Named Australian of the Year in 2003, Professor Fiona Stanley is a vocal advocate for the needs of children and their families.
Professor Stanley was the founding Director of the Telethon Kids Institute, established in Perth in 1990. When she retired from the position in December 2011, the Institute had grown to more than 500 staff and students and forged an international reputation for its translational research in a range of areas.
Professor Stanley remains a Chief Investigator on a number of research grants at the Telethon Kids Institute and is a valued mentor to many. She also continues her strong association with the University of Western Australia as a Distinguished Research Professor in the School of Paediatrics and Child Health.
In 2004, Professor Stanley was honoured as a “National Living Treasure” by the National Trust. She is the UNICEF Australia Ambassador for Early Childhood Development.
Professor Stanley has more than 300 published papers in scientific journals and has served on the Prime Minister’s Science, Engineering and Innovation Council, the Federal Government’s Social Inclusion Board and the WA State Government’s Indigenous Implementation Board. She has given many presentations, both nationally and internationally, on the socio-economic determinants of child health.
Professor Stanley remains committed to a number of important roles, including: Distinguished Research Professor at the School of Paediatrics and Child Health, UWA; Vice Chancellor’s Fellow, University of Melbourne; and Chair of the newly-formed Alcohol Advertising Review Board.