Office of the Chief Health Officer

The Office of the Chief Health Officer is one of the public health divisions.

Professor Tarun Weeramanthri is the Chief Health Officer for Western Australia.

The functions of this office include:

  • fulfilling legislative responsibilities pursuant to the Health Act 2016 (external site) and related Acts
  • advising the Director General and Minister for Health on public health matters and emerging issues
  • providing strategic and operational direction for public health services in WA Health 
  • monitoring trends in population health status in WA representing Western Australia on national committees, including Australian Health Protection Principal Committee 
  • engaging with, and establishing strong relationships with major public health stakeholders external to the WA Health Department 
  • managing the human and financial resources within the Public Health Division in order to gain maximum health benefits.