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Flett, Penelope (Penny) Ruth

MB BS, DGM, FRACMA, AFCHSE, FAIM

Occupation
Medical administrator

Summary

Dr Penny Flett, who settled in Australia in 1965, was awarded the Centenary Medal in 2003 for service to the aged and disabled community through the Brightwater Care Group. Prior to becoming the Chief Executive Officer of the Brightwater Care Group on 23 July 1986 Flett worked in a variety of positions including four years with the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF). In 1974 she became the first woman in peacetime to hold a male rank and the first woman doctor to serve in the RAAF. Penny Flett was named Telstra Australian Business Woman of the Year in 1998.

Details

Events

1965
Settled in Australia
1974
First woman in peacetime to hold a male rank and first woman doctor to serve in the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF)
23 July 1986 -
Chief Executive Officer of the Brightwater Care Group (Inc.)
1997 - 2000
Chair of the Aged Care Standards and Accreditation Agency Board
1998
Telstra Australian Businesswoman of the Year
1999 -
Member of the Australian Bravery Decorations Council
1999 -
Member St George's College Council
1999 - 2002
Board member of the Positive Ageing Foundation, Western Australia
2001 - 2002
Board member of the State Training Board of Western Australia
2003
Awarded the Centenary Medal

Sources used to compile this entry: http://www.brightwater.asn.au/pdf/AnnualReport2002%20.pdf accessed 2003-09-24, http://www.fia.org.au/FiaWeb/pages/Western%20Australia/FIA%20RegForm%202003.pdf accessed 2003-09-24, http://www.pioneerwomen.com.au/quiltsigs.htm#f accessed 2003-09-24 and Who's Who of Australia, 2002, p. 681.

Archival resources

National Library of Australia Newspaper Microcopy Reading Room

  • [Biographical cuttings on Dr Penny Flett, first woman doctor to serve in peace time as an officer in the medical service]; National Library of Australia Newspaper Microcopy Reading Room. Details
  • [Biographical cuttings on Penny Flett, business professional, 1998 Telstra Australian Business Woman of the Year]; National Library of Australia Newspaper Microcopy Reading Room. Details

Anne Heywood

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