Barnardos Australia would like to congratulate Dr Sue Packer AM on being named 2019 Senior Australian of the Year.

An extremely worthy recipient of this award, Sue has advocated for the rights of children for over 40 years and has been a leader in child abuse prevention through the National Association for Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect. 

Sue championed the importance of early childhood environments for the developing brain and was at the forefront of the identification and treatment of the devastating effects of trauma in infants, leading to recognition by education and government agencies.

We applaud Sue for her immense contribution to improving the lives of children in our community and for standing up the rights of all children to be safe from abuse and neglect.