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Adjunct Professor Terry Slevin

Adjunct Professor Terry Slevin

CEO
Public Health Association of Australia (PHAA)

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Terry Slevin has been Chief Executive Office for the Public Health Association of Australia (PHAA) since May 2018.  He is Adjunct Professor in the School of Psychology at Curtin University and Adjunct Professor in the College of Health and Medicine at the Australian National University.

He is a Fellow of PHAA and was the first Vice President (Development) of the Association. Adj Prof Slevin is a regular media commentator on all aspects of public health and cancer, ranging from causes and early detection, to broader chronic disease prevention including nutrition, physical activity, weight control, alcohol, sun protection and gun control.  He also has a special interest in Occupational and environmental cancer risks. Until April 2018 he was Director, Education and Research at Cancer Council WA where he worked since 1994. Mr Slevin holds a Master’s in Public Health and an Honours degree in Psychology. As well as serving as Chair of Cancer Council Australia’s Occupational and Environmental Cancer Risk Committee, Mr Slevin has previously chaired Cancer Council's Skin Cancer Committee and was founding Chair of Nutrition and Physical Activity Committee, where he served for 10 years. 

He has contributed to the planning of the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) World Cancer Congress from 2012 to 2016 and was Co Chair of the Scientific Committee for the World Cancer Congress in Kuala Lumpur in 2018. He is the editor of a book on skin cancer Sun, Skin and Health, released by CSIRO Publishing in 2014 and has published over 80 papers in the peer reviewed literature and a series of 15 articles on cancer myths. His current focus is on promoting evidence based public health policy in Australia with a focus on equity and improved health outcomes for the most disadvantaged Australians. 

 
Aram Hosie

Aram Hosie

Head of Strategic Communications
Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission

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Aram Hosie (he/they) is an experienced public policy and advocacy leader, with over 15 years experience working on health and social justice issues in both the government and not-for-profit sectors. Originally qualifying as an Occupational Therapist.

Aram is currently the Head of Strategic Communications at the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission, before which he held a range executive level policy and advocacy roles with organisations including Equality Australia, cohealth, and ReachOut.com. Aram has also been an outspoken and highly visible trans advocate nationally and internationally, playing an instrumental role in reforms to passport and Medicare policy as well as gender recognition laws in his home state of WA.

 
Associate Professor Christina Pollard

Associate Professor Christina Pollard

Director
Public Health Advocacy Institute

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A public health dietitian, Associate Professor Christina Pollard has over three decades’ experience in public health in Western Australia, as both a career public servant and an academic.
 
Today she is Associate Professor of Public Health Priorities and Director of both the Public Health Advocacy Institute and Mentally Healthy WA. Throughout her career, Christina’s research has informed public policy advice and advocacy, and successful population health interventions in nutrition, physical activity and mental health. Her work for the Western Australian government included developing, implementing and evaluating public health interventions at national, state and local levels. 
 
Christina is passionate about translating quality public health research into policy and practice and describes herself as a ‘pracademic’. Her research and practice focus particularly on population groups vulnerable to poor health due to their social, environmental or economic circumstances. Currently her focus is on strategies to develop healthy, equitable and sustainable food systems, with a focus on household food security. Christina’s expertise in nutrition includes a deep understanding of quality improvement, food regulation and foodservice incentive schemes. She has a strong record of leading impactful social marketing campaigns, such as the successful Gofor2&5© fruit and vegetable campaign and the Find 30 physical activity campaign.  She led the National Obesity Taskforce's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Strategy and was a contributor to the National Food Security Strategy for Indigenous Remote Communities. 
 
Dr Pollard led the Healthway-funded Food Law, Policy and Communications to Improve Public Health - Research Translation Project. The project analysed three large nutrition-related government datasets to build the capacity for nutrition epidemiology in Western Australia and inform policy and practice. As Director of Mentally Healthy WA, Christina leads the Act Belong Commit campaign, one of the few preventive mental health campaigns, and Australia’s longest-running mental health campaign. 
 
 
Associate Professor Katie Atwell

Associate Professor Katie Atwell

Research Fellow
Collaboration on Social Science on Immunisation, The University of Western Australia

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Associate Professor Katie Attwell is an Australian Research Council Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA) Fellow at the University of Western Australia, and a global expert in vaccination policies for childhood and COVID-19 vaccines.
 
