Ita Butrose

Lifetime Achievement Award Winner

Ita Buttrose is a truly exceptional woman: a legendary media trailblazer, businesswoman, best-selling author, committed community and welfare contributor, 2013 Australian of the Year and now Chair of the ABC. Ita now dedicates her considerable energy and skills to championing medical education and health care, utilising her experience and celebrity for the good of her wider community.

Starting as a copygirl for Australian Women’s Weekly at just 15 and becoming the editor of the publication by 33, Ita’s career is a shining example for women Australia-wide that anything is within their grasp. For all this and more, the recipient of the 2018 Lifetime Achievement award is as deserving of recognition from the industry as anyone before.


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