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Tuesday February 02, 2010

Professor Fiona Stanley awarded ECU Honorary Doctorate

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Vice-Chancellor, Professor Kerry Cox with Professor Fiona Stanley

ECU has awarded Professor Fiona Stanley the degree of Doctor of Science honoris causa at the graduation ceremony held on Sunday afternoon, 31 January.

The honorary doctorate was awarded in recognition of Professor Stanley's considerable contribution to Aboriginal maternal and child health in Western Australia.

"Edith Cowan University is named in honour of one of Australia's greatest advocates for the welfare of children and women," said ECU Vice-Chancellor, Professor Kerry Cox.

"We are delighted to recognise Professor Fiona Stanley AC, an inspirational children's health pioneer and community leader, and to be able to count her as one of our most senior graduates."

"Her work is a prime example of the value research provides in improving the quality of life for Australians. Professor Stanley focuses on engaging the community to solve real problems across the social, economical, physical and environmental spectrums."

Named Australian of the Year in 2003, Professor Stanley is a vocal advocate for the needs of children and their families, and is the founding Director of the Telethon Institute for Child Health Research, established in Perth in 1990.

Source: Edith Cowan University

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