Professor Michael Ackland
MB BS, MPH, FAFPHM
Professor Michael Ackland MB BS, MPH, FAFPHM, served as Deputy Chief Health Officer (CHO) for Victoria from 2014 and Acted as Chief Health Officer for most of 2014 until his retirement from the Department of Health and Human Services on 29 January 2016. He was appointed as Senior Medical Advisor to the Office of the Chief Health Officer in 2007. Prior to this he managed the Chronic Disease Surveillance and Epidemiology program for the Victorian Health Department - a position he held since 1995. He has had many years of experience providing high level advice to government and leadership through the Office of the CHO on a broad range of population health issues. As Acting CHO he was responsible for the delivery of health protection policies and programs for the Victorian Government as well as carrying the statutory powers invested in the Chief Health Officer.
Professor Ackland has a long standing interest in public health education and has been actively involved in developing the Australasian Faculty of Public Health Medicine (AFPHM) teaching, learning and assessment program. He is currently Lead Fellow in Accreditation for the AFPHM, and a member of the AFPHM Education Committee. He is involved in the AFPHM supervisor professional development program and is both a supervisor and mentor for AFPHM advanced trainees.
His principal interests are in public health policy and the translation of public health research to policy and program development, chronic disease prevention, risk management especially in the context of health protection programs and public health physician workforce development in Australasia. His research interests and publications have focused on chronic disease prevention and current issues in public health policy. He is a CI and Chair of the board of the NHMRC funded project Mothers after Gestational Diabetes Australia (MAGDA). His published thinking on issues in the translation of science to policy has played a significant part in his contribution to both government run surveillance systems as well as the conceptualisation of research initiatives and their practical application to public health policy.