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Associate Professor Linda Selvey

School of Public Health, The University of Queensland

Associate Professor Linda Selvey joined the School of Public Health as a Teaching and Research Academic. She is a health physician and her main research area is infectious disease. Her research interests are diverse including: climate change; Clostridium difficile, a bacterium that can cause severe diarrhea in vulnerable people; sexual health; blood borne viruses and antimicrobial resistance.

 

A/Prof Selvey formerly worked for Queensland Health, starting there as Director of Communicable Diseases Branch in December 1996 and in 2005,  then promoted to Executive Director, Population Health Queensland. She remained in this position until moving to Sydney where she took up the position of CEO of Greenpeace Australia Pacific. A/Prof Selvey then moved to Perth to join her partner and worked at Curtin University, School of Public Health, before joining The University of Queensland.

Admiral Chris Barrie AC RAN Retired

Founder and Chair, Post-traumatic Stress Disorder - Australia New Zealand

Chris Barrie was Chief of the Defence Force from 1998 to 2002. He teaches strategy and leadership and conducts strategy war games. He uses a risk based approach to managing key events in his life. He founded PTSD ANZ in 2014 after “discovering” that trauma affects so many people in our community. Chris believes that much more can be done to help people with PTSD obtain control of their lives, and other people who live with them can play a vital role in assisting them.

Mrs Jeannie Little OAM

My Traditional Name is Gaarkamunda, given to me prior to my birth by my old people. It means Bush Fire Hawk that flies into the fire and picks the good food out and, leaves the rubbish behind. I was born in Mapoon where I enjoyed my glorious childhood days. My teens were on Thursday Island and I completed my nursing training in Brisbane. Most of my career has been in working with people on drug and alcohol addiction, Mental Health and Community Development. The highlight of this career was in Canberra with the Alcohol and Drug Council of Australia (ADCA), working on the project Community Approach to Drug Abuse Prevention (CADAP).

Mr Rohan Greenland

General Manager - Advocacy, Government Relations and Public Policy, Heart Foundation

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.

Adjunct Associate Professor Carmen Parter

PhD Candidature, Wingara Mura Leadership Academy Fellow at Poche Centre for Indigenous Health, School of Medicine, University of Sydney

Carmen is a proud descendant of the Darumbal and Juru clans of the Birra Gubba Nation of Queensland with South Sea Islander heritage.  She started her career as a Registered Nurse, a Registered Midwife and a Woman’s Health Nurse Practitioner eventually working in policy areas of government for over 30 years.  She has been a clinician, educator, researcher, policy advisor, project officer, manager and senior executive spanning a public servant career of over 30 years. 

 

Carmen is now an academic fellow at the Sydney Poche Centre for Indigenous Health.  She is embarking on a Doctorate of Philosophy that is about bringing meaning and understanding to Indigenous Culture and Indigenous Knowledge in public policies.

 

Carmen wears many hats including being on the PHAA Board.  She is also the inaugural Co-chair of the Indigenous Working Group of the World Federation of Public Health Association.

Dr Francesca Panzironi

Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Anangu Ngangkari Tjutaku Aboriginal Corporation (ANTAC)

Dr Francesca Panzironi is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of the Aṉangu Ngangkaṟi Tjutaku Aboriginal Corporation (ANTAC).

Dr. Panzironi is an international human rights academic who applied her knowledge and experience to create a platform for the recognition of the internationally recognized right of Indigenous Peoples to maintain and practice their traditional medicines within Australia' s national health care system.

Dr Panzironi has extensive experience as a researcher and lecturer in the areas of international human rights law, international studies, international and community development. She holds a PhD in Law (University of Sydney), a Master degree in Development and Cooperation (University of Pavia), and an Honor Degree in Political Science (‘La Sapienza’ University, Rome).

Dr Panzironi has presented her research and groundwork in numerous international and national conferences. Her work and achievements with the ngangkaṟi has been featured on national media, including , SBS Viceland - The Feed.

Professor Don Henry

Melbourne Enterprise Professor of Environmentalism, The University of Melbourne

Don Henry joined Melbourne University in May 2014 and is based in the Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute as the Melbourne Enterprise Professor of Environmentalism. 

Professor Henry's role is to stimulate and enhance public debate and policy by working with researchers, government, civil society, global institutions, and business. He provides leadership and vision in the fields of environmental policy development and reform, climate change, and sustainability. 

Don is an International Board Member of The Climate Reality Project and is the strategy adviser to its Chair, the Hon. Al Gore, former Vice President of the United States. 

Don's current research engagement program is to support the Paris Agreement on climate change, negotiated by the global community in December 2015. Don's work aims to encourage greater ambition in its goals and to build support for a strong ratchet mechanism, including five-yearly reviews of national commitments. Don and his team are highlighting the role of key strategic countries in the implementation of the Agreement, such as India, the Philippines, China, Australia and Brazil. 

Don is also leading work examining and encouraging Indigenous and conservation outcomes in Northern Australia and collaborative processes for forest protection and sustainable use in Victoria and Tasmania.

