2014 ACT Women's Award Recipients


ACT Young Woman of the Year

Dr Kate EisenbergDr Kate Eisenberg

Kate has strived to inform the lives of girls and women through her academic research, professional and personal pursuits. Kate has a strong focus on women’s health and fertility issues.

Kate has recently completed her post graduate medical degree and is undertaking her internship at Calvary Hospital. Whilst completing her studies, Kate received the 2013 ACT Quality in Healthcare Award, Student Category.

Kate imparts her passion for science and medicine with children and young people at the Excited Particle, Questacon - encouraging young minds to consider science and how it is impacts on our daily lives.

Kate’s professional and personal pursuits compliment her passion to inspire girls and women to achieve their goals and aspirations despite any challenges they may experience.

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ACT Senior Woman of the Year

Sue SalthouseMs Sue Salthouse

Sue’s contribution to the lives of women and girls in the ACT spans many decades. Sue is a strong advocate for women and girls in the ACT working to address discrimination for marginalise women, particularly those with disability in areas including employment, education, health, transport and housing.

Sue ensures the voices and needs of women and girls with disabilities are heard both locally and nationally. As a co-chair of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) Expert Panel in the ACT, Sue is assisting to shape the government’s roll out of the NDIS in our community.

Sue has a strong focus on equity with an incredible passion to improve the lives of women with disabilities in the ACT, as well as women in general - locally, nationally and internationally.

Without Sue’s ongoing contribution and energy, many needs of women and girls with disabilities may not be heard.

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ACT Woman of the Year

Katrina FanningMs Katrina Fanning

Katrina is a proud Wiradjuri woman, with many years experience in both the government and non-government sectors. Katrina has championed the needs of Aboriginal people in a range of public service settings including employment and housing.

Katrina volunteered her time to support the local community through a range of activities including a member of the Canberra NAIDOC committee and the Australian Rugby League Indigenous Council and the ACT representative on the National Aboriginal Justice Advisory Committee.

Katrina has a passion for sport, representing Australia for over 13 years in male dominated sports - women’s rugby league, including two world Cups, rugby union and indoor soccer. Katrina was also instrumental in organising the first female Indigenous test between Australia and New Zealand in 2003.

Katrina’s love and commitment to family is inspiring but it is not limited to her own family - providing care, support and mentoring to many Aboriginal children and young people in our community.