Lydia has been married to John for over 30 years and they have three children, Melanie, James and John and two grandchildren Aaron and Jessica and live in Stawell with 2 furry friends, Yoshi and Georgie who are both rescue dogs and have definitely found their fur-ever home with us.
Lydia is passionate about advocating for her community and bringing in the necessary dollars to pay for them. In her most recent career she brought about major changes to how primary health care was delivered locally by introducing new and improved services to the community in the areas of : Autism Spectrum & Developmental Disorders; Movement Disorders; a range of visiting medical, nursing and allied health specialists services and a fully Integrated & Multi-disciplinary Pain Management Service. Lydia was recognised at the national level by her peers for these innovative community outcomes.
"It was heartbreaking to hear the sad stories about how families had to travel by road to Melbourne (6 Hours) or Adelaide (4 hours) often in severe pain and without funding, or face the alternative of a very long waiting list".
For the past 30 years Lydia has held Director and CEO positions in health and other business sectors, she was once Director of one of the UK’s first wave hospital trusts where she learned all about the pros and cons of health reform and the impact on consumers of health services. She is also a small business owner and knows about balancing the budget whilst meeting and exceeding customer expectations.
Lydia has formal qualifications at tertiary and post graduate level in the areas of Health, Business, Finance, Law, and Occupational Health and Safety. She is an Associate Fellow of the Australian Council of Health Service Executives and Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Lydia was the Federal Candidate Mallee at the 2016 and 2013 Federal Elections and candidate for Northern Victoria Legislative Council at the 2014 State Election. She has been elected by the State ALP caucus to represent regional Victorians through serving on a number of Policy Committees.
"It is indeed a privilege to work with so many talented people all wanting to make a difference, and working across the State and Federal divide provides many opportunities for influence and participation, this certainly helps maintain our regional and local focus when decisions that may impact on our community are being developed and made"
"It is my strong belief that everyone should have a fair go and equal chance in life no matter where they come from or how much money they have or don't have, that all children get the best start in life and that older people have security in retirement"
"I am determined to ensure that our community are connected to the services and infrastructure they need to survive, grow and prosper". Lydia Senior.
Committees Lydia Serves:
Health & Community Services.
Commonwealth Affairs &
Urban Affairs, Housing,
Local Government, & Infrastructure.
Education & Youth Affairs.
Sport, Culture & the Arts.