Our Patron

Ita Buttrose, AO, OBE.

Australian of the Year 2013

Ita Buttrose became patron of Karitane in 2013 a few days after becoming Australian of the Year. One of our country’s, most respected and loved personalities she is a media trailblazer, businesswoman, best-selling author and committed community and welfare contributor. In 2011, her earlier career was immortalised in the acclaimed ABC mini-series Paper Giants: The Birth of Cleo. As a former client, Ita brings to Karitane a compassionate and deep understanding of the services provided to young Australian families.