Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Tribute to Phillip Gleeson

It is with sadness that I write this post on the death of Phillip Gleeson, one of our most experienced and respected consumer representatives.

Philip was a longstanding member of the Health Care Consumers’ Association of the ACT. He was an amazing person with a wonderful sense of humour and strong respect for others. He made a valuable contribution to facilities for people with MS in the ACT as well as to the advancement of health care services to consumers more generally.

Russell McGowan commented that

Phillip contributed significantly to the health system’s understanding of the value of consumer perspective in dealing with intractable problems.

Phillip was a gifted narrator and creative writer, and at a time when there is consideration of a national compact between government and the community sector, it is worth noting his contribution to the shaping of the Social Compact in the ACT.

We have been fortunate to have had Philip as our friend and colleague, and our thoughts are with Prue, Hannah and his extended family as they struggle to cope with this tragic loss.

Prue worked with us for many years and is held in very high regard by members and staff of HCCA . I have been contacted by many members expressing their sadness at Phillip's death and sharing their support for Prue at this time.

Phillip is a great loss to the consumer movement and to our community.

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