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Brendan Murphy to be among Australian of the Year finalists

Brendan Murphy, who became the public face of Australia’s fight against the coronavirus in March, will be among the eight nominees for Australian of the Year next January.

Professor Murphy, who recently left his role as the federal government’s chief medical officer after almost four years, was on Monday night named as the Australian Capital Territory’s Australian of the Year.

Professor Brendan Murphy, who was the chief medical officer during the peak of the coronavirus pandemic, will be up for Australian of the Year.

Professor Brendan Murphy, who was the chief medical officer during the peak of the coronavirus pandemic, will be up for Australian of the Year.Credit:Alex Ellinghausen

This time last year, Professor Murphy was a relatively unknown figure. But as chief health officer, he quickly became the public face of the Australian response to the coronavirus outbreak, giving daily televised press briefings to update the public on the global spread.

The 65-year-old, a kidney specialist, was chair of the Australian Health Principal Protection Committee, which provided guidance to national cabinet about shutting down Australian business and community activities and implementing physical distancing measures.

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