Robert Lytzki

Founder, Foundation 61

2023 VIC Senior Australian of the Year Nominee

Robert Lytzki understands how insidious addiction is after battling it for 30 years. But he turned his life around – and now helps others do the same.

In 2005, Robert founded Foundation 61, Geelong's first men’s residential rehabilitation centre. The not-for-profit offers men affected by addiction a six-month live-in program, helping them recover and reconnect with their loved ones.

Robert has built strong community relationships to ensure financial support for the centre. He has also spent the past six-plus years setting up Foundation 61 – House of Hope for women. The eight-bed home is under construction and includes spaces for two women with children.

Leaving school in Year 8 and eventually overcoming his own addiction, he obtained several certifications and diplomas and a Graduate Diploma in Counselling and Therapy. Robert’s dedication, honesty and care has helped hundreds of individuals get their lives back.