Keynote speakers

Mr Barry Sandison Ms Jane Martin
Professor Jonathan Carapetis
Professor Steve Allsop

Mr Barry Sandison

With 34 years’ experience across more than 13 public sector agencies, Barry Sandison’s expertise covers a wide range of health and welfare-related topics.

Barry was appointed Director of the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare in June 2016 and is dedicated to facilitating better use of data and analytics within the public service, while promoting better access to and use of public data.

Prior to joining the Institute, Barry was a Deputy Secretary in the Commonwealth Department of Human Services.

Ms Jane Martin

As head of the Obesity Policy Coalition, Jane Martin advocates for policy and regulatory reform to prevent overweight and obesity.

An active media spokesperson, Jane advises state and federal governments on obesity policy.

Jane is a Senior Fellow at the University of Melbourne in the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences; a co-chair of the National Alliance for Action on Alcohol; and Vice President of the Australian New Zealand Obesity Society.

Professor Jonathan Carapetis

Director of Telethon Kids Institute, Professor Jonathan Carapetis is a paediatrician and infectious diseases specialist whose research interests focus on improving health outcomes for vulnerable children.

Telethon Kids Institute is WA’s largest medical research organisation and, under Jonathan’s leadership, it continues to strengthen its record in preventive health initiatives and evidence-based early intervention. In addition to leading research programs in nutrition, diabetes and obesity, Telethon Kids hosts the FASD Research Australia Centre of Research Excellence, and the Children’s Diabetes Centre.

Professor Steve Allsop

Professor Steve Allsop is a professor at, and past Director of, the National Drug Research Institute at Perth’s Curtin University. He is a previous Director of the National Centre for Education and Training on Addiction within Adelaide’s Flinders University, and has held senior positions at the Western Australian Government Drug and Alcohol Office.

Steve has chaired national expert groups on responses to alcohol and co-existing mental health and drug problems and is widely respected for his extensive knowledge and experience in the drug and alcohol sector.

Panellists
Mr Maurice Swanson
Ms Ricky Burges
Ms Wendy Casey

Mr Maurice Swanson

Maurice Swanson is the Chief Executive of the National Heart Foundation of Australia (WA) and the Foundation’s national spokesperson on tobacco control. As former Director Health Promotion Services at the WA Department of Health, Maurice led delivery of a range of high-profile health promotion programs and campaigns. In his current role, Maurice was instrumental in establishing the LiveLighter campaign.

Ms Ricky Burges

Ricky Burges is CEO of the WA Local Government Association (WALGA) where she works with government and community to support healthy and inclusive communities. A strong advocate for community health and wellbeing, Ricky sits on the Healthway board where she has guided decisions on initiatives for healthy eating, mental health, obesity, smoking and alcohol management.

Ms Wendy Casey

Wendy Casey belongs to the Karajarri and Yawuru people from the West Kimberley region and heads the Department of Health’s Aboriginal Health Policy Directorate. Wendy has led the development of key policy initiatives including the WA Aboriginal Health and Wellbeing Framework 2015-2030. Wendy promotes broad policy action to support Aboriginal health and wellbeing.

Associate Professor Diana Egerton-Warburton

Professor Tanya Chikritzhs

Ms Julia Stafford
Mr Terry Slevin

Associate Professor Diana Egerton-Warburton

Passionate about patient and community advocacy, Diana Egerton-Warburton is an emergency physician and the Director of Emergency Medicine Research and Innovation at Monash Medical Centre. She is also an Associate Professor in the School of Clinical Sciences at Monash University and the National Drug Research Institute at Curtin University, and sits on the Australian National Advisory Council on Alcohol and Drugs.

Professor Tanya Chikritzhs

Tanya Chikritzhs leads the Alcohol Policy Research Team at the National Drug Research Institute, Curtin University. With qualifications in epidemiology and biostatistics, and 20 years’ experience in alcohol research, she was awarded a Commonwealth Health Ministers Award for Excellence in Health and Medical Research and a National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Achievement Award.

Ms Julia Stafford

As Executive Officer of the McCusker Centre for Action on Alcohol and Youth at Curtin University, Julia Stafford applies public health advocacy strategies to reduce harm from alcohol. Julia is a member of the Executive Committee of the National Alliance for Action on Alcohol and co-convenes the Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs Special Interest Group of the Public Health Association of Australia.

Mr Terry Slevin

Cancer Council WA’s Terry Slevin is a regular media commentator on cancer prevention, and has played a leading role with the Union for International Cancer Control in communicating the evidence linking alcohol consumption and cancer risk. Terry chairs the National Committee on Occupational and Environmental Cancers, and is an Adjunct Professor in the School of Psychology at Curtin University.

MC and facilitators

MC

Facilitator

Facilitator

Griffin Longley
Meri Fatin
Nadia Mitsopolous

Griffin Longley

CEO of Nature Play WA, board member of WA Parks Foundation and founder of a program for at-risk kids, Griffin is passionate about finding ways to keep kids healthy and active in a modern environment.                               

Meri Fatin

An experienced broadcaster and podcaster, Meri holds a personal and professional interest in health and wellness issues.                                                                                                                                                          


Nadia Mitsopoulos

Nadia has carved out a successful career in journalism over the past 25 years. She is currently a presenter with ABC Radio Perth.