23 January 2020
Prime Minister, Scott Morrison, has announced the recommendation of former Austin Health CEO, Professor Brendan Murphy, as Secretary of the Federal Department of Health.
"I am pleased to announce that I will be recommending to the Governor-General that he appoint Professor Brendan Murphy as Secretary of the Department of Health, with effect from 29 February 2020," Mr Morrison said
Our current CEO, Dr Max Alexander, welcomed Professor Murphy's recommendation.
"Our congratulations to Brendan on this significant appointment," Dr Alexander said.
"It is fantastic to see so many people make positive comments about Professor Murphy in the wake of the Prime Minister's announcement and we wish him all the very best in his new role."
One of those to applaud the recommendation was Australian Medical Association President, Dr Tony Bartone, who described Professor Murphy's appointment as an "inspired choice".
"He will bring a highly-appropriate and unique mix of skills and experience to his new position," Dr Bartone said.
Professor Murphy is currently the Chief Medical Officer for the Australian Government, a position he took up following his time as CEO with Austin Health.
The Prime Minister made the announcement this week after the resignation of current Secretary, Glenys Beauchamp PSM.
When announcing the recommendation, Mr Morrison highlighted Professor Murphy's "long and distinguished career in leadership positions in the health industry and academia."
Professor Murphy has worked in the Australian health system as a doctor, medical researcher and senior executive for 40 years and will become first medical doctor to lead the Federal Department of Health for almost 30 years.
Congratulations Professor Murphy!