Professor Paul Kelly is currently the Chief Medical Officer at the Australian Government Department of Health. Prior to this appointment, he was the Acting Chief Medical Officer, leading the Government’s health response to the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak. A public health physician and epidemiologist by training, Professor Kelly first joined the Department in March 2019 as the Chief Medical Adviser, Health Products Regulation Group and became the Deputy Chief Medical Officer in February 2020 following the response to the Summer 2019-2020 bushfires. Prior to these appointments, Professor Kelly spent 8 years as Chief Health Officer for the Australian Capital Territory and Deputy Director-General of Population Health in the ACT Government Health Directorate.
Professor Kelly has previously worked in research, health systems development, postgraduate teaching and as a health service executive including Director of the Masters of Applied Epidemiology Program at the National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health at the Australian National University (ANU), and in the Northern Territory working as a Principal Research Fellow with the Menzies School of Health Research, as well as with the Centre for Disease Control in the NT Department of Health. Professor Kelly has worked in parts of Australia as well as Malawi, Indonesia, East Timor, and the UK.
Professor Kelly has over 30 years research experience and has published over 120 peer reviewed journal articles and book chapters. He has supervised or mentored many trainees and post-graduate students and delivered lectures, workshops, seminars and conference talks nationally and internationally.
Professor Kelly is the Chair of the Australian Health Protection Principle Committee (AHPPC) and as an official member of National Cabinet, has contributed his extensive public health and epidemiological knowledge and experience in the formulation of various plans and advice relating to COVID-19. This has included the publication of statements and guidelines across a wide range of COVID-19 issues including incoming and outgoing travel particularly regarding infection prevention and control at Australia’s borders, aged care, hotel quarantine, public health measures such as social distancing and hygiene and the application of restrictions in response to community cases of COVID 19. This vital work has significantly contributed to Australia’s approach to virus suppression.
Major General New was born 15th June 1959, Sydney NSW. He completed his Higher School Certificate at Waverley College Sydney (where he was a Cadet Under Officer) and graduated with his primary medical degree Bachelor of Medicine Bachelor of Surgery in 1985, UNSW. He enlisted in 1992 as a Specialist Service Officer and was posted to 1st Parachute Surgical Team (PST) at Holsworthy Sydney. Subsequent to his specialty training in Orthopaedics (FRACS Orth), MAJGEN New undertook sub-specialist spinal surgery training in the UK in 2003 and was posted to 23rd Parachute Field Ambulance Aldershot on exchange, serving in their Forward Squadron as an Orthopaedic Surgeon. In support of Specialist Airborne Operations, he completed a suite of courses to deliver the scope of service required. MAJGEN New has deployed with Australian forces to Rwanda, East Timor and Banda Aceh and has held appointments with 1PST and 1HSB (Health Support Battalion) in Sydney and staff appointments SO1 Reserve Health 2000, SMO 8 Brigade 2007, Consultant Surgeon to SGADF 2008–2014, Chairman Orthopaedic Consultative Group JHC 2009 onwards.
MAJGEN New is regularly consulted on complex clinical matters and governance issues both within Australia and overseas. MAJGEN New has completed numerous military courses since enlistment both in the UK and Australia: the Definitive Surgical Trauma Course 2003 and was Directing Staff (military module) on subsequent courses, the Early Management of Severe Trauma 2003, the Deployed Surgeons Obstetric and Gynaecology Skills Course 2005, the LOAC 2005, and was Directing Staff Pre-Hospital Trauma Course Ex Primary Survey. He is a graduate of the Medical Strategic Leadership Program AMEDD, San Antonio and the Pentagon, USA, in 2011.
MAJGEN New has many awards both civilian and military including OAM (civilian) for services to medicine, a Deputy Chief of Joint Operations silver commendation Op Sumatra Assist as a Senior Surgeon, the Meritorious Unit Citation OP TAMAR RWANDA and the Bruce Shepherd Medal for Services to Medicine 2019.
MAJGEN New has been appointed Surgeon General ADF-R effective July 2019. MAJGEN New has led his professional peer group with numerous national and state appointments in senior leadership, governance, administration and training. He is an Adjunct Professor at Sydney University (Director of Education MSK) and is a member of its peak Ethics Committee (HREC1). He is soon to complete a Doctorate of Clinical Surgery with strong emphasis on governance, safety and leadership. MAJGEN New is a member of multiple civilian and military learned societies and has held senior appointments. He is a member of the Society of Military Orthopaedic Surgeons (international). He is an Associate Fellow of the Royal Australian College of Medical Administrators and the Australasian College of Aerospace Medicine.
MAJGEN New is married to Dr Heather New and has two adult sons. He enjoys fishing, motorsports and Rugby League. He has a particular interest in international and military history.