Sophie Scott OAM

Sophie is an award-winning journalist, broadcaster, author and Adjunct Associate Professor lecturing in Science Communication at Notre Dame University. In addition to holding positions on a number of Health and Academic boards, Sophie’s mission is to empower people to become the architect of their own health and wellbeing, by bringing evidence-based information to audiences around the world.

For more than two decades, Sophie has worked as an award-winning National Medical reporter for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC). Sophie’s reports have appeared on the ABC News, Lateline and 7.30.  She has been a guest presenter of the Health Report on Radio National and has also been a frequent guest on Drive with Richard Glover on ABC Radio Sydney.

Sophie has won numerous awards for excellence in medical and health journalism, including an Australian Museum Eureka Prize and many awards from various professional medical colleges.  She is also the author of two books, Live a Longer Life and Roadtesting Happiness.

Sophie is an ambassador for Bowel Cancer Australia, Pain Australia and is a patient reviewer for the British Medical Journal. She is an Advisory Board Member of the Australian National Mental Health Prize and sits on the Advisory Board on Stigma at Australia’s National Mental Health Commission and the University of Melbourne’s Contemplative Studies Centre.

After a long and prestigious career in journalism, Sophie has recently embarked on a new chapter in her life focusing on mental health and communication.  Sophie’s aim is to teach people around the world how to prevent and manage burnout, reduce stress and communicate with impact. She is now focused on sharing the most up-to-date and valuable research in neuroscience, mental health and well-being through live webinars, workshops, self-managed courses, and videos which she shares through her website and social media channels.

Sophie is a highly sought after MC and speaker on topics such as preventing burnout, managing your mental wellbeing during times of change, the science of high-performance habits and how to use neuroscience to commit to new habits and overcome unwanted ones.


Sophie says ”she is honored to receive the Order of Australia Medal on behalf of all the patients whose stories she has told over the last two decades.  Public interest journalism is so important to protect patients and ensure we all get the healthcare we deserve”.


Congratulations Sophie!