Dr Sutton’s appointment was announced on Thursday 21 March by the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services Kym Peake.
Dr 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, Ethiopia, Kenya and Timor-Leste.
He represents Victoria on key national bodies including the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee. He is also Chief Human Biosecurity Officer for Victoria.
The Chief Health Officer has unique statutory functions under health, food and emergency-related legislation and is responsible for developing and implementing strategies to promote and protect public health.