Posted 22 December 2020 AM
Professor Paul Kelly, a familiar face on our television screens for months, and former deputy to now Health Department Secretary Dr Brendan Murphy, has been appointed as the nation's Chief Medical Officer (CMO).
The government has welcomed the appointment, noting that Professor Kelly had been acting in the role since June 2020 when Dr Murphy moved to Health.
Professor Kelly has been intimately involved in Australia-s response to COVID-19 from the earliest days of the pandemic as well as in the health response to the devastating 2019-20 bushfires.
"Since Dr Brendan Murphy's appointment as Secretary of the Department of Health, Professor Kelly has ably led the response to COVID-19, including as Chair of the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee (AHPPC)," Prime Minister Scott Morrison's office said.
"His appointment to the permanent role of CMO ensures Australia remains in very capable hands. He was successful after a rigorous and highly competitive selection process conducted by the Department of Health.