Murphy recommended as next Health secretary as Beauchamp retires

Australia's chief medical officer Brendan Murphy is set to become the new secretary of the Department of Health following the retirement of current secretary Glenys Beauchamp.

Ms Beauchamp announced today that she will retire with effect from February 28 following just over two years in the position.

She worked for the public service for over 30 years, nine at secretary level, and received the public service medal in 2010 for coordinating the federal government’s response to the 2009 Victorian bushfires.

Health Minister Greg Hunt said Ms Beauchamp had been an excellent leader for the staff of the health department and he had valued her advice and commitment to serving the Australian people.

Mr Hunt said he would now recommend that Professor Murphy be appointed as the new secretary.

Professor Murphy was appointed CMO in 2016 and prior to that was CEO at Austin Health in Victoria. He has worked for 40 years in the Australian health system as a nephrologist, medical researcher and senior executive.

He has also held board positions at the Florey Institute, Olivia Newton-John Cancer Research Institute and the Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre.

The Australian Medical Association welcomed the announcement, with president Tony Bartone describing the appointment as “an inspired choice” and saying Professor Murphy had been a “respected, knowledgeable, and effective” CMO.

“He has been an active and informative leader and great communicator, as exemplified by his rapid response to the current Coronavirus emergency coming out of China,” Dr Bartone said.

The last medical doctor to run the department was Gwyn Howells, who held the position of Director General from 1973-1982.

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