Beth Wilson

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Beth Wilson was a senior Australian public servant. She held the position of Victoria's Health Services Commissioner between 1997 and 2012. Before that, she worked as the President of Victoria's Mental Health Review Board.[1] She is a well known public speaker, and conducts over 100 speeches and lectures each year. She made headlines in 2007 when she revealed her personal experience with abortion, and urged Victorian MPs to remove abortion from the Crimes Act.[2]

Wilson left school at the age of 15, unable to support herself financially. For several years, she worked in factories. She eventually began night school at RMIT studying science,[3] and then managed to gain entrance to Monash University as a mature age student. She graduated in 1977 with a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Laws.[4]

In 2003, Wilson was awarded a Centenary Medal for her contribution to Australian health,[5] and holds an honorary doctorate from RMIT.[4]