Dr Helen Szoke AO was announced last week as the newest member of the Garden State’s Judicial Commission, with Victorian Attorney-General Jill Hennessy calling her a “strong advocate for fairness and has extensive experience in changing cultures and eliminating discrimination” and congratulated her on her appointment.
“Dr Szoke’s strong management experience and leadership in bullying forums – as well as her work in combatting racism and sexism in the health workforce – will be a fantastic addition to the Judicial Commission of Victoria,” she said.
“I welcome Dr Szoke to the Commission and look forward to seeing her use her experience in the next phase of an impressive career.”
The Andrews government further noted in its statement that she had “led a distinguished career in the fields of human rights, governance, public policy and leadership”.
While race discrimination commissioner at the Australian Human Rights Commission, Dr Szoke led the development of a National Anti-Racism Strategy, led work on bullying and cyber bullying and brought business, sport and community organisations into partnership around the response to racism, it was further noted.
She has also held roles as chief conciliator and chief executive officer, and then the commissioner of the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission.
Jerome Doraisamy is a senior writer for Lawyers Weekly and Wellness Daily. He is also the author of The Wellness Doctrines book series, an admitted solicitor in NSW, an adjunct lecturer at The University of Western Australia and is a board director of Minds Count.