A/Prof Attwell has engaged in community, policy, and behavioural research in vaccination uptake since 2014, the year of her ground-breaking and internationally recognised “I Immunise” campaign, which drew on behavioural insights to address alternative lifestyle-based vaccine hesitancy in Fremantle, Western Australia. She leads the interdisciplinary West Australian project “Coronavax: Preparing Community and Government”, which engages in community and government research in readiness for a vaccine roll-out for COVID-19, funded by Wesfarmers and the Health Department of Western Australia. A/Prof Attwell frequently shares her research and insights globally with the academic field, governments, technical specialists, and the media. 
 
Associate Professor Melissa Stoneham

Associate Professor Melissa Stoneham

Research Fellow
Public Health Advocacy Institute

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Associate Professor Melissa Stoneham has been employed with the Public Health Advocacy Institute since its inception in 2008.

She has over 25 years’ experience in the fields of public and environmental health, with particular skills in the area of health promotion, public policy, Aboriginal health and advocacy. She has worked with and for local, state and commonwealth government agencies, universities, professional associations and international Aid organisations, WHO in Africa and Secretariat of Pacific Communities in Noumea and other Pacific nations, working across a range of fields including environmental health, HIV prevention, alcohol and drug harm minimisation, medical waste and vector control. Melissa is passionate about making a difference and describes herself as a practice-based researcher.

Issues that are of specific interest include Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health, local government public health practice, sports sponsorship, healthy homes, mentoring future leaders and advocacy.

 
Associate Professor Nikki Percival

Associate Professor Nikki Percival

NHMRC Fellow
Australian Centre for Public and Population Health Research, University of Technology Sydney

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Dr Nikki Percival (PhD; MPH, BSc) is a health services researcher, who is passionate and deeply committed to promoting health, strengthening health systems and achieving Indigenous health equality. As a National Health and Medical Research (NHMRC) Fellow at the Australian Centre for Public and Population Health Research, Nikki leads and contributes to multi-method research at state-, national- and international-levels to improve equitable access to, and delivery of quality preventive health care for Indigenous populations. For over a decade, she has worked alongside Indigenous primary health care services to develop, implement and evaluate quality improvement initiatives. Her current research is investigating whether strengthening linkages between primary health care, other health services and community-based partners is a feasible and effective way to improve delivery of preventive healthcare for Indigenous people. Nikki has trained and worked in the health promotion field since 1994 and has made significant contributions to Indigenous health promotion in research and evaluation, policy and practice. She has been employed by government, non-government and research organizations in practice, policy, research and teaching roles. In addition to a PhD in Public Health, Nikki has a Bachelor of Science and Masters in Public Health.

 

 
Barry McGuire

Barry McGuire

Red Spear

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Barry McGuire is a Balladong, Wadjuk, Noongar who is highly regarded as a public speaker, facilitator and negotiator. Barry has worked as a consultant and cultural advisor for Local, State, and Federal Government. In addition to his role as Managing Director of Redspear Safety and Chairman to Safespear Pty Ltd. He is currently a member of the cultural advisory board to the Chevron Corporation and he is a Director to the Spear Foundation a not for profit organisation providing cultural understanding and support to organisations working with the Aboriginal community in the metro areas. This allows him to exercise his passion for sharing cultural understanding and safety across all nations of Australia.

 
Dr Elizabeth Connor

Dr Elizabeth Connor

President
Public Health Association of Australia (WA Branch)

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Elizabeth is currently the Senior Policy Officer, Mental Health and Public Health at the Western Australian Association for Mental Health. She has a medical and public health background, and has worked in the health sector for ten years, including previous roles in clinical practice, public health policy and advocacy, research, management and education. Outside of work she sings in a choir, loves to paint and draw, and dabbles in lots of active and creative hobbies and DIY projects. 
 
 
Dr Jane Barratt

Dr Jane Barratt

Secretary General
International Federation on Ageing

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Dr. Jane Barratt is the Secretary General, International Federation on Ageing (IFA) an international NGO with general consultative status at the United Nations and its agencies including the World Health Organization (WHO). 

Her leadership drives the agenda for the world’s population ageing, with IFA strategy and portfolios being viewed through the lens of the action areas of the UN Decade of Healthy Ageing.  Among her many current positions Jane is a Member, Vision Academy, Director, Baycrest Health Sciences and Chair, Education Advisory Committee, Associate Scientist, Sinai Health System, Member, Global Committee, DR Barometer Program, Member, International Council for Adult Immunisation and Task, and CSO Representative, WHO COVAX Pillar “vaccine strategy” and Member of the European Interdisciplinary Council on Ageing Assembly. 

