Unhealthy Marketing to Kids Forum


Date: Tuesday 11 June 2019

Venue: Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre

The one day Public Health Forum will focus on Unhealthy Marketing to Kids. The purpose of the forum is to address the issue of tackling the ineffective controls on marketing alcohol, junk food and gambling products to our kids, which has stood as a clear cause and where people working in different corners of the public health world are tackling the same demons.

The one day program has been designed to provide lively and productive discussions and contributions from all professionals engaged in public health with a focus on junk food, alcohol and gambling marketing. The Forum aims to compare experiences and move towards a more commonly agreed solution.

Sponsored by:

FARE (Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education)

Trish Hepworth, Director Policy & Research

T: 02 6122 8600



The Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education (FARE) is an independent, not-for-profit organisation working to stop the harm caused by alcohol. Alcohol harm in Australia is significant. Nearly 6,000 lives are lost every year and more than 144,000 people are hospitalised making alcohol one of our nation's greatest preventative health challenges. As a leading advocate of evidence-based research, FARE contributes to policies and programs that support the public good, while holding the alcohol industry to account. FARE works with leading researchers, communities, governments, health professionals and frontline service providers to bring about change and reduce alcohol harm.

Forum Speakers

Rob Moodie is Professor of Public Health at the University of Melbourne and at the University of Malawi. He worked for many years on HIV prevention for the Burnet Institute, WHO and UNAIDS. He was CEO of VicHealth from 1998-2007 and from 2008-2011 he chaired the Australian Preventative Health Taskforce. He has a strong interest in the relentless, unethical, deceitful, cold-blooded, yet often highly innovative tactics the unhealthy commodity corporations (tobacco, alcohol, ultra-processed food and beverages) to sell their products and damage our health.

Professor Public Health, Melbourne School of Population and Global Health

Professor Rob Moodie

Belinda is a Senior Lecturer at The University of Sydney Law School where she teaches health law and tort law. Her research interests lie in public health law, with a particular focus on the role of law and regulation in creating a healthier food environment. She was the co-convener of the inaugural 2016 Food Governance Conference and is the co-founder of the Food Governance Node at the University’s Charles Perkins Centre, a platform for interdisciplinary research on novel legal, regulatory, and policy strategies for improving nutrition and diet-related health.

Senior Lecturer, The University of Sydney Law School

Dr Belinda Reeve

In 25 years in advertising and marketing in the UK and Australia, Jonathan has worked at some of the planets most successful agencies. He has seen all sides of the business; from the client, from the agency, making big ads that run globally and all things digital, social and PR. He’s been at the agencies that launched Sony’s Bouncing Balls, Cadbury’s Gorilla and TAC’s Meet Graham into our collective consciousness. All of which gives him a keen insight into the culture and psychology of today’s corporate advertiser. 

Founder, Death to Nuggets

Mr Jonathan Pangu

Simone is the Director of the WA Cancer Prevention Research Unit and a Research Professor in the School of Psychology at Curtin University. Her work spans the domains of alcohol, tobacco, nutrition, and gambling. With qualifications in consumer research and marketing, she has a particular interest in the techniques used by marketers to attract children and persuade them to consume unhealthy products. Simone’s work has documented the processes used by marketers and explored methods for constraining their activities.

Research Professor, Curtin University

Professor Simone Pettigrew

Samantha Thomas is Associate Professor of Public Health at the Institute for Health Transformation, Deakin University. She is internationally recognised for her work investigating the commercial determinants of gambling harm, including the impact of gambling advertising on young people. Her research has been cited in the Australian parliament, the UK House of Lords, and in an Amicus Brief to the US Supreme Court. She has testified to numerous parliamentary inquiries and is a regular commentator in national and international media. She is currently the lead Chief Investigator on an Australian Research Council Discovery Grant investigating how marketing impacts on the normalisation of gambling.

Associate Professor of Public Health, Deakin University

Associate Professor Samantha Thomas

Helen Dixon is a Senior Research Fellow in the Centre for Behavioural Research in Cancer at Cancer Council Victoria with honorary appointments at the schools of psychology at The University of Melbourne and Curtin University. She specialises in research assessing adult’s and children’s responses to health-relevant media and communications, especially in relation to nutrition and obesity prevention. This work includes population surveys assessing public reactions to state-level public health mass media campaigns and experimental studies assessing consumer responses to public health advertisements, food and drink product labelling and commercial marketing.

