Beth Wilson was Victoria’s Health Services Commissioner from 1 May 1997 until December 2012. She is a lawyer by training and has worked mainly in administrative law. Beth has had a long-standing interest in medico/legal and ethical issues. Prior to becoming Health Services Commissioner, Beth was the President of the Mental Health Review Board, a Senior Legal Member of the Social Security Appeals Board and WorkCare Appeals Board and a past President of the Victorian Branch of ANZAPPL (Australian and New Zealand Association of Psychiatry, Psychology and Law). In 2007 Beth was appointed a member of the Disability Services Board. Beth is currently a Legal Member, Mental Health Tribunal, Victoria and Patron for the Continence Foundation of Australia and The Satellite Foundation. Beth is Ambassador for Kindred Clubhouse and Chair of the Safer Families CRE Advisory Group. She is a partner in a health consultancy business Wilson and Webster and sole owner of Lawfully Funny.
Beth has received several important awards in recognition of her achievements. These include:
• 2002 - Monash University’s Distinguished Alumni Award for outstanding professional achievements and inspirational leadership
• 2003 - Centenary Medal for services to health
• 2004 - An Honorary Doctorate from RMIT for contributions to health education
• 2008 - Induction onto the Victorian Honour Roll of Women for services to women’s health in Victoria
• 2013-Member of the Order of Australia for significant service to the community of Victoria through the provision of dispute resolution in the area of health services.
Beth is a public speaker providing seminars, lectures and classes for consumers, carers, health service providers, business and others. She loves humour, story telling, art and music and her favourite topics are inspirational leadership, promoting positive culture change in organisations, the importance of team work.