Revenge, Justice and The Lost Lovelies Foundation
Beth Wilson with Dr Sally Cockburn at St Ambrose Hall

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14-16 Templeton Street, Woodend, Victoria 3442
St Ambrose Hall

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UPDATE: New date/time is Sunday 8 August at 3.00 pm

Where is the line between revenge and justice? Dr Sally Cockburn and Beth Wilson take a deep dive into the many medico-legal issues explored in Beth‘s debut novel, The Lost Lovelies Foundation, to examine whether some victims’ desire for revenge is incompatible with healing, locking them into perpetual victimhood. The influence of single issue charities can strongly influence government policies on criminal justice, sentencing and can limit judicial discretion. Don’t be put off by the seriousness of these issues. Sally and Beth are both funny and intelligent women who are not afraid to tackle difficult and sensitive topics including how to safely fictionalise these dilemmas. Download more about the book here!

Beth is a former Health Services Commissioner and Sally is a General Practitioner and media health advocate with over 30 years experience. Sally also has a Masters in Health and Medical law.

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Beth Wilson AM

Beth Wilson was Victoria’s Health Services Commissioner. A lawyer by training, she 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 the Australian and New Zealand Association of Psychiatry, Psychology and Law, 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, The Satellite Foundation and Board Member of WildatHeart Community Arts.

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: Member of the Order of Australia, Centenary Medal, Monash University’s Distinguished Alumni Award, Honorary Doctorate, Victorian Honour Roll of Women.

Beth is a public speaker providing seminars, lectures and classes for consumers, carers, health service providers, business and others. She loves humour, storytelling, art and music and her favourite topics are inspirational leadership, promoting positive culture change in organisations and the importance of team work. Beth is a keen, active supporter of community-based arts programmes.

Beth has performed in The Vagina Monologues and The Mental Act and has been a co-host with Jon Faine many times on The Conversation Hour and has been a guest on 3AW’s Talking health with Dr Sally Cockburn. She has participated in many public debates including on euthanasia and for Law Week. For over thirty years Beth has been the writer of Sit Down Girlie, the iconic column featured in The Alternative Law Journal.

Dr Sally Cockburn

Dr Sally Cockburn (AKA Dr FeelGood) is a practicing GP, media health commentator and activist. She graduated medicine from Monash Uni in 1982 but at 55 also obtained a Masters of Health And Medical Law from Uni Melbourne. She has a strong commitment to Health Education and social justice. Currently she is an adjunct Senior Lecturer in Department of Public Health and Preventive Medicine at Monash University.

Sally has also been a high-profile media presenter for over 30 years on radio, tv and in print. You may know her as Dr Feelgood for her ground breaking sex and relationships radio program Pillowtalk on Fox FM in the 1990s or more recently as host of Talking Health on 3AW and author of the “sealed section” in Girlfriend magazine. She currently writes for Herald Sun’s quarterly house of wellness magazine. She’s never balked at tackling sensitive topics. While short form is her thing, she would love to have a crack at a novel one day and is in awe of her friend Beth Wilson’s work!

Sally is well known for discussing sensitive issues in the public domain and behind the scenes Sally has been involved in many not-for-profit boards, health policy and legislation reforms. She has received numerous accolades throughout her career, including a radio industry award for best documentary, the Monash University Alumni Service Award and in 2010 was inducted into the Victorian Women’s honour roll for harnessing the media to improve health communications.