We are immensely proud of Gail O’Brien who was recognised for her outstanding and continuous commitment to improving the lives of people with cancer, receiving the Officer of the Order of Australia, on the 26th of January 2018.
Gail joined the Chris O’Brien Lifehouse board as a director in 2009, in the midst of her grief after Chris’s death in June of that year. During this time, she navigated the complex and at times bruising politics of boards, committees and government to bring her husband’s vision to life.
Gail has played a key role in in raising millions of dollars for cancer research and treatment, developing the hospitals holistic medicine projects and ensured that Chris O’Brien Lifehouse cancer hospital would represent and iconic, world-class building that fosters healing and collaboration. She has also had a consistent presence at a number of community and cooperate events where she continues to speak on the important topics of holistic patient care, palliative care and spirituality.
At the hospital, Gail has been a tireless supporter and advocate for patients and their carers, harnessing her own personal experiences as well as professional working in the health sector for more then 40 years, to ensure the absolute best care is given to patients and their families.
Gail has continued her work for Chris O’Brien Lifehouse through her formal role as patient advocate.
Read more about this below:
- The Daily telegraph reported on Gail O’Brien’s appearance on the 2018 Australia day Honour’s list for her commitment to improving the lives of people with cancer and patients in general, under What a Wonderful Life
- In The Sydney Morning Herald’s Australia Days Honours 2018, Gail was once again recognised and praised as a recipient of the award.
- Gail O’Brien was also featured as one of Heroes of the Australia day list by Nine News for fulfilling her husband’s legacy through setting up the Chis O’Brien Lifehouse Cancer Hospital.
- On Ten Eye Witness News, Gail praised the “hard work and the manifestation of the belief of many, many people” that helped create “something from nothing”.
- The Australian Private Hospitals Association praised Gail for her passion and drive to continue the vision of her late husband, and expressed the delight of her colleagues at her recognition as an Officer of the Order Of Australia.
- The Australia Hospital and Healthcare Bulletin touches on the unsurprising and deserving recognition given to Gail through the Officer of Order of Australia award.
- On behalf of the Cooper Rice-Brading Association, Tania Rice Brading wrote a Touching Tribute to Gail, about not only receiving the award, but on the amazing character and manner of Gail O’Brien