Online version of the 2014-15 Department of Health Annual Report


Page last updated: 17 July 2019

The image is of the Department of Health’s Executive. There are three rows. The back row includes Professor Chris Baggoley, Chief Medical Officer, Adjunct Professor John Skerritt, Deputy Secretary and Paul Madden, Deputy Secretary and Special Adviser. The middle row includes Liz Cosson, Deputy Secretary, Andrew Stuart, Deputy Secretary and Dr Wendy Southern, Deputy Secretary. The front row includes Martin Bowles, Secretary and Mark Cormack, Deputy Secretary.

From left to right
Back row: Professor Chris Baggoley AO, Adjunct Professor John Skerritt, Paul Madden
Middle row: Elizabeth (Liz) Cosson AM CSC, Andrew Stuart, Dr Wendy Southern PSM
Front row: Secretary, Martin Bowles PSM, Mark Cormack

The image is of Martin Bowles PSM, Secretary of the Department of Health.

Martin Bowles PSM

Martin Bowles PSM was appointed as Secretary of the Department of Health on 13 October 2014.

As lead policy adviser to Government, Martin is responsible for ensuring the Department achieves the Australian Government’s priorities for health. Martin is also responsible for the overall management and operation of the Department.

Previously, Martin was Secretary of the Department of Immigration and Border Protection, overseeing the management of migration, humanitarian, citizenship and visa policy and programmes. Martin has also held Deputy Secretary positions in the Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency and the Department of Defence, and senior executive positions in the education and health portfolios in the Queensland and New South Wales public sector.

Martin has a Bachelor of Business, a Graduate Certificate of Public Sector Management, and is a Fellow of the Australian Society of Certified Practising Accountants.

The image is of Professor Chris Baggoley AO, Chief Medical Officer.

Professor Chris Baggoley AO
Chief Medical Officer

Professor Chris Baggoley AO is Chief Medical Officer for the Australian Government and is the principal medical adviser to the Minister and the Department of Health. Chris also has responsibility for the Department’s Health Protection Group, and represents Australia on the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Cancer Research.

Prior to his appointment as Chief Medical Officer in 2011, Chris was the Chief Executive of the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care. He is a former Chief Medical Officer and Executive Director with the South Australian Department of Health. His clinical career has been in emergency medicine.

In addition to his medical degrees, Chris holds a degree in Social Administration from Flinders University, an Honours degree in Veterinary Science from the University of Melbourne, and has been awarded the Order of the International Federation for Emergency Medicine. Chris was made an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) in 2013.

The image is of Elizabeth (Liz) Cosson AM CSC, Chief Operating Officer and Deputy Secretary, COO Group.

Elizabeth (Liz) Cosson AM CSC
Chief Operating Officer
Deputy Secretary, COO Group

Liz Cosson AM CSC joined the Department in 2014 to lead the work in responding to and implementing the Australian Public Service Commission’s Department of Health Capability Review Report. Since this time, Liz has assumed the role of Chief Operating Officer. This important and critical work provides the opportunity to take the Department forward and build our capacity for the future.

Liz came to the Department from the Department of Immigration and Border Protection, where she had responsibility for implementing the findings of the Immigration Capability Review. Prior to this, Liz spent 31 years in the Australian Army before joining the APS to work with the Department of Veteran’s Affairs.

In 2007, Liz was the first female to attain the rank of Major General in the Australian Army. She was awarded a Conspicuous Service Cross in 2001, and in 2011 was appointed a Member in the Military Division of the Order of Australia for her contributions to Army, and for delivering profound organisational reform. In 2014, Liz was awarded the ACT Award for Excellence in Women’s Leadership.

The image is of Mark Cormack, Deputy Secretary, Strategic Policy and Innovation Group.

Mark Cormack
Deputy Secretary, Strategic Policy and Innovation Group

Mark Cormack joined the Department in February 2015. Mark is responsible for strategic national health policy, as well as major programmes including primary health, mental health, research and acute care. Mark is Co-Chair of the Strategic Policy Committee (with Liz Cosson).

