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.
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.”
Lynda Williams with Governor General, Dame Patsy Reddy,