Rosalind Escott AM

Breastfeeding educator, family historian

2024 TAS Senior Australian of the Year Nominee

Rosalind (Ros) Escott AM has made outstanding contributions to breastfeeding education, convict women’s history and family history research. What connects these passions is her dedication to women and their children. 

Ros has been a volunteer breastfeeding counsellor and educator with the Australian Breastfeeding Association since 1987. She has spoken at many major conferences and worked for the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners for 17 years.  

Her other interest is using DNA to help people untangle family mysteries. In 2015, she established the Tasmanian Family History Society’s DNA Interest Group. By mastering the intricacies of analysing DNA, Ros has helped dozens of individuals identify previously unknown parents and family members. Recipients say it’s ‘life changing’.  

Ros also volunteers with the Female Convicts Research Centre and Convict Women’s Press.  

In 2023, she was created a Member of the Order of Australia for her service to women's health and to the community.