Lucy Haslam
Executive Director / Co-Founder, United in Compassion

Lucy is a retired nurse, who previously founded a fully accredited in-home nursing care company which grew from a one-person operation to a staff of over 50 nursing and disability support workers and included a respite centre and administration centre caring for over 200 patients. Patients included low through to high support clients such as quadriplegics, acquired brain injury, physical and intellectual disabilities, frail aged and palliative care.

Lucy is married to Lou, a retired police officer who spent the bulk of his 32 year career investigating drug related crime in Sydney and the North West of NSW.

As of August 2013, Lucy has spearheaded the movement to re-introduce Medicinal Cannabis into Australia. Lucy witnessed the dramatic relief her son Dan (suffering stage 4 bowel cancer) gained from using Medicinal Cannabis, and Dan championed the cause alongside his Mother. Together they started a social campaign which ultimately changes Australian Laws. Lucy says that she used to feel proud of that achievement but now feels that Australian legislators have produced a system set up to fail patients like Dan. On Dan’s deathbed she promised to make access to cannabis better for Australians.

  • In November 2014 Lucy organised the Inaugural UIC Medicinal Cannabis Symposium in Tamworth with subsequent events in Sydney in 2016, and 2017 in Melbourne and a planned event for early 2019
  • Advisory Board Member: NSW Government Medicinal Cannabis Centre for Research & Innovation and of the ACT Medicinal Council Advisory Board
  • Committee Member:  NSW Compassionate Access Scheme
  • Founder of the Australian Medicinal Cannabis Alliance which is a group of likeminded Medicinal Cannabis supporters determined to improve patient access. This group includes medical professional, legal professionals, researchers, and academics
  • Nominated for the Australian of the Year Award 2016 (Achieved State Finalist level)
  • Named in the Top 100 Women of Influence Awards 2016
  • Director of the OZ Medicann Group (OMG). This is an unpaid position that came about because of the social conscience of the OMG who are proud to support the work of United in Compassion as we advocate for patient rights. 


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