20 February 2015
We are very saddened to have lost one of the most influential people in the fight against cancer.
Dr Roberts' work on cancer in women led to the establishment of the national breast screen service, and the cervical screening programs.
There are many women alive today thanks to the work of Dr Roberts.
Dr Judith Roberts was Chairman of Cancer Council SA from 1996 to 2003.
She was President of Cancer Council Australia from 2004 – 2007, and Vice President from 2001 – 2004.
In 2008, Dr Roberts was appointed as Cancer Council SA’s first community patron, strengthening relationships with Cancer Council’s valuable donor community and help to raise the profile of researchers and crucial cancer research projects.
She also made a significant contribution to our efforts in cancer control.
In 1984, Dr Roberts was made a Member of the Order of Australia (for services to the community, particularly in women’s affairs) and in 2003 was promoted to be an Officer in the Order (for services to the community in leadership positions, particularly education).
Dr Roberts worked actively in the community for over 40 years at a local, state, national and international level. She had extensive experience as Chair of advisory boards, statutory authorities and community organisations.
A pioneer and inspiration in the fight against cancer. Her tireless work will continue to benefit the lives of many people for years to come.
Professor Brenda Wilson
Cancer Council SA
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