Announcing Special Guest Speaker Dame Marie Bashir

We are delighted to announce that  Professor The Honorable Dame Marie Bashir AD, CVO will be a Special Guest Speaker at the 2017 Narrandera NSW Rural Women’s Gathering.

Born and raised in Narrandera, Dame Marie is the former and second longest-serving Governor of New South Wales. She has degrees in Medicine and Surgery from the University of Sydney, was named the ‘Australian Mother of the Year’ in 1971, was made an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) ‘in recognition of service to medicine, particularly in the field of adolescent mental health’ in 1988, served on the New South Wales Women’s Advisory Council from 1990 to 1992, was the Clinical Director of Mental Health Services for the Central Sydney Area Health Service from 1993 to 2001, and served as the Chancellor of the University of Sydney from 2007 to 2012.

Dame Marie has been instrumental in developing collaborative teaching programs within Australia and internationally, and in partnership with the Aboriginal Medical Service, Redfern, helped establish the Aboriginal Mental Health Unit, which provides regular clinics and counselling at both the Aboriginal Medical Service in Sydney and mainstream centres. Throughout her career she has been a champion of indigenous, youth, and juvenile mental health care.

Dame Marie retired on 1 October 2014.

In 2015 Narrandera Park was renamed Marie Bashir Park in her honour.

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