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New Victorian Chief Health Officer appointed (Archived content)

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Respected public health practitioner Dr Rosemary Lester has been appointed Victoria’s Chief Health Officer.

Dr Lester, the State’s Deputy Chief Health Officer who joined the Victorian Health Department in 1989 said she would work hard to justify the confidence shown in her.

“Having worked in the area of public health in Victoria for the past 23 years my aim is to protect the public to the best of my ability,” Dr Lester said.

“The Chief Health Officer must balance the need of providing as much information as possible to the community in relation to significant health issues without becoming unnecessarily alarmist,” she said.

Dr Lester gained respect throughout Australia for her handling of the swine flu epidemic in 2009 which saw thousands of Victorians afflicted.

She is a medical graduate of the University of Melbourne (1980), and was the Medical Officer of Health for the City of Melbourne from 1986 to 1989.

She completed a Master of Public Health from Monash University in 1992 and obtained a Master of Science (Epidemiology) degree in 1993 from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Dr Lester was made a Fellow of the Australasian Faculty of Public Health Medicine in 1994.

Dr Lester has a wide experience of public health issues having served on many State and National Committees. She has special interests in immunisation and communicable disease control.

Reviewed 08 March 2012


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