Media Centre

For all media queries and interview requests relating to the Alannah & Madeline Foundation, please contact Deborah Morris at or 0450 784 847. For any other enquiries call 03 9697 0666.


Our spokespeople can provide expert comment and media briefings on a number of specialist topics, including child safety and wellbeing, bullying, cyber bullying and cyber safety.

  • Lesley Podesta - Chief Executive Officer, Alannah & Madeline Foundation
  • Linda Barry - General Manager, Programs, Alannah & Madeline Foundation
  • Sandra Craig - Manager National Centre Against Bullying/Senior Advisor Bullying
  • Judi Fallon - Connect Facilitator, Alannah & Madeline Foundation 

Click here for more information on our spokespeople.

Media releases 2018

19 March 2018 - $2.3 billion bullying burden to follow Australian school students

Media releases 2017

17 March 2017 - Tasmania stepping up action on bullying in schools

6 February 2017 -
Time for Business to Connect

18 January 2017 - 
Police boss and IT pioneer join Foundation Board 

Media releases 2016

22 December 2016 - Foundation provides cyber safety support to young Indigenous women in the NT

20 December 2016 - Response to story discussing an intervention order imposed to address persistent bullying

29 November 2016 - Foundation welcomes the Hon Alastair Nicholson as new Ambassador

28 November 2016 - Opinion: We are all to blame for the tragic death of Tyrone Unsworth

10 November 2016 - Shocking NSW cyber bullying figures show more education needed in schools

11 October 2016 - Foundation launches its new eSmart Digital Licence Scholarship

10 October 2016 -
Alarming children’s cyber bullying figures highlight need for more education and support for Australians

9 September 2016
- Second National eSmart Week strikes positive chord with communities across Australia

6 September 2016 - NCAB sends message to leaders: Bullying is a public health issue

2 September 2016 -
Close to 1,000 schools and libraries have registered for National eSmart Week

19 August 2016 - Schools and libraries get in early on registrations for second National eSmart Week

17 August 2016 -
Opinion - Pornographic ring highlights the unacceptable acceptance of online misogyny

17 August 2016 - Statement on national school pornography ring

12 August 2016 -
Tasmanian Government to roll out eSmart cyber safety program across 180 schools

5 August 2016 - Foundation to reach and teach more Australians during second annual National eSmart Week

2 August 2016 -
Foundation welcomes extension of Adler gun ban but it should go further

29 July 2016 - NCAB Conference calls for bullying and harassment to be major health priorities

29 July 2016 -
NCAB Conference: States starving schools of cyber bullying funds, says Susan McLean

29 July 2016 - NCAB Conference - Dr Michael Carr-Gregg calls for a world-first school app to fight bullying

29 July 2016 - NCAB Conference: Parenting expert concerned parents of bullies could be bullying their children

28 July 2016 -
NCAB Conference: New app to stop children uploading negative images to social media

28 July 2016 - NCAB Conference: The Foundation calls on Government to work together to reduce suicide

28 July 2016 - NCAB Conference: The Alannah & Madeline Foundation CEO calls for renewed focus on bullying

28 July 2016 - NCAB Conference: Justice Alastair Nicholson calls for Aboriginal influence in Royal Commission 

28 July 2016 - Empower young people to develop their own anti-bullying campaigns 

28 July  2016 -
Bullying education starts with mutual respect

28 July 2016 - Youth panel to give firsthand account of bullying at NCAB Conference

27 July 2016 - Wake-up call needed on impacts of childhood bullying

27 July 2016 - International expert urges a broader approach to addressing bullying

27 July 2016 - Governments failing young people on bullying and abuse

27 July 2016 - Bullying impacts genes and brains, says visiting Canadian professor

27 July 2016 - Concern for bullying victims who are at risk of depression

26 July 2016 - Teenage sexting victims at high psychological risk

25 July 2016 - Restorative Practices – An effective process for managing bullying behaviour

22 July 2016 - Don’t bully the bully if you want it to stop, says parenting psychologist

20 July 2016 - Online support may provide buffer to cyber bullying

30 June 2016 - Bullying levels down by a third but still not good enough ahead of NCAB Conference

23 June 2016 - National call for uniform approach to bullying in schools

10 June 2016 - Australian schools participate in National Buddy Day to raise awareness about bullying

9 June 2016 - eSmart Libraries plays a key role in supporting Australian libraries online

16 May 2016 - The Alannah & Madeline Foundation welcomes new CEO during its 20th year

Key statistics:

  • The Foundation has helped more than 2 million children over the past 20 years
  • 1 in 5 Australian children reported being bullied in the past 12 months
  • More than 75,000 Buddy Bags have been distributed
  • More than 2,300 schools across Australia are currently participating in the eSmart Schools program.
  • More than 75% of Australian libraries are registered for eSmart
  • More than 230,000 Australian students are learning how to be smart, safe and responsible withe the eSmart Digital Licence

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