About Toni

Toni Hassan has spent most of her life observing and reporting on the world around her but also imagining how different the world could be and working towards it. She has had a diverse career in media, community development and public health and is currently using those experiences to branch out into visual arts. She is a parent with husband Peter Martin AM, and member of a parish community in the north of Canberra.

With an interest in what the digital age is doing to us, Toni is an Associate Fellow with The Centre for Responsible Technology at The Australia Institute. She is the author of Families in the Digital Age published by Hybrid. And she is an adjunct research fellow at the Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture, Charles Sturt University, with research interests in social justice, democracy and civics.

She has worked for a wide range of media from ABC Radio and TV in Australia to Reuters in South Africa and The Asahi Shimbun daily in Japan. She has been a media advisor to members of Australia's federal parliament, Dr Andrew Leigh and Senator Claire Moore. She has managed media and communications for the Public Health Association of Australia, public affairs for Anglicare Canberra & Goulburn and, motivated to forward reconciliation has worked for the national community development organisation, Community First Development (formerly Indigenous Community Volunteers).

Toni has received a Human Rights Award and a Walkley Award for her coverage of refugee health issues.

Toni has completed tertiary study in visual arts, communications, international development and community development. She is an alumni of the outstanding Diplomacy Training Program, aimed at advancing human rights in the Asia-Pacific region, run by the University of New South Wales Law School.

Her current volunteer focus is as a Director with Be Slavery Free (formerly Stop the Traffik), a charity committed to preventing modern slavery. Previously, she was a pro-bono adviser for the Public Education Foundation and a volunteer guide at the National Gallery of Australia.

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