About Optus
Digital Thumbprint
Optus Digital Thumbprint are free, curriculum-aligned workshops that teach young people to participate safely online, with the tools they need for positive, responsible and authentic experiences.
Optus has a long history of supporting the community and making a positive impact. Our Corporate Social Responsibility is focused on empowering our next generation to achieve their full potential through our digital technologies and innovative programs.
Advisers and Contributors
Dr Michelle Blanchard
Head of Projects and Partnerships
Young and Well Cooperative Research Centre
Honorary Research Fellow
Orygen Youth Health Research Centre, Centre for Youth Mental Health, University of Melbourne
Dr Michelle Blanchard is the National Manager, Programs and Practice at the Butterfly Foundation, where she leads the Foundation’s clinical and support services for Australians impacted by eating disorders.
From its inception in 2011 until 2016, Michelle was Head of Projects and Partnerships at the Young and Well CRC – an international research centre which explored the role of technologies in improving young people’s mental health and wellbeing. During this time, Michelle was also an Honorary Research Fellow at the Centre for Youth Mental Health at the University of Melbourne.
Michelle is currently a Board Member of youth mental health organisation Batyr and a member of the Community Health and Wellbeing Advisory Panel for the Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation.
Michelle holds a PhD in Youth Mental Health, a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degree with majors in Psychology and Political Science and a Graduate Diploma in Adolescent Health and Welfare, all from the University of Melbourne.
Dr Mark Gregory
BEng(Elec)(Hons), MEng, PhD, FIEAust, SMIEEE
Associate Professor
School of Engineering, RMIT University
Mark is currently an Associate Professor focusing on network engineering and Internet security in the School of Engineering at RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia and has published more than 100 refereed papers. Mark is a Fellow of Engineers Australia, a Senior Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc. and received an Australian Learning and Teaching Council Citation in 2009. Dr Gregory is the Managing Editor of the Australian Journal of Telecommunications and the Digital Economy.
Mark has been the founding director of several companies that provide IT services, systems and software development.
Ben Peters
Digital Literacy Co-Ordinator
Waratah Technology Campus, Callaghan College, NSW
Technology Coordinator at Waratah Technology Campus, BA Visual Arts, BA Education (Secondary), MA Education. Ben is a secondary school teacher who, in addition to educating students in Information Technology has analysed, designed and implemented many whole school and college online learning spaces encouraging the use of effective technology use in teaching and learning.

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