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‘It nearly crushed me’: Brett Sutton resigns as Victoria’s chief health officer

Sutton says the pressure of the public role through the worst of the pandemic took a toll on his family

Victoria’s chief health officer, Brett Sutton, says there were moments during his time as the face of the state’s Covid-19 response that would have “crushed” him were it not for the support of his family, as he announced his resignation on Friday.

Sutton said he would be leaving the Department of Health after 12 years to take up a position as director of health and biosecurity at the CSIRO from September.

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