Why Brett Sutton ‘felt like an awful father’ during Melbourne’s COVID lockdown

Victoria’s chief health officer Brett Sutton has revealed how his life has changed irrevocably over the past 12 months and how some of the decisions he made heavily impacted his closest family members.

Sutton has become one of the most recognisable faces during the COVID-19 pandemic in Australia and he spoke on a new episode of the Taking Care podcast on the toll that took.

“You get torn apart over this stuff, I continue to. There is no path of least resistance. There are decisions to be made that will affect thousands upon thousands of people and cause harms,” he said.

“You were just trying to find the least worst pathway possible.”

Sutton said deciding on the first lockdown was difficult for him personally as it affected his family.

“My brother lost his job in the first lockdown as a consequence of some of the decisions I made,” he said.

Victoria’s chief health officer Brett Sutton has opened up on the personal impact Melbourne’s COVID lockdown had on his own family. Credit: 7NEWS

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