Past Award Nominees and Recipients
Australia's Local Hero
State and Territory Recipient
QLD Australia's Local Hero 2018
Philippa RussellTown: Mount Gravatt East
Children’s entertainer and innovator
A much-loved host of national children’s television, Philippa Russell launched a program that makes hospital patients the stars. Using her experience gained on programs like Toasted TV and Totally Wild, Pip created Juiced TV, the first ever television show made by kids in hospital, for kids in hospital. Since launching in January 2015 at Queensland’s Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital, Pip has touched the lives of more than 1,800 patients and their families by improving the hospital journey and creating a unique way for kids to communicate with one another. Each week, Pip and her team create a 25-minute high-quality TV program which gives patients and their siblings the chance to star in their own TV show. Episodes feature animal encounters, behind-the-scenes tours of concerts and film sets, and interviews with favourite idols. More than 1.5 million people have viewed Juiced TV on YouTube. Through Juiced TV, Pip gives sick and injured kids a reason to smile.