Nic Marchesi and Lucas Patchett

Nic Marchesi + Lucas Patchett, Co-founders of Orange Sky Laundry

What does a park, a van and dirty laundry have in common? In October 2014, two best mates had a crazy idea of putting two washing machines and two dryers in the back of an old van, and visiting parks and drop-in centres to wash and dry clothes for free. Orange Sky Laundry was born – a world-first, free mobile laundry for the homeless. On a mission to improve the hygiene standards of the homeless, Nic Marchesi and Lucas Patchett stumbled on something much bigger and more significant – the power of conversation. Orange Sky Laundry now aims to positively connect the homeless with the community and improve the lives of others.


Amanda McClelland

Amanda McClelland , A registered nurse and global emergency health advisor for the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.

After early experience nursing in remote Aboriginal communities, Amanda shifted her focus to public and emergency health. She's since helped countless people rebuild their lives through her work with organisations including the Australian Red Cross and Concern Worldwide. Amanda has been on the ground after typhoons and tsunamis, and amid famine and war; in places as diverse as Banda Aceh and the Ivory Coast. One of Amanda's greatest challenges was in West Africa during 2014 and 2015, where she coordinated the Red Cross' response to the Ebola epidemic. There she managed teams of local volunteers to form safe burial teams. The volunteers had to defy widespread superstition and lethal magical thinking to safely dispose of the dead, and ultimately, stop the spread of the virus.

2017 Marks the 100 years since the International Red Cross won the first of its 3 Nobel Peace Prizes (awarded in 1917, 1944 and 1963). This makes the International Red Cross unique, no recipient has been awarded the Peace Prize as often as this organisation. Amanda has been awarded a Florence Nightingale Medal 2015 by the International Committee of the Red Cross for 'exceptional courage and devotion to victims of armed conflict \ and natural disasters'.

Professor Linda Shields

Professor Linda Shields, Professor of Nursing, Charles Sturt University

Linda Shields is Professor of Rural Health at Charles Sturt University, and an Honorary Professor in the School of Medicine at The University of Queensland. Her research interests include the influence of a rural and remote environment on nursing and health outcomes across the life span; the care of children in health services, in particular family-centred care and the history of nursing and ethical issues surrounding nursing such as nurses' roles in the "euthanasia" programmes of the Third Reich. She holds a Doctor of Medicine from The University of Queensland, the first nurse in Australia to attain a Higher Doctorate. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing and the International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame of Sigma Theta Tau International. In 2014 was awarded a silver medal by the European Society for Person Centered Health Care, for her work on family-centred care.


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Maralyn Foureur

Professor Maralyn Foureur, Centre for Midwifery, Child and Family Health, University of Technology Sydney

A midwife for 40 years and academic for the past 20, Maralyn Foureur is Professor of Midwifery at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS). She is one of an inspiring team of midwives who prepare graduates to competently and compassionately care for women during pregnancy, childbirth and early parenting. In 1984 Maralyn set up the first independent midwifery practice in Australia with visiting rights to maternity hospitals in Newcastle, NSW. This was the inspiration for one of the first randomised controlled trials of continuity of midwifery care (under her previous surname Rowley); a study that now forms part of the Cochrane systematic review of this model of care. With a record of 100 publications and more than $5 million in research grants, Maralyn is regarded as a world leader in researching birth unit design and its impact on childbearing women and families and the quality and safety of maternity care provided by midwives. Her research findings have been translated into the design of several new Australian maternity units in Sydney, Canberra and Townsville and she is currently part of a team of researchers in Denmark undertaking a randomised controlled trial in this area.

"My lifetime research has contributed knowledge to understanding how relationship based care and an optimally-designed birth unit provide the best environment for labour and birth to unfold."