Professor Fiona Stanley AC

Professor Fiona Stanley AC

Patron, Founding Director



Professor, School of Paediatrics and Child Health, The University of Western Australia


Professor Fiona Stanley is trained in maternal and child health epidemiology and public health and has spent her career researching the causes of major childhood illnesses such as birth defects.


Her research includes:


  • gathering and analysis of population data for epidemiological and public health research
  • causes and prevention of birth defects and major neurological disorders, particularly the cerebral palsies
  • patterns of maternal and child health in Aboriginal and Caucasian populations
  • various ways of determining the developmental origins of health and disease
  • collaborations to link research
  • policy and practice and
  • strategies to enhance health and wellbeing in populations.



Fiona is currently CIA on NHMRC Program Grant "Early developmental pathways linking health, disability, education, welfare and justice", ARC Linkage Grant "Pathways, policies and prevention: Better outcomes for Western Australian Children" and  NHMRC Centre of Research excellence grant "From marginalised to empowered: transformative methods for aboriginal health and wellbeing."


Her major contribution has been to establish the Telethon Institute for Child Health Research, a unique multidisciplinary independent research institute focussing on the causes and prevention of major problems affecting children and youth.


She has over 300 publications, books and book chapters and sits on the Prime Minister's Science, Engineering and Innovation Council and has served on major international, national and local committees. 


For her research on behalf of Australia's children and Aboriginal social justice, she was named Australian of the Year in 2003 and in 2006 she was made a UNICEF Australia Ambassador for Early Childhood Development.


Scientific Awards & Honorary Doctorates

  • WHO Fellowship: Teaching Seminar on Cardiovascular Epidemiology, France (1973)
  • WHO Fellowship: Teaching Seminar on Biostatistics & Epidemiology in Cancer Research at IARC, Lyon, France (1974)
  • NH&MRC Fellowship in Clinical Science (to pursue Post Graduate studies in UK and USA) (1975)
  • Fellow of the Royal Australian College of Physicians (1994) (Hon)
  • Fellow-addendum of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (FRANZCOG) (1995).  In 1998 the Royal Australian College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists amalgamated with the Royal New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists to form the FRANZCOG.
  • Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia (FASSA) (1996)
  • Honorary Doctor of Science (Hon DSc), Murdoch University (1998)
  • Honorary Doctor of the University (Hon DUniv), Queensland University of Technology (2001)
  • Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science (FAA) (2002)
  • Honorary Fellow of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (Hon FRACGP) (2004)
  • Honorary Doctor of Medicine (Hon MD), University of Sydney (2005)
  • Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (UK) (Hon FRCPCH) (2006)
  • Honorary Doctor (Hon MD), University of Melbourne (2008)
  • Honorary Bragg Member, Royal Institution of Australia (2009)
  • Honorary Doctor of Science (Hon DSc), Edith Cowan University (2010)

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