 
Dr Jonathan Hallett

Dr Jonathan Hallett

Senior Lecturer
Curtin School of Population Health

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Dr Jonathan Hallett is a Senior Lecturer in Health Promotion with the Curtin School of Population Health teaching public health politics  and social policy. His research is conducted with the Collaboration for Evidence, Research and Impact in Public Health (CERIPH) and the Sexual Health and Blood-borne Virus Applied Research and Evaluation Network (SiREN). He is particularly interested in exploring how vested interests and morality politics influence the development of public policy and the contested use of evidence.

 
Dr Michael Moore AM

Dr Michael Moore AM

Distinguished Fellow
The George Institute for Global Health

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Dr Michael Moore AM PhD is the former CEO of the Public Health Association of Australia and is a Past President of the World Federation of Public Health Associations (WFPHA) and is currently Chair of the WFPHA Global Taskforce on Immunization as well as a number of other of health networks. He was Rotary International District 9705 Governor for 2020-21.

Michael is a Distinguished Fellow at The George Institute for Global Health and is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Canberra and was formerly a teacher and consultant. Michael served four terms as an elected member of the ACT Legislative Assembly from 1989 to 2001 and was Australia’s first independent Minister when he was appointed as Minister of Health and Community Care. In 2017 he was honoured by being made a Member of the Order of Australia (AM).

 
Dr Sandro Demaio

Dr Sandro Demaio

CEO
VicHealth

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Dr Sandro Demaio is a globally-renowned public health expert and advocate as well as being a medical doctor – and he has a passion for food, health and wellbeing. Sandro’s extensive background includes being the Medical Officer for non-communicable conditions and nutrition with the Department of Nutrition for Health and Development at the World Health Organization, as well as being the CEO of the EAT Foundation, the science-based, global platform for food systems transformation. In his pro bono work, Sandro co-founded NCDFREE, a global social movement against chronic disease. In 2015, he founded festival21, assembling and leading a team of experts to stage a free celebration of community, food, culture and future in his hometown of Melbourne.

Sandro has published 30 scientific papers and more than 90 articles along with Doctor’s Diet, a cookbook based on science and inspired by a love of good food. He also co-hosted the ABC television show Ask the Doctor – an innovative and exploratory factual medical series broadcasting across Australia and around the world. He holds a Master of Public Health, a PhD in non-communicable diseases and has held fellowships at both Harvard Medical School and Johns Hopkins School of Public Health. 

 
Dr Tessa Boyd-Caine

Dr Tessa Boyd-Caine

CEO
Health Justice Australia

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Dr Tessa Boyd-Cain is the founding CEO of Health Justice Australia, established in 2016 as the national centre of excellence for health justice partnership. Originally a criminologist, she has worked in health, criminal justice and human rights organisations in Australia and internationally. She was previously Deputy CEO of the Australian Council of Social Service and was the inaugural Fulbright Professional Scholar in Nonprofit Leadership, the report of which was published as Lead or be left behind: Sustaining trust and confidence in Australia’s charities.
 
Tessa’s PhD on the detention and release of mentally disordered offenders was published as a book, Protecting the Public? Detention and Release of Mentally Disordered Offenders by Routledge in 2010. She is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors; on the Advisory Committee of the Sydney Institute of Criminology; the Board of Gondwana Choirs, the leader in Australian choral performance; and plays ultimate Frisbee. Tessa’s TEDx on health justice partnerships explains why seeing a lawyer might be good for your health and her TEDx on philanthropy through partnership argues against ‘bizsplaining’ and builds on her work as the inaugural Fulbright Professional Scholar in Nonprofit Leadership. 
 
 
Dr Tom Calma AO

Dr Tom Calma AO

Chancellor
University of Canberra

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Professor Tom Calma AO is of Kungarakan and Iwaidja heritage from the Darwin region. Currently the Chancellor of the University of Canberra, a Professor at the University of Sydney and the National Coordinator for Tackling Indigenous Smoking he has served as Race Discrimination Commissioner (2004-2009) and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner (2004-2010). He was a senior diplomat (1995-2002) and senior advisor to the Minister of Immigration, Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs and awarded an Order of Australia in 2012 in recognition of his advocacy, work in human rights and social justice and distinguished service to the Indigenous community.

 
Elizabeth Chester

Elizabeth Chester

Director of External Affairs
Telethon Kids Institute

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Elizabeth is Director of External Affairs, leading a team of professionals who support the Institute in communications, media, fundraising, events, community involvement and marketing.

