- Professor Mary-Louise McLaws has sadly been diagnosed with a brain tumour
- Leading Sydney based epidemiologist was suffering from repeated headaches
- She confirmed the devastating news on Twitter, plenty passed on best wishes
- The Professor has been employed by WHO for health advice during pandemic
Published: 18:05 AEDT, 15 January 2022 | Updated: 18:06 AEDT, 15 January 2022
A leading epidemiologist has been diagnosed with a brain tumour after suffering from severe headaches.
Professor Mary-Louise McLaws confirmed the devastating news on Saturday afternoon on Twitter, before announcing she will take a month of sick leave from her two roles with the World Health Organisation and University of New South Wales.
During the pandemic, Prof McLaws has been working with the WHO as an adviser for health emergencies, playing a key role in the prevention and control response to Covid-19.
Prof McLaws has also been a regular on TV screens since 2020 for her expert health advice and has often called out the government for what she perceives as ‘poor handling’ of the pandemic.
In recent weeks she said the refusal to widely distribute free rapid antigen tests across Australia was a clear example why the government’s ‘outbreak management has failed.’