February 2015

Cancer Council Australia pays tribute to one of its most distinguished former office bearers, Mrs Judith Roberts AO, who died on Tuesday in her home city of Adelaide. Mrs Roberts was President of Cancer Council Australia for three years, from 2004 to 2006.

Acting President of Cancer Council Australia, Jane Fenton, said Mrs Roberts would be remembered as one of the great contributors to cancer control in Australia and to public health more generally. “Mrs Roberts’s career highlights include direct involvement in the establishment of cervical and breast cancer screening programs in Australia and her appointment as the first South Australian woman on the executive of the National Health and Medical Research Council,” Ms Fenton said.

“Mrs Roberts represented Cancer Council Australia’s Board with distinction for 11 years, including six years as vice-president and president during periods of significant progress. She will be remembered for her devotion to public health and her capacity to bring together people from a range of backgrounds to achieve important outcomes.”