Betty's Story

04 March 2021
Betty Graham-Higgs

Betty Graham-Higgs has dedicated her life to helping others, with a career advocating for the most vulnerable members of our community.

Born in Jamaica, Betty has travelled the globe and lived in Guyana and the United Kingdom. She met her husband Graham on the voyage from Jamaica to Australia.

Betty championed many firsts during her career. She started the first social work departments for Queensland Health in Melbourne and Brisbane, established the inaugural paraplegic support network and the first child protective service in Melbourne. She created history as the first married woman to work for Queensland Health – legislation was changed so they could employ her.

Betty is also an author, penning Autobiography ‘The Colonial Girl’ and was an active member of the Beerwah Writers Group.

Care Coordinator Kristy Jones said it is an honour to be able to support Betty at home.

Betty’s legacy of positive change and care for those most in need, is truly inspirational. I feel privileged to know her.”

Betty and her husband Graham have received in-home support services from Suncare for more than five years.