JO LANGHAM migrated to Australia from England with her family when she was four and a half years old. She spent her childhood in country NSW, but most of her adult life in Sydney. She has worked as a teacher, administrator, team leader and Clinical Psychologist. In her early career she worked with children with severe and multiple disabilities and headed up a team of specialists with responsibility for promoting the education and care of children with complex disabilities across NSW. She completed her Clinical Psychology Masters in 1996 and has been in private practice since then. She has received a number of awards and is a Churchill Fellow, a Fellow of the Australasian College of Biomedical Scientist and Member of the APS College of Clinical Psychologists.
She is committed to the principle of individual integrity and autonomy within a framework of community obligations and responsibilities. She believes that individually, and as a society, we have an obligation and responsibility to face up to complex and difficult decisions, even when they are uncomfortable to contemplate. This particularly applies to our obligations to protect and care for those who are vulnerable and those without a voice. Jo has long believed that “Life” itself is not “good”- it’s the quality of one’s life that makes it good, tolerable or intolerable. We step in to prevent suffering of our pets and other animals– it’s only logical that we extend that compassion to supporting Voluntary Euthanasia to allow people to die with dignity and as little suffering and pain as possible.
On a personal level and with extreme sadness and frustration, she watched over too many years, as her Mother progressively demented and died - an active, productive and feisty woman, slowly disappearing and becoming helpless and vulnerable.
Jo fully supports the election of the VEP’s chosen candidate, Shayne Higson.