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Memorial service celebrating the life of Anne Deveson

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A public memorial service to honour Anne Deveson AO’s extraordinary contribution to Australia will be held next Monday 13 February in Sydney.

In the first sitting of Parliament for the year both Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Opposition Leader Bill Shorten made statements today recognising the life and work of Anne Deveson AO.

Anne was a highly respected journalist, author, broadcaster, filmmaker and mental health advocate.

Anne was a fearless and passionate advocate who fought for less discrimination and better support in mental health, human rights, women's rights and ­­­LGBT rights.

It was 30 years ago that Anne teamed up with another mental health pioneer Dr Margaret Leggatt to hold a public event at NSW Teachers Federation Hall where a young man stood up in front of hundreds of people and said, “My name is Simon Champ and I have schizophrenia.” This was the beginning of national mental health organisation SANE Australia.

When: Monday 13 February, 1pm – 2pm
Interviews with speakers can be prearranged to be held before and after event formalities on request.

Where: NSW Teachers Federation Conference Centre (please note updated venue)
37 Reservoir Street
Surry Hills NSW 2010


  • Jack Heath – SANE Australia Chief Executive Officer
  • Justice Elizabeth Evatt AO
  • Wendy McCarthy AO
  • Dr Margaret Leggatt AM – Co-Founder of SANE Australia with Anne Deveson
  • Professor Alan Rosen AO
  • Simon Champ
  • Jane Schwager AO
  • Claire Dunne OAM
  • Josh Blain – Anne Deveson’s son

Media contact:
If you wish to report on the event, please contact Ellen Sproule at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 0407 367 215 to prearrange filming or photography at the event and/or interviews with speakers.

Last updated: 7 February 2017
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