Joint trans - Tasman Briefing: Glenys Beauchamp PSM, Secretary, Department of Health Australia & Dr Ashley Bloomfield: Director-General of Health and Chief Executive, Ministry of Health New Zealand
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 to 2017)
Secretary of the Department of Regional Australia, Local Government, Arts and Sport (2010 to 2013)
Deputy Secretary in the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (2009 to 2010)
Deputy Secretary in the Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (2002 to 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. She was also awarded the ANZSOG Institute for Governance Public Service Excellence Award in 2012 for outstanding public sector leadership. Glenys has an economics degree from the Australian National University and an MBA from the University of Canberra.
Dr Bloomfield has been Interim Chief Executive for Capital & Coast District Health Board since January this year, on secondment from Hutt Valley District Health Board where he has been Chief Executive since late 2015.
He sees the Ministry’s stewardship role as ensuring clear direction, delivering the best possible health outcomes – equitably for all groups – with the available resources, and robust planning for the future.
‘I am excited about this next step. Yes, I feel the weight of expectation on me and on this organisation. But that’s as it should be as I know we all have high expectations of ourselves and huge ambition for our health system, our public service and our country,’ Ashley commented at his pōwhiri.
‘And more than equal to that weight of expectation I feel uplifted by the expressions of strong support and keen desire for our collective success.’
He intends to continue building on Acting Director-General Stephen McKernan’s direction of engaging the wider health sector closely in the Ministry’s work to deliver on the Government’s health priorities.
By way of background, Dr Bloomfield qualified in medicine at the University of Auckland in 1990 and after several years of clinical work specialised in public health medicine. His particular area of professional interest is non-communicable disease prevention and control, and he spent 2011 at the World Health Organization in Geneva working on this topic at a global level.
Prior to commencing as Director-General, Dr Bloomfield was Chief Executive at the Hutt Valley District Health Board and has previously held a number of senior leadership roles within the Ministry of Health. From 2012–15 he was Director of Service Integration and Development and General Manager Population Health at Capital & Coast, Hutt and Wairarapa District Health Boards.