Policy, Research & International

2020 Glenda Powell Travelling Fellow

The Glenda Powell Travelling Fellow is selected by the Board. The selected individual presents on the AAG Hot topic for the year.
The Hot Topic for 2020 is
 Future proofing human rights in Australia

AAG is honoured to have Sue McGrath as the 2020 GPTF

Susan McGrath is the Senior Policy Advisor to the Older Australians Campaign at The Benevolent Society (TBS).  This includes leading policy analysis in the national coalition campaign, EveryAGE Counts, aimed at eradicating ageism and its impacts on older people.  Her role at TBS allows her to pursue a fervent interest in the wellbeing of older people and the issues facing an ageing society. 

Sue has contributed to many policy decisions and processes affecting older Australians as an advocate and analyst over the past several years and has represented the interests of older people on a number of high-level government, not-for-profit, academic and private sector bodies. 

She has held a range of professional roles in government and the community sector, and for many years was a senior consultant to both.  Her early work focus was in employment and industrial relations, as an appointed and elected trade union official, government policy advisor and tutor and lecturer in tertiary education.  She went on to consult in policy areas such as health, housing and communications, and to provide services in evaluation, business management, strategy planning and learning and development to government and not-for-profit agencies. 

Across her working life Sue has maintained strong conviction about and taken action towards achieving fairness, equity and rights as the foundation of social and economic policy, especially for women.

Click here to Get to know Sue McGrath Find out what makes Sue excited and angry, why she loves Canberra and the funniest kids joke ever!

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