Dempsey qualified as a registered nurse at aged 18 years and eventually specialising in emergency care, a role has taken her to numerous continents where she developed her interest in humanitarian work.
Having successfully studied at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, she went on to work as a humanitarian aid worker with the NGO Médecins Sans Frontières. It was during one of these missions, in Cambodia, that her interest in law was sparked. Although Dempsey’s role was that of the hospital management advisor her nursing skills were frequently called upon, particularly with the admission of land mine victims. Many of these victims and their families would consult with Dempsey requesting assistance to obtain compensation from the Cambodian government for the loss of their major income earner.
During the frustrating process of advocating for the victims within a corrupt and dysfunctional government, Dempsey realised her passion for giving a voice to the vulnerable members of the community and decided that she would undertake her legal studies.
Dempsey relocated to Australia in 2003 and worked as a nurse full time while studying full time at UTS. She gained the qualification of Juris Doctor and was admitted to the Legal Profession in August 2008.
Dempsey went on to work as a criminal lawyer with Aboriginal Legal Service in Redfern and Nowra, with a particular interest in Juvenile justice. Dempsey again relocated to Forbes in January 2010 taking on the new challenge of working for the Family Violence Prevention Legal Service, Binaal Billa, becoming Principal in May 2011.
In February 2012, Binaal Billa FVPLS invited victims of domestic violence to attend the “Parliament to the people” forum to debate the domestic violence trends and issues in NSW. The victims took the opportunity to relate their experience to the Standing Committee on Social Issues which consist of five members of the Upper House. This is indeed a voice!
During her time with Binaal Billa FVPLS Dempsey has worked extremely hard in successfully obtaining compensation for her clients, and is rewarded by the fact that justice has been served and her clients suffering has been acknowledge and compensated.
Dempsey remains a committed advocate for the people and continues to work towards giving victims of domestic violence and sexual assault a voice.