Dr Liz Hanna

Chair Environmental Health Working Group: World Federation Public Health Associations. Honorary Senior Fellow, Climate Change Institute: Australian National University, Past President: Climate and Health Alliance, Fellow: Public Health Association of Australia, Chair Climate & Health Community of Interest: Australian College of Nursing

Liz Hanna Chairs the Environmental Health Working Group for the World Federation of Public Health Associations. This follows her Environmental Health work with the PHAA since 1992 as EESIG committee member & 7 years as Convenor & several terms on the PHAA council, for which she was thrilled to  receive the 2017 PHAA President’s award. Liz is an Honorary Senior Fellow at the Climate Change Institute at the Australian National University. Her career began in ICU’s, then hospital administration and academia – which meant back to Uni: a BA, MPH & a PhD – and she squeezed in a Commercial Pilot’s license. She was awakened to Environmental Health during her MPH at Sydney Uni in 1992. A long way upstream from her Intensive Care units, but she was hooked. Her PhD examined exposures, risk recognition and avoidance, and Australia’s health sector preparedness to identify and manage chemical exposure related illnesses.

 

In 2008, at the invitation of Prof Tony McMichael, she moved to ANU to convene the National Climate Change Adaptation Research Network for Human Health, directing NHMRC research programs on climate and health, and Climate Vulnerability Assessments for Victoria and the Pacific Islands. All of which ultimately led her to a 6 year term as President of the Climate and Health Alliance. Advocacy runs in her blood

Ms Fiona Armstrong

Founder and Executive Director, Climate and Health Alliance; Fellow, Centre for Policy Development; Co-Founder and Director, CLIMARTE: Arts for a Safe Climate; Founding Board Member, Global Climate and Health Alliance; Recipient, Tony McMichael Ecology and Environment Award, 2017

Fiona Armstrong is an expert in policy, advocacy and communications in relation to climate change and health. She is the founder and executive director of Climate and Health Alliance (CAHA) and the architect of the National Strategy on Climate, Health and Well-being for Australia. She is the lead author of many of CAHA’s seminal reports from 2010-2017, including Coal and Health in the Hunter: Lessons from One Valley for the World and Our Uncashed Dividend: The Health Benefits of Climate Action. Fiona received the prestigious Tony McMichael Ecology and Environment Award from the Public Health Association of Australia in 2017 and the Frank Fisher Award from Yarra City Council in 2018.

Ms Rhonda Robinson

Head of the Disaster and community Resilience Program, GEM division, Pacific Community (SPC), Fiji

Rhonda Robinson is the Deputy Director for the Water and Sanitation Programme of the Pacific Community (SPC) for the period 2011 - 2017 and was responsible for the coordination and management of the Pacific regional water sanitation portfolio in the 22 member countries in the region.

 

She was recently appointed to the role of Deputy Director Disaster and Community Resilience Programme in March 2018 in SPC and is now leading a new programme established to achieve the sustainable development goals through evidence based action and partnerships for resilience through integrated action on disaster risk management, climate change adaptation, natural resource management and increased access to water and sanitation.

Dr Robert Glasser

Visiting Fellow, Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI) and Honourary Associate Professor at the Australian National University

Dr Robert Glasser is a Visiting Fellow at the Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI) and Honourary Associate Professor at the Australian National University.  He was, until earlier this year, the United Nations Special Representative of the Secretary General for Disaster Risk Reduction and Head of the United Nations Office of Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR).  UNISDR, with over 100 staff located in regional offices around the world, is the focal point in the United Nations system for efforts to reduce climate and disaster risk.  He was a member of the Secretary General’s Senior Management Group and the Deputy Secretary General’s Climate Principals Group.

Adjunct Professor Michael Moore AM

Michael Moore AM is the Former CEO of the Public Health Association of Australia and the Immediate Past 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.

Ms Summer May Finlay

PHD Candidate, University of South Australia

Summer is a Yorta Yorta Woman who grew up in Lake Macquarie near Newcastle. She specialises in health policy, qualitative research and communications.  She has worked in Aboriginal affairs at the national level and has strong professional connections across the country in the Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Service sector.

 

Summer is currently self employed as a researcher and communications consultant, while undertaking a PhD at the University of South Australia. She is also a contributing editor for Croakey.org.

 

She is currently the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Special Interest Coordinator for the Public Health Association of Australia (PHAA) and was previously the Acting Aboriginal Torres Strait Islander Vice President for the PHAA. She is also the Co-Vice Chair of the recently established World Federation of Public Health Associations Indigenous Working Group. Summer has a Bachelor of Social Science from Macquarie University, a Master of Public Health Advance from the University of Wollongong and a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment.

Ms Aimee Brownbill

University of Adelaide, Early Career Professional Board Representative, Public Health Association of Australia

Aimee has shown a strong dedication to both her own professional development in public health and in encouraging other young professionals since joining the PHAA SA Branch as a student member in 2013. She has been committed to the organisation and delivery of the PHAA SA Branch Careers and Networking event in previous years, bringing together public health students/young professionals and public health leaders in SA.

 

Aimee has shown a strong interest in exploring the ways in which the PHAA SA Branch can further engage student committee members and young professionals and looks forward to expanding this vision in her role as Early Career Professional on the Board of PHAA. Aimee is currently a PhD Candidate with the University of Adelaide’s School of Public Health. Her research interest is on the advertising of sugary beverages.

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