The Independent Health Advisor (the Advisor) is appointed by the Secretary to provide expert independent advice to the Department of Immigration and Border Protection as requested in relation to detention health issues, both onshore and offshore and may include advice on systemic issues, individual cases or specific incidents.
The Advisor will be able to draw on the professional and clinical advice of the Department's Chief Medical Officer and contracted detention health service providers.
A panel of health experts was established to be used by the Advisor, if and when required. The Advisor was able to provide advice on the expertise and composition of the panel. The Department provides secretariat and administrative support to the Advisor.
Following the establishment of the CMO/Surgeon General role within DIBP, and on the advice of the Advisor, a new Independent Health Advice Panel (IHAP) was established in 2016 to provide advice to the CMO/SG.
The Advisor is contracted to the Department until 30 June 2016, after which the role will cease.