BREAKING: Qld CHO Dr Jeanette Young’s replacement steps down

Oct 28, 2021
CHO Jeanette Young's replacement has stepped down. Source: Getty/Twitter

News has just broken that Dr Krispin Hajkowicz will not take on the position of Chief Health Officer (CHO) in Queensland when it is vacated by Dr Jeanette Young in November.

This last-minute change was announced via a media release put out by Health Minister Yvette D’Ath on the afternoon of October 28, 2021.

The statement was quite brief, only saying that Dr Hajkowicz would not be assuming the role, due to personal reasons.

The statement also announced that while appointing a new CHO, the Deputy CHO Dr Peter Aitken would act as CHO.

D’Ath has said that she respects Dr Hajkowicz’ decision and his request for privacy.

This announcement comes just days before Dr Hajkowicz was due to assume the role, replacing current Chief Health Officer Dr Jeanette Young.

Dr Krispin Hajkowicz will nto become Queensland's new CHO. Source: Media Release
Dr Krispin Hajkowicz will not become Queensland’s new CHO. Source: Media Release


Dr Young vacates the role to take on the position of Governor of Queensland. This announcement was made by Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk during a conference on October 4, 2021.

At the conference, Dr Hajkowicz was given incredible praise, with Dr Young saying “I’ve been going to him for the last two years for advice. He has been the lead in the treatment and management of COVID cases.”

It was said at the time that Dr Hajkowicz was immensely qualified for the role, having worked through four different pandemics. Dr Hajkowicz was “the perfect person to take over”, according to Dr Young.


More to come as the story develops.





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