Margaret O'Connor's career passion has always been to enable people to be as independent as possible, as they approach the end of their life. To that end, Margaret has enjoyed a long and diverse career in palliative care and includes clinical, management, research, political and education roles.
In 2018, Margaret was awarded a Winston Churchill Fellowship, to study voluntary assisted dying and its relationship to palliative care, in Belgium, Netherlands, Canada and USA.
She is a registered nurse, having completed a Doctorate in Nursing in 2002. In 2002 and 2008 she was awarded the Nina Buscombe Prize from the Motor Neurone Disease Association of Victoria.
In 2005 Margaret received an Order of Australia honour, for her contribution to the development of palliative care in Victoria. In 2012 she was awarded Life Membership of Palliative Care Victoria and Palliative Car Nurses Australia named an oration in her honour.
In 2022, Margaret was a recipient of round one of the Trust's Impact Funding program — a new initiative to enhance outcomes of Churchill Fellowships across all industries and sectors. Margaret's Impact Funding project involves establishing a dataset for voluntary assisted dying in Australia to provide a cohesive national picture for researchers and other interested parties. It will also contribute to the international literature tracking how assisted dying is used. About Impact Funding
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