Sue Salthouse AM - In Memoriam

Leader and disability advocate

2020 ACT Senior Australian of the Year

A horse-riding accident at age 45 led Sue Salthouse into a new life in a wheelchair – where she experienced first-hand the systemic inequality facing people with disabilities.

Having been committed to social justice all her life, Sue was determined to bring about positive change. First invited to work for Women with Disabilities Australia (WWDA), she began advocating for the right of people with disabilities to accessible housing, economic security and the chance to contribute to society.

Sue now runs a consultancy company specialising in disability rights advocacy and works in the disability sector. She has also worked extensively with a number of organisations to develop leadership training projects for women, and actions to combat domestic violence.

Sue holds positions on a number of Boards including the Independent Advisory Council of the National Disability Insurance Scheme Expert Panel in the ACT.

In 2015, Sue was Canberra Citizen of the Year, recognising her outstanding commitment and contribution as a disability advocate.