- Australian of the Year
2014 Australian of the Year Local Hero
Member of the Order of Australia for significant service to community health, particularly to ill children and their families.
Tim Conolan AM is the founder and CEO of TLC for Kids, a charity to support children and their families in hospitals throughout Australia. He founded the organisation in 1998 and it has since provided free practical and emotional support to families in need who would have otherwise fallen through the cracks. Since establishing TLC for Kids in 1998, Tim has assisted more than four million sick children and their families.
After entering the world of entrepreneurship at age 20, Tim was asked to attend a cancer support group camp as a motivational speaker. It was there that he met some seriously ill children who were to change the course of his career. Wanting to make a difference, Tim established TLC for Kids with his long-term partner, Ana.
Tim was instrumental in developing TLC’s national Distraction Box program which benefits more than half a million children every year in 400 Australian hospitals. Distraction Boxes include therapeutic toys and items used by healthcare professionals to guide children through frightening and painful procedures.
Reviewed 17 January 2021