Vale Dr Jenni Ibrahim OAM - Institute for Respiratory Health

Vale Dr Jenni Ibrahim OAM

Wednesday, February 24, 2021 | Community

1950 – 2021

Born in Melbourne, Jenni Ibrahim went to Monash University and La Trobe to complete her PhD in psychology.

She was smart, caring, quick witted and lived to the beat of her own drum.

Jenni was involved in many different causes and groups, including the Institute for Respiratory Health and the L I F E Group (formally LISA, Lung Impaired Support Association).

For more than 20 years, Jenni had been living with a chronic lung condition, after suffering from a life-threatening bout of pneumonia, which left her with permanent lung damage.

She then became involved with the L I F E Group, which was the first Australian support group specifically for people with chronic lung disease.

Jenni became the group’s Deputy Coordinator in 2004, and then Coordinator in 2012. Despite her own health problems, Jenni tirelessly lead with enthusiasm, concern and friendship.

As L I F E’s Coordinator, Jenni’s role was diverse and required her to spend a significant amount of time on ensuring members and the community were kept well informed. For example, she produced the informative quarterly L I F E newsletter for members, organised volunteers to assist in promoting the general awareness of lung disease at expos and helped organise ‘working bees’ to assist the Institute.

Jenni delivered many presentations over the years, including giving presentations on a patients’ perspective of living with a chronic lung condition. She contributed to a number of respiratory research projects by providing researchers with consumer advice and held a number of health consumer and community member positions. Jenni had also been instrumental in helping others set up patient support groups within the metropolitan and regional areas of Western Australia.

Jenni had dedicated a significant amount of time, all unpaid, to a range of support and advocacy roles and in 2021, she was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia for Service to Community Health.

She did so much for others and expected nothing in return. Jenni will always be remembered for being strong, smart, caring, giving and humble. She was one of a kind.

Jenni Ibrahim awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM)

Jenni Ibrahim was awarded a Medal of the Order Of Australia (OAM) in the General Division. Here is her official announcement:

The late Dr Jenni IBRAHIM
Formerly of West Leederville WA 6007
For service to community health.

Lung Information and Friendship for Everyone (LIFE – a respiratory self-help group within the Lung Foundation Australia’s network), Institute for Respiratory Health, University of Western Australia

  • Coordinator, 2012-2021
  • Deputy Coordinator, 2004-2012
  • Member, 1999-2021

Health Consumer’s Council of Western Australia

  • Consumer Representative, 1999-2021
  • Former HCC Representative, WA Data Linkage Advisory Board
  • Former HCC Representative, WA Data Linkage System Cross Jurisdictional Steering Committee

WA Health

  • Consumer Representative, Department of Health Networks, 2004-2017
  • Former Member, Western Australian Chronic Conditions Self-Management Reference Group
  • Consumer Representative, WA Primary Health Alliance, 2015-2016