Dr Helen Watchirs OAM
Dr Watchirs was appointed as the ACT Human Rights and Discrimination Commissioner in 2004 and as well as supervising the handling of over 700 discrimination & harassment cases, her work has focused on Human Rights Audits of ACT detention facilities. She has 29 years' experience as a human rights lawyer working for Federal Government agencies, and several United Nations agencies in Geneva, including UNAIDS, WHO, ILO, UNDP and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights. Her PhD in Human Rights and Masters in Public Law focus on HIV/AIDS issues. Dr Watchirs is a member of the Federal Ministerial Advisory Council on Blood Borne Viruses & Sexually Transmissible Infections. In addition, her husband was a tissue donor and she has been an active donation advocate in ACT and has spoken about her experience at the DonateLife Annual Forum in 2011.