Prominent epidemiologist reveals brain tumor diagnosis, will take leave to spend time with family


Mary-Louise McLaws will take one month’s leave from her work duties to spend time with her family after being diagnosed with a brain tumour.

The UNSW Professor of Epidemiology and COVID advisor to the World Health Organisation took to Twitter to reveal her diagnosis, which was identified after suffering a “severe headache”.

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“After a severe headache (on) Thursday, I was diagnosed with a brain tumour. I will now be on a month’s sick leave from UNSW and WHO… Now it is time with my family. Best wishes to you all,” Professor McLaws wrote.

Since the COVID pandemic began, Professor McLaws became a regular face in Australia for her guidance and commentary on the COVID-19 pandemic.

The well-respected Professor received support on social media after revealing her diagnosis.

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“So very sorry to hear this (love heart emoji). You have been such a wise voice to so many, especially me, in these challenging times. Thinking of you and your family.” Zali Steggall, Independent MP for Warringah wrote.

“Mary-Louise, your calm, wise and informed voice has helped all of us understand and navigate this pandemic. Lots of love to you for a swift recovery,” former Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull commented.

Former Liberal MP Julia Banks also wished Professor McLaws a “speedy recovery”.

Epidemiologist Mary-Louise McLaws has revealed her brain tumour diagnosis. Credit: MICK TSIKAS/AAPIMAGE

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