COMMUNITY RECOGNITION STATEMENT - Tribute to Jill Emberson
Ms JENNY AITCHISON (Maitland) (19:59:36): I pay tribute to Jill Emberson, who died in December last year. Jill is known by so many people throughout Australia and the world for her fantastic advocacy for ovarian cancer.
She was diagnosed in 2016 with the eighth most common cancer in the world. Her goal in establishing Pink Meets Teal was to increase the five-year survival rate for ovarian cancer from 46 per cent to 91 per cent. She was a formidable advocate, who built on her distinguished career with the ABC over such a long time. She was announced as Newcastle Citizen of the Year in January 2019.
In her role she organised 47,000 petitions. She wrested $20 million out of the Federal Government for ovarian cancer and did fundraising. But, most importantly, she has left a legacy of openness and voice for this most insidious disease.