Natasha Stott Despoja returns to Burnet

Angus Morgan

21 July, 2015

Australia’s Ambassador for Women and Girls, Natasha Stott Despoja AM, is taking up a new role with Burnet Institute as a Patron.

A South Australian Senator from 1995 to 2008 and former Leader of the Australian Democrats, Ms Stott Despoja’s appointment renews a longstanding relationship with Burnet.

She was a Burnet Board Member from 2008-13 and has been a strong and active supporter of Burnet research and international projects relating to maternal and child health in Myanmar and Lao PDR in particular.

Ms Stott Despoja was a guest speaker at Burnet’s recent celebration at Parliament House in Canberra of 40 Years of Achievements in Health in Papua New Guinea since Independence.

At the time of her appointment to fill a casual Senate vacancy in 1995, she was, at 26, the youngest-ever woman to sit in Federal Parliament.

As a legislator, Ms Stott Despoja introduced Private Members’ Bills on paid maternity leave and was her party’s spokesperson on women and family issues.

She is an Ambassador for Ovarian Cancer Australia, The Orangutan Project and the HIV/AIDS anti-stigma campaign, ENUF.

Ms Stott Despoja sits on the Advisory Panel of the Australian Privacy Foundation and in 2013 was named Chair of the Foundation to Prevent Violence against women and their children, a joint initiative of the Victorian and Commonwealth Governments.

In 2011, Ms Stott Despoja was made Member of the Order of Australia for her service to the Australian Parliament, education and as role model for women.

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