On Australia Day 2019, Karen received recognition for her service to community health as an advocate for ovarian cancer research.
'More women being recognised in Australian Honours can only inspire all women to strive, knowing that their work and sacrifices to achieve will not go unnoticed.'
Karen co-founded Ovarian Cancer Australia in 2001 and served on the Board until 2012.
In 2008, she was invited to join the board of the Australia New Zealand Gynaecological Oncology Group (ANZGOG), the peak gynaecological cancer organisation, and spent a decade representing people affected by ovarian cancer, including advancing research.
'As a proud Australian, receiving a Member of the Order of Australia is a great honour. It is my hope that receiving an AM will enable more people to hear my message about the critical need to invest in targeted ovarian cancer clinical research to improve women's outcomes.'
'My children are my greatest achievement. For them to know that sacrifices we have made as a family have been recognised by our country, is inspiring. I hope that it will inspire many young people to invest in their community's well being.'
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Reviewed 19 February 2019