BETH WILSON AM
From 1 May 1997 until December 2012 Beth Wilson AM was Victoria’s Health Services Commissioner. She is a lawyer by training and has worked mainly in administrative law.
Beth has had a long-standing interest in medico/legal ethical issues and dispute resolution. Prior to becoming Health Services Commissioner, Beth was the President of the Mental Health Review Board, a Senior Legal Member of the Social Security Appeals Board and WorkCare Appeals Board and a past President of the Victorian Branch of ANZAPPL (Australian and New Zealand Association of Psychiatry, Psychology and Law).
In 2007 Beth was appointed a member of the Disability Services Board. She is currently a sessional legal member of the Mental Health Tribunal. Beth is Patron for the Continence Foundation of Australia and The Satellite Foundation.
Beth has received several awards in recognition of her achievements. These include:
2002 - Monash University’s Distinguished Alumni Award for outstanding professional achievements and inspirational leadership
2003 - Centenary Medal for services to health
2004 - An Honorary Doctorate from RMIT for contributions to health education
2008 - Induction onto the Victorian Honour Roll of Women for services to women’s health in Victoria
2013 - Member of the Order of Australia for significant service to the community of Victoria through the provision of dispute resolution in the area of health services.
Beth regularly conducts seminars and lectures in medico-legal and ethics and is a highly sought after public speaker and MC. She delivered over 100 lectures, seminars, conferences papers and speeches annually for an extended period, and has authored several book chapters and many publications in peer reviewed journals. Beth has been a member of numerous Ministerial Advisory Committees and Working Parties.
Beth advocates for work-life balance and the importance of humour, storytelling and music in providing inspiration and education and in health promotion.