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Our Secretary

Glenys Beauchamp PSM

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Glenys Beauchamp was appointed Secretary of the Department of Health on 18 September 2017.

Glenys has had an extensive career in the Australian Public Service at senior levels with responsibility for a number of significant government programs covering economic and social policy areas.

She has more than 25 years’ experience in the public sector and began her career as a graduate in the Industry Commission.

Prior to her current role, Glenys was Secretary, Department of Industry, Innovation and Science (2013–2017) and Secretary of the Department of Regional Australia, Local Government, Arts and Sport (2010–2013). She has served as Deputy Secretary in the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (2009–2010) and the Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (2002–2009).

Glenys has held a number of executive positions in the ACT Government including Deputy Chief Executive, Department of Disability, Housing and Community Services and Deputy CEO, Department of Health. She also held senior positions in housing, energy and utilities functions with the ACT Government.

Glenys was awarded a Public Service Medal in 2010 for coordinating Australian Government support during the 2009 Victorian bushfires.

Glenys has an economics degree from the Australian National University and an MBA from the University of Canberra.

Chief Medical Officer

Professor Brendan Murphy

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Professor Brendan Murphy is the Chief Medical Officer for the Australian Government and is the principal medical adviser to the Minister and the Department of Health. He also holds direct responsibility for the Department of Health’s Office of Health Protection and the Workforce Division. Apart from the many committees he chairs, co-chairs and participates, he is the Australian Member on the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) Governing Committee and represents Australia at the World Health Assembly.

Prior to his appointment Professor Murphy was the Chief Executive Officer of Austin Health in Victoria.

Professor Murphy is a Professorial Associate with the title of Professor at the University of Melbourne and an Adjunct Professor at Monash University, a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences, a Fellow of the Royal Australian College of Physicians and Australian Institute of Company Directors.

He was formerly CMO and director of Nephrology at St Vincent’s Health, and sat on the Boards of Health Workforce Australia, the Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health, the Olivia Newton-John Cancer Research Institute and the Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre. He is also a former president of the Australian and New Zealand Society of Nephrology.

Deputy Secretary for Health Financing

Mark Cormack

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Mark Cormack joined the Department of Health in February 2015 and is the Deputy Secretary of Health Financing Group.

Prior to joining the department Mark was Deputy Secretary of the Immigration Status Resolution Group (ISRG) in the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) from August 2013 – January 2015. ISRG is responsible for managing and resolving the immigration status of people who do not have legal authority to be in Australia or who are in breach of their visa conditions. The group is also responsible for the onshore detention network, community detention, bridging visa programmes, and the department’s compliance and removals functions. In addition, the group works with other countries to implement offshore processing and refugee settlement. Mark was the Department’s senior executive responsible for implementation of Operation Sovereign Borders.

Prior to joining DIBP, Mark was appointed the first Chief Executive Officer of Health Workforce Australia (HWA) in January 2010. HWA was a Commonwealth Statutory Authority, established by the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) which planned, funded, researched and delivered programmes to enhance and develop Australia’s health workforce.

From July 2006 to January 2010 Mark was Chief Executive of ACT Health.

Mark has had a number of senior roles in the public healthcare system, including:

  • Member, Australian Health Ministers’ Advisory Council (AHMAC)
  • Chair, AHMAC Health Policy Priorities Principal Committee
  • Board director, National E Health Transition Authority.

Member, Australian Health Ministers’ Advisory Council (AHMAC)Chair, AHMAC Health Policy Priorities Principal Committee Board director, National E Health Transition Authority.

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. He has a Bachelor of Applied Science (University of Sydney) and Master of Health Management (University of Wollongong).

Deputy Secretary for Health Products Regulation

Adjunct Professor John Skerritt

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Adjunct Professor John Skerritt heads the Health Products Regulation Group which works to safeguard and enhance the health of all Australians through effective, timely and risk proportionate regulation of therapeutic goods. As a Deputy Secretary, he contributes to the stewardship of Australia’s health system, as well as having direct responsibility for both the Therapeutic Goods Administration and the Office of Drug Control.

He 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. Adjunct Prof Skerritt is the former Deputy CEO of a Commonwealth Statutory Authority (Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research) and a Ministerial appointee on the Gene Technology Technical Advisory Committee. During the 1990s he held senior management positions in CSIRO and Cooperative Research Centres. During the 1990s he held senior management positions in CSIRO and Cooperative Research Centres.

He has significant experience on Boards of international and national organisations and more than 25 years’ experience in negotiating, leading international technical and commercial collaborations. He is currently Vice-Chair of the International Coalition of Medicines Regulatory Authorities and the Scientific Advisory Council of the Centre for Innovation in Regulatory Science.

John is an Adjunct Full Professor of the Universities of Queensland and Canberra, has a PhD graduate of University of Sydney, and is a graduate of the Senior Executive Programs of London Business School and of IMD Business School, 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 (Vic).

Deputy Secretary for Aged Care, Sport & Population Health

Dr Margot McCarthy

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Margot joined the Department of Health in November 2015 after responsibility for the Ageing and Aged Care portfolio transferred to the Department of Health from the Department of Social Services following a Machinery of Government decision in September 2015.

Margot has held a number of senior positions in the Department of Defence, the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet (PM&C) and the Department of Social Services.

In February 2013, she was appointed as an Associate Secretary in PM&C, leading the National Security and International Policy Group which provided advice to the Prime Minister, and whole-of-government coordination on national security matters.

Margot is a graduate of Oxford University (D.Phil. in English Literature) and the London School of Economics and Political Science (MSc in Management). She completed her undergraduate studies at the University of New England in Armidale, Australia.

Deputy Secretary for Health Systems Policy and Primary Care Group

Caroline Edwards

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Caroline Edwards joined the Department of Health in November 2017 and is currently the Deputy Secretary, Health Systems Policy and Primary Care Group. Caroline is responsible for portfolio strategies, primary care and mental health, health economics and research, Indigenous health, remediation of payments and long-term health reform.

A/g Chief Operating Officer

Daniel McCabe

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Daniel McCabe joined the Department of Health in June 2015 and is the acting Chief Operating Officer. Daniel is responsible for the Department’s corporate and enabling areas that support the Department in delivering better health and wellbeing for all Australians, now and for future generations. His responsibilities include budget, financial management, legal, people services, ministerial support, information technology, grants and the health network.

Daniel’s permanent position is as Chief Information Officer and Head of the Information Technology Division. In this role Daniel leads strategically significant ICT initiatives for Health­­­ including Health’s Enterprise Data Warehouse enabling the department’s vision of a data informed policy agenda. He is focused on modernising Health’s ICT environment to deliver digital health services to our corporate customers, stakeholders and citizens.

He formerly worked at the Department of Immigration and Border Protection leading the ICT strategy and governance functions and oversaw Immigration’s significant IT business system changes. Prior to that he was a senior executive at the Department of Defence where he took the lead in setting strategic direction, architecture, and design standards for Defence’s ICT Infrastructure and successfully led one of the largest data centre migrations in Australia.

He is a member of the Department’s Executive Board as well as Audit and Risk Committee. He is also a Disability Champion focused on promoting a positive and inclusive workplace.

Last updated: 
22 December 2017