Educator, Advocate/Lobbyist

Thematic Areas

Telecommunication, Internet
Public Service
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Short Bio

Reverend Canon Dr Christopher Newell AM was a leading researcher and advocate on disability and communications. As a person with disability, he undertook pioneering work in the telecommunications field to foreground questions of disability and accessibility in Australian telecommunications. His many government and industry roles include being Chair of the Australian Communications Industry Forum Disability Advisory Body and a member of the council of the Australian Telecommunications Industry Ombudsman.
He also researched and published extensively in fields such as medical ethics, spirituality, pastoral theology and bioethics, and was awarded the Order of Australia in 2001 “for service to people with disabilities, particularly through advocacy and research, to the development and practice of ethics and to health consumers.” He was awarded the Australian College of Educators highest award, the College Medal, in 2008.

Created by: Rosemary Curtis