Assoc. Prof Jane Freemantle OAM
Class of 1966

Faculty of Medicine Dentistry and Health Sciences, the University of Melbourne

I was incredibly fortunate to spend all my school years at Lauriston (K to 12). Lauriston provided me with the skills to take on life’s challenges with grace, the courage to face adversity, the strength to stand up for others less fortunate, and the confidence to take bold and educated risks.

I have drawn upon the life lessons, values and experiences Lauriston gave me to become the academic and member of the community that I am today. The skills and grounding I received at Lauriston provided a solid foundation to enable me to successfully achieve a Master of Public Health from the University of Adelaide and a PhD from the University of Western Australia.

My academic life has seen me provide the evidence to inform and evaluate policies and strategies to address disparities in health and education outcomes, experienced by our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and young people.

I believe education is one of the most powerful weapons that we have that can change the world. It determines life outcomes such as employment, income and social status, and is a strong predictor of health and wellbeing.

In 2018, I joined the Board of the Lauriston Foundation. I hope that my involvement with the Foundation and the School will assist in providing the resources to enable other young women in the current and future generations to experience the Lauriston ‘opportunity’ that I have had.