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Vale Sue Salthouse, disability advocate, and Our Watch ambassador

July 21, 2020 / Our Watch media team

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A message from Our Watch CEO Patty Kinnersly regarding the passing of Our Watch ambassador, Sue Salthouse:

We are deeply saddened by the passing of Sue Salthouse, and extend our sincere condolences to her family, friends and colleagues.

Sue was a long-time disability advocate, working and advocating for improved access to services, education, and employment for women with disabilities.

She was the Chair of Women With Disabilities ACT, 2020 ACT Senior Australian of the Year, 2015 Canberra Citizen of the Year, 2014 ACT Senior Woman of the Year, and a nominee for the 2014 Senior Australian of the Year.

Our Watch ambassador Sue Salthouse smiling
Vale Our Watch ambassador, Sue Salthouse

As an Our Watch ambassador, Sue was also a remarkable friend to our organisation.

More than an advocate, more than an ambassador, Sue was a leader whose passion for disability rights and for the prevention of violence against women was steadfast, and whose generosity was limitless.

In order to advance Our Watch’s work on the prevention of violence against women with disabilities, Sue made a significant donation, which enabled us to start our current work to better understand the intersecting drivers of violence against women with disabilities, and to develop an approach to preventing this violence.

Sue remained a valued member of the Project Advisory Group, and her deep knowledge and valuable contributions will be truly missed by those who are continuing this work.

There are many of us whose lives are better because of Sue. It was our privilege to know and work with her.

Media contact

Saraya Music, Senior Media and Communications Advisor (saraya.musovic@ourwatch.org.au or 0407 091 383 or media@ourwatch.org.au)

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About Our Watch

Our Watch is a national leader in Australia’s work to stop violence against women and their children before it starts. The organisation was created to drive nation-wide change in the structures, norms and practices that lead to violence against women and children.

Find out more about our work to end violence against women in Australia.

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