Past Award Nominees and Recipients
Australia's Local Hero
2010 SA Australia's Local Hero Nominee
Rosemary McKenzie-FergusonTown: Royal Park
State: South Australia
Workplace injury support worker
After being injured in the workplace Rosemary McKenzie-Ferguson decided to use her misfortune to benefit others. In 1996, she founded Work Injured Resource Connection to empower the work-injured through practical and emotional support. Understanding the difficulties and debilitating effects of suffering a work-related injury herself, Rosemary has been able to provide individual support whenever it is needed.
In her role as a community advocate, Rosemary is on call 24 hours a day and frequently travels long distances at her own cost to support people in distress. She attends case conferences, medical appointments and cases at trial at the request of injured workers. Rosemary also organises the International Day of Mourning to commemorate fatally injured workers and created a memorial forest in Bonython Park with a tree planted for every person that has died as a result of workplace injury. Rosemary continues to provide support to many Australians and helps give injured workers a voice.