CONGRESS ADVISORY COMMITTEE
Congress Advisory Committee Members
Dr Carmen Parter - Co-Chair
Senior Research Fellow, the University of Queensland Poche Centre for Indigenous Health
Dr Carmen Parter, Senior Research Fellow, the University of Queensland Poche Centre for Indigenous Health, is a highly regarded Indigenous health expert. She has been a clinician, educator, researcher, and manager including 25 years’ experience as a policy maker and executive leader. In recognition of her contributions, she was awarded an Adjunct Associate Professor in 2015 by the University of Sydney School of Nursing and Midwifery including the 2021 Congress of Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Nursing & Midwifery Fellowship. Wearing many hats Carmen is the inaugural Co-chair, Indigenous Working Group, World Federation of Public Health Association, a community member with Lowitja Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Research, and an ambassador for the Mayi Kuwayu longitudinal study. Carmen is a grandmother and an Aunty to many who lives on Bundjalung country with her partner.
Dr Dallas English - Co-Chair
Senior Principal Research Fellow
Dallas is a cancer epidemiologist with over 35 years’ experience. He is a co-investigator on the Melbourne Collaborative Cohort Study. His research interests include the epidemiology of breast, colorectal and prostate cancer and of gastro-oesophageal reflux disease.
Dallas also leads work on vitamin D in relation to cancer, diabetes and mortality. His other main research interest is in evaluating cancer screening programs.
Adjunct Professor Terry Slevin
Chief Executive Officer, Public Health Association of Australia
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 an 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 Masters 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 70 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.
Professor Caroline Miller
Director of the Health Policy Centre, based at the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute
Prof Caroline Miller is Director of the Health Policy Centre, based at the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute, located in Adelaide, Australia.
She is also an NHMRC Emerging Leader and Heart Foundation Future Leader Fellow at the University of Adelaide School of Public Health. She has qualifications in behavioural science and economics; her PhD focussed on social marketing in public health.
The Health Policy Centre delivers evidence to inform public health policy and health promotion interventions to reduce the preventable burdens of non-communicable disease. It specialises in tobacco control, obesity prevention and alcohol research. Currently the Centre is also leading a rapid COVID-19 Evidence Synthesis service to support South Australian and Australian responses to COVID-19.
Prof Miller is most known for her work in tobacco control, in which she has specialised for over 20 years. She was one of a select group of research scientists advising the Australian Government on world-leading tobacco plain packaging measures. She led elements and contributed to the larger research program which underpinned the laws, and its successful defence against international legal challenges. She works internationally in tobacco control. Prof Miller is highly experienced in the development and implementation of effective public health campaigns and communications to change health behaviours, most notably smoking behaviour, but also obesity prevention, sun protection, and cancer screening.
Prof Miller is currently leading a program of research applying a public health framework to the issue of obesity prevention, with a specialist focus on over consumption of ultra-processed foods and beverages, including artificially-sweetened beverages.
Dr Gemma Crawford
National President, Australian Health Promotion
Dr Gemma Crawford is national president of the Australian Health Promotion (AHPA) and a pracademic with 20 years of experience in health promotion and public health practice, advocacy, policy, teaching and research. A Senior Teaching and Research Academic in the Curtin School of Population Health, she coordinates postgraduate courses, teaches and supervises students and undertakes community facing research with the Collaboration for Evidence Research and Impact in Public Health. A social researcher, Gemma uses participatory, qualitative and mixed methods, exploring issues particularly related to population mobility and migration, STIs and BBVs and social and ecological determinants of health. Her teaching encourages students to critically explore diverse and challenging contexts, leadership and professional identity, pathways to practice and competency development. She has previously worked in government and in the resources, tertiary and not for profit sectors. Gemma is an IUHPE Registered Health Promotion Practitioner, recently recognised as AHPA’s youngest Life Member.
