Vale Hon. Susan Ryan AO – A statement from CRC Longevity Advisory Panel Chair Everald Compton AM
Friday 2 October 2020
Susan Ryan, a patriot for the rights of older Australians, died in Sydney last weekend. She was a young Senior of just 77 years of age.
I first worked with Susan when we served together on the Advisory Panel for Positive Ageing in the Commonwealth Treasury. When Susan became Age Discrimination Commissioner, she invited me to work with her in preparing a report for the Federal Government on Reform of Workplace Discrimination against Older Workers. In recent years, we have worked together on Twitter and Facebook to continue that crusade.
I was delighted earlier this year when she accepted my invitation to join me on the Advisory Panel for CRC Longevity, the ground-breaking initiative of eight Australian Universities to turn ageing in Australia into an asset of the nation, led by the University of Queensland where I am an Adjunct Professor.
Susan spent many years of her life working tirelessly to advocate for equality and the disadvantaged, including helping to ensure that longevity is an experience of good health, productivity, prosperity & community service.
These are aims I shared with Susan, and that we are proud to continue to strive for through the CRC Longevity. I hope we make Susan proud.
Her early death is a tragedy for Australia and CRC Longevity. It will not be easy to find another innovator of her capacity and influence.
Our deepest condolences to her family and friends. We are all better for having had Susan in our lives.
Everald Compton AM
CRC Longevity Advisory Panel