Farewell to Dr Jeannette Young, PSM

Published: 27 October 2021 

A message from QNMU Secretary Beth Mohle

It is with sadness that we say farewell to Queensland’s Chief Health Officer (CHO), Dr Jeannette Young, who is departing this role to be sworn in as Queensland’s 27th Governor on 1 November 2021.  She will be the fourth woman to be appointed to this role, following in the footsteps of The Hon Leneen Forde AC, The Hon Dame Quentin Bryce AD CVO and Hon Penelope Wensley AC.

Dr Young has served as Queensland’s CHO for over 16 years, steering us through many a public health emergency. In this role, Dr Young has been responsible not only for health disaster planning and response but also aeromedical retrieval services, licensing of private hospitals and schools of anatomy, policy regarding organ and tissue donation, blood, medicines and poisons, cancer screening, communicable diseases, environmental health, preventative health and medical workforce, planning and leadership.

But it is in her role as  the State Health Incident Controller since January 2020, where she has led Queensland’s COVID-19 response, that she has become a household name, not only in Queensland but across the country. For more than 21 months, Dr Young has worked tirelessly, leading the efforts to keep our community safe.  

We have watched her at daily media conferences clearly and concisely provide the latest COVID-19 updates and explain how we can all act to keep ourselves, our loved ones and our community safe in unprecedented times. Science and the evidence has always been the basis of her decision making. Her calm demeanour was always so reassuring. She gave us confidence and reassurance when it was so desperately needed, and for this we will be forever grateful. 

Dr Young’s career exemplifies public service - a service that will continue in her role as Governor. 

On behalf of the nurses and midwives of Queensland, I say thank you most sincerely for your stellar leadership, unswerving commitment, passion and hard work in the most challenging of circumstances.

Wishing you all the very best, Jeannette, for this next important chapter of your career.

Warmest regards,
Beth Mohle - QNMU Secretary