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Dianne Murphy

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Dianne Murphy

Awarded for service to community

Born: 19 June 1954

Entered on roll: 2019

“Taking the lead on services for women”

Early in her career, Dianne Murphy co-founded and was the inaugural coordinator of a women’s shared workspace at Sheffield. The women’s workspace was run as a cooperative and provided spaces for a number of craftswomen and a retail outlet, as well as companionship and mentorship.

In 2002, Dianne Murphy recognised the need for a range of free health services to Circular Head and was instrumental in securing funding from the Department of Health and Ageing to establish the Circular Head Rural Health Service.

As manager, Dianne navigated the early years of Circular Head Rural Health Service negotiating free services across the community that had not previously been available. These services included women’s health, youth services, cancer support and prevention, diabetes education, family planning clinics, sexual assault support services, men’s health and wellbeing forums, men’s counselling and early childhood education. The services were delivered by doctors, psychologists, social workers and other allied health professionals. Dianne also mentored community members to become leaders in community health services.

The early childhood education program was delivered directly in homes by peer mentors. The primary focus of the program was on young mothers and disadvantaged families, and while the children happily learned new skills to prepare them for school, the parents were given opportunities to socialise with other parents through group activities and regular events. This was especially valuable for isolated parents in the rural areas.

Dianne constantly secured funding for the people of the community. Her success at this resulted in the establishment of a community centre with an extensive garden and spaces to conduct courses in horticulture, nutrition and health forums as well as art and craft activities. Funding was also secured for a local respite house that was urgently needed for people with disabilities and their families.

Dianne now works at the Migrant Resource Centre (North) where she still continues to be involved in the provision of services to women and families.

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