07 March 2016

Sue Packer, Canberra Citizen of the Year 2014

Dr Sue Packer has dedicated decades of her life to improving the lives of children who have been abused or neglected.
Dr Packer started working as a paediatrician in 1972. She came to Canberra in 1980 with her young family to care for her mother but over the years she has cared for countless numbers of abused or neglected children.
Her often difficult work has involved liaising with schools, police, the courts, counsellors, foster care, child protection services and children’s health services.
Dr Packer was awarded the Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in 1999 for her services to child welfare, paediatrics and the community.
She has been a tireless advocate for the safety and wellbeing of children for many years and has promoted the interests of children wherever possible, turning countless lives around.
Further biographical detail about Sue Packer is available on our website, as is a history of the Canberra Citizen of the Year Award and a full list of awardees.
The 40th consecutive Canberra Citizen of the Year will be announced by the Chief Minister during Canberra Day Celebrations in March 2016.
Image source: ACT Government