton
BranchAssistant Secretary
My Aged Care OperationsRachel Goddard
Home Care ReformShona McQueen
Access ReformRajan Martin (acting)
Quality ReformAmy Laffan

Chief Operating Officer

Alison Larkins - Deputy Secretary

Implementation Assurance Framework - Garry Fleming

Portfolio Investment Division

First Assistant Secretary - Charles Wann (acting)
BranchAssistant Secretary
Chief Financial OfficerCraig Boyd
Chief Budget OfficerNick Henderson
Financial Business SupportCraig Rayner
Shared ServicesDamian Tuck
IntegrityBen Sladic (acting)
Organisational PerformanceStephen Campbell (acting)

Health State Network

First Assistant Secretary - Donna Moody
BranchAssistant Secretary
Grants OfficePaul McCormack
Capital & AssessmentWendy Ah Chin
Grants ManagementFifine Cahill
SA / NTChristine Steele
VICTania Rishniw
TASAnthony Speed
NSW / ACTEmma Jobson
WAGarfield Prowse
QLDGerald Griffin

People, Capability & Communication Division

First Assistant Secretary - Rachel Balmanno
BranchAssistant Secretary
Ministerial, Parliamentary, Exec Support & GovernanceRobert Wright
PeopleChristine Svarcas
CapabilityBelinda Casson
CommunicationJodie Grieve

Information Technology Division

First Assistant Secretary - Daniel McCabe
BranchAssistant Secretary
Enterprise SolutionsHeidi Madden
IT Strategy & GovernanceCraig Langford (acting)
Service Management & OptimisationTerry Green
Information Knowledge ManagementAdrian Bugg
Architecture, Regulatory & Business ServicesAnthony O'Connor


General Counsel - Kerrie-Anne Luscombe
BranchAssistant Secretary
Legal ServicesKristin English (acting)
Legal ServicesJackie Davis
Regulatory Legal ServicesTerry Lee
Aged Care Complaints Commissioner - Rae Lamb
Governance, Education & Strategy - Shona Moloney

Strategic Health Systems and Information Management

Paul Madden - Special Adviser

National Cancer Screening Program

First Assistant Secretary - Bettina Konti
BranchAssistant Secretary
Stakeholder Change & AdoptionDavid Paull
National Cancer Screening RegisterMarko Jankovic (acting)

Medicare & Aged Care Payments

First Assistant Secretary - Marianne Cullen
BranchAssistant Secretary
EngagementCraig Harris
Solution SourcingBrian Kelleher
Business TransformationJo Mond
Principal AdviserGeoff Howell