Hunter woman Paula McGowan awarded OBE, after son's death sparks campaign for change

Helen Gregory
By Helen Gregory
June 16 2021 - 2:00am
Star: Principal Sonya Boslem, Paula McGowan and students Tyson Burns and Penny Summerville. Mrs McGowan has spoken across the globe and co-authored papers published in the British Medical Journal. Picture: Marina Neil

WHEN Paula McGowan was appointed an Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, one of her social media followers pointed out a second meaning for the abbreviation OBE: Oliver Behind Everything.

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Helen Gregory

Helen Gregory

Journalist

Helen Gregory joined the Newcastle Herald in 2010. She is the masthead’s education reporter and has written for the H2 and Weekender sections, as well as across a range of issues. Helen is a Walkley Award winning journalist and was also part of the Newcastle Herald team that won the United Nations World Environment Day Media Award for Environmental Reporting in 2015.

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