Dr Fiona Stanley AC is the founding Director and Patron of the Telethon Kids Institute (formerly Telethon Institute for Child Health Research).
Fiona is also a Distinguished Research Professor at the University of Western Australia and Vice Chancellor’s Fellow at the University of Melbourne where she was Director of 2013 Festival of Ideas.
She is trained in maternal and child health epidemiology and public health, having spent much of her career researching the causes of major childhood illnesses such as birth defects. For her research on behalf of Australia’s children and Aboriginal social justice, she was named Australian of the Year in 2003, and in 2006 she was made a UNICEF Australia Ambassador for Early Childhood Development.
A prolific writer, Fiona has over 300 publications, books and book chapters, and sits on the Prime Minister’s Science, Engineering and Innovation Council. Fiona has served on many major international, national and local committees.