Professor Nicola Spurrier

Chief Public Health Officer, paediatrician and physician

SANomineeAustralian of the Year2021

During COVID-19, South Australia has been one of the safest places in the world. The Chief Public Health Officer, Professor Nicola Spurrier, has been instrumental in the state’s effective virus response.

Nicola led the SA Health, Health Regulation and Protection Division in its highly successful public health strategy. She co-ordinates with government and non-government agencies and has been the South Australian lead on the national pandemic response.

In daily press conferences, Nicola has kept the public informed about the pandemic response. Her calm, honest and direct approach and sound public health advice have gained the trust of South Australians.

Nicola has also educated community groups, councils, professionals and clinicians in countless forums and sessions to ensure they are informed and up-to-date. Throughout COVID-19’s monumental challenges, Nicola has acted professionally, strategically and compassionately.

Nicola has 29 years’ experience in SA Health, developing and implementing policies and programs across child health, obesity prevention and Aboriginal health.