Ms Sophie Scott - Conference Facilitator

National Medical Reporter, ABC

Award winning journalist, broadcaster and author Sophie Scott is on a mission to educate and inspire people to enhance their health and happiness. Having written two critically acclaimed books Roadtesting Happiness and Live a Longer Life, and receiving numerous awards including the Eureka prize for medical journalism, Sophie is a highly respected and sought after health presenter. She's the national medical reporter for the ABC, with her stories appearing on ABC news, 7:30, ABC radio and online. Join the thousands of subscribers who read her blog on positive psychology at Follow her on Instagram and Twitter @sophiescott2

Professor Lucie Rychetnik

Deputy Director of Research, The Australian Prevention Partnership Centre

Professor Lucie Rychetnik is Deputy Director – Research, leading all of the Prevention Centre’s research and capacity building activities. She is also an Adjunct Professor at the School of Medicine at the University of Notre Dame Australia, and at the School of Public Health at the University of Sydney.

She has more than 25 years’ experience in translating research and mobilising knowledge for public health policy and practice; conducting empirical research on the use of evidence in population health, disease prevention and clinical settings; and leading methodological work on evidence synthesis and appraisal for public health decisions.

Her other areas of interest include the synergies between chronic disease prevention, sustainable development and planetary health. From 2016-18 she was based in Geneva, Switzerland during which time she completed further studies in climate change management (via the University of Edinburgh) and contributed to the work of the Global Climate and Health Alliance. She is on the Board of the Australian Climate and Health Alliance.

Dr Corinne Graffunder, DrPH, MPH

Director, Office on Smoking and Health

As Director of the Office on Smoking and Health, Dr. Graffunder is responsible for providing broad leadership and direction for the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s domestic and global scientific, policy and programmatic tobacco control and prevention efforts. 


Prior to her current position she served as CDC’s Deputy Associate Director for Policy working to strengthen collaboration between public health, health care, and other sectors to advance population health priorities.  She has more than 30 years of experience with national, state, and local prevention efforts.  Working with the U.S. Surgeon General she led the development of the National Prevention Strategy: America’s Plan for Better Health and Wellness.  This strategy continues to serve as a roadmap for multi-sector leadership and engagement to improve health and well-being.


She received a doctorate in health policy and management from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

Ms Patty Kinnersly

Chief Executive Officer, Our Watch

Patty Kinnersly is Chief Executive Officer of Our Watch, a not-for-profit organisation established to drive nationwide change in the structures, norms and practices that can lead to violence against women and their children. 

Patty has extensive experience in women’s health, community services, education, and governance. She was Chief Executive Officer of Women’s Health Grampians for nine years, before joining Our Watch in 2015 as Director, Practice Leadership. 

Patty is a member of several sector taskforces, including the Ministerial Taskforce on the Prevention of Family Violence and other forms of Violence Against Women.    

She previously held Board positions at Ballarat Health Services, the Australian Women's Health Network National Board, Rural Northwest Health, and Child and Family Services Ballarat.    

Patty is a member of the Carlton Football Club Board of Directors, the first to manage its women’s football programs.   

Ms Kate Palmer

Chief Executive Officer, Australian Sports Commission

Kate Palmer is the CEO of Sport Australia and is passionate about sport and believes unquestionably in the power of sport and physical activity to reflect the very best in our culture to be a powerful vehicle for change. Kate is driven by a shared purpose to contribute to improving health and well-being of Australians and making communities stronger through sport and physical activity.

Kate is a transformational leader who has steered organisations to excel in delivering on strategic outcomes from high performance and growing community participation through to building capability of sport and international sporting success.

Kate spent 10 years as Chief Executive Officer of Netball Australia, was Chair of the Victorian Institute of Sport, a Trustee of the MCG and CEO of Netball Victoria. Kate is a member of Chief Executive Women and has an Honours degree in Sport Science and a Masters in Sport Management.

Dr Diane Finegood

Professor and Fellow, Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue, Simon Fraser University

Dr. Diane T. Finegood is a Professor and Fellow at Simon Fraser University’s Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue in Vancouver. She served as inaugural Scientific Director of the CIHR Institute of Nutrition, Metabolism and Diabetes (2000-2008) and President & CEO of the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research (2012-2016).  Diane is an internationally recognized researcher with scholarly work in a range of disciplines.  Her current focus is on the application of systems thinking to complex health and social care problems.

Adj. Prof Tarun Weeramanthri

Adjunct Professor, School of Population and Global Health, University of Western Australia

Tarun Weeramanthri is an independent consultant in public health, an adjunct academic at the University of Western Australia, and joint Specialty Chief Editor of Frontiers in Public Health Policy, an international open access journal.


He was Chief Health Officer in Western Australia (WA) from 2008 to 2018, and before that in the Northern Territory from 2004-2007.


He has broad experience in public health policy, practice, regulation and research, and led the introduction of a new Public Health Act in WA in 2016. He has championed the application of new technologies to public health and disaster preparedness, so-called ‘precision public health’.


In 2014, he was awarded the Sidney Sax Medal by the Public Health Association of Australia, for his contribution to public health in Australia.


In 2018, he received the Minister for Health’s Award, the highest individual excellence award given by WA Health, for an outstanding commitment to a healthier Western Australia

Mr Todd Harper

Chief Executive Officer, Cancer Council Victoria

For three decades, Todd Harper has been dedicated to public health as a leader within Cancer Council Victoria, Quit Victoria, VicHealth and the Tasmanian AIDS Council. Since 2011, as Cancer Council Victoria’s CEO, Todd has steered the organisation’s important work in cancer research, prevention, support and advocacy.

During this time Cancer Council has led research initiatives in tobacco plain packaging, epidemiological studies, biomedical research to improve treatment for low survival cancers, and developing economic evidence on cancer prevention.

