Prof. Anthony (Tony) Lawler
Professor Tony Lawler is the Deputy Secretary of the Health Products Regulation Group, which works to safeguard and enhance the health of all Australians through effective, timely and risk-proportionate regulation of therapeutic goods, and the control of drug imports, exports and production.
Prior to joining the Department in June 2023, Tony was the Chief Medical Officer and Deputy Secretary- Clinical Quality, Regulation and Accreditation with the Tasmanian Department of Health. This role included providing leadership to health professionals, system-wide clinical governance oversight, and the regulation of private health service establishments.
Having studied medicine at the University of Tasmania, Tony has worked in the health system as a Specialist Emergency Physician, Specialist Medical Administrator, and senior health public servant for almost 30 years. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Tony was the Tasmanian Health Service Emergency Operations Commander.
Tony is a Board Member with the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care. He has previously held positions as a member of the Council of the National Health and Medical Research Council, President of the Australasian College for Emergency Medicine, and Deputy Head of the Tasmanian School of Medicine.
Tony is a Professor in Health Services with the University of Tasmania.