Former Commonwealth Attorney-General & Minister for Health | Chair, Sir Zelman Cowen Centre
The Honourable Nicola Roxon was a member of the Australian Parliament for 15 years, representing Labor in the Western suburbs Melbourne seat of Gellibrand. Elected at 31, she served as Australia’s Health Minister for four years from 2007. In 2011 Ms Roxon became Australia’s first female Attorney-General, and in 2012 was appointed Minister for Emergency Management. She has received national and international awards in recognition of her public health work, particularly in tobacco control.
Prior to entering Parliament, Ms Roxon worked as an industrial lawyer, union organiser and an Associate to High Court Judge Mary Gaudron. Ms Roxon resigned from Parliament in 2013. Ms Roxon now serves as Chair of the Sir Zelman Cowen Centre, the Cancer Council of Australia and the Accounting Professional and Ethical Standards Board (APESB), as a Non-Executive director of Bupa Australia & NZ, and as an Adjunct Professor at the College of Law and Justice, Victoria University.