Dr Justine Leavy
Teaching and Research Academic , School of Population Health, Curtin University
Justine is a Teaching and Research Academic in the School of Population Health, Curtin University. She is the Discipline Lead for Health Promotion and Sexology, IUHPE registered practitioner, Research Fellow with Collaboration for Evidence, Research and Impact in Public Health, Senior Fellow, Higher Education Academy. Her practice and research experience includes drowning prevention, physical activity promotion, knowledge translation, and ethics in health promotion. Justine is a member of International Drowning Research Alliance, co-established the injury prevention research team at Curtin. She is a Board Member of the Royal Life Saving Society (WA) and the Australian Health Promotion Association. Chair of the AHPA Research, Evaluation and Evidence Translation Committee with responsibility for the strategic direction of the Health Promotion Journal of Australia, and a member of the Mass-Media Advisory Panel for the US National Physical Activity Plan. Justine is a Run Director for parkrun Australia, and volunteers for Repair Café Australia.
Dr Abbey Diaz
Vice President, Promotions and Social Media Officer, and Queensland Chapter Convener, Australasian Epidemiological Association
Dr Abbey Diaz is the vice president, promotions and social media officer, and Queensland chapter convener for the Australasian Epidemiological Association. She is an early career epidemiologist with Menzies School of Health Research and in 2019 was awarded the Menzies Early Career Accelerator Fellowship. Her work focuses on understanding and improving health care and outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. In particular, she is concerned with developing equitable, cost effective, and optimal care pathways for Australians diagnosed with cancer with or at risk of developing cardiovascular disease. She was a member of the conference organising committee for the 2019 Australasian Epidemiological Association conference.
Associate Professor Daniel Exeter
Associate Professor, Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the School of Population Health, University of Auckland
Dan Exeter is an Associate Professor in Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the School of Population Health, University of Auckland. He is a quantitative health geographer and has a background in Geographical Information Systems and spatial analysis. Dan’s research uses large datasets such as the census or routine health databases to identify the occurrence of, or potential solutions to inequalities in health. His current research interests focus on the development of online CVD atlases for Auckland (funded by AMRF) and New Zealand (as part of VIEW). Dan co-leads the Vascular Atlas stream of the VIEW programme.
Emeritus Professor Robyn Lucus
Professor and Head, National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health, at Australian National University
Prof Lucas is a medically trained epidemiologist and specialist public health physician. She holds adjunct positions at James Cook University and the Telethon Kids Institute, University of Western Australia. Lucas completed science and medical degrees in 1975 and 1979 (respectively) at the University of Auckland, and worked in clinical settings before completing a Masters of Public Health and Tropical Medicine from James Cook University (2000). She received the Australasian College of Tropical Medicine Medal for highest achievement in that course. In 2004 Lucas completed a PhD in Epidemiology and Population Health, examining psychological and social stress effects on immune function. Simultaneous with her PhD work, Lucas was the main contributing author to the WHO Global Burden of Disease due Ultraviolet Radiation assessment, developing the methodology and undertaking all analyses for that work. In 2005 Lucas was awarded Fellowship of the Faculty of Public Health Medicine. She was a reviewer, then author and now panel member and author of the “Health impacts of ozone depletion” chapters in the 2003, 2007 and 2011 reports of the UNEP Environmental Effects Assessment Panel for the Montreal Protocol on Ozone Depletion. Since completing her PhD, Lucas has led internationally recognized research, developed national and international collaborations, been highly successful in seeking funding for ongoing work and participated in the translation of that work into sun exposure policy. She has had an active teaching role at the ANU Medical School (ANUMS) and been instrumental in the development of epidemiology and biostatistics short courses at the National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health (NCEPH). She supervises a growing number of doctoral students at ANU and elsewhere and actively contributes to NCEPH, the ANU and the wider academic and general community.
Professor Jeanette Ward
Specialist Fellow, Australasian Faculty of Public Health Medicine (FAFPHM)
Jeanette is an internationally recognised expert in population and public health with experience over three decades in diverse roles and responsibilities in the Australian health care system. She is a specialist Fellow of the Australasian Faculty of Public Health Medicine (FAFPHM), chairs its Policy and Advocacy Committee and, as President-Elect, assumes the role of President in 2022 following in the footsteps of Prof Robyn Lucas. In addition to her medical qualification, Jeanette has a Masters degree in adult education and a PhD in behavioural science. Jeanette lives and works in the remote Kimberley region of northwestern Australia where her laser-sharp focus on evidence and equity is applied in policy formulation, applied research and knowledge translation. As a non-Indigenous Australian, Jeanette is alert to the structural disempowerment impeding Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples’ advancement, and works in partnership to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander-led change.