A journalist by trade, Rohan was appointed as the Heart Foundation’s first Government Relations Director in 2006 and was subsequently appointed as the General Manager, Advocacy, in 2014.
He cut his public health teeth as Director of Public Affairs with the Australian Medical Association, a position he held for the best part of a decade in the 1990s. In that capacity, he worked closely with n less than six presidents, including Bruce Shepherd, Brendan Nelson and Kerryn Phelps.
He has worked closely with key public health groups, particularly the Public Health Association of Australia, over many years on issues as diverse as Aboriginal health, physical activity, tobacco control, nutrition policy and food labelling.
Rohan has served on the board of ASH Australia, ACT Cancer Council, ACT Health Promotion Foundation (HealthPACT), and Focus ACT, a charity providing supported accommodation for people with intellectual and physical disabilities.
He has been a member of the Australian Government’s Front-of Pack Food Labelling Project Committee, the Trans-Fat Taskforce, the Food and Health Dialogue and the Healthy Food Partnership.
He has collaborated with the global NCD Alliance and co-ordinated Australian advocacy seeking support for the UN high level meeting on NCDs.
Rohan is also a long-serving member of the executive of the Australian Chronic Disease Prevention Alliance and its sibling, the National Vascular Disease Prevention Alliance. He also represents the Heart Foundation on the END Rheumatic Heart Disease Coalition.
He is currently the President of the Asia-Pacific Heart Network, a continental group of the World Heart Federation based in Singapore. Rohan is also a member of the World Heart Federation’s Advocacy Expert Group.
Rohan spent three years as director of public affairs for the Australian Local Government Association, getting a rare insight into COAG meetings as part of the ALGA delegation.
Rohan spent seven years working for politicians, serving as a media adviser to a senator, chief-of-staff to an ACT health minister, senior adviser to an ACT Chief Minister and an adviser to a federal cabinet minister.