The pandemic has been a challenging experience for all of us. My family and I are no
exception to that.
In the past twelve months my husband has had multiple surgeries, and despite our
best post-operative efforts we have just been informed that he will need to undergo
further surgeries in the next month.
While caring for my husband, my own health has taken a down-turn and I have been
hospitalised twice in the past month.
Through this difficult time for our family, I have continued to serve my community and
fulfill my portfolio responsibilities as the Parliamentary Secretary for Regional Victoria
and for Sport.
However, in consultation with my family, I have made the decision to take a period of
personal leave – to care for my husband and take the time I need to recover my own
I love my job and the Yan Yean community. My desire to work hard to deliver for all
my constituents remains as strong as when I was first elected.
My electorate staff will continue their great work supporting the people of Yan Yean.
They will be supported by my colleague the Member for Northern Victoria, Jaclyn
I thank the many health and medical professionals who have supported me and my
family throughout this period, especially the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre. I am
grateful to each and every one of them for the work they do every day for families like
I ask for privacy for myself and my family during this period, and look forward to
reconnecting with friends and the Yan Yean community when I return to work in