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Dr Brett Sutton

Chief Health Officer

Dr Brett Sutton is Victoria's Acting Chief Health Officer. The Chief Health Officer undertakes a variety of statutory functions under health and food-related legislation. He also provides expert clinical and scientific advice and leadership on issues impacting public health. 

Responsibilities

The Chief Health Officer:

  • provides expert advice on matters relating to the health and wellbeing of the people of Victoria to:
    • the Minister for Health and Ambulance Services
    • senior leaders in the Department of Health and Human Services
    • Emergency Management Victoria
    • the broader Victorian health sector
  • issues health alerts and advisories to inform Victorians about health issues that may affect their health and safety
  • performs the functions or powers specified in the Public Health and Wellbeing Act 2008 or any regulations made under that Act
  • is the spokesperson for the Victorian Government on matters related to health protection, including public health incidents and emergencies 
  • engages with the community on public health matters
  • publishes a comprehensive report on public health and wellbeing in Victoria every two years. 

About Dr Brett Sutton

Dr Brett Sutton has extensive experience and clinical expertise in public health and communicable diseases, gained through emergency medicine and field-based international work, including in Afghanistan and Timor-Leste. He represents Victoria on a number of key national bodies including the Communicable Disease Network Australia. He is also Chief Human Biosecurity Officer for Victoria. Dr Sutton has a keen interest in tropical medicine and the incorporation of palliative care practice into humanitarian responses.

Dr Sutton is a Fellow of the Royal Society for Public Health, a Fellow of the Australasian College of Tropical Medicine and a Fellow of the Australasian Faculty of Public Health Medicine (AFPHM). He is also a member of the Faculty of Travel Medicine.


Deputy Chief Health Officer (Communicable Disease) 

This role is currently shared by Dr Mihaela Ivan and Dr Finn Romanes.

Responsibilities

The Deputy Chief Health Officer (Communicable Disease):

  • leads the response to communicable disease incidents and emergencies
  • acts as Chief Health Officer, in his absence
  • engages with communicable disease clinicians
  • provides expert advice on issues relating to communicable diseases to:
    • the Chief Health Officer
    • the Minister for Health and Ambulance Services
    • senior leaders in the Department of Health and Human Services
    • Emergency Management
    • the broader health sector.  

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Dr Angie Bone

Deputy Chief Health Officer (Environment)

Dr Angie Bone is the Deputy Chief Health Officer (Environment). The Deputy Chief Health Officer (Environment) provides expert clinical and scientific advice and leadership on environmental public health issues. She supports the Chief Health Officer and staff within the Health Protection Branch.

Responsibilities

The Deputy Chief Health Officer (Environment):

  • works closely with the Chief Health Officer and acts as Chief Health Officer in his absence
  • engages with the Environment Protection Authority (EPA) and other external stakeholders
  • provides expert advice on issues relating to environmental public health including climate, drinking water, legionella, radiation and food safety to:
    • the Chief Health Officer
    • the Minister for Health and Ambulance Services
    • senior leaders in the Department of Health and Human Services
    • Emergency Management Victoria
    • the broader health sector. 

About Dr Angie Bone

Dr Angie Bone has extensive experience and clinical expertise in public health. She is a medical doctor with experience in health protection related to environmental hazards and infectious diseases in the UK and a number of other countries. Dr Bone has a keen interest in the social and environmental determinants of health, particularly climate change extreme weather events, housing and urban planning, and infectious diseases.

Dr Bone is a Fellow of the Faculty of Public Health (UK), a Member of the Royal College of Physicians (UK) and Associate Clinical Professor at the University of Exeter (UK). She holds numerous qualifications in Public Health and Tropical Medicine.