Victoria’s Chief Health Officer, Dr Rosemary Lester, has announced her retirement.
This formalises Dr Lester’s advice to the Department of Health in 2013 that she was planning for retirement.
Dr Lester joined the Victorian Public Service in 1989. She began in the Infectious Diseases Unit in the then Health Department Victoria, and went on to manage a number of areas across the Department, including the Immunisation, Prevention and Perinatal Health and Communicable Diseases teams.
Dr Lester was appointed Chief Health Officer in March 2012. She has led Victoria’s response to a number of public health challenges, including the 2009 H1N1 Swine Flu outbreak.
In 2014, Dr Lester was awarded a Public Service Medal for outstanding public service in public health leadership.
Dr Lester’s last day with the Department of Health and Human Services will be 27 February 2015.
Reviewed 30 January 2015