Prior to joining the Department, Mark held the position of Deputy Secretary in the Department of Immigration and Border Protection, and was the Department’s senior executive responsible for implementation of Operation Sovereign Borders. Mark has also held the role of Chief Executive Officer of Health Workforce Australia and Chief Executive, ACT Health.

Mark has worked in and for the public healthcare sector for over 30 years in various capacities as a health professional, senior manager, policy maker, planner, agency head and industry advocate, and has held a number of senior roles in the public healthcare system.

The image is of Andrew Stuart, Deputy Secretary, Health Benefits Group.

Andrew Stuart
Deputy Secretary, Health Benefits Group

Andrew Stuart is responsible for Medical Benefits including Medicare financing and listing, medical specialist services, primary care and pathology, private health insurance and the Office of Hearing Services.

Andrew also has responsibility for Pharmaceutical Benefits and community pharmacy including policy, evaluation and access. Andrew is Chair of the Department’s Finance and Resource Committee.

Previously, Andrew was Deputy Secretary leading the Department’s internal change management programme, including its corporate functions, grants management reform and deregulation.

The image is of Adjunct Professor John Skerritt, Deputy Secretary, Regulatory Services Group and National Manager, Therapeutic Goods Administration.

Adjunct Professor John Skerritt
Deputy Secretary, Regulatory Services Group
National Manager, Therapeutic Goods Administration

Adjunct Professor John Skerritt joined the Therapeutic Goods Administration in May 2012. As National Manager, John is responsible for the regulation of therapeutic goods including prescription, over the counter and complementary medicines, medical devices, blood and blood products. The position changed to Deputy Secretary, Regulatory Services on 1 July 2015, with wider oversight of chemical and gene technology regulation.

John is formerly a Deputy Secretary in the Victorian Government, and has extensive experience in medical, agricultural and environmental policy, regulation, research management, technology application and commercialisation. He is the former Deputy CEO of the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research, and a Ministerial appointee on the Gene Technology Technical Advisory Committee.

John is an Adjunct Full Professor of the Universities of Queensland and Canberra, has a PhD in Pharmacology from the University of Sydney, and is a graduate of the Senior Executive Programs of London Business School and of IMD, Switzerland. He was elected a Fellow of the Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering and a Fellow of the Institute of Public Administration of Australia (Victoria).

The image is of Dr Wendy Southern PSM, Deputy Secretary, National Programme Delivery Group.

Dr Wendy Southern PSM
Deputy Secretary, National Programme Delivery Group

Dr Wendy Southern PSM joined the Department of Health in February 2015. Wendy is responsible for national delivery of population health (including sport), Indigenous health, and health workforce programmes and initiatives. Wendy is Chair of the People, Values and Capability Committee.

Wendy joined the Department following her role as Deputy Secretary in the Department of Immigration and Border Protection, leading the development and delivery of policy advice and programme management across the Department.

Wendy has also previously worked for the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet and the Department of Immigration and Multicultural Affairs. Before joining the Australian Public Service, Wendy worked in various research, teaching and consultancy positions at the Australian National University, Monash University and the University of the South Pacific.

The image is of Paul Madden, Deputy Secretary and Special Advisor, Strategic Health Systems and Information Management.

Paul Madden
Deputy Secretary, Special Adviser, Strategic Health Systems and Information Management

Paul Madden is the Deputy Secretary and Special Adviser, Strategic Health Systems and Information Management. His role includes supporting the Government in leading the national rollout of eHealth initiatives including foundation technologies and related services across Australia, including the continued and improved operation of the My Health Record. This also includes the setting and operation of governance policies and processes.

Paul is a member of the Departmental Executive Committee, the chair of the National EHealth Working Group and the Personally Controlled eHealth Records Operations Management Committee, and chair of the Department of Health Data Governance Council.

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