Karen Livingstone AM

Co-founder of Ovarian Cancer Australia.


Honours and awards

2018 VIC Australian of the Year Finalist.

Member of the Order of Australia for significant service to community health as an advocate for ovarian cancer research.


After losing her mother, father and husband to cancer, Karen Livingstone AM turned her personal tragedy into a force for public good. After the death of her mother, she co-founded Ovarian Cancer Australia in 2001 to be a national voice for ovarian cancer patients.

Karen has worked tirelessly with organisations to raise awareness of the signs and symptoms of ovarian cancer and to address survival rates that languish far below those for other types of cancer. The mother of two was a board member of Australia New Zealand Gynaecological Oncology Group (ANZGOG) for a decade and was involved in founding an alliance for pancreatic cancer in Australia.

With selfless commitment to the cause, Karen works to fund important medical research into all gynaecological cancers with the charity WomenCan. Every year more than 6,600 Australian women will be diagnosed with gynaecological cancer and Karen is determined to improve outcomes for all women and people with reproductive organs.