State & Territory Recipients

2019 VIC Australian of the Year

Mr Mark Sullivan
Founder and managing director of not-for-profit Medicines Development for Global Health (MDGH), Mark and his team develop medicines based on public health rather than commercial needs. MDGH received a world first FDA approval for its new medicine, moxidectin, which treats river blindness, a debilitating disease endemic amongst the world’s poorest people.

2019 VIC Senior Australian of the Year

Ms Alison Harcourt
As a woman in mathematics and statistics, Alison Harcourt’s seminal work was overlooked. She is now best known for developing integer linear programming, the basis of efficient computer processing. Her other research, on the poverty line and randomisation of ballot papers, led to a Royal Commission and electoral law changes.

2019 VIC Young Australian of the Year

Dr Skye Kinder
Dr Skye Kinder has dedicated her career to improving the health of rural and other marginalised patients throughout Australia. As a passionate advocate, she brings awareness of rural health issues to local, national and international audiences, through her research, ongoing speaking engagements, press appearances, workshops, and articles.

2019 VIC Local Hero

Ms Carol Matthews
In 2009 Carol Matthews home was destroyed and her 22-year-old son Sam was killed in the Black Saturday bushfires. Since then, Carol has advocated for emotional preparedness to be included in bushfire preparation. She was the lead litigant in the biggest class-action in Australian history, securing a record $500 million settlement for bushfire survivors.

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1 June 2018

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2018 Australian of the Year Professor Michelle Simmons elected as Royal Society Fellow

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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