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Maureen Rudge was born in Tamworth. She arrived in Tasmania in 1963 to begin a career as an occupational therapist at the Royal Hobart Hospital. She then spent time working in Canada, and ten years at the Launceston General Hospital as the chief occupational therapist. She has worked in acute health care, rehabilitation services and for the Mt Lyell Mining and Railway Company. She has been a Member of the Board of Management of the Queen Victoria Hospital Launceston and was appointed to the Medical and Rehabilitation Advisory Committee of the Tasmanian Worker’s Compensation Board in 1989.
Her contribution to occupational therapy in Tasmania has spanned many years and culminated in her being awarded the Jean Newton Memorial Award by her peers to recognise the outstanding contribution she has made to the State in this field.
Since the introduction of the Workers Compensation Act 1988 in Tasmania, Maureen has been one of the pioneers in the field of vocational rehabilitation in the State. She became inaugural President of the Tasmanian Association of Vocational Rehabilitation and has served on the executive for the past 16 years. In her capacity as the convenor of the Association’s conference committee, she worked to stage three National Conferences on Vocational Rehabilitation, which have been held in Tasmania and attracted significant numbers of interstate and international delegates to Hobart.
Maureen’s contribution to the community spans many years and includes being a volunteer presenter on 7RPH Print Radio Tasmania. She has presented her own radio program on the station every Thursday evening since 1997. She has served as President of the 7RPH Committee and is the Tasmanian representative on the Australia Council of Radio for the Print Handicapped.
In 1996, Maureen was made a Justice of the Peace and since her appointment has undertaken various roles with the Tasmanian Society of Honorary Justices and the Tasmanian Council of Justices Association, at both a state and national level. In 2002 she was appointed as a Bench Justice in the Hobart Magistrates Court to deal with and hear out-of-hours bail applications. This is a voluntary role and involves sitting and being present at the Magistrates Court, for many hours at weekends and in the evenings.
Maureen has made a significant contribution to many facets of life in Tasmania through many years of professional work and community activities.