Qld’s new Chief Health Officer pulls out of role

Queensland is set to be without a permanent Chief Health Officer as the state navigates its way out of COVID, with the man set to replace Jeanette Young pulling out of the role.

Dr Krispin Hajkowicz had been named to take over from Dr Young after her announcement as Queensland’s next Governor.

But just days before he was due to become the state’s top doctor, Health Minister Yvette D’ath has confirmed he has opted not to.


“For personal reasons, Dr Krispin Hajkowicz will no longer be taking up the position of Chief Health Officer,” Ms D’ath said in a statement.

“Deputy CHO Dr Peter Aitken will act in the role until a permanent replacement is appointed.

“Minister for Health and Ambulance Services Yvette D’Ath said she respected Dr Hajkowicz’ decision and his request for privacy.”

Dr Young finishes as Chief Health Officer on Sunday before being sworn in as Governor on Monday afternoon.

Queensland political leaders today paid tribute to Dr Young in State Parliament as he prepares to transition to her new role.

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