Austin Health Board Director honoured

Austin Health's Board Director Mary Draper received a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) award in the 2018 Australia Day honours.

Mary Draper AM has been recognised for significant service to community health as a consumer advocate through contributions to delivery standards and governance and to stakeholder engagement.

"I feel very honoured and very thrilled to receive this award. It also makes me conscious of all the
fantastic people I've worked with that led to this point" said Mary.

Mary joined the Austin Health Board in July 2014. She is passionate about participatory health care and patient and family-centred approaches.


Mary is very proud to be on the Austin Health Board and is very impressed with the team work and patient centred approach of Austin Health staff.

"Congratulations Mary for your wonderful service and commitment to improving health care - particularly for your strong genuine belief and advocacy towards patient and family-centred care and the importance of consumer participation." said the Honourable Judith Troeth AM, Board Chair.

Until very recently, Mary was CEO of the Health Issues Centre, Victoria's health consumer organisation.

She was also on the Ministerial Advisory Committee on the Victorian Health Services Plan 2011-2022, the Review Panel to review the Health Services Conciliation and Review Act and chaired the Department of Health's Participation Advisory Committee.

"In the 90s I had the opportunity to be on some significant national committees as a consumer representative. One of these created the first clinical guidelines for the treatment of breast cancer. This was very important to me, as my mother had died of breast cancer in her 40s. It was fantastic to be on that committee, it's one of the highlights of my career. "

"I always feel glad when people say to me that the work that I did mattered to them and they learnt something from it." said Mary.

Mary's previous roles were Director of Clinical Governance at the Royal Women's Hospital and manager in the Quality Branch of the Department of Human Services, responsible for consumer participation, clinical effectiveness and clinical risk management.

Last year, Mary was a member of the Ministerial Advisory Committee on Voluntary Assisted Dying. She has represented consumers on key national committees including the Taskforce on Quality in Australian Healthcare and was a board member of ACOSS and the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare. She was also a board director of La Trobe Regional Health.

"This year I will be on the implementation task force for the legislation of voluntary assisted dying which will take up a bit of my time. I also intend to read a lot more American literature" said Mary.

Mary is a member of the Clinical Safety and Quality Committee and the Finance Committee.