The new head of the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) has been named as Professor Tony Lawler, the former chief medical officer and deputy secretary of Clinical Quality, Regulation and Accreditation with the Tasmanian Department of Health.

His appointment was not formally announced by the health regulator, but posting on LinkedIn, Professor Lawler said he was looking forward to a “great new challenge” as deputy secretary of the health products regulation group.

He replaces John Skerritt who retired in April.

Professor Lawler studied medicine at the University of Tasmania, and has worked in the health system as a specialist emergency physician, specialist medical administrator and senior health public servant for almost 30 years

He was the Tasmanian Health Service Emergency operations commander during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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