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Tas award for inmate literacy volunteer

AAP logoAAP 11/11/2016

A speech pathologist who helps inmates learn to read has been named 2017 Tasmanian Australian of the Year.

Hobart woman Rosalie Martin was on Friday announced overall winner among four categories and will represent the island state at the national Australia Day awards.

For three years Ms Martin has volunteered at Hobart's Risdon Prison, working with convicted criminals, some who have learned to read within months.

She has designed a program using her skills in language and speech sounds to uncover hidden literacy problems.

In private practice, Ms Martin specialises in services for children with autism spectrum disorder.

"A truly deserving recipient, Rosalie received the honour for her work supporting individuals with severe literacy disorders," Premier Will Hodgman said, acknowledging all recipients.

Tasmanian Young Australian of the Year is Mitch McPherson, 29, recognised for his work in suicide prevention following the death of his brother in 2013.

Sustainable living advocate Margaret Steadman, 72, is the Tasmanian Senior Australian of the Year.

Youth worker Anthony Edler has been named Local Hero for his work with at-risk young people.

Readers seeking support and information about suicide prevention can contact Lifeline on 13 11 14.

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