Media Centre

For all media queries and interview requests relating to the Alannah & Madeline Foundation, please contact Ella Mitchell at or 0439 876 878.

Key statistics:

  • The Foundation has helped more than 1.9 million children during the past 20 years
  • A total of 27 per cent of young people are bullied every fortnight
  • One in 10 are cyber bullied every few weeks
  • More than 70,000 Buddy Bags have been distributed
  • More than a third of Australian schools are registered for eSmart
  • Almost 60% of Australian libraries are registered for eSmart
  • More than 230,000 Australian students are registered for the eSmart Digital Licence


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
  • Sandra Craig - Manager National Centre Against Bullying/Senior Advisor Bullying
  • Jeremy Blackman - Senior Advisor Cybersafety, Alannah & Madeline Foundation
  • Judi Fallon - Manager, Schools Programs, Alannah & Madeline Foundation

Click here for more information on our spokespeople.

Media releases 2016

18 March 2016 - The Alannah and Madeline Foundation supports National Day of Action Against Bullying

19 February 2016 - National eSmart Week winner 2016

15 February 2016 - Buddy Bags go international thanks to serendipitous Jetstar flight

12 February 2016 - Every Australian Capital Territory library is safer online after receiving eSmart accreditation

12 February 2016 - Western Australia's first eSmart Library celebrates cybersafety for staff and visitors

5 February 2016 - Safer Internet Day reinforces push for a safer, smarter and more responsible Australia

28 January 2016 - The Alannah and Madeline Foundation Ambassador Melissa Doyle receives Order of Australia honour

 23 January 2016 - BBL final shines light on the Foundation's work to protect children from violence

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