One of Australia's most respected broadcasters, Helen Kapalos is a seasoned communications practitioner with more than 20 years of experience in the Australian television industry. Helen is also an award-winning independent filmmaker. Her 2015 breakthrough feature film 'A Life of Its Own’, detailing the medicinal cannabis debate in Australia, was distributed globally by Netflix, aired on SBS TV, and more recently acquired by Foxtel's streaming service BInge.
Her advocacy continues through her work with industry and as an ambassador of the Australian Medicinal Cannabis Association (AMCA).
In 2015, Helen was appointed to serve a four-year term as the Victorian state-appointed commissioner for multiculturalism and, in recognition of her services, awarded the inaugural vice-chancellors fellow for multicultural engagement at Swinburne University.
Among her career highlights, Helen championed better social policy outcomes for one of Australia's largest not for profits Life Without Barriers and continues to design and deliver media awareness courses for the Australian Defence Force in her role as a media specialty associate at the University of Melbourne’s Melbourne Business School.
Her specialty focus areas in social policy reform include medicinal cannabis, disability support and diversity and inclusion. Helen led numerous state and federal submissions representing marginalised members of the Victorian community in multifaith policy, family violence, multiculturalism, and media training for local leaders.
In partnership with ABC Television, Helen created an inclusive employment program for aspiring journalists from marginalised cultural and linguistically diverse communities. Championing better social policy outcomes, she was invited to work directly with the premier and governor of the state to create inclusive social policy.
Helen continues to be an active board member, having served on the state-appointed boards at Federation Square and Domestic Violence Victoria and has received numerous awards for her services to multiculturalism and her documentary work.