Bethia (Beth) Wilson

Beth Wilson has demonstrated leadership in women's and health issues throughout her life.

Honour Roll

In her ten years as Victoria's Health Services Commissioner, Beth has worked tirelessly to improve the quality of health services for everyone. She is nationally recognised for her excellence in promoting health law reform and, in particular, for her work in promoting and protecting the interests of health system users.

Trained as a lawyer, Beth worked mainly in administrative law, before becoming Victoria's first Health Services Commissioner in 1997. She has had a long standing interest in medical, legal and ethical issues and regularly conducts seminars, lectures and classes for consumers, health service providers and others. She is past president of the Victorian Branch of the Australian and New Zealand Association of Psychiatry, Psychology and Law (ANZAPP).

In October 2002, Beth was awarded Monash University's Distinguished Alumni Award for her outstanding professional achievements and inspirational leadership. Further recognition came in 2003 and 2004 when she was awarded the Centenary Medal for her services to health and an Honorary Doctorate from RMIT for her contribution to health education.

She has taken a keen interest in women's issues throughout her career. The 17 memberships of professional bodies that Beth holds, include membership of the Feminist Lawyers, the Australian Women's Research Centre at Deakin University and Women's Health Victoria.