Catherine Hughes

Vaccination advocate, mother

Riley was just 32 days old when he died from whooping cough. While he was too young to be vaccinated, Catherine was shocked to discover that her son could have been protected from this disease through a vaccination delivered in the third trimester of her pregnancy. She successfully campaigned for the introduction of a free pregnancy vaccination program against whooping cough in Australia in the hope that no other parents experience such a crippling loss. Through the Light for Riley campaign and her work with The Immunisation Foundation of Australia, WA’s 2016 Young Australian of the Year is helping to increase vaccination rates and raise awareness about whooping cough.