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Our Secretary

Glenys Beauchamp PSM

Portrait of Glenys Beauchamp

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

Portrait of Professor Brendan Murphy

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.

Acting Deputy Secretary for Health Financing

Penny Shakespeare

Penny Shakespeare

Penny Shakespeare is currently acting Deputy Secretary of the Health Financing Group in the Australian Government Department of Health. This includes the Technology Assessment and Access Division (TAAD), Medical Benefits Division (MBD), Provider Benefits Integrity Division (PBID).

Since joining the Department of Health in 2006, Penny has held a number of senior leadership positions. Most recently Penny was the First Assistant Secretary of the Technology Assessment and Access Division (TAAD), where she led the division through a period of significant change to further build on the division’s capabilities in Health Technology Assessment.

Penny has also previously led the Health Workforce Division as First Assistant Secretary and as head of the Department’s Medical Benefits Branch and Private Health Insurance Branch.

Prior to joining the Department of Health, Penny worked as an industrial relations lawyer in the Department of Employment and Workplace Relations, and in regulatory policy roles, including as head of the ACT Office of Industrial Relations. She was a member of the National Occupational Health and Safety Commission and the Workplace Relations Ministers’ Advisory Council.

Penny has a Bachelor of Laws, a Masters degree in International Law and is admitted as a Barrister and Solicitor.

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).

Acting Deputy Secretary for Aged Care, Sport & Population Health

Dr Lisa Studdert

Dr Lisa Studdert

Dr Lisa Studdert is the Acting Deputy Secretary for Aged Care, Sport and Population Health, which incorporates the areas of residential and flexible aged care, in-home aged care, and population health including drugs and alcohol policy and the Office for Sport.

Lisa joined the Department of Health in June 2013 as a First Assistant Secretary in Therapeutic Goods Administration.

Dr Studdert has previously worked in the office of Minister Greg Hunt, and before that, as Chief of Staff to former Health Minister, Sussan Ley.

In 2011, Lisa worked as a Manager at the Senior Executive Service level at the Australian National Preventative Health Agency and has a background working in population and preventive health policy and programs in Australia and internationally.

Lisa is a PhD graduate of Cornell University.

Deputy Secretary for Health Systems Policy and Primary Care Group

Caroline Edwards

Potrait of Caroline Edwards

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.

Chief Operating Officer

Matt Yannopoulos

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Mr Yannopoulos took up the role of Chief Operating Office on 9 July 2018. In this position he is responsible for the Department’s corporate and enabling areas that support the Department in meeting its purpose. Responsibilities include finance, legal, corporate services, the health state network, human resources, communications and information technology.

Prior to this, Mr Yannopoulos was the Senior Responsible Officer for the Child Care Reform Implementation at the Department of Education. In this role has was responsible for the leadership and direction for the Program of Child Care Reform Implementation including the build of the new IT system supporting the child care reforms across the Departments of Education, Human Services and Social Services.

Mr Yannopoulos has held previous government positions including First Assistant Secretary, Portfolio Investment Division and Chief Information Officer at the Department of Health as well as other significant roles such as Portfolio CIO of the Department of Immigration and Border Protection and as the Department of Defence's first Chief Technology Officer.

Mr Yannopoulos has an accounting and information technology background and is an accredited CPA. Mr Yannopoulos is also an Adjunct Professor at the University of Canberra.

Last updated: 
7 August 2018