Australians sick of top doctors 'talking down to us' amid Jeannette Young ...

Australians sick of top doctors 'talking down to us' amid Jeannette Young ...
Australians sick of top doctors 'talking down to us' amid Jeannette Young ...

The states' top doctors repeatedly talking down to Australians, telling people what to do and 'overreacting endlessly' to Covid is wearing thin - even to an infectious diseases expert.

Sixteen months after the country suffered through its first lockdowns, the nation's chief health officers have become household names, some even collecting gushing online fan bases. 

But it's not just members of the public who are tiring of the constant updates, lifestyle restrictions and 'fearmongering' as 12 million Australians in four states and territories are locked down again. 

Professor Emma McBryde, a disease modeller at the Australian Institute of Tropical Health & Medicine at James Cook University, said trigger happy doctors are grating even on her. 

'I think it's really wearing thin these endless news cycles of chief health officers - and premiers for that matter - talking down to us, telling us what we should be doing and overreacting endlessly to Covid outbreaks and doing what they think might be popular at the time.' 

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Professor McBryde was particularly incensed about repeated state lockdowns based on single cases. 

'If you're chief health officer and you haven't got a health department handle on one case, you shouldn't be showing your face in public as far as I'm concerned,' she said.

Queensland's Chief Health Officer - and governor-in-waiting - Dr Jeannette Young urged Australians aged under 40 not to get the AstraZeneca vaccine over rare blood clotting fears

Queensland's Chief Health Officer - and governor-in-waiting - Dr Jeannette Young urged Australians aged under 40 not to get the AstraZeneca vaccine over rare blood clotting fears 

The epidemiologist slammed Queensland Chief Health Officer Dr Jeannette Young's comments this week where she said 'I do not want under 40s to get (the) AstraZeneca (vaccine)' due to the extremely rare risk of blood clots.

'It was excessively cautious and really unhelpful,' said Prof McBryde, who has described the comments as 'fear mongering.' 

'What she was really saying is, don't take advice from your local doctor, don't make an informed decision yourself, just listen to me and I say, don't do it. 

'What motivated her to do that, I have no idea. The reasons she gave were fairly hard to credit.' 

Professor Emma McBryde, an infectious diseases modeller with James Cook University in Queensland

Professor Emma McBryde, an infectious diseases modeller with James Cook University in Queensland

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