June 23, 2009
FREDERICTON (CNB) - A new deputy chief medical officer of health for New Brunswick will be assuming his duties effective Wednesday, June 24, Minister of Health Mary Schryer announced today. Dr. Paul Van Buynder is relocating to the province from Australia.
During the past 20 years, Van Buynder has worked in a number of Australian jurisdictions in senior public health and communicable diseases positions, as well as at the Centre for Infections in the United Kingdom Health Protection Agency. Most recently, he was appointed director of communicable disease control in Western Australia.
"I'm very pleased to welcome to New Brunswick a doctor with such extensive experience," said Dr. Eilish Cleary, the province's chief medical officer of health. "His passion for the field and his knowledge will certainly be a great addition to our team here."
Van Buynder is a graduate of the University of Melbourne medical school and the University of Sydney. He has also been a fellow of the Royal Australian College of Physicians, public health faculty. He has been a professor, supervised a number of postgraduate students, written more than 30 published papers, and has current research interests in a number of areas, including vaccination and infectious diseases.
Van Buynder is relocating with his wife, Jan, who was most recently the vaccine trials co-ordinator at the Institute of Child Health Research in Perth.
MEDIA CONTACT: Meghan Cumby, communications, Department of Health, 506-457-3522.