The Board of Carers SA would like to extend its congratulations to Carers SA’s President, Lyn Woodforde, on her recent appointment as an Order of Australia Medals (OAM) in the General division.
Mrs Woodforde has been recognised for her service to the community of South Australia, particularly through advancing the recognition and rights of unpaid carers and as an advocate for people with mental illness.
Carers SA Vice President, Phil Martin said “Lyn has provided thousands of voluntary hours and is tireless in her pursuit of recognition and supports for carers throughout South Australia.”
Lyn is a past and current carer and has been a Carer Ambassador for Carers SA. She has represented Carers SA on numerous Mental Health Reference Groups and was a ministerial appointee to the Transforming Health Consumer and Community Engagement Committee.
Lyn was appointed as a Director to the Carers SA Board in 2010, became Vice President in 2012 and has acted as President since 2013.
Lyn has been instrumental in guiding Carers SA through major changes in the sector, how state and federal governments fund support for carers, and how services are delivered to carers with the future Integrated Carer Support Service.
David Militz, Carers SA CEO, says “Lyn has been has been pivotal in representing family carers with a particular focus on mental health, both in the metropolitan and regional areas.”
Lyn will receive her award from the Governor General and will be presented with an insignia of her award at a formal ceremony at Government House later this year.
The purpose of Carers SA is to improve the lives of the 245,000* unpaid carers across the state. Carers SA provides important services including counselling, advice, advocacy, education and training to carers. The organisation also promotes the recognition of carers and represents their interest and needs to governments, businesses and the public. For more information visit www.carers-sa.asn.au.
*Based on ABS 2015 and 2012 Survey of Disability, Ageing, and Carers; released Jan 2017 and Carers SA sector researched calculations
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