Queensland’s chief health officer has been rewarded for her handling of the Covid-19 crisis with a major promotion.
Queensland chief health officer Jeannette Young has been rewarded for her handling of the Covid-19 crisis by being revealed as the state’s next governor-general.
Annastacia Palaszczuk said the decision to promote the public servant was a “no-brainer”, declaring Dr Young had been a “rock for Queensland through this pandemic”.
“People across Queensland have stopped me and said ‘Dr Young’s going to be our governor,” the Premier said of the overwhelming popularity of the CHO.
“And I’m quite sure she’ll be the people’s governor because she has been with the people of this state through the most difficult challenges that our state has ever had to face.”
Dr Young described the appointment as a “huge honour” and was focused on completing the vaccine rollout in the Sunshine State before taking over as governor-general on November 1.
“It will be a real privilege to be able to go across our wonderful state and talk to Queenslanders throughout the state because it has been Queenslanders who have done this over the last 18 months — they’ve given up so much for us to be where we are,” she told reporters on Monday morning.
The CHO said current governor-general, Paul de Jersey, would leave “big shoes to fill”. Dr Young said he had been an “amazing governor through some very difficult times”.
Governor de Jersey will continue in the position until the end of October to allow Dr Young to complete various milestones related to the pandemic.