Associate Professor Lisa Wood (Chair)

Associate Professor, Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, School of Population and Global Health, The University of Western Australia

Dr Lisa Wood is a tireless advocate for research being relevant and useful to the real world, and the need for academia to go beyond 'the ivory tower'.

Research and teaching roles at UWA are complemented by nearly three decades of experience in public health and health promotion in WA, nationally and internationally. This experience includes work with academic, government and non-government organisations as well as engagement as a public health consultant.

Since completing her PhD in 2006, Lisa has been involved in a range of research relating to the social determinants of health, with a strong focus on reducing health inequalities experienced by vulnerable population groups.

Lisa currently holds a teaching and research position within the School of Population and Global Health, and is also a Senior Research Fellow with the Centre for Social Impact.

Mr Terry Slevin

CEO, 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.

Ms Hannah Pierce

Alcohol Policy and Research Coordinator, Cancer Council Western Australia

Hannah Pierce is an Alcohol Policy and Research Coordinator at Cancer Council Western Australia. Hannah is currently the WA Branch President of the Public Health Association of Australia. She is particularly interested in public health advocacy and the influence of unhealthy industries on public health policy.

Ms Anita Dessaix

MA (Communication Management), MPH

Anita is Chair of Cancer Council Australia's Public Health Committee and Director of Cancer Prevention and Advocacy at Cancer Council NSW.

She has more than 15 years' experience within the NSW public health sector, including 12 years' experience in cancer prevention specifically. As well as working as a private consultant, she has previously held senior management positions in public health organisations including the Cancer Institute NSW and the NSW Ministry of Health, where she gained specific expertise in tobacco control and skin cancer prevention.

Within her current role at Cancer Council NSW, where she joined in 2017, Anita is responsible for leading strategy and program efforts in the two Cancer Council NSW focus areas of Prevention and Advocacy. The Division's focus is on reducing the burden of cancer and reducing cancer risk across NSW communities, through targeted programs, policy, advocacy and retail stores.

Ms Ronda Clarke

Sector Engagement Officer, Aboriginal Health Council of Western Australia

Ronda is a Nyikina women, who was born and raised in Derby and started working in the Aboriginal Health sector within her home town of Derby in 2010, running a pilot program called the ‘Young Women’s Centre’, with funding running out, Ronda and her team linked their program with the Derby Aboriginal Health Service (DAHS) and sourced funding through St John of God to ensure the program had a future and sustainability.

After leaving the Young Women’s Centre, Ronda went into private enterprise, started a commercial cleaning business, and then ventured into the mining sector by being successful with a mining contract which entailed all the shipping of lead and zinc from the Derby Wharf.

This then lead to the purchase of an old closed down shopping centre which became the hub of Derby with 10 shops. Through these opportunities Ronda was able to employ local Aboriginal people to work throughout the business.

Ronda then moved to Perth for her children’s education, where she gained a Managers position in retail with the Speciality Fashion Group. After a period of time Ronda felt the need to re-enter the heath sector.

Ronda started her journey with AHCWA, as the Corporate Governance Officer, leading some exciting times supporting the AHCWA Board, the PAMS Board and the CMSAC Board. Ronda has since changed roles and is now the AHCWA Sector Engagement Officer, and attends all 7 Aboriginal Health Planning forums across WA, is engaged from a local, state and federal level, in helping to change health policy, supporting and advocating for Aboriginal people and their communities across WA, engaging with AHCWA’s 23 Member Services.

Ms Julie-Anne Mitchell

National Director, Health Strategy, Heart Foundation

Julie Anne is National Director of Health Strategy at the Heart Foundation overseeing the portfolios of Risk Reduction, Nutrition, Active Living, Clinical evidence and policy, and Research. She has worked in both the Victorian and NSW government and non-government sector with a focus on public health policy, particularly in the area of disease prevention. She has a long standing interest in women’s health and nationally and internationally contributes to raising awareness of the disparities in care associated with the diagnosis and treatment of heart disease in women.

Dr Michele Irving

Knowledge Mobilisation Lead, The Australian Prevention Partnership Centre, Adjunct Associate Professor, Menzies Centre for Health Policy, University of Sydney

Dr Irving is the Prevention Centre’s Knowledge Mobilisation Lead and an adjunct Associate Professor in the School of Public Health, Faculty of Medicine and Health, University of Sydney. She has a PhD in implementation of evidence-based practice in chronic kidney disease and she was an NHMRC Post-doctoral Fellow in Translating Research into Practice (TRIP Fellow). Her main areas of research interest include translational research and evaluation, Indigenous health, cultural competence and improving oral health.

She has led and coordinated translational research projects throughout her research career, working with key stakeholders from senior researchers and clinicians from multiple organisations to community groups and individual participants, to achieve critical outcomes in many health fields. She has methodological skills in quantitative and qualitative data collection and analysis. She has been involved in writing guidelines for the treatment of chronic kidney disease through the caring for Australasians with renal impairment (CARI) guidelines and has authored a guideline on the management of iron for chronic kidney disease patients.

Dr Irving has taught epidemiology and research critical appraisal skills in the Bachelor of Oral Health degree course, Sydney Dental School, University of Sydney. She is currently supervising three PhD students with the Faculty of Medicine and Health, University of Sydney and one PhD student at The University of Newcastle.

Dr Marguerite Sendall

Co-Vice President, Australian Health Promotion Association

Senior Lecturer, Health Promotion and Qualitative Research 
Project Manager, Bachelor of Public Health PU52 Online
Senior Fellow, Higher Education Academy
Editorial Board, Pedagogy in Health Promotion 
Lead Guest Editor, International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health   
Co-Vice President, Australian Health Promotion Association
Director, South-West Pacific Region, International Union for Health Promotion and Education
Accreditation Review Committee, International Union for Health Promotion and Education
School of Public Health and Social Work  
Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation 
Queensland University of Technology 

Ms Joanne Graham-Smith

Manager of Policy and Research, Healthway

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