Qld bids farewell to chief COVID-19 response | Whyalla news
The pressure and sleepless nights that came with leading a pandemic response are almost over for the outgoing Queensland director of health.
Dr. Jeanette Young is in her final week in this role as she prepares to become the state’s 27th governor on Monday.
Prime Minister Annastacia Palaszczuk on Thursday paid tribute to Dr Young’s work in the state parliament, describing the burden she carried during the pandemic as “unprecedented”.
“It resulted in tremendous pressure, sleepless nights and a torrent of information that she handled calmly and clinically, with compassion and care,” she said.
“I am proud to say that in my opinion, Dr Young has led Australia and the world in COVID health measures.”
Dr Young is stepping down as Queensland’s longest-serving health director after 16 years in the post.
Before the COVID-19 outbreak, she campaigned for better health outcomes for issues like smoking, obesity and the flu.
“Anything that, from a public health perspective, improves the lives of the people of Queensland – from inner cities to our remote indigenous communities,” Ms. Palaszczuk added.
Health Minister Yvette D’Ath said the state is now in the best possible position, with a low number of COVID-19 cases and no community spread, as it prepares to open its borders in December.
“She took her role very seriously, it weighed heavily. She knew the risks in every decision she made,” Ms. D’Ath said.
Dr Young has previously described his successor, infectious disease physician Krispin Hajkowicz, as “the perfect fit” for the role, as the state braces for an increase in cases as the border opens.
Associated Australian Press