Ms PATTEN (Northern Metropolitan) (10:24): I would like to congratulate several outstanding people in Northern Metro, and in particular I would like to recognise the women. Former mayors Helen Patsikatheodorou and Casey Nunn have both been awarded for their outstanding individual service to the people of their communities. Julie Dempsey has been recognised for her service to community mental health through her long-time work with the Victorian Institute of Forensic Mental Health. Julie Paul was recognised for her community health service, having worked with Banksia Palliative Care Service for 25 years and co-founding Australian International Palliative Education and Consultancy Services. And finally, my good friend Dr Susie Allanson was awarded an OAM for her service to community health as a psychologist.
Susie spent her career helping others in roles with the Children’s Court of Victoria and the Royal Children’s Hospital. Many people in this place will have come into contact with Susie through her passionate advocacy for women via her role at the Fertility Control Clinic in East Melbourne. She was pivotal in the successful campaign for the introduction of safe access zones laws that passed in this house last term. Congratulations, Susie, and I am looking forward to reading the book.
Fiona Patten MP
Leader of Reason
Member for Northern Metropolitan Region
Members statement 24/6/21