State & Territory Recipients

2019 TAS Australian of the Year

Ms Bernadette Black GAICD
After personally experiencing the stigma associated with teenage pregnancy, Bernadette (Bernie) Black founded Brave Foundation in 2009 to provide resources and education opportunities to support teenage parents. She aims to build a village of support and acceptance around teenage parents so that they can grow healthy, happy families.

2019 TAS Senior Australian of the Year

Ms Sally Wise
Sally Wise is a kitchen guru, author and media presenter who is dedicated to equipping people to prepare nourishing food with accessible ingredients. Her cookbooks have sold tens of thousands of copies, and she volunteers with prisoners, community groups and new businesses to teach them to cook for better nutrition.

2019 TAS Young Australian of the Year

Ms Kirby Medcraft
Passionate about maximising parent engagement in their child’s learning, Assistant Principal Kirby Medcraft is an innovator. Kirby’s Bedtime Stories Afternoon inspired over 200 parents to attend school to read with their child and her work in leading the early years team has made her a model for teachers at other schools.

2019 TAS Local Hero

Ms Vicki Purnell
When the daughter of a friend gave birth to a stillborn child in 2013, Vicki Purnell found a compassionate way to help. With her talent for sewing, she formed Bridie's Blossoms, creating more than 460 beautiful outfits for stillborn babies, so they can be farewelled with love and dignity.

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1 June 2018

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10 May 2018

2018 Australian of the Year, Professor Michelle Simmons FRS, has been elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society (London), the world’s oldest independent scientific academy.

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