Professor Euan Wallace AM is an academic obstetrician and gynaecologist by training. He completed his medical and research training in Edinburgh, Scotland before joining Monash University and Monash Health in 1996.

Prof Wallace has more that 30 years experience in clinical practice and medical research, and 15 years experience in clinical leadership and governance. His research interests are in fetal development, maternal health, stem cell biology and patient safety.

For 11 years, Prof Wallace was the Director of Victoria’s largest women’s health service at Monash Health until 2017, when he was appointed the inaugural CEO of Safer Care Victoria, Victoria’s lead agency for quality and safety improvement in healthcare.

In July 2020, Prof Wallace was seconded to the Department of Health and Human Services as Deputy Secretary and was jointly responsible for COVID-19 case management, contract tracing and outbreak management. It was this role, which led to his current appointment as Secretary of the Department of Health, commencing in November 2020.

Selected publications

  • A complete list of publications can be found at Prof Wallace Publication List

    A selection of publications (2010-2014)

    Lim R, Acharya R, Delpachitra P, Hobson S, Sobey CG, Drummond GR, Wallace EM (2014) Activin and NADPH-oxidase in preeclampsia: insights from in vitro and murine studies. Am J Obstet Gynecol; S0002-9378(14)00721-2.

  • Bhatt S, Alison B, Wallace EM, Crossley KJ, Gill AW, Kluckow M, te Pas AB, Morely CJ, Polglase GR, Hooper SB (2013) Delaying cord clamping until ventilation onset improves cardiovascular function at birth in preterm lambs. J Physiol; 591 (8): 2113-26.

  • Hodges RJ, Jenkin G, Hooper SB, Allison B, Lim R, Dickinson H, Miller SL, Vosdoganes P, Wallace EM (2012) Human amnion epithelial cells reduce ventilation-induced preterm lung injury in fetal sheep. Am J Obstet Gyn; 206 (5): 448.e8-15.

  • Murphy SV, Shiyun SC, Tan JL, Chan S, Lim R, Jenkin G, Wallace EM (2012) Human amnion epithelial cells do not abrogate pulmonary fibrosis in mice with impaired macrophage function. Cell Transplant; 21 (7): 1477-92.

  • Drysdale H, Ranasinha S, Kendall A, Knight M, Wallace EM (2012) Ethnicity and the risk of late-pregnancy stillbirth. MJA; 197 (5): 278-81.

  • Murphy SV, Lim R, Heraud P, Cholewa M, Le Gros M, de Jonge MD, Howard DL, Paterson D, McDonald C, Atala A, Jenkin G, Wallace EM (2012) Human amnion epithelial cells induced to express functional cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator. PLoS One; 7 (9): e46533.

  • Murphy S, Lim R, Dickinson H, Acharya R, Rosli S, Jenkin G, Wallace EM (2011) Human amnion epithelial cells prevent bleomycin-induced lung injury and preserve lung function. Cell Transplant; 20 (6): 909-23.

  • Vosdoganes P, Hodges RJ, Lim R, Westover AJ, Acharya RY, Wallace EM, Moss TJM (2011) Human amnion epithelial cells as a treatment for inflammation-induced fetal lung injury in sheep. Am J Obstet Gynecol; 205: 156.e26-33.

  • Moodley Y, Ilancheran S, Samuel C, Vaghjiani V, Atienza D, Williams ED, Jenkin G, Wallace EM, Trounson A, Manuelpillai U (2010) Human amnion epithelial cell translation abrogates lung fibrosis and augments repair. Am J Resp Crit Care; 182: 643-51.

  • Miller SL, Yawno T, Alers NO, Castillo-Melendez M, Supramaniam VG, VanZyl N, Sabaretnam T, Loose JM, Drummond GR, Walker DW, Jenkin G, Wallace EM (2014) Antenatal antioxidant treatment with melatonin to decrease newborn neurodevelopmental deficits and brain injury caused by fetal growth restriction. J Pineal Res; 56 (3): 283-94.