Chris Baggoley

Christopher James Baggoley AO (born 9 October 1951) is an Australian doctor and the Chief Medical Officer of Australia between 2011 and 2016.[1] As of June 2020 Baggoley is the Chief Medical Advisor for Calvary Care.[2]

Chris Baggoley
Chief Medical Officer
In office
30 August 2011 – 4 October 2016
Preceded byJim Bishop
Succeeded byBrendan Murphy
Personal details
Christopher John Baggoley

(1951-10-09) 9 October 1951 (age 71)
EducationFlinders University
ProfessionMedical doctor

Baggoley was appointed to the position of Australia's Chief Medical Officer in August 2011 having acted in the position since April on the resignation of Jim Bishop.[3] As Chief Medical Officer Baggoley contributed to the international response to several epidemics including Ebola, MERS and Zika virus through his work on the World Health Organization's International Health Regulations Emergency Committee.[4] He resigned from the position in 2016 and was replaced by Brendan Murphy.[1]

Baggoley first completed a degree in veterinary science, later enrolling in the Flinders University postgraduate medical course.[5] In his career Baggoley has been director of emergency medicine at Royal Adelaide Hospital, Chief Medical Officer of South Australia and chief executive of the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care.[3]

Baggoley was made an Officer of the Order of Australia in the 2013 Queen's Birthday Honours List for "distinguished service to medicine, particularly in the area of emergency medicine as a clinician, to medical administration and public health care, and to education".[6]

He was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2019.[7]


  1. ^ a b Easton, Stephen (13 July 2016). "Chief medical officer retirement sparks Department of Health reshuffle". The Mandarin. Retrieved 13 June 2020.
  2. ^ "Calvary appoints Professor Chris Baggoley AO". Calvary Health Care. 16 May 2018.
  3. ^ a b "Australia gets new chief medical officer". Australian Financial Review. Australian Associated Press. 30 August 2011. Retrieved 13 June 2020.
  4. ^ Rollins, Adrian (19 July 2016). "Baggoley steps down". Australian Medicine. Australian Medical Association. Retrieved 13 June 2020.
  5. ^ "Professor Chris Baggoley AO". Flinders University. Retrieved 13 June 2020.
  6. ^ "Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) entry for Professor Christopher James Baggoley". It's an Honour, Australian Honours Database. Canberra, Australia: Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. 10 June 2013. Retrieved 15 June 2020. For distinguished service to medicine, particularly in the area of emergency medicine as a clinician, to medical administration and public health care, and to education
  7. ^ Prosser Scully, Ruby (12 February 2020). "We need to do more to fight pancreatic cancer". Medical Republic. Retrieved 13 June 2020.
Government offices
Preceded by Chief Medical Officer
Succeeded by