Management Structure Chart

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

Page last updated: 15 June 2017

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Martin Bowles PSM Secretary

Office of the Secretary

Assistant Secretary - Ross Hawkins

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 - Janet Quigley (acting)

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 TaskforceLouise Riley (acting)
Digital HealthNicole Jarvis
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 ServicesBarbara Reid
Mental Health Early InterventionEmma Gleeson
Mental Health ServicesDr Anthony Millgate
PHNChris Bedford

Research, Data & Evaluation

Acting First Assistant Secretary - Graeme Barden
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
OperationsChris Jeacle
SystemsTiali Goodchild (acting)
AnalyticsCraig Chalmers

Medical Benefits Division

First Assistant Secretary - Maria Jolly
BranchAssistant Secretary
Medical Specialist ServicesNatasha Ryan
Office of Hearing ServicesTrisha Garrett
Primary Care & DiagnosticsJack Quinane (acting)
Medicare Reviews UnitAndrew Simpson
Internal Office of Health Technology AssessmentTeresa Gorondi (acting)

Pharmaceutical Benefits Division

First Assistant Secretary - Penny Shakespeare
BranchAssistant Secretary
Pharmaceutical PolicyNick Henderson
Pharmaceutical EvaluationLouise Clarke
Pharmaceutical AccessJulianne Quaine

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 AccessLisa La Rance
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 - David Weiss
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 RegulationLisa McGlynn

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

Portfolio Investment Division

First Assistant Secretary - Matt Yannopoulos
BranchAssistant Secretary
Chief Financial OfficerCraig Boyd
Chief Budget OfficerCharles Wann
Financial Business SupportCraig Rayner
Shared ServicesDamian Tuck
IntegrityCelia Street
Organisational PerformanceTravis Haslam

Health State Network

First Assistant Secretary - Donna Moody
BranchAssistant Secretary
Grants OfficePaul McCormack
Capital and AssessmentWendy Ah Chin
Grants ManagementFifine Cahill
Grants ManagementKate McCauley
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 and GovernanceCraig Langford (acting)
Service Management & OptimisationTerry Green
Information Knowledge ManagementAdrian Bugg
Regulatory Knowledge & Technology ServicesAnthony O'Connor


General Counsel - Kerrie-Anne Luscombe
BranchAssistant Secretary
Legal ServicesKristin English (acting)
Legal ServicesJackie Davis
Regulatory Legal ServicesTerry Lee

Medicare & Aged Care Payments

Marianne Cullen
BranchAssistant Secretary
EngagementCraig Harris
Solution SourcingBrian Kelleher
Business TransformationJo Mond
Principal AdviserGeoff Howell
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 and AdoptionDavid Paull
National Cancer Screening RegisterMarko Jankovic (acting)