Founding members

Abby Smith
Director, Quit Tasmania
Cancer Council Tasmania

Dr Aimee Brownbill
Acting Policy and Research Director
Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education (FARE)

Dr Alexandra Jones
Senior Research Fellow, Food Policy and Law
The George Institute for Global Health

Anita Tang
Community Organising Director
Australian Progress

Dr Belinda Townsend
Fellow and Deputy Director Australian Research Centre for Health Equity, School of Regulation and Global Governance
Australian National University (ANU)

Carol Bennett
Chief Executive Officer
The Alliance for Gambling Reform

Dr Cassandra Wright
Senior Research Fellow
Menzies School of Health Research

Caterina Giorgi
Chief Executive Officer
Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education

Dheepa Jeyapalan
Manager, Healthy and Sustainable Food Systems

Prof Elizabeth Elliott AM FAHMS FRSN
Distinguished Professor of Paediatric and Child Health
Consultant Paediatrician Sydney Children’s Hospitals Network
University of Sydney and Westmead Hospital

Dr Erin Lalor AM
Chief Executive Officer
Alcohol and Drug Foundation (ADF)

Emma Saleeba
Strategic Adviser, Communications and Engagement branch
Department of Health (Vic)

Director, Stretton Health Equity
The University of Adelaide

Dr Gemma Crawford
Australian Health Promotion Association

Hannah Pierce
Executive Officer
Alcohol Change Australia

Helen White
Chief Executive Officer
Australian College of Midwives

Jane Martin
Executive Manager
Food for Health Alliance

Jennifer Harland
Senior Nurse Advisor
Vice President
Australian College of Nursing
Drug and Alcohol Nurses of Australasia

Jessica Birch
Disability Advocate

Kylea Tink MP
Independent Federal Member for North Sydney

Melanie Walker
Chief Executive Officer
Australian Alcohol and other Drugs Council (AADC)

Dr Melissa Sweet
Editor-in-Chief and public health journalist
Croakey Health Media

A/Prof Natasha Howard
Program Lead: Implementation Science
Wardliparingga Aboriginal Health Equity Theme, South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI)

Nicole Hewlett
Project Manager
First Nations Cancer & Wellbeing Research Program, University of Queensland

A/Prof Paula O’Brien
Melbourne Law School, The University of Melbourne

Dr Robyn Littlewood
Chief Executive Officer
Health and Wellbeing Queensland

Dr Robyn Williams
Senior Research Fellow
Medical School, Curtin University

Dr Rosemary Stanton OAM
Public Health Nutritionist
Senior Visiting Fellow 
School of Medical Sciences
University of New South Wales

Sarah White
Chief Executive Officer
Jean Hailes for Women’s Health

Dr Shalini Arunogiri
Clinical Director, Statewide Centre for Addiction and Mental Health and NHMRC Emerging Leader Research Fellow
Turning Point and Monash Addiction Research Centre, Monash University

Prof Sharon Friel
ARC Laureate Fellow and Professor of Health Equity
Australian National University

Prof Simone Pettigrew
Program Director, Health Promotion and Behaviour Change, Food Policy
Professorial Fellow
The George Institute for Global Health

Dr Sophie Scamps
Member for Mackellar

Dr Summer May Finlay
Senior Lecturer
University of Wollongong

Dr Tessa Boyd-Caine
Chief Executive Officer
Health Justice Australia

We are grateful to our funding partners, VicHealth and Health and Wellbeing Queensland, for their support of Women in Public Health. Their commitment is crucial in helping us advance our mission to empower women in the public health sector and promote gender equality.

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