The team plays a vital role in supporting the researchers in translating the outcomes of their work to broader audiences, including families and policy makers. It also supports the researchers in developing and stewarding relationships with corporates and philanthropist committed to making a difference to child health and wellbeing.

Elizabeth has extensive experience as a broadcast journalist and producer, and has worked with both Channels 7 and 9, and in the State Government's Media Office. She also ran her own consultancy before formally joining the Institute.

In her role, Elizabeth has worked closely with the Institute's Founding Director Professor Fiona Stanley in her advocacy for Australia's children and families.

Elizabeth is a member of the Institute Leadership Team and provides counsel to the Director and senior staff on strategic communication and advocacy issues.

 

 
Gary Humphries AO

Gary Humphries AO

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Gary Humphries served for almost 25 years as an Australian politician. He was a Member of the Legislative Assembly for the Australian Capital Territory from 1989 to 2003, during which time he served in many ministerial roles, including Minister for Health, Education and the Arts, Treasurer and Attorney-General. 

He was Chief Minister from 2000 to 2001. From 2003 to 2013 he was the Liberal Senator for the ACT.  During this period, he held various responsibilities in the Federal Opposition, including Shadow Parliamentary Secretary to the Shadow Attorney-General and Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Defence Matériel. After leaving the Senate he was Deputy President of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal for more than six years, until 2021.  He headed the Canberra Registry of the Tribunal.

He now serves on a number of national bodies, including the national executive of the Australian Institute of Administrative Law. He was formally chairman of the Anzac Centenary Public Fund Board and of RSPCA Australia. He is presently enrolled as an MPhil student in the School of History at the Australian National University, where he is writing the history of ACT self-government. He lives in Canberra and is married with two adult sons.

 
Janine Freeman

Janine Freeman

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Janine Freeman served the Mirrabooka community as their State MP from 2008 to March 2021.  During which she was an acting Speaker and sat on various committees, including as Chair of the Education and Health Standing Committee from 2017 to 2021, presenting various enquiry reports to WA Parliament. Janine has a BEc and a Graduate Diploma from the Curtin School of Public Health. 

Ms Freeman has represented working people throughout her career, having been a senior elected union official; sat on various not for profit boards, a board member on WorkCover and WorkSafe and Deputy Chair of the industry super fund, HESTA.  Ms Freeman is currently the Independent Chair of the State Emergency Relief Committee and Fair Food WA (hosted by WACOSS), on the Independent Oversight Committee for the WA Sustainable Health Review and on the AnglicareWA board.

 
Linda Savage

Linda Savage

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Linda Savage has a BA (Hons) in Politics from the University of Western Australia, a Law degree from the University of Cambridge and a  Graduate Certificate in Bio-Ethics from Murdoch University. She is also a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. She is a former Director of the Social Security Appeals Tribunal, Member of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal and the WA State parliament and was the Inaugural Convener of the Valuing Children Initiative. Throughout her working life she has had a strong focus on law reform, social justice and the rights of women and children.
 
She has served on a wide range of committees and boards in the last 30 years including the Women’s Advisory Council to the Premier, the Reproductive Technology Council of Western Australia, the Chief Justice’s Taskforce on Gender Bias, the Executive of Women Lawyers (WA), the Art Gallery of Western Australia and the Black Swan State Theatre Company and the State Emergency Management Committee. She has twice been recognised by her legal peers. In 1997 she was awarded the Law Society of Western Australia award for Outstanding Service to the Community for her role in establishing of WA’s first dedicated legal service for women in 1996.
 
In 2010 she was named Woman Lawyer of the Year. She is currently on the board of the National Drug Research Institute, the Australian Council on Children and the Media, the Voluntary Assisted Dying Board (WA) and Upswell Publishing. In 2018 she was appointed an Ambassador for Children and Young People in WA.
 
 
Malcolm Baalman

Malcolm Baalman

Senior Policy and Advocacy Adviser
Public Health Association of Australia

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Malcolm Baalman is a Senior Policy Officer with a diverse public policy background covering parliamentary and electoral matters, health, transport and infrastructure, and law.

