Chairman of the Executive Board

Professor Jane Halton, Chairman of the Executive Board
Professor Jane Halton

Professor Jane Halton PSM
Australia Government Department of Health and Ageing

Jane Halton has been Secretary of the Australian Department of Health and Ageing, responsible for Australia’s national health system, since 2002.

Jane has had an active leadership role in global health diplomacy and the World Health Organization over this period, including as:

  • a Western Pacific Region member of the WHO Executive Board from 2004 to 2007, with a further three year period as a member commencing in May 2012
  • President of the World Health Assembly in 2007
  • Vice-Chairman of the Executive Board from 2005 to 2006
  • Chairman of the WHO Programme, Budget and Administration Committee from 2005 to 2007
  • Chair of the Intergovernmental Meeting on Pandemic Influenza Preparedness: Sharing of influenza viruses and access to vaccines
    and other benefits from 2007 to 2009

Jane holds an honours degree in psychology from the Australian National University, is a fellow of the Australian Institute of Management and an honourary fellow of the Australian College of Health Service Executives. She holds the position of Adjunct Professor at the University of Sydney and Adjunct Professor at the University of Canberra. She was awarded the Public Service Medal in 2002, and the Centenary Medal in 2003. In 2011, she was awarded the degree of Doctor of Letters Honoris Causa by the University of New South Wales.

Jane is also Chair of the OECD’s Health Committee and has been a member of the board of the Institute of Health Metrics and Evaluation since 2007. She was awarded the Geneva Forum for Health Award in 2013 for her contribution to heath systems and innovation in tobacco control.