Canberra paediatrician Dr Suzanne Packer AM, 76, (pictured above) was announced 2019 Senior Australian of the Year at the weekend.
Since starting her career in 1972, Dr Packer has worked tirelessly to advocate for the rights of children in the health care system and in the wider community.
Dr Packer has been involved in child abuse prevention through the National Association for Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect since its early days and has treated child abuse victims.
A clinical senior lecturer at the Australian National University, she has also championed the importance of early childhood environments for the developing brain, leading to recognition by education and government agencies.
Dr Packer was one of the driving forces behind the acknowledgement of the importance of creating child-friendly spaces in hospitals and the value of play in recovery.