Dr Jeannette Young

Jeanette Young claims women’s leadership award

QUEENSLAND’s Chief Medical Officer, Dr Jeanette Young, has been recognised for her leadership during the COVID-19 crisis.

Dr Young was this morning named the recipient of the Queensland Award for Excellence in Women’s Leadership.

“The past year has been challenging but I’m fortunate to be Chief Health Officer in a state like Queensland, where people respond to emergencies with resilience and common sense – everyone watches out for one another,” Dr Young said.


“COVID-19 has tested the world, not just Australia, and I’m immensely proud of the way we as a health authority have responded to protect Queenslanders.”

CEO of Women and Leadership Australia, Suzi Finkelstein, said it was an honour to recognise powerful women across the country.

“The Australian Awards for Excellence in Women’s Leadership are an opportunity to recognise women who, by virtue of their actions, create opportunities for other women to advance in society,” she said.

“During the COVID-19 pandemic, I have greatly admired the work that Dr Jeannette Young has done to lead the public health response in Queensland. Her calm confidence, expertise and compassion has been inspirational and has given women across Australia in the medical and public health sector a strong role model.

“As a Public Health Officer in Australia who was sadly subjected to violent threats, she always demonstrated grace whilst continuing to focus on keeping people safe during a global pandemic. Her adaptability and ability to make important decisions based on professional advice shows great leadership and I am delighted that she will be accepting this award.”

Previous recipients of the Queensland award include Ash Barty, Senator Larissa Waters, Commissioner Katarina Carroll, Anna Bligh, Terri Irwin and Annastacia Palaszczuk.

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Must have been a low number of prospective recipients!