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Mr David Templeman (Co-Chair, Conference Advisory Committee)

President, Public Health Association of Australia

Mr Paul Gardiner (Co-Chair, Conference Advisory Committee)

QLD Branch President, Public Health Association of Australia

Dr Paul Gardiner has over 15 years research experience. His current program of research focuses on the health of older people. He works in the Centre for Research in Geriatric Medicine and has a Dementia Research Development Fellowship from the NHMRC and ARC. He develops programs for older people to reduce prolonged sitting and increase physical activity. These programs are designed to improve physical and cognitive function and help maintain independence. He also works with data from cohort studies to examine patterns of frailty, dementia and sarcopenia in older people and also calculate life expectancies and the number of years that people will live with these conditions.

Dr Gardiner is also the President of the Queensland Branch of the Public Health Association of Australia (PHAA) and a member of the Board of the PHAA. He is founder and co-chair of the Ageing Special Interest Group for the International Society of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity.

Mr Michael Moore AM

CEO, Public Health Association of Australia

Michael Moore AM is the CEO of the Public Health Association of Australia and is the President of the World Federation of Public Health Associations.  He is the chair of a number of health networks.  Michael is a former Minister of Health and Community Care and was an Independent member of the Australian Capital Territory Legislative Assembly for four terms from 1989 to 2001.  He 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).

Michael is a former teacher, small business owner and consultant who holds a post-graduate diploma in education, a master’s degree in population health from the ANU, is a Visiting Professor at the University of Technology Sydney, and an adjunct professor with the University of Canberra where he is a PhD Scholar examining a framework for planning or evaluating health advocacy.  He is widely published.  He is also a political and social columnist who has served on a range of academic and community Boards.

Associate Professor Richard Franklin

VP Finance & Injury Prevention SIG Co Convenor, Public Health Association of Australia

Dr Richard Franklin PhD, MSocSc, BSc, FPHAA, FARL is an Associate Professor in Public Health (Injury Prevention and Safety Promotion) in the College of Public Health, Medical and Veterinary Sciences at James Cook University and Senior Research Fellow with the Royal Life Saving Society - Australia.


He has worked in Public Health with a focus on the area of Injury Prevention and Safety Promotion since 1996. He has worked on and published in the areas of general injury prevention, farm safety, rural safety, workplace health and safety, health systems strengthening, health promotion, fall prevention, quad bike safety, alcohol, disasters and aquatic safety.

Dr Devin Bowles

Executive Director, Council of Academic Public Health Institutions Australasia (CAPHIA)

Dr Devin Bowles is the Executive Director of the Council of Academic Public Health Institutions Australasia and the Executive Officer for the National Alliance for Action on Alcohol. He is also a part-time lecturer at the University of Canberra and a visitor at the Research School of Population Health at the ANU. Devin’s public health research focuses on how social and political systems mediate health outcomes, particularly in response to environmental change. Other publication topics include Indigenous health, religion, conflict prevention and diagnosing prosopagnosia (face blindness).


Devin was previously an executive in the Australian Public Service, where he worked for almost a decade in research and policy areas.  Devin volunteers as the president of the Benevolent Organisation for Development, Health and Insight, a non-profit organisation providing international development aid for over 25 years. He is the President of the ACT Branch of the Public Health Association of Australia

Dr Lea Merone

Ecology & Environment SIG Co Convenor, Public Health Association of Australia

Lea Merone graduated her MB ChB (bachelor of medicine and surgery) with honours in the UK in 2011 and became an Academic Clinical Fellow in Histopathology, completing a Post graduate Certificate in Health Research in 2015. Following this, in 2016, Lea emigrated to Australia. Lea completed her Master of Public Health and Tropical Medicine (MPH&TM) with distinction this year. She is currently undertaking a part time PhD looking at cardiovascular risk in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander populations and is also studying part-time for a Masters in Health Economics.


Lea is also a chief investigator on a study investigating the effects of hookworm on the metabolic syndrome. She works full time as a public health registrar (advanced trainee) in Cairns, FNQ. Lea is a co-convenor of the EESIG for the PHAA and manages their twitter account. Lea is a regular author and editor at the Doctus Project and she also regularly authors for the Australian Vegan Magazine. In her spare time Lea enjoys yoga, tai chi, singing, playing the piano and spending time with her dogs. 

Dr Danette Langbecker

QLD Branch Treasurer, Public Health Association of Australia

Dr Danette Langbecker is an NHMRC Research Fellow at the Centre for Online Health (COH), The University of Queensland. Danette graduated with a Bachelor of Health Science (Public Health) from QUT in 2007, and then went on to study for a research masters, articulating to a PhD, which she obtained in 2011. Her PhD involved developing and testing a patient-focused resource to encourage communication between health professionals and patients and families affected by brain tumours, and she continues to develop this program of research with colleagues in Australia and internationally.


Danette leads a program of health services research in two streams, investigating how best to support cancer patients and their families, with a focus on people affected by brain tumours, and how technology such as eHealth and telehealth can be used to provide multidisciplinary health services, including health promotion, education and clinical care. 

Ms Natasha Reid

Casual Senior Research Assistant, Child Health Research Centre

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