About us

Paula Benson

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Chair

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

  • Ovarian Cancer Australia and Mercy Hospital for Women present ‘Resilience’

    The ‘Resilience’ program will provide information on diagnosis, treatment, side effects, living well...

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  • A Day of Discovery

    Adolescence is a challenging period for us all as we try to establish who we are and what role we play in the...

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  • Tele-support service

    Are you newly-diagnosed or living with ovarian cancer and would like to connect with other women in a supportive...

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  • The Teal Times - March

    For the latest in Ovarian Cancer Australia's news and events, click here to read our March e-newsletter.

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  • National Action Plan for ovarian cancer research

    To mark this year's Teal Ribbon Day, Ovarian Cancer Australia has announced the development of the first ever...

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Personal Story

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