MARY-LOUISE McLaw's husband Richard has confirmed she has tragically passed away.
A key figure in Australia's battle against Covid-19 here is all you need to know about Mary-Louise and her husband Richard.
Who is Mary-Louise McLaws' husband Richard Flook?
Mary-Louise McLaw and her husband Richard got married in 1988.
Mary-Louise and Richard had two children, daughter Zia and son Zachary.
Ms McLaws passed away after a battle with cancer.
Richard announced she’d died on Saturday, August 12, 2023, at Wolper Hospital in Sydney’s Woollahra stating: “Our dear Mary-Louise passed away in her sleep.”
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Mary-Louise was a professor of epidemiologist who had worked for the World Health Organisation (WHO).
She dedicated her career to the preventation of diseases.
She had worked in 10 countries other than Australia which included Bangladesh, Cambodia and China.
She also led Australia through the Covid-19 pandemic.
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Mary-Louise had also supported border closures and the enforcement of face masks, which slowed the spread of the disease.
However, Mary-Louise had been on leave from the University of New South Wales since January 2022 after she was diagnosed with brain cancer.
She was named Officer of the Order of Australia in the Queen’s Birthday honours list 2022.
This was in recognition of her “distinguished service to medical research, particularly epidemiology and infection prevention”.
Federal health minister, Mark Butler, told ABC Radio that her death was sad news stating: “Hers was an incredibly calm, articulate voice at a time that was very frightening to Australians.
"To hear her on programmes like yours, to see her on TV outline in a very calm but authoritative and articulate way, the best way we could protect ourselves was a source of great reassurance to the Australian people.
“But it was only a small part of a lifelong career she gave in epidemiology and infectious diseases, particularly in NSW in areas like HIV and viral hepatitis."
What has Richard Flook said about Mary-Louise McLaws?
Richard stated: “Our dear Mary-Louise passed away in her sleep on Saturday night.
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“She had been so well cared for by the nurses and doctors at Wolper Hospital in Woollahra and had enjoyed the visits of her many friends, who have been so supportive of her and our family.
“We will be planning her funeral service at Emmanuel Synagogue in the next few days.”
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