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Ep16 Kay McGrath

Journalist and social campaigner

Kay says “I’ve made significant progress on the ‘ladder of maturity’. We’re living longer, healthier lives in Queensland and it’s never too early or late to start thinking about planning for a bright future.’!  Now, aged 66, after working on a series of stories entitled Ageing Well in Queensland, she is keenly interested in the challenges of gracefully getting older, and has joined the movement to reframe aging.  

As she’s gotten older, she’s grown into herself and feels more comfortable and confident. That’s a very powerful statement, particularly for someone who’s spent years in the media spotlight where there is pressure on women to “look youthful and keep their figures”. Kay has interviewed Prime Ministers, Governors-General, Premiers, and politicians and has been on the front line of numerous historic events for which she received the Qld Clarion Award for ‘Most Outstanding Contribution to Journalism”. A long-time committed child protection campaigner, in 2017 Kay was awarded an OAM in recognition of her work in media and child protection. She recently joined the ranks of Australia’s Chief Executive Women. Kay is a Patron of the Daniel Morcombe Foundation, a Patron and co-founder of Protect all Children Today, and a Lifetime Ambassador for Act for Kids. She is also a founding member of Women in Media Qld and sits on the committee. 

From 2017 -2021, Kay Chaired and then Co-Chaired the Qld State Government Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Council, which was established following the landmark ‘Not Now Not Ever’ report headed by Dame Quentin Bryce. 

Ep16 Kay McGrath
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