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Freda was the recipient once again this year of another prestigious award - however there has been no additional funding made available to actually assist with the work.
L–R: Ms Laura Robins (ASCA Patron); Ms Jillian Skinner MP; Ms Ita Buttrose AO, OBE (ASCA Patron); Dr Cathy Kezelman (ASCA Head of Strategy and Policy); Mr Mikey Robins (ASCA Patron), 2007.
ASCA is proud to have the following people as its patrons:
Prof. Freda Briggs, AO
Professor Freda Briggs is Foundation Dean of the De Lissa Institute of Early Childhood and Family Studies, Professor of Childhood Development at the University of South Australia,recipient of the inaugural Australian Humanitarian Award,ANZAC Fellowship Award, the Jean Denton Memorial Fellowship,the Creswick Fellowship Award and the Senior Australian of the Year Award 2000. 'In the 2005 Queens Birthday Honours, Emeritus Professor Freda Briggs, ASCA's patron received an Officer (AO) in the General Division Award for service to raising community and professional awareness of child abuse and neglect, and as advocate for effective child safety education programs.'
Short Curriculum Vitae (PDF)
2005AW Jones Foundation Oration in the Edler Hall at the University of Adelaide on 9 March 2005, entitled Every School’s Worst Nightmare: Child Sexual Abuse.(PDF)
Photographs of Freda Briggs and the new plaque unveiled by the Prime Minister for Australia Day 2006 on the walkway of honour beside Lake Burley Griffin, Canberra.
Ms Ita Buttrose AO, OBE
Ita Buttrose is not only a businesswoman, journalist, author,TV panelist and presenter but has also contributed widely to many areas of community need.
Ita has had an extensive and impressive career in print,radio and television. She is a former Editor-in-Chief of the Daily Telegraph and Sunday Telegraph, Publisher of ACP Press Ltd Women’s Division responsible for The Australian Women’s Weekly, Cleo, Belle, Bride and Mode. She was the youngest-ever Editor of the Women’s Weekly, founding Editor of Cleo and Editor-in-Chief of the Sun Herald. She has been honoured with a number of awards and appointments some of which have been groundbreaking occasions when she has been the first woman to have received such award or appointment.She is currently Editor of bark!, Consulting Editor for Highlife Magazine and Editor-at- Large for OK!Magazine.
She is the author of seven books including her best-selling autobiography called A Passionate Life. She has recently completed her eighth book - a motivational book - which will be published by Penguin in October this year.
In 1988 appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO)for service to the community, particularly in the fields of medical education and health care. In the Queen's Birthday list 1979 she was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) for service to journalism. She was the first woman to be awarded the Harnett Medal for community service and achievements in publishing, journalism, radio and television.
"With the incidence of abuse continuing to rise,the population of survivors is burgeoning and their needs are not being met by mainstream services. The persistent lack of (Federal and State) Government support is causing the impact of child abuse to cripple the adult lives of survivors throughout Australia...
"What I most like about ASCA is that it gets positive results. Through the care and expertise of its volunteers,ASCA helps survivors of child abuse overcome the shame and hurt so many of them feel, and equips them to face the future in a healthier, more positive way...
"ASCA has been leading the way for 10 years. Its work is invaluable and makes so much sense that you have to wonder what it else it has to do to receive some kind of ongoing Government funding. Even though child abuse is a major social and mental health issue in Australia – and survivors one of the neediest groups in our community – ASCA receives no recurrent Government funding, State or Federal....
"ASCA is the only national organisation that cares for the needs of survivors of all forms of abuse and neglect and it does so primarily with volunteer labour. It fulfils an important need in our community...
"When I meet and talk with child abuse survivors I give thanks for my own carefree and innocent childhood.As a patron of ASCA I am committed to help survivors overcome the silence and stigma that perpetuate the victimisation of this group." (Ita Buttrose)
Mr Mikey Robins
Mikey Robins is one of Australia's best loved, intelligent, hilarious and most in demand entertainers, his career in both radio and TV has led to him becoming one of the most recognisable faces and voices in Australian entertainment history. He has recently joined the breakfast team at Radio , VEGA 95.3.
"I have always felt that no society can be considered whole until it's most vulnerable members feel safe." (Mikey Robins)
Ms Laura Robins
Laura Robins is a long term supporter of ASCA. She has a strong social conscience having previously proven her mettle with a 2 year stint as Mikey’s manager, has returned to university to complete a media and communications course.
"I have the greatest admiration for people who have survived the torment of child abuse in all its forms. I believe it is important that there are organisations like ASCA to support their recovery, support they were not given when they were a vulnerable and powerless child." (Laura Robins)
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