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Sonya Bennett

QIMR Berghofer - Council Member


Dr Bennett graduated from the University of Queensland with MBBS in 1991 and has Fellowships with both the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners and the Australasian Faculty of Public Health Medicine. She has worked in Queensland Health, the Australian Defence Force, and in the academic research sector acquiring a broad range of management, leadership and governance experience to complement broad technical expertise in the fields of communicable diseases and general medicine.

Dr Bennett is currently the Executive Director Communicable Diseases Branch, Queensland Health where, amongst other activities, she is responsible for the state-wide strategic direction and policy for communicable diseases, leading state-wide incidents of public health significance and performing in the role of Chief Health Officer in the incumbent’s absence. Sonya is current Chair of the Communicable Disease Network of Australia and is an adjunct Associate Professor of Griffith University. She remains a Captain in the Royal Australian Navy as an active reservist and is currently a member of the Defence Independent Seaworthiness Management Review panel reporting to Chief of Navy.