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December 2020

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Professor Euan Wallace

New Department to deliver healthy Victoria

The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) will be separated into two new departments to allow for a dedicated focus on the health system and on the social recovery of the state.

The Department of Health will be responsible for the health, ambulance service, mental health and ageing portfolios and, importantly, continue leading Victoria’s public health response to the pandemic with Martin Foley as the co-ordinating Minister.

The Department of Families, Fairness and Housing will include the current DHHS portfolios of child protection, prevention of family violence and housing with Richard Wynne taking on the role of co‑ordinating Minister.

Recently-appointed Secretary Professor Euan Wallace will continue to lead DHHS through the transition period and will helm the Department of Health from February 1.

‘The health response to the pandemic has been our highest priority in 2020,’ said Premier Dan Andrews.

‘This new structure will mean a greater focus on our recovery, while we remain vigilant in our fight against coronavirus.’