NSW CHO Kerry Chant named Premier’s Woman of the Year

By Shannon Jenkins

March 10, 2021

Kerry Chant-Gladys Berejiklian
Kerry Chant stands next to NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian. (Image: Twitter/@GladysB)

New South Wales chief health officer Dr Kerry Chant has been awarded the top gong in the NSW Women of the Year Awards, held in Sydney on Wednesday.

Chant has been recognised with both the NSW Premier’s Woman of the Year Award and the Woman of Excellence Award after leading the state’s COVID-19 response for the past year.

Premier Gladys Berejiklian congratulated Chant on her achievements, noting that she had already given years of service to the health sector before offering “vital” health information during the pandemic.

“Dr Chant is a role model, especially for women, and has absolutely excelled in her chosen field to affect lasting change,” Berejiklian said in a statement.

Minister for women Bronnie Taylor also congratulated Chant, describing the senior public servant as “an inspiration for all women”.

“Her work has been applauded around the world,” she said.

Chant was appointed to her role in 2008, making her the longest-serving CHO in NSW. Last year she was named Public Servant of the Year at the annual Premier’s Awards, for her “ongoing efforts in keeping our community safe throughout the COVID-19 pandemic”.

READ MORE: Dr Kerry Chant named NSW premier’s Public Servant of the Year

Five other women have been recognised at this year’s NSW Women of the Year Awards ceremony, including:

  • Regional Woman of the Year Award — Grace Brennan, founder of the Buy from the Bush initiative.
  • Cancer Institute NSW Aboriginal Woman of the Year Award — June Riemer, from the First Peoples Disability Network.
  • Aware Super NSW Community Hero of the Year Award — Jean Vickery, from the Lions Club of Woolgoolga.
  • Harvey Norman NSW Young Woman of the Year Award — Dr Samantha Wade, from the Illawarra Health and Medical Research Institute.
  • The One To Watch Award — Molly Croft, 15, charity and volunteer worker from Dubbo.

Taylor congratulated the winners, noting that the awards are a highlight of NSW Women’s Week.

“These incredible women come from all walks of life but the one thing they have in common is that they are inspiring achievers for their communities,” she said.

READ MORE: Kerry Chant: pandemic policy advisor making a difference


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