Principal Research Fellow, Centre for Behavioural Research in Cancer, Cancer Council Victoria

Associate Professor Helen Dixon

Nicholas Carah is a Senior Lecturer in Communication and Media at The University of Queensland. His research focuses on the intersections between alcohol marketing and digital and social media platforms. He is the author or editor of several books on digital media cultures and branding including Pop Brands: branding, popular music and young people, Brand Machines, Sensory Media and Calculative Culture, and Digital Intimate Publics and Social Media.

Senior Lecturer in Communication and Media, School of Communication and Arts

Dr Nicholas Carah

Nick Heys has been with the ACCC for the past 15 years in a number of roles, primarily in competition and consumer protection enforcement. Nick is responsible for setting the ACCC’s Compliance and Enforcement Priorities and runs the ACCC’s strategic enforcement and policy team. Nick has qualifications in law.

Deputy General Manager Enforcement, Australian Competition & Consumer Commission

Mr Nicholas Heys

Dr Susan Rennie is a long time pokies reform activist and public health advocate. Susan has also campaigned on issues such as equality, environment and planning. In 2016 Susan was elected as a councillor to the City of Darebin and in November 2018 was elected Darebin Mayor. Susan is a Senior Policy Advisor at the Victorian Local Governance Association and Director and Deputy Chair at the Alliance for Gambling Reform. She holds a Doctorate of Social Work.

Senior Policy Advisor, VLGA and Mayor, City of Darebin

Dr Susan Rennie

Wendy Watson is the Nutrition Program Manager for Cancer Council NSW, responsible for the organisation’s cancer prevention projects relating to obesity, nutrition, physical activity and alcohol. She has worked for nine years at Cancer Council on cancer prevention and food policy including strategic research and advocacy into food labelling and food marketing to children.

Nutrition Program Manager, Cancer Council NSW

Ms Wendy Watson

Professor Elizabeth Handsley is the President of the Australian Council on Children and the Media, a national peak organisation providing information and advocacy on children’s rights and interests as media users. In that position, she is a long-time contributor to debate on the regulation of food marketing; and her academic research has extended also to the use of legal measures for obesity prevention more generally. Her work is notable for applying the provisions of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and the Business and Human Rights Principles to the question of different players’ roles in preventing childhood obesity.

President, Australian Council on Children and the Media

Professor Elizabeth Handsley

Tony Phillips is Head of Knowledge and Policy and manager of the Gambling Information Resource Office (GIRO) at the Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation. These units develop Foundation submissions and advice for government, and collect and disseminate information on the gambling environment for the use of the Foundation, Foundation stakeholders and the general public. Tony was formerly Research Manager at the Responsible Gambling Advocacy Centre. He has a background in public policy and social science research, teaching at the Universities of Melbourne, Adelaide and La Trobe and has worked for Victorian parliamentary committees.

Head of Knowledge and Policy, Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation

Mr Tony Phillips

Jane’s substantive role is to lead the Obesity Policy Coalition, a partnership between Cancer Council Victoria, Diabetes Victoria and GLOBE - the WHO Collaborating Centre for Obesity Prevention at Deakin University. The OPC advocates for policy and regulatory reform to prevent overweight and obesity, with a focus on food marketing, labelling and pricing measures. She oversees the Cancer Council healthy weight campaigns and is involved in advocating for alcohol policy reforms at a Victorian as well as a national level.


For more than twenty-five years, Jane has worked in public health advocacy, engaging in tobacco control, alcohol policy and obesity prevention. Her interests lie in advocacy, research, knowledge translation and partnerships to support reform. She is active in the media as a commentator and advises state and federal governments on obesity policy. She collaborates on research grants and authors academic papers, blogs and opinion pieces.


Jane was awarded a Deakin Honorary Doctorate for her contribution to public health advocacy in 2018. She is co-chair of the National Alliance for Action on Alcohol, President of the ANZ Obesity Society and a Churchill Fellow.

Executive Manager, Obesity Policy Coalition and Alcohol and Obesity Policy, Cancer Council Victoria

Ms Jane Martin BA, MPH, Hon Doc

Trish is Director of Policy and Research for the Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education, an independent, not-for-profit organisation working to stop the harm caused by alcohol. Trish leads the Foundation’s research, policy development and advocacy programs. A public policy specialist with a legal background, Trish has worked across non-for-profit, government and corporate sectors in five countries, and has consulted widely on strategic policy, government relations, research and analysis.

Director, Policy and Research, Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education

Ms Trish Hepworth

Stephen Mayne is a well known journalist, shareholder activist and former local government councillor who also works part-time for The Alliance for Gambling Reform as their communications adviser

Journalist, shareholder activist and anti-gambling campaigner, Alliance for Gambling Reform

Mr Stephen Mayne

© 2023 by Public Health Association of Australia.

Contact Us: