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AVM Tracy Smart recognised as a top LGBTI Australian

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Air Vice-Marshal (Dr.) Tracy Smart AM, ADF Surgeon General and Commander of Joint Health Command was named as one of Australia's most outstanding LGBTI Australians. AVM Smart is responsible for the provision of strategic health advice, technical oversight, health care, and operational health preparedness across the ADF.

This initiative between Google and Deloitte is in it’s third year and seeks to identify industry and political leaders in Australia who have made significant contributions to LGBTI inclusion in the modern workplace and who have become role models for LGBTI people.

This year AVM Smart joined in the esteemed company of Labor Senator Penny Wong; Marriage Equality Champion - Liberal Senator Dean Smith; and Dawn Hough - from Pride in Diversity who were recognised for their contributions. Within the top 50 were a host of business leaders totalling 24 women, 26 men including two transgender and one intersex leader.

AVM Smart is openly Lesbian and as a member of the Defence Senior Leadership Team is highly visible as a role model and leader to junior members. She has served as a Medical Officer and Senior Medical Officer around Australia and has had overseas postings with the US Air Force and the Royal Air Force and operational experience in Rwanda, East Timor, the Middle East and Lebanon. 

In her present role, she drove the development of the ADF's first policy for medical management of gender dysphoria that has been shared with many other nations, lead initatives to modernise the ADF's approach to the deployability of members who are HIV positive, and has lead the Defence contingent in the Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras multiple times.

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Greatest role model: Early role models included Katherine Hepburn and Martina Navratilova; later it was Xena: Warrior Princess. They taught me that being a women was not a barrier to doing whatever you wanted to do and also the importance of being yourself.

Career advice: The fundamentals of who we are and what we stand for should not change regardless of where we sit in an organisation. Authenticity is also one of the fundamentals of leadership – people won't follow you if they can't see, and believe in, the real you.

Motivations: I have been a member of the ADF for 33 years and take great pride in serving my country. I am passionate about providing the best possible health services to all ADF personnel to ensure they are fit to do their role to the best of their ability, and to help them recover if they become wounded, injured or ill.

Changing perceptions: I think my biggest influence has been as a role model – just doing my job to the best of my ability and being open and honest about my life. This not only empowers more junior LGBTI members of the ADF, but provides visibility at the senior level that sexuality is a non-issue when it comes to serving in the ADF at all levels.

Words to describe me: Passionate, committed and authentic.

Across diverse industries, these individuals show how passion, energy, resilience, visibility, courage - and above all, leading as your true self - can drive a successful career.

Read more about how these remarkable individuals are changing perceptions and creating more inclusive workplaces and communities on Deloitte and Google's complete list of top 50 outstanding LGBTI Australians

Image supplied. Sourced from material published by Deloitte.

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