During his time as CEO of VicHealth, the organisation developed programs to address violence against women, alcohol harms, sedentary environments, promoted workplace health and expanded economic evidence of primary prevention programs.

Todd has a Bachelor’s degree in Economics, a Postgraduate diploma in Health Promotion, and a Master Degree in Health Economics. In 2018 he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by Deakin University for ‘outstanding contributions and commitment to public health and for willingness to be innovative and brave in advocating for public health’.

Ms Teresa Fels

Executive Director, Social Policy, Department of Treasury and Finance

Teresa Fels is currently Executive Director of Social Policy in the Economic Division of the Victorian Treasury. Her group provides advice to the Treasurer, Assistant Treasurer and Victorian Government on social policy, including housing, health and human services, outcomes-based funding and demand forecasting.

While at Treasury, Teresa has participated in reforms including in the areas of national health reform, the NDIS, human services, tax and inter-governmental relations. Teresa was also a board member on Hospital Purchasing Victoria.

Previously, Teresa worked at Freehills as a mergers and acquisitions lawyer, CRA International UK in the field of competition and consumer policy and Ofcom (the UK telecommunications and broadcasting regulator) on fixed and mobile telecommunications issues.

Teresa holds Bachelor and Master economics degrees with First Class Honours from the University of Melbourne, a law degree from the University of Melbourne and first class Master of Arts degree from Kings College London. Teresa is a barrister and solicitor of the Supreme Court of Victoria and Cranlana graduate.

Mr Peter Martin

Economics Editor, The Conversation

Peter Martin is economics editor of The Conversation and a visiting fellow at the Crawford School of Public Policy at the Australian National University.


A former Commonwealth Treasury official and former economics editor of The Age, he has reported economics since 1985. With Dr Gigi Foster he presents The Economists on ABC Radio National. He has reported from the Canberra press gallery since 2006.


In 2016 he was made a Distinguished Alumni of Flinders University in recognition of his contribution to the community's understanding of economics.  

Mr Mark Chenery

Co-Director, Common Cause Australia

Mark is a communications consultant and trainer with a background in advertising, journalism and non-profit campaigning. After implementing a values-based approach to community engagement at ActionAid Australia, Mark co-founded Common Cause Australia in 2014. He has since trained thousands of staff and volunteers working on social and environmental issues to use values and frames to motivate change.

Mr Toby Roderick

Partner, Customedia

Toby is a partner at Customedia, a boutique media agency specialising in strategy, evaluation and planning for advertising campaigns. Toby has a long history in delivering media strategy and planning for social marketing campaigns, working with the Cancer Council, Heart Foundation, Quit Victoria, Cancer Institute NSW and several other Government and Not-For-Profit entities. With specific interest in health prevention and an understanding of the challenges in long term behaviour change, Toby has built up considerable experience on how to get campaigns noticed, understood and remembered.

Professor Sarah Durkin

Principal Research Fellow, Cancer Council Victoria

Sarah has been working in health behaviour research since 1997 and at Cancer Council Victoria since 2003. She holds an Honorary Associate Professor position at Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences. Sarah leads studies examining the impact of mass reach media campaigns in tobacco control and bowel cancer screening, and collaborates on studies of alcohol and obesity prevention communications. She works closely with the staff of the Prevention Division at Cancer Council and her research examines and informs their programs. She regularly provides advice and assistance to various state, national and international anti-smoking and health agencies.

Professor Elizabeth Handsley

President, Australian Council on Children and the Media

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.

Dr Bruce Bolam

Chief Preventive Health Officer, Department of Health and Human Services, Victoria

Dr Bruce Bolam is the Chief Preventive Health Officer in the Department of Health and Human Services, Victoria. He has extensive experience in public health and behavioural science, gained though senior roles in research, healthcare, government and non-government organisations in Australia and the UK.  


Passionate about behaviour change as a means of tackling the burden of chronic diseases such as cancer and stroke, Bruce was an inaugural Co-Director of the World Health Organisation (WHO) Collaborating Centre for Leadership in Health Promotion hosted by the Victorian Health Promotion Foundation, VicHealth.  Bruce is a Fellow of both the Public Health Association of Australia and the UK Faculty of Public Health of the Royal Colleges of Physicians and holds several degrees in public health sciences.   

Associate Professor Chelsea Bond

Senior Research Fellow, University of Queensland

Dr Chelsea Bond is a Munanjahli and South Sea Islander Australian and a Senior Research Fellow at the University of Qld where she also undertook her undergraduate and postgraduate studies in public health. Dr Bond has worked as an Aboriginal Health Worker and researcher in communities across south-east Queensland for over 20 years. Chelsea’s career has focused on interpreting and privileging Indigenous experiences of the health system including critically examining the role of Aboriginal health workers, the narratives of Indigeneity produced within public health, and advocating for strength based community development approaches to Indigenous health promotion practice. Her current research funded by the ARC seeks to render race visible in contemporary public health discourse and practice.

Dr Angie Bone

Acting Chief Health Officer, Department of Health and Human Services

Dr Angie Bone has extensive experience and clinical expertise in public health. She is a medical doctor with experience in health protection related to environmental hazards and infectious diseases in the UK and a number of other countries. Dr Bone has a keen interest in the social and environmental determinants of health, particularly climate change extreme weather events, housing and urban planning, and infectious diseases.

Dr Bone is a Fellow of the Faculty of Public Health (UK), a Member of the Royal College of Physicians (UK) and Associate Clinical Professor at the University of Exeter (UK). She holds numerous qualifications in Public Health and Tropical Medicine.

Ms Jane Martin BA, MPH, Hon Doc

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

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.

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