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VALE Sally Crossing 1946 -2016

Wed 11, Jan 2017

Sally Crossing, AM (1946-2016) - one of our founding members and co-chair with Betty Johnson for the first three years - died of cancer on 28 December 2016. Sally died peacefully, surrounded by her family. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family and friends at this sad time. She leaves behind her husband Peter and two grown-up children.

Sally was a fierce and very successful advocate of the health consumer representative movement and will be dearly missed. She was a remarkable woman who has left a lasting legacy.

Sally’s last goodbye will be a private family funeral but there will be a celebration of her life in February at Sydney University.

When: Saturday, 4 February; 11am

Where: MacLaurin Hall University of Sydney (diagonally across the Quad from The Great Hall)

Please RSVP here if you are planning to attend.

Sally Crossing was born in Melbourne in 1946. After spending some time in England, the family moved to Sydney when Sally was 8. After marrying Peter Crossing (Sally was born a Fletcher), they settled in Australia, working and raising two children.

A brave and outstanding consumer health advocate, Sally was the founder of the Breast Cancer Action Group. She was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 1995. She was again diagnosed with cancer in 2004/2005, and this time it was metastatic.

In 1997, she left her paid career and established Breast Cancer Action Group New South Wales, modelled on the Victoria equivalent established in 1994. After consulting women who had, or were, experiencing breast cancer, the group researched and compiled a directory of specialist services which was received with enormous enthusiasm.

In 2000, she led the establishment of the Cancer Voices movement in Australia and chaired Cancer Voices NSW until her death. She was Convenor of Cancer Voices Australia and the Australian Cancer Consumer Network, the latter established in 2014.

As of 2005, Crossing was on the board of The Cancer Council NSW and the Consumers' Health Forum of Australia. She was also appointed a Member of the Order of Australia for services to the community through health consumer advocacy. She worked in voluntary leadership positions until her death.

Sally’s involvement and lobbying of NSW Health in 2010 was pivotal to establishing our organisation, Health Consumers NSW.

In 2014 she was appointed to the Board of the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care, and to the Faculty of Radiation Oncology Council. She also received an honorary doctorate from Sydney University.


Sally Crossing; From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Elix, Jane, 'Sally Crossing', in Jane Elix’s Blog, 24 October 2011,

'Crossing, Sally', The Australian Women's Register, National Foundation for Australian Women,


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