Hon Roger Cook BA GradDipBus MBA MLA

Hon Roger Cook BA GradDipBus MBA MLA

Deputy Premier; Minister for Health; Medical Research; State Development, Jobs and Trade; Science

    WA Chief Health Officer to stand down

    15/05/2018 2:00 PM
    • Western Australia's Chief Health Officer to step down after a decade of service
    • Professor Weeramanthri to leave a legacy of effective public health initiatives 

    Western Australia's Chief Health Officer Professor Tarun Weeramanthri will resign from his role, following a period of leave, on October 20, 2018.


    Over the past decade, Professor Weeramanthri has provided expert advice on many public health matters that impact the WA community. Under Professor Weeramanthri's leadership, we have seen significant achievements in public health in Western Australia, most notably the passage of the new Public Health Act in 2016.


    In recent times, Professor Weeramanthri has been instrumental in helping to ensure the safe opening of the new Perth Children's Hospital.


    Other achievements include the implementation of Australia's first State-wide meningococcal vaccination program, WA attaining the second highest human papilloma virus vaccination rate in Australia, and the launch of the State's inaugural Preventive Health Summit.


    On a national level, Professor Weeramanthri has contributed to many national disaster and health responses including the influenza pandemic, Ashmore Reef disaster, Mumbai bombings, Pakistan floods, and major earthquakes in Indonesia and Papua New Guinea. 


    He also worked with the World Health Organisation in Sierra Leone and Iraq, co-ordinating the activities of foreign medical teams after the 2014 Ebola outbreak, and co-ordinating trauma services around the Mosul offensive.


    Comments attributed to Health Minister Roger Cook:


    "I would like to acknowledge Professor Weeramanthri for his professionalism and dedication to public health over his extensive career. In my time as Minister for Health, I have relied upon and valued Professor Weeramanthri's considered advice as Regulator on public health matters in this State.


    "Many of the public health initiatives that have been implemented under his leadership will have a long lasting, positive effect on the WA community for years to come.


    "I would personally like to thank Professor Weeramanthri for his tireless work in the public health arena over the past 10 years and wish him all the best for the future."


    Minister's office - 6552 6500