Health: Reflections from the Secretary
Martin Bowles PSM was appointed as Secretary of the Department of Health as of 13 October 2014.
Previously Mr Bowles was the Secretary of the Department of Immigration and Border Protection, overseeing the management of migration, humanitarian, citizenship and visa policy and programmes, managing the lawful entry, stay and departure of people crossing the Australian border and managing the Immigration Detention network and regional processing centres.
Prior to this role Mr Bowles held the positions of Deputy Secretary in the Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency and the Department of Defence respectively.
In 2012 Mr Bowles was awarded a Public Service Medal for delivering highly successful energy efficiency policies and remediation programmes for the Home Insulation and Green Loans programmes.
Prior to joining the Commonwealth Mr Bowles held senior executive positions in the education and health portfolios in the Queensland and New South Wales public sector.
Mr Bowles has a Bachelor of Business degree, a Graduate Certificate of Public Sector Management and is a Fellow of the Australian Society of Certified Practicing Accountants.