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Victorian 2021 Senior Australian of the Year nominees

Bich Cam Nguyen is the full-time CEO and Secretary of the Australian Vietnamese Women's Association.

Cam and her family came to Australia in 1975 as refugees.

With her husband and friends and without any funding, they found it the Vietnamese friendly society.

Then in 1983, while bringing up her family and working full time.

Cam started the women's organisation which now has three offices, 200 paid staff including volunteers, servicing all ages and genders across Melbourne.

Cam’s dedication to the community has helped refugees and migrants from many backgrounds to feel valued and empowered.

Lorna Prendergast a passionate advocate for dementia sufferers, who has helped to promote the role of music therapy.

In 2019, Lorna made global headlines when she graduated from Melbourne University with a master's degree in ageing at the age of 90.

She undertook her studies in memory of her late husband Jim, a dementia sufferer.

In July, 2020, Lorna began and music therapy trial in the dementia ward of East Gippsland nursing homes, inspiring and unstoppable.

Lorna is creating a deeper understanding of dementia patients’ needs.

Professor Geoffrey Sussman, a modern day renaissance man.

Geoffrey's international career in wound management has spanned almost 60 years.

He's widely acknowledged as Australia's leading authority in the field.

He is also a pioneer educator researcher clinician and author.

Geoffrey has a long career in amateur and professional theatre, and in TV as a writer, director and performer.

He has made a significant contribution to the sporting world as a sports administrator and Olympian.

Dr Rodney Syme has challenged the laws on voluntary assisted dying for more than 40 years.

With compassion and care, Rodney helped frame the successful legislation of voluntary assisted dying in Victoria in 2017 and Western Australia in 2020.

Through the media parliamentary inquiries and seminars, Rodney has helped raise awareness of voluntary assisted dying.

A cause rapidly gaining acceptance around the world.

A urological surgeon, he has risked prosecution and his reputation by assisting terminally ill Australians who wish to die with dignity.

In 2017, Rodney was recognised with the Australian Humanist of the Year award.

Reviewed 24 February 2021