Ita Buttrose has had a long interest in health and ageing issues. She has taken on the role of Patron of the Jodi Lee Foundation to raise awareness of the prevalence of bowel cancer and to help inform people how they can reduce their risk of Australia’s second most common cancer.
One of Australia’s busiest health advocates her other commitments include: National Ambassador of Dementia Australia having served as National President from 2011-14; patron of the Macular Disease Foundation and Emeritus Director of Arthritis Australia, an organisation she chaired from 2003-2006. She currently chairs the Advisory Board of The Australian Mental Health Prize.
The 2013 Australian of the Year, Ita Buttrose has twice been voted Australia’s most admired woman. She has had a distinguished media career in print, radio and television, and hosted Studio 10 at Network TEN from 2013-2018. She created the ground-breaking Cleo magazine, was the youngest ever editor of The Australian Women’s Weekly, the first woman to ever edit an Australian metropolitan newspaper in Australia as Editor-in-Chief of the Daily & Sunday Telegraphs, and the first woman director of News Limited Australia.
She was made an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) for her services to the community especially in the field of medical education and health care for her work in spearheading Australia’s HIV/AIDS Education Program. She received an OBE for her services to journalism and the Centenary Medal for business leadership to Australian Society.
In 2014 Sydney’s Macquarie University conferred an Honorary Doctor of Letters on Ita in recognition of her contribution to the arts. In 2015, Ita was conferred an Honorary Doctor of Letters by the University of Wollongong for her contribution to mental health and aging.
She has written 11 very successful books including Eating for Eye Health – The Macular Degeneration Cookbook which she co-authored with Sydney chef, Vanessa Jones.