Australasian Centre for Human Rights and Health (ACHRH)was offically launched on 16 February 2013 at the Punjabi Masala ant in Nunawading Melbourne . The Founding Director Dr Manjula O’Connor announced the ACHRH launch withthe news flash ‘ACHRH along with Australia India Institute (AII) will host an invitation only exclusive dinner to honour Women Rights Campaigner and Actress Shabana Azmi in Melbourne on 6th April.’

Shabana Azmi along with Producer Alyque Padamsee and Director Raell Padamsee are visiting Australia for the first time to perform at a strictly limited season of their world famous English Language play ‘Broken Images( )

Dr. Manjula OConnor on behalf of ACHRH will honour Ms. Shabana Azmi with the inaugural ‘ACHRH Human Rights Champion Award. This will be presented at a dinner Co-Hosted by ACHRH and Australia India Institute in Melbourne on Saturday 6th April after the premier performance of Broken Images in Melbourne.

Speaking from her office in Melbourne Dr. OConnor said “We are humbled and honoured at the same time that an actress and social activist in human rights, Ambassador for United Nations Population Fund and of the stature of Shabana Azmi will grace us with her presence and performance. She has graciously agreed to our invite. I cannot think of a better opportunity for our inaugural award to be bestowed on Ms. Azmi, who has inspired so many particularly women around the world”

ACHRH was founded in September 2012 by Founding Directors Dr Manjula OConnor, Mr Viv Prasad and Dr Jonathan Harrison

ACHRH is a think tank that proposes innovative solutions to womens health, human rights and aiming to strengthen family units.

ACHRH was formally launched on Saturday 16 February 2013 at Punjabi Masala Restaurant with 80 invited guests in attendance. All of the three founding Directors and the inaugural chairman Prof Ian Howie were present including the ACHRH advisors and community ambassadors. VIP s included MP Elizabeth Miller, MP Neil Angus, MP Jude Perera, VMC commissioners Srini Chidambaran , Elizabeth Drozd, Ministerial Advisor Nitin Gupta, Ms Melba Marginson, Mr Deepak Vinayak, and Film Maker Anupam Sharma.