Susan (Sue) Murray
Chief Executive

With a background in education and specialty in health promotion Sue has been a passionate advocate for improving the health and well being of the community throughout her career.  She moved from education to the community sector to work with the NSW Cancer Council where she held roles in education, media and communications and supported the growth of the fundraising program. Sue worked with the AMA (NSW) and Leukaemia (NSW) to assist in establishing their foundations and moved to a leadership role with the National Breast Cancer Foundation in 2000.

During the 10 years Sue led the NBCF she positioned the organization as one of the most highly recognized organizations in the community sector.  This brought significant growth in the number of companies and individuals choosing to support breast cancer research.  It also enabled the NBCF to publish Australia’s first ever National Action Plan for Breast Cancer Research and Funding which has changed the way breast cancer research is supported and managed in Australia.

Using her experience with NBCF Sue moved to the George Institute for Global Health to support fundraising for their research into the prevention of chronic disease and injury particularly in disadvantaged populations across Australia, India, China and the United Kingdom.

Sue is the Chair of Macquarie Community College; a director of Research Australia; a member of the Sydney Advisory Committee for the Centre for Social Impact; and a member of Chief Executive Women.

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20 December 2016

Mental Health Australia (MHA) has today issued a letter outlining concerns in relation to the draft Fifth National Mental Health Plan from a mental health and mental illness perspective. We thank MHA and its members for articulating feedback specific to their area of expertise.

24 May 2016

Australia’s peak suicide prevention body calls for establishment of National Office for Suicide Prevention Suicide Prevention Australia is calling on the 45th Parliament to step up to its responsibilities, show national leadership and cease the piecemeal approach that has led to the concerning suicide rates published today across 28 electorates. “In July the newly elected government needs to establish a National Office for Suicide Prevention within the Department of Health with a remit to secure cross-portfolio approaches to suicide prevention, coordinate data collection and to give priority attention to this significant and complex social issue,” said Suicide Prevention Australia CEO, Sue Murray.