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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24 March 2017

Yesterday I attended Mental Health Australia’s Parliament Advocacy Day. Alongside Suicide Prevention Australia (SPA) Members and friends, I used this platform to add to the growing momentum for ourStrategic Framework for Suicide Prevention. It is essential that suicide prevention remains a key priority on the mental health agenda and that development and implementation of this national plan happens as a matter of urgency.

1 March 2017

The Suicide Prevention Australia Board was honoured to stand with MPs Julien Leeser and Dr Mike Kelly to launch the first Parliamentary Friends for Suicide Prevention group. This is a group that, regardless of political orientation or agenda, have come together to unite as one to think through what they can contribute to preventing suicide, a public health issue that is very personal to each and every one of them. 


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.