Honour roll

Past Award Nominees and Recipients

Young Australian of the Year


2016 SA Young Australian of the Year Nominee

Genevieve Handley

State: South Australia

Health activist

With a thirst for life and a compassionate desire to help others, Genevieve Handley is an inspiring health activist living with Australia’s most common fatal genetic disease, Cystic Fibrosis (CF). A passionate believer in the importance of research and access to the latest treatments, Genevieve spearheaded the YesToKalydeco campaign. Kalydeco, the first drug to treat the cause of several CF mutations, has since been placed on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme, saving lives and improving the health of many others. Despite living with the crippling affects of CF herself, Genevieve is a ‘go to’ person for expert advice and consumer advocacy, working with the Cystic Fibrosis Federation and sharing research news whilst translating medical jargon into plain English. Genevieve’s background in biomedical science and physiotherapy has enabled her to interpret the increasingly complex science of CF so that others can understand treatments that may improve their lives. While a child is born with CF every four days, Genevieve embodies hope for the youngest generation of CF survivors.