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CONFERENCE ADVISORY COMMITTEE

Professor Helen Keleher (Co-Chair, Conference Advisory Committee)

Adjunct Professor, School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine

Helen Keleher is an SPHPM Adjunct Professor. While at Monash University, she was Head of the Department of Health Social Science. Her expertise is in population health, primary health care, the social determinants of health and disadvantage, with a particular interest in women's health.

Helen is Director of Population Health at the Frankston-Mornington Peninsula Medicare Local. She is a Board member of the South Eastern Melbourne Medicare Local and Women’s Health in the South East (WHISE) and past-President of the Public Health Association of Australia. She is also past National Convenor of the Australian Women's Health Network, and from 2005-8 was a member of the Women and Gender Equity Knowledge Network of the Commission on the Social Determinants of Health. She has been a member of public health scientific committees and NHMRC panels on population health.

She is first editor for the best-selling textbook, Understanding Health (OUP Melbourne) for which the 4th edition will be published in 2015. She has published several books, dozens of book chapters and numerous journal articles on primary health care, population health, women’s health/gender and health promotion.

Mr Rohan Greenland

General Manager Advocacy, National Heart Foundation of Australia

A journalist by trade, Rohan was appointed as the Heart Foundation’s National Government Relations Director in 2006 and General Manager, Advocacy, in 2014. He is currently President of the Asia-Pacific Heart Network, a continental group of the World Heart Federation. He cut his public health teeth as Director of Public Affairs with the Australian Medical Association (1992-2000). He has extensive experience in tobacco control, physical activity, nutrition and Indigenous health advocacy. He has been a member of Australia’s front-of pack food labelling project committee and the Food and Health Dialogue. He has worked 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. 

Rohan spent three years as Director of Public Affairs with the Australian Local Government Association, attending COAG meetings as part of the ALGA delegation. Rohan has spoken at number of national and international conferences, occasionally as an invited speaker, conference advisory committee member, and/or abstract grader. He has also served on the boards of ASH Australia, ACT Cancer Council, ACT Health Promotion Foundation and Focus ACT, a charity providing supported accommodation for people with intellectual and physical disabilities. He runs, rides and rows (all very slowly).

Ms Jane Martin

Executive Manager, Obesity Policy Coalition (OPC) and Alcohol and Obesity Policy, Cancer Council Victoria

Jane Martin, BA (Hons), MPH, is an Honorary Fellow at Melbourne University and a Senior Fellow at Deakin University. She leads the Obesity Policy Coalition, a partnership between Cancer Council Victoria, Diabetes Victoria and the WHO Collaborating Centre for Obesity Prevention at Deakin University. Jane advocates for policy and regulatory reform to prevent overweight and obesity, with a focus on food marketing, labelling and tax and pricing measures. For over twenty-five years, Jane has worked extensively in public health advocacy, first in tobacco control then in obesity prevention. Her interests lie in advocacy, policy oriented research and partnerships to support policy reform. Jane is the recipient of a Jack Brockhoff Foundation Churchill Fellowship and is an alumnus of the Williamson Community Leadership Program. She is Vice President of the Australian New Zealand Obesity Society and a board member of Family Planning Victoria.

Ms Rosemary Calder AM

Director, Australian Health Policy Collaboration

Rosemary Calder AM is a respected health and social policy advisor and previously worked as Health Policy Director at the Mitchell Institute and for State and Commonwealth governments. She has experience as a senior public servant for both the Coalition and Labor governments and was head of the Office for the Status of Women, under the Howard Government and Chief of Staff to a former Victorian Minister for Health.

Associate Professor Basia Diug

Senior Lecturer & Research Fellow, Head, Undergraduate Courses, Medical Education Research and Quality (MERQ) Unit (Quality and Innovation)

Associate Professor Basia Diug is an epidemiologist who specialises in medication safety through the identification of adverse events both at an individual and system level. She is currently the Head of Undergraduate Courses and Head of Medical Education Research and Quality unit (Innovation and Quality) at the School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine at Monash University.  

Associate Professor Diug has experience in both quantitative and qualitative research methods, as well as research design and project management. Further, she brings expertise in curriculum development and renewal and use of technology. This includes the design and development of innovative educational tools for teaching anatomy and physiology, research methodology, epidemiology and biostatistics. Her research interests include evidence based medicine and improving research literacy skills among health professionals

Ms Nicole Rutter

Events & Capacity Builder Manager, Public Health Association of Australia

Nicole is a highly skilled and experienced Events professional. Nicole holds a number of qualifications in events management including a Bachelor of Business in Convention and Event Management. Nicole has been working in the health sector in events management for nearly 10 years, working with the Australian General Practice Network, Australian Medicare Local Alliance and the Australian College of Mental Health Nurses. Nicole was recruited by the Public Health Association of Australia in early 2016, running a number of successful events and bring in processes and procedures for events management, establishing an organisational attitude towards events and capacity building for the association. 

Nicole has a keen interest in continuing professional development and learning and is always looking for new and innovative ways to manage events and learn new skills. Nicole has a strong interest in business management, strategy and event design, and a passion for reading (many genres). With a continuing interest in learning, Nicole is currently undertaking a Masters of Project Management. 

Ms Eliza Van Der Kley

Events Administration Officer, Public Health Association of Australia

Eliza Van Der Kley joined the Public Health Association of Australia team in December 2016 bringing with her 5 years’ experience in the events industry. After graduating with a Diploma in Events Management she worked in hotels and event venues gaining experience in sales, client relationship management, event and financial management and contract negotiation with clients from Associations, Corporate sectors, Universities, Not-for-profit Organisations as well as private.

Eliza brings her strong organisational and time management skills to the PHAA team. She is passionate about the events industry and looks forward to furthering her knowledge and expertise in her events career. 

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