Rachel Stephen-Smith explains chief health officer Kerryn Coleman's media absence over Omicron COVID peak

Lucy Bladen
By Lucy Bladen
Updated March 3 2022 - 1:25am, first published March 2 2022 - 5:30pm
ACT chief health officer Kerryn Coleman and Health Minister Rachel Stephen-Smith. Picture: Sitthixay Ditthavong

Health Minister Rachel Stephen-Smith has revealed there was an agreement that she would handle media at the peak of the Omicron outbreak as the chief health officer's workload was stretched due to staff shortages.


Lucy Bladen

Lucy Bladen

Reporter Canberra Times

Lucy Bladen has been a journalist at The Canberra Times since 2019. She is an ACT politics and health reporter. Email:

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