A voice for women's health

Farewell to Lynda Williams

It is with immense sadness that the AWHC announce that founding member of the Auckland Women’s Health Council and long-time co-ordinator of the organisation, Lynda Williams, died on the 6th of July.

Despite knowing that the Lynda’s cancer, diagnosed in 2015, was going to end in her death, we are all enormously saddened by her loss. Lynda’s passing will leave a huge hole in all our lives.

 

Lynda cover-554-269 A number of articles were written about Lynda and her work in last year: 

Health campaigner Lynda Williams dies 18 months after cancer diagnosis, NZ Doctor, 10 July 2017

Women's health activist Lynda Williams dies of cancer, leaves lasting legacy, NZ Herald, 9 July 2017

Lynda Williams on fighting for women's health and her own cancer battle, North & South, May 2017

Lynda Williams:The art of dying, NZ Herald, 11 March 2017

Long-time health activist Lynda Williams, Radio NZ 1 July 2016

Health activist Lynda Williams faces her biggest health battle, NZ Herald, 20 June 2016

Lynda Williams at a recent 
AWHC Committee meeting
Board walking and talking: DHB denizen gives the low-down, NZ Doctor, 30 March 2016

The contribution that Lynda made to the wider community, and to women’s health in particular, was acknowledged in her inclusion in the 2017 New Year’s Honours. Lynda was invested by the Governor General, Dame Patsy Reddy, as a member of the New Zealand Order of Merit in a special ceremony on the 9th of February. Her citation read:

“For services to women's health

Ms Lynda Williams has been an advocate for women’s health and healthcare consumers nationally and has been a prime mover in the establishment and development of women’s health organisations.

Ms Williams has more than 25 years’ experience counselling women in a range of life and health issues, including miscarriage, stillbirth, neonatal death, childbirth experiences, and trauma arising from hospitalisation and medical procedures. She founded the Auckland Caesarean Support Group in 1984. She set up and coordinated the Childbirth Education Association of Auckland over a period of seven years and supervised childbirth educators completing their training. She assisted in the formation and development of the Auckland Women’s Health Council in 1988, which inspired the formation of local groups throughout New Zealand and led to a Federation of Women’s Health Councils being established in 1990. She has been Coordinator of the Auckland Women’s Health Council and the Auckland Maternity Services Consumer Council since the early 1990s. Ms Williams has represented consumer concerns on a several ethics committees including the Auckland Hospital Ethics Committee, the Green Lane Hospital Ethics Committee, and one of the Auckland Area Health Board Ethics Committees.”

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Lynda Williams with Governor General, Dame Patsy Reddy,
on the occasion of her investiture as a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit.

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