Vicki Hamilton

Vicki is the current CEO/Secretary of Asbestos Council of Victoria/GARDS and has been a member of ACV/GARDS since the organisation was incorporated in 2001.

Vicki has had two of her family members pass away from asbestos related disease – her father with asbestos related lung cancer and her grandfather with asbestosis.

Vicki has conducted a support group for asbestos sufferers and their families once a month since 2002. She visits sufferers and their families at home and hospital and takes medical equipment to sufferers as needed.  She also advocates on all issues concerning asbestos and now silica to improve the outcomes for sufferers and the community by lobbying all levels of Government – State and Federal – conducting media interviews radio and TV to alert the public to current asbestos and silica issues at hand.

As part of the Asbestos Council of Victoria/GARDS she conducts asbestos and silica education and awareness programs, Vicki regularly conducts speaking engagements to medical students, nursing students, allied health students, TAFE students in trades such as painting and decorating, plumbing, carpentry, boiler makers, motor mechanics, electricians etc. as well as community groups and workplaces throughout Victoria.

Vicki is currently a member of:

  • Latrobe Valley Asbestos Taskforce
  • Hazelwood Environmental Review Committee
  • Community Dialogue Group for Loy Yang Power Station
  • Hazelwood Health Study Community Advisory Committee

She is currently a guest of the Loy Yang Environmental Review Committee, and is currently an observer rep on behalf of the Asbestos Support Group Network – Australia on the Asbestos Safety & Eradication Council.

Vicki is the current Chair of the Gippsland Regional Integrated Cancer Service Consumer Reference Group.

Vicki is a former Community Advisory Committee member at Latrobe Regional Hospital since the groups inception in 2005 to 2020.

In 2005 Vicki was awarded Citizen of the Year for Latrobe City, and in 2014 Vicki was awarded an Order of Australia Medal (OAM) in the Australia Day Awards for her service to the community through support for people with asbestos related disease.