Former Ovarian Cancer Australia Chair Paula Benson recognised with Order of Australia Honour
Ovarian Cancer Australia congratulates our former Chair Paula Benson, on being awarded the Member (AM) of the Order of Australia (General Division) for significant service to people living with ovarian cancer, and to business.
Paula was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2003, at the age of 34.
Paula realised how fortunate she was to be amongst the 46% of women diagnosed with ovarian cancer who reach the five-year survival point and offered her professional skills and experience to Ovarian Cancer Australia in late 2006. In 2007, Paula joined the board serving as Chair from 2010 until 2018. Her leadership has been instrumental in the growth and achievements of our organisation.
Under Paula’s stewardship, Ovarian Cancer Australia achieved a number of significant milestones including the development and implementation of Australia’s first National Action Plan for Ovarian Cancer Research – a strategic blueprint for how Australia can best address the ovarian cancer research effort; successfully advocating for $3 million in Federal Government funding for the TRACEBACK program an ovarian cancer prevention program; developing Ovarian Cancer Australia’s signature Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month; expanding our support and advocacy programs; investing in the Australian Ovarian Cancer Study – a bio-specimen bank, that has enabled over 120 international research collaborations; the instigation of a National Clinical Quality Registry for Ovarian Cancer; and the commitment of $20 million for ovarian cancer research from the MRRF.
Paula Benson and Marina Go, OCA ChairPaula Benson and OCA CEO Jane Hill
“I know at the end of my life my work at Ovarian Cancer Australia will be that of which I am most proud. It was my great privilege to serve on the Board and as Chair. This honour belongs not just to me but to all the team at Ovarian Cancer Australia. It belongs to the women we serve, the women in Australia living with ovarian cancer, those diagnosed today and those we know will be diagnosed tomorrow and the legacy of those who have gone before us. Together we have achieved a lot but there is still so much to do and my commitment has been and always will be that we will not rest until it is done," said Paula.
Ovarian Cancer Australia CEO Jane Hill congratulated Paula and deemed her a very worthy recipient of the honour.
“All of us here at Ovarian Cancer Australia congratulate Paula for this recognition. We were very proud to nominate her for an Order of Australia and I cannot speak highly enough of Paula and her contribution to the cause and all she has achieved for those impacted by ovarian cancer.
“Paula built strong foundations that has enabled Ovarian Cancer Australia to grow to a national scale serving 5,000 women affected by ovarian cancer and their families.
“It’s through Paula’s considerable skills and experience that Ovarian Cancer Australia is in the position to offer first-class advice and support through our ovarian cancer nursing service so women living with ovarian cancer do not have to walk alone. It’s particularly poignant that Paula is to receive this award in 2021 as Ovarian Cancer Australia is about to mark our 20th year of providing advocacy and support to people living with ovarian cancer during Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month in February.”
More information about the award can be found by visiting https://www.gg.gov.au/australian-honours-and-awards/order-australia
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About Ovarian Cancer Australia:
Ovarian Cancer Australia is the independent national organisation that takes action for people affected by ovarian cancer and was founded in 2001 by a group of people who had been affected by ovarian cancer, either themselves or through a loved one. Ovarian Cancer Australia provides care and support for those affected by ovarian cancer and represent them by leading change. Ovarian Cancer Australia’s vision is to save lives and ensure that no woman with ovarian cancer walks alone. Ovarian Cancer Australia is a member of the World Ovarian Cancer Coalition, which works to raise awareness of ovarian cancer on a global scale.
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