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

  • New ambassador: Tracy Collins!

    Ovarian Cancer Australia would like to welcome Tracy Collins on board as a high profile ambassador! Tracy came into...

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  • Ovarian Cancer Australia's Artist in Residence!

    Ovarian Cancer Australia is proud to announce that illustrator Eric Disney, has come on board as our Artist in...

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  • New tele-support group

      Ovarian Cancer Australia is starting a new telephone support group, for women all over Australia, commencing...

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  • Recruiting a new role: Sydney Support Coordinator

    The role of Sydney Support Coordinator is to provide a presence for Ovarian Cancer Australia in NSW, to build...

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  • Knowledge is Power

    A free information forum hosted by Ovarian Cancer Australia in partnership with the International Gynaecologic...

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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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