Katie Allen has lived in the Higgins electorate for 40 years after growing up in Albury NSW. Katie was sworn in as the Member for Higgins at the Opening of the 46th Parliament in Canberra, making her First Speech on 29th July 2019, where she took the opportunity to speak about her passion for her diverse local community. She outlined her vision for ensuring a healthy and educated start to life for the next generation, an environmentally and economically sustainable future for all, lower taxes and a strong economy. Katie is married with four children and, prior to becoming a Member of Parliament, was a paediatrician at the Royal Children’s Hospital for 28 years, a Professor at the University of Melbourne and the University of Manchester and Director of the Australian Centre of Food and Allergy Research. Katie has also been on the Board at Cabrini Hospital and Chairman of Melbourne Girls Grammar School. Katie has published more than 300 scientific papers and has been Director of the Population Health Research Theme at the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute. She was elected as an inaugural Fellow of the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences and has been internationally recognised for her work at the World Health Organisation and the US National Academy of Science. Katie currently sits on the joint standing committees for Trade and Investment; the National Broadband Network; the Parliamentary Library; Industry, Innovation, Science and Resources and Communications and the Arts. Katie is also co convenor of the Parliamentary Friends of UNICEF, Parliamentary Friends of Child and Adolescent Health and Parliamentary Friends of Hemochromatosis, Parliamentary Friends of Young People and Parliamentary Friends of Cancer Care and Cure.