 

 
Melinda Edmunds

Melinda Edmunds

Vice-President
Australian Health Promotion Association

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Melinda is the Program Manager - Ear Health at Telethon Kids Institute, Sessional Academic at Curtin University and Vice President of the Australian Health Promotion Association. Melinda has worked in health promotion and public health for over 10 years in a number of areas including state-wide injury prevention, sector development, and healthy lifestyle programs, capacity building, and public health advocacy. In 2016 Melinda was named the inaugural winner of the Glen Paley Memorial Award, Australian Health Promotion Association, recognising her commitment to the Association and the health promotion sector.
 
 
Professor Catherine Bennett

Professor Catherine Bennett

Chair in Epidemiology
School of Health & Social Development, Deakin University

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Trained in epidemiology, biological anthropology and population genetics, Professor Catherine Bennett’s career cuts across university and government sectors, including outbreak response with NSW Health and the Australian Government. After working as Olympic Public Health Coordinator for Northern Sydney, Catherine returned to academia as Associate Professor of Epidemiology at the University of Melbourne before moving to Deakin University as inaugural Chair in Epidemiology. She was Head, School of Health and Social Development, for nine years leading it to be among the top 100 Public Health Schools in the world. Catherine’s research includes a longitudinal cohort study of household transmission of Staph aureus and COVID-19 research including asymptomatic case profiling, excess deaths, contact tracing methods and COVID-safe protocols. Catherine has been a leading public expert and commentator during the COVID-19 response, keynote speaker, and advisor to governments, industry and institutions and across the globe.

 
Professor Kristine Macartney

Professor Kristine Macartney

Director
National Centre for Immunisation Research & Surveillance, University of Sydney

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Professor Kristine Macartney is a paediatrician specialising in infectious diseases and vaccinology She is a medical graduate of the University of New South Wales and undertook her specialty training in Sydney and in the United States at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Her Doctorate of Medicine was on rotavirus infection, in particular the mucosal immune response to novel vaccine candidates. She was a foundational member of the Vaccine Education Center at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Kristine is currently the Director of the National Centre for Immunisation Research and Surveillance (NCIRS), a paediatric infectious disease consultant at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead and a Professor in the Discipline of Paediatrics and Child Health, University of Sydney. Her research interests include translation of evidence into policy and practice, vaccine safety, and most other areas of vaccine preventable diseases research, particularly in relation to rotavirus, varicella zoster virus and influenza.

She is the senior editor of the Australian Immunisation Handbook (9th and10th Editions and online) and has authored >200 peer-reviewed publications. She is a member of the Advisory Committee on Vaccines (ACV) of the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA), the Communicable Diseases Network of Australia (CDNA) and the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI). She has acted as an expert consultant to the World Health Organisation (WHO) and is a member of the WHO Global Advisory Committee on Vaccine Safety (GACVS).Kristine leads the Australian national AusVaxSafety and Paediatric Active Enhanced Disease Surveillance (PAEDS) networks, and is the founding chair of the Australian Regional Immunisation Alliance (ARIA).

 
Professor Mike Daube AO

Professor Mike Daube AO

Faculty of Health Sciences at Curtin University

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Professor Mike Daube is Emeritus Professor in the Faculty of Health Sciences at Curtin University, where he was Professor of Health Policy and Director of the Public Health Advocacy Institute. Before this he was Director General of Health for Western Australia, Chair of the Australian National Public Health Partnership, and held many senior positions in government. His other roles have included President of the Public Health Association of Australia, President of the Australian Council on Smoking and Health, co-chair of the National Alliance for Action on Alcohol, and president, chair or patron of many further organisations.

He has published widely across a range of media, and worked on tobacco, alcohol, cancer, heart disease, gambling and other public health issues with WHO, UICC, governments and health organisations in more than 40 countries. He has been (and remains) active in health and social advocacy since 1970, and has received many awards including Officer in the Order of Australia and Western Australian of the Year. 

 
Professor Simon Chapman AO

Professor Simon Chapman AO

Emeritus Professor in Public Health at the University of Sydney

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Simon Chapman AO PhD is Emeritus Professor in Public Health at the University of Sydney. He has published over 530 articles in peer reviewed journals and 22 books and major reports. Across 45 years, he has been a prominent advocate for tobacco control, gun control, wind farms and renewable energy. In 1997 he won the World Health Organisation's World No Tobacco Day Medal and in 2003 he was awarded the American Cancer Society’s Luther Terry Award for outstanding individual leadership in tobacco control.  In 2008 he won the NSW Premier’s Cancer Researcher of the Year medal. In 2013 he was made an Officer in the Order of Australia for his contributions to public health, and awarded Australian Sceptic of the Year.

 
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Stephanie Kilpatrick

Vic Health

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