Calvary appoints new medical advisor

New role: Chris Baggoley is the new chief medical advisor at Calvary.

New role: Chris Baggoley is the new chief medical advisor at Calvary.

Calvary has appointed former Australian government chief medical officer, Professor Chris Baggoley to the role of chief medical advisor.

Having completed a degree in veterinary science, Professor Baggoley decided that his future lay in human health care, enrolling in the South Australian Flinders University medical program in 1974.

Most recently, he was the executive director of medical services for the Southern Adelaide Local Health Network.

He has been the chief executive for the Australian commission on safety and quality in health care, chief medical officer for the South Australian Department of Health, and director of emergency departments at Flinders Medical Centre, Ashford Community Hospital and the Royal Adelaide Hospital.

He was also president of the Australasian College for Emergency Medicine and chair of the committee of presidents of medical colleges.

Professor Baggoley will take a seat at the Calvary executive leadership committee, reporting to national chief executive, Martin Bowles.

“The appointment is a significant honour for Calvary,” he said.

“He is a respected clinician with a national reputation in the field of emergency medicine.

“He has also made a significant contribution to progressing the nation’s response to antimicrobial resistance, vaccine preventable disease, the risk of new communicable diseases, and improved screening and early diagnosis of non-communicable diseases such as cancer.”

One of his first priorities will be to look at Calvary’s clinical engagement strategy and form a clinical council aimed at engaging with medical and clinical stakeholders to help Calvary navigate through the changes occurring in healthcare.

“The Calvary name is very well known, with friends and family being cared for Calvary over many years,” Professor Baggoley said.

“I feel a close alignment with the ethos of the Calvary community.

“I am delighted to have the opportunity to contribute to continuing the mission and values established more than 120 years ago.”

He begins his new role on May 21 and will be based in Adelaide.