Profile - Who is Alana Johnson?

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La Trobe Honors Distinguished Alummni

I'm honoured to have been recognised with a Distinguished Alumni Award from La Trobe University. 

My work over the past thirty years in gender equality, rural community development and sustainable agriculture began with my Arts and then Social Work degrees at La Trobe University.  I would not have been able to do the work I have done if it were not for free university education in the 1970s that made it possible for thousands of young rural women like me to be first-generation graduates.

My contribution to the Rural Women’s Movement in Australia, to sustainable agriculture, to rural leadership development, and recently the democracy project Voices for Indi is a result  of that investment made in me.

I am delighted  to have been recognised along with  journalist, author, ABC Melbourne radio and television presenter Virginia Trioli, SecondBite founder Simone Carson, Professor John Hopper AM and young achievers Dr Batool Albatat and AFL Women's star Daisy Pearce. I thank La Trobe University for recognising my work.

I hope you enjoy the clip below. If you're interested you can read more.

Alana Johnson with the pas Governor General

Alana has worked across Australia, in Ireland, the UK, India, Sweden, Italy and the USA, speaking at conferences, delivering lectures at universities, facilitating seminars and workshops, advising governments and NGOs and providing governance consultancy.

Awards and Scholarships


Board Positions

Victorian Catchment Management Council Dep. Chair
Goulburn Murray Water Director
Dugdale Trust for Women and Girls Chair
Voices for Indi Member, Past President
Victorian Women's Trust Chair
Victorian Ministerial Council for Women’s Equality Member
Victorian Rural Women’s Network Reference Grp. Member
Invisible Farmer Project Strategy Advisory Member

Previous Board Positions
Benalla Performing Arts Centre Chair
Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation immediate past Director
Vic. Ministerial Women in Primary Industries Advisory Panel former Chair
Benalla Health former Vice President
Aust. Women in Agriculture founding Member
Foundation for Australian Agricultural Women former National President


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