Li Cunxin’s remarkable path has taken him from a village in rural China to dancing on some of the world’s most prestigious stages. As part of our Inspiring Australians series, he talks about the magic of ballet, pressing the reset button on his life and being named 2014 Queensland Australian of the Year.
Ita Buttrose is hailed as an icon for her ground-breaking career in journalism. As part of our Inspiring Australians series, she talks about the importance of immersion in one’s community, dealing with setbacks and being named 2013 Australian of the Year.
Professor Michelle Simmons is one of the world’s top scientists and currently on the biggest scientific mission of her life – building a quantum computer. As part of our Inspiring Australians series, Michelle talks about the future of science in Australia, the value of doing hard things and being named 2018 Australian of the Year.
Former Australian swimming great, Libby Trickett OAM, is on a mission to make mental health part of everyday conversations. As part of our Inspiring Australians Series, she talks about her own mental health journey, connecting with others and being a Beyond Blue ambassador.
Singer-songwriter, Josh Pyke, has a gift for writing earthy and relatable songs that have won the hearts of many. As part of our Inspiring Australians Series, he talks about staying authentic, embracing anxiety and being a lifetime ambassador for the Indigenous Literacy Foundation.
Cassandra Goldie, CEO of the Australian Council of Social Service (ACOSS), has spent the last decade tirelessly fighting for the rights of the disadvantaged. As part of our Inspiring Australians series, she talks about how she helps communities use their voice to influence positive change.
Journalist, Jo Stanley, talks about how comedy launched her career path in radio, the missing piece in conversations around gender equality and starting her own radio station, Broad Radio.
Grace Brennan talks about the impact #buyfromthebush and the pandemic had on rural businesses, and the story that should be told about life in the country.
Lawyer Mariam Veiszadeh talks about going from teenage outcast to fighting for equal opportunity, diversity and inclusion for all.
ACT 2021 Australian of the Year, Professor Brendan Murphy, talks about leading the government’s response during the COVID-19 pandemic, the darkest days of 2020 and his pride at how Australians came together during the crisis.
NSW 2021 Australian of the Year, Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons, talks about battling the Black Summer bushfires, handling grief and the power of volunteerism.
QLD 2021 Australian of the Year, Dr. Dinesh Palipana OAM, talks about navigating life as a quadriplegic, championing inclusivity in medicine and the privilege of helping those in distress.
VIC 2021 Australian of the Year, Donna Stolzenberg, talks about the need to change Australia’s homeless support model, breaking traditional workplace rules and the tiny statue that accompanies her everywhere.
NT 2021 Australian of the Year, Dr Wendy Page, talks about her fight to reduce strongyloidiasis infection, the healthcare gap that still exists and steering her life by the serenity prayer.
SA 2021 Australian of the Year, Tanya Hosch, talks about her pursuit of social change, deep gratitude for her community and her life-changing job.
2021 Australian of the Year, Grace Tame, talks about taking back ownership of her story, the campaign that changed an archaic law and what she knows about resilience.
WA 2021 Australian of the Year, Professor Helen Milroy, talks about the unravelling of her career, merging traditional and modern paths of medicine and her creative alter-ego.
In conversation with Dr James Muecke AM
James Muecke began his medical career in Kenya where he also discovered a passion for fighting blindness. Today he is recognised for his focus on type 2 diabetes as the leading cause of blindness in adults.
In conversation with Sue Salthouse
Sue Salthouse experienced the systemic inequality facing people with disabilities after a horse riding accident put her in a wheelchair at the age of 45. She was a disability advocate determined to bring about positive social change.
In conversation with Nic Marchesi and Lucas Patchett
Best mates Nic and Lucas launched Orange Sky Laundry to offer free mobile laundry to communities needing this service. It’s helped to foster dignity and respect among people from all walks of life.
In conversation with Rachel Downie
Rachel Downie founded Stymie in 2014 after losing a Year 9 student to suicide. Stymie provides young people with a platform to report bullying and speak up when things aren’t right.
In conversation with Bridie Duggan
After losing a childhood friend to suicide, Bridie Duggan was determined to raise awareness of mental illness and suicide prevention. Within a month, she raised $27,000 for mental health organisation LIVIN.
In conversation with Kevin Kadirgamar
Kevin Kadirgamar’s firsthand experience of civil conflict led to him becoming a voice for the vulnerable. He’s been recognised for his work championing the rights of migrants and refugees in Australia.
In conversation with Bernie Shakeshaft
Since its launch in 2006, BackTrack’s extraordinary team has helped more than 1,000 children reconnect with their education, families and community. We chat to founder and CEO Bernie Shakeshaft about what he’d like people to better understand about the community he works with.
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