Sally Crossing (FLETCHER) BEc AM
1964 - 1965
Diagnosed and treated for breast cancer in 1995 and 2004, former Women’s College student and Council member Sally Crossing founded the Breast Cancer Action Group NSW in 1997. This group has 750 survivor members and provides a voice for people affected by breast cancer. Sally is also Chair of Cancer Voices NSW, a coalition of 88 cancer consumer groups which acts on behalf of the 33,000 people diagnosed with cancer in NSW each year by focussing on diagnosis, treatment, care, support, survivorship and direction of research.
Sally sits on the boards of The Cancer Council NSW and the Consumers’ Health Forum of Australia, and represents cancer consumers on a number of committees at both state and national levels. She received the inaugural NSW Consumer Advocate Award in December 2001 for her work for women with breast cancer, and specifically for establishing the ground-breaking Directory of Breast Cancer Treatment and Services, NSW.
Initially trained as an economist, and after a career in banking and government, she works full time on a voluntary basis to represent health care consumers, particularly those who have experienced cancer. Sally was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia in June 2005 for services to the community through health care consumer advocacy and the establishment of the Breast Cancer Action Group NSW and Cancer Voices NSW.
From the Women’s College Journal, 2005