Deputy Chief Medical Officer

Dr Sonya Bennett is one of the Australian Government’s Deputy Chief Medical Officers.

Dr Sonya Bennett is a general practitioner and public health physician with 30 years’ experience working in Queensland Health, the Australian Defence Force, and the academic research sector, acquiring a broad range of management, leadership and governance experience to complement broad technical expertise in the fields of communicable diseases and general medicine.

Sonya was most recently the Deputy Chief Health Officer, Queensland Health, where, among other activities, she was responsible for the statewide strategic direction and policy for communicable diseases and leading statewide incidents of public health, including the public health response to the COVID-19 pandemic. She was also the Chair of the Communicable Disease Network of Australia for the first 18 months of the pandemic, where the rapid and ongoing development of the widely used Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) CDNA National Guidelines for Public Health Units occurred and was first published on 23 January 2020.

She took up the role of Deputy Chief Medical Officer in the Australian Government Department of Health in August 2021.

Sonya remains in the Royal Australian Navy as a Commodore and the current Director General Navy Health Reserves.

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