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Health Department boss leaves

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Martin Bowles has retired from the Australian Public Service and stepped down as the Secretary of the Federal Health Department.

Mr Bowles was a high-profile senior career public servant who had led the Health Department since October 2014. He had previously served as the Secretary of the Immigration Department, Deputy Secretary in the Department of Climate Change and Deputy Secretary of Defence.

He was awarded the Public Service Medal in 2012.

Mr Bowles has also worked in senior roles in the public health systems of Queensland and NSW.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull announced the Health Department boss’s resignation on August 22, effective from September 1 this year.

“I thank Mr Bowles for his professionalism, dedication and significant contribution to the public service and wish him all the very best for the future,” Mr Turnbull said.

Mr Bowles has taken up a new position leading Calvary Health Care’s national operations network in Canberra.

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