About us

Paula Benson

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Paula is a leading Corporate Affairs professional and Non Executive Director with more than fifteen years experience in large Media, Service and Resource sector organisations. She has extensive knowledge of government relations, community and stakeholder engagement, communications and issues management.

Paula is currently the General Manager Corporate Responsibility at National Australia Bank and has held senior roles in business and the media including: General Manager Corporate Affairs at Alcoa of Australia (2006 – 2009); Manager Corporate Affairs, Alcoa of Australia (2003 – 2005); Manager Public Affairs, RMIT University (2000 – 2002) and Producer, A Current Affair, Channel 9 (1996 – 2000).

Paula is Chair of Ovarian Cancer Australia and a former Director of the Port of Melbourne Corporation, Port of Hastings Corporation, the Royal Women’s Hospital Foundation and Regional Arts Victoria.

Paula has also managed her own consulting business and provided strategic advice to corporations, small business and NFPs on Government Relations, Corporate Communications, Community & Stakeholder Engagement, CSR & Issues Management.

Paula holds a Master of Arts in Journalism from the University of Technology, Sydney and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of New South Wales.

Paula is married to Senator Stephen Conroy and they have a daughter, Isabella.

Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month - February

Ovarian Cancer awareness month

Each year in February Ovarian Cancer Australia runs a national Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month campaign to highlight the symptoms of ovarian cancer and to raise funds for our programs. To view what's happening click here.

Announcements and Events

  • PCFA and Ovarian Cancer Australia Forum

      On Thursday the 26th of June PCFA & Ovarian Cancer Australia co-hosted our annual interactive research...

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  • Ideas from our community

    Ovarian Cancer Australia's wonderful and passionate Facebook friends have submitted a range of ideas for...

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  • The Teal Times - June

    Click here for our June E-Newsletter.

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  • Living with Cancer interactive forum

    An interactive forum hosted by Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia (PCFA) and Ovarian Cancer Australia....

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  • The Second Victorian Psycho-Oncology Research Conference

    Psycho-oncology Across the Lifespan This conference aims to highlight recent advances in psycho-oncology research...

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Personal Story


My name is Ilka and in May 2011 I began a journey that didn’t result in a holiday or a job...

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