Victorian Department of Health and Human Services secretary Dr Pradeep Philip has been moved by Premier Daniel Andrews to head up a new innovation initiative for the Victorian government.
Philip said he had been asked by the Premier to “lead the new entity constituting the government’s priority start-up initiative”, which is being established to “foster, develop and accelerate entrepreneurship in the Victorian economy and to harness innovation as a driver of economic growth and performance,” according to a statement released by Networking Health Victoria. He continued:
“This new opportunity to deliver on one of the government’s central economic election commitments is an exciting one … innovation, the role of technology and the creation of social and economic value have been motivating threads throughout my career.”
While in the DHHS, Philip pushed for the public service to consider its role in social justice.
Stating that work has already commenced for the establishment of the start up initiative, Minister for Small Business, Innovation and Trade Philip Dalidakis said: “Dr Philip’s knowledge as an economist and his experience as a senior public servant driving innovation, particularly in the med and biotech sector, sees him as an ideal candidate to lead this organisation.”
Though he had only been in the role of chief of the merged DHHS for nine months, Philip was previously in charge of the Department of Health for two and a half years. Philip has previously served as head of policy in the Prime Minister’s Office, associate director general of the Queensland Department of Premier and Cabinet and deputy secretary, Policy and Cabinet Group in the Victorian DPC.
His final day was Friday, September 18.
Kym Peake, a deputy secretary from the Department of Premier of Cabinet will act as secretary of the DHHS while the department undertakes the process of recruitment.
Philip expressed “genuinely mixed emotions” at his departure from DHHS, alongside his pride at having worked as secretary of the DHHS and of the former Department of Health. He praised DHHS for its tireless and selfless work in the service of the Victorian community and thanked the department for its support and hard work during his time as departmental secretary.
The government announced $60 million during Budget time for a ‘start-up initiative’ to match “our brightest entrepreneurs with business mentors to help get their ideas off the ground”, but few details are yet available.
The Mandarin has requested further detail from the Premier’s office.