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New boss for Health Department

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Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has appointed career public servant Glenys Beauchamp the new Secretary of the Department of Health.

She took up the post on September 18, following the resignation of former Health Department chief Martin Bowles.

Ms Beauchamp has had an extensive senior-level career in the Australian Public Service and was most recently the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science Secretary.

Her roles before that included: Secretary of the Department of Regional Australia, Local Government, Arts and Sport (2010–2013); Deputy Secretary in the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (2009–2010); and Deputy Secretary in the Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (2002–2009).

She has more than 25 years’ experience in the public sector and began her career as a graduate in the Industry Commission.

Ms Beauchamp has also 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.

In 2010, she was awarded a Public Service Medal for coordinating Australian Government support during the 2009 Victorian bushfires.

She has an economics degree from the Australian National University and an MBA from the University of Canberra.

Mr Turnbull described Ms Beauchamp as a highly experienced departmental Secretary.