Dr Roscoe Taylor

Dr Roscoe Taylor will leave the DHHS on April 3 after 12 years as Director of Public Health and more recently Chief Health Officer.

Dr Taylor is acknowledged for his outstanding contribution to improving public health in the state.

Dr Taylor is respected and trusted by Tasmanians, and has been the person many looked to for advice and reassurance on major public health issues.

Under Dr Taylor's leadership, Tasmania has maintained a strong national public health and prevention presence, often leading the way with new systems and initiatives.

Among many achievements during his tenure, he played a central role in tackling Tasmania's high smoking rates, the most preventable cause of serious illness and premature death among Tasmanians.

Dr Taylor has worked in public health since 1990. He held public health physician posts in Victoria and Queensland before his appointment as Director of Public Health in Tasmania in 2002.

Public Health Services senior medical adviser Dr Mark Veitch will act as Director of Public Health while a recruitment process is underway.

For more information about Dr Taylor's career visit www.dhhs.tas.gov.au/pophealth/roscoe