Professor Fiona Stanley AC is a leading Australian epidemiologist well known and respected for her research into child and maternal health. As Founding Director of the Telethon Kids Institute she has worked to raise funds for and awareness of childhood disease and disorders. She was named Australian of the Year in 2003 and declared an Australian Living Treasure in 2004.

Professor Stanley studied medicine at the University of Western Australia and practised in hospitals for two years before going to the United Kingdom and the USA for further training in epidemiology (the science of describing and explaining the occurrence of disease in populations), biostatistics and public health.

By 1990, she was a world leader in her field and used her influence and energy to create the Telethon Kids Institute. Since her retirement from the Telethon Kids Institute in 2011, she has held positions of public influence within the government and tertiary sector continuing to highlight the serious social and medical problems she sees in Australia.

Professor Stanley continues to be a Patron of the Telethon Kids Institute and is a Distinguished Research Professor in the School of Paediatrics and Child Health at the University of Western Australia.