Ms Margaret Whitson Calvary Mater Newcastle Newcastle, Australia

Margaret Whitson is a Kamilaroi woman and she works as the Aboriginal Hospital Liaison Officer at the Calvary Mater Newcastle. Her personal and professional tie to communities within the Hunter New England Local Health District and surrounding regions. With over two decades of experience working with local communities, she supports Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cancer patients and their family members accessing care at the Calvary Mater Hospital. As part of her role, she is responsible for providing advocacy, education as well as emotional and practical support for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander patients and communities, ensuring that referrals and linkages are made to appropriate community support programs, agencies and services. She also works with staff to develop and implement programs and strategies that assist in improving health outcomes for Aboriginal patients.