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Kidney Health Week 2018 Ambassadors

Frances Peters-Little

Kidney Health Week Ambassador, Frances Peters-Little, is an author and musician, and the daughter of highly acclaimed Australian Aboriginal musician, actor and teacher, Jimmy Little.

In 1990, Jimmy Little was diagnosed with kidney disease. Jimmy had a kidney transplant in 2004, and sadly passed away, aged 75 in 2012.

Frances has been a trustee for the Jimmy Little Foundation since 2012 and is deeply committed to upholding the principles and visions set by her late father; to improve the quality of life for Indigenous Australians.

Frances is currently a Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Technology Sydney and is in the process of writing two books - Yorta Yorta Man, the biography of her father, Jimmy Little and her own untitled autobiography.

Professor Melissa Little

Kidney Health Week Ambassador, Professor Melissa Little, is an internationally recognised awarding winning scientist who has worked on kidney research for 20 years.

Professor Melissa Little is the Theme Director of Cell Biology and heads the Kidney Research Laboratory at the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute. She is also a Professor in the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences, University of Melbourne and Program Leader of Stem Cells Australia.

Internationally recognised for her work on the systems biology of kidney development and her pioneering studies into potential kidney regenerative therapies, Professor Melissa Little continues to make life-changing discoveries for those effected by kidney disease.

Nic McKenzie

Kidney Health Week Ambassador, Nicolas McKenzie, is the son of one of Australia’s most respected journalist and broadcaster, the late great Mark Colvin.

In 2013, Mark received a kidney transplant from living donor Mary-Ellen Field, but sadly passed away in 2017, over 20 years after contracting granulomatosis with polyangiitis; the rare auto-immune condition which caused his kidney failure in 2011. 

Read about Mark’s remarkable life here.

Nicolas proudly continues his father’s work of creating awareness of kidney disease and helping to generate much needed funds for research.

Phil Davis

Kidney Health Week Ambassador, Phil Davis, is professional AFL player and Co-Captain of the Greater Western Sydney Giants. Phil acquired an acute kidney injury while playing AFL in 2014.

Kidney health is of utmost importance to Phil after he came close to losing a kidney after an on field collision against the Sydney Swans. Two operations ultimately saved Phil’s kidney and since that time maintaining his kidney health has been a priority. Through his role with Kidney Health Australia he hopes to create greater awareness of kidney disease and risk factors.

Tom Lonergan

Kidney Health Week Ambassador, Tom Lonergan, is a former professional AFL footballer for the Geelong Football Club. In 2006, Lonergan suffered serious internal injury to his kidney whilst playing in a Round 21 against Melbourne and had to have his kidney removed.

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