Chief Medical Officer appointed

The Department of Immigration and Border Protection’s health services will be consolidated and streamlined with the announcement today that Dr John Brayley has been appointed to the role of Chief Medical Officer and the inaugural Surgeon General of the Australian Border Force (ABF).

Department Secretary, Michael Pezzullo, said Dr Brayley brings a wealth of medical expertise and experience to the role.

“This role is an important one for the Department and the ABF and we have appointed a medical professional with an impressive record in hospital, mental health service and health administration roles,” Mr Pezzullo said.

“Dr Brayley will be providing advice directly to me and to the ABF Commissioner on a range of health matters. This new position will also allow doctors to raise issues through appropriate clinical channels and advocate on behalf of their patients.”

Mr Pezzullo said Dr Brayley will oversee and coordinate a consolidated health function within the organisation which will enhance clinical governance over contract management arrangements, including offshore facility arrangements, leading to improved and more consistent health policies.

Dr Brayley will also oversee workplace health and wellbeing for the almost 6000 ABF officers in the Department’s operational arm.

“I’m very pleased to welcome Dr Brayley to the role of Surgeon General and look forward to working closely with him to improve the health outcomes for our officers and persons in the Department’s care,” ABF Commissioner Quaedvlieg said.

Dr Brayley is an experienced consultant psychiatrist, health administrator and statutory office holder who served as the Public Advocate of South Australia for the past seven years.

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