AMBO BOSS ON WORLD STAGE

The Western Star - - Front Page - LUCY RUTHER­FORD lucy.ruther­[email protected]­ern­starnews.com

LORETTA John­son has had quite the year – first be­ing named as Woman of the Year a few months ago and now an­nounced as an In­ter­na­tional key­note speaker.

The Act­ing As­sis­tant Com­mis­sioner of Dar­ling Downs has been asked to be a key­note speaker for the In­ter­na­tional Sum­mit for Health­care held in Syd­ney in March.

“It’s an ab­so­lute hon­our to be asked. There are speak­ers that are pro­fes­sors, CEOS from other or­gan­i­sa­tions so to be speak­ing along­side them is pretty amaz­ing,” she said.

“It’s quite over­whelm­ing but I’m re­ally ex­cited be­cause I’m so passionate about ru­ral health care.

“When you are passionate about some­thing you speak about, it touches peo­ple and they do take a mes­sage from it.” Fo­cus­ing on women in lead­er­ship and health­care, Ms John­son’s speech will dis­cuss how to leave a lead­er­ship legacy in front of thou­sands of peo­ple who come through for the con­fer­ence.

“I think it will be great op­por­tu­nity to get peo­ple to lis­ten and un­der­stand how im­por­tant ru­ral health is in the re­gion and ad­vo­cate west­ern parts of Queens­land,” she said.

“I speak from the heart and peo­ple feel that be­cause I talk about find­ing your pas­sion and pur­pose.”

Orig­i­nally from In­june, Ms John­son started her ca­reer in Rockhampto­n in 2007, be­fore be­com­ing chair of the cen­tral west men­tal health com­mit­tee in Lon­greach, which fo­cused on pro­vid­ing sup­port to gra­ziers and com­mu­nity mem­bers ex­pe­ri­enc­ing drought.

Loretta, who has been liv­ing in Roma for the past three years, says she has been truly hum­bled by her achieve­ments.

“It’s im­por­tant you take th­ese op­por­tu­ni­ties out of win­ning th­ese awards,” she said.

“It’s a great op­por­tu­nity to be recog­nised and to be able to use that award to pro­mote what I am passionate about – health­care in ru­ral and re­mote com­mu­ni­ties.”

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RECOG­NI­TION: Loretta John­son has been asked to be a key­note speaker for the In­ter­na­tional Sum­mit for Health­care held in Syd­ney in March.

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