Professor Euan Wallace commenced as Secretary of the Department of Health in November 2020.
Professor Wallace is an academic obstetrician and gynaecologist by training with more than 30 years' experience in clinical practice and medical research, and 15 years' experience in clinical leadership and governance. He is a strong advocate for healthcare improvement and the consumer voice.
From 2017 to mid-2020 Euan was the inaugural CEO of Safer Care Victoria, the state's lead agency for healthcare quality and safety. In July 2020, he was seconded to the Department of Health as a Deputy Secretary and was jointly responsible for COVID-19 case management, contact tracing, and outbreak management.
Prior to joining the department, Professor Wallace was the Carl Wood Professor and Head of Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at Monash University. His research interests are in foetal development, maternal health, stem cell biology and patient safety.
Professor Wallace has a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBChB) and a Doctor of Medicine (MD) from the University of Edinburgh.
Reviewed 25 October 2021