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Ms Sophie Scott

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, and receiving numerous awards including the Australian Museum's 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.

She has hosted and spoken at numerous events including Research Australia awards dinner, the Mayo Clinic social media conference, Royal Australian College of Physicians conference and many patient-centred events.

Sophie is on the board of the Australian Medical Association Charitable Foundation NSW and the author of two books, Live a Longer life and Roadtesting Happiness.

She is an ambassador for Bowel Cancer Australia and on the advisory board for the Australian Mental Health Prize.

In her spare time, she is a mother and step mum to four boys. Thousands of her readers regularly respond to her blog on health and happiness. www.sophiescott.com.au

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Professor Andrew Wilson

Director, The Australian Prevention Partnership Centre

Professor Wilson is Director of the Australian Prevention Partnership Centre and Co-Director of the Menzies Centre for Health Policy at the University of Sydney.

His research and teaching interests include all aspects of health policy, but especially in the area of chronic disease. In addition to his academic career, he has been Deputy Director General, Policy, Planning and Resourcing, Queensland Health, and Chief Health Officer, and Deputy Director General, Public Health, NSW Health.

He chairs the Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee for the Australian Government Department of Health.

Dr Mukesh Haikerwal AO

Chair, Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, and Chair, National Doctors' Mental Health Program

Mukesh graduated and trained in general practice in Leicester, UK, gaining additional Diplomas in Obstetrics and Gynaecology and Immediate Medical Care. Mukesh has supported his profession and advocated for better health for all at every stage of his medical career – as student leader, junior doctor and GP principal. This work has seen him become State and National President of the AMA and Chair of the Council of the World Medical Association.

He is a Professor in the School of Medicine at Flinders University, works with Brain Injury Australia and former chair of the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare. Previously, he spearheaded clinical and community efforts to use technology in health and worked for State and Federal health committees including the National Health and Hospitals Reform Commission.

The Hon Julia Gillard AC

Chair, beyondblue

Julia Gillard was sworn in as the 27th Prime Minister of Australia on 24 June 2010 and served in that office until June 2013.

As Prime Minister and in her previous role as Deputy Prime Minister, Ms Gillard was central to the successful management of Australia’s economy, the 12th biggest economy in the world, during the Global Financial Crisis and as Australia positioned to seize the benefits of Asia’s rise. Ms Gillard developed Australia’s guiding policy paper, Australia in the Asian Century. Ms Gillard delivered nation-changing policies including reforming Australian education at every level from early childhood to university education, creating an emissions trading scheme, improving the provision and sustainability of health care, aged care and dental care, commencing the nation’s first ever national scheme to care for people with disabilities and restructuring the telecommunications sector as well as building the National Broadband Network. In foreign policy, Ms Gillard strengthened Australia’s alliance with the United States, secured stronger architecture for the relationship with China, upgraded Australia’s ties with India, and deepened ties with Japan, Indonesia and South Korea. Ms Gillard has represented Australia at the G20, including winning Australia’s right to host the 2014 meeting, the East Asia Summit, APEC, NATO-ISAF and chaired CHOGM. Under Ms Gillard’s leadership, Australia was elected to serve on the United Nations Security Council.

Ms Gillard is the first woman to ever serve as Australia’s Prime Minister or Deputy Prime Minister. In October 2012, Ms Gillard received worldwide attention for her speech in Parliament on the treatment of women in professional and public life.

Ms Gillard is a Distinguished Fellow with the Center for Universal Education at the Brookings Institution in Washington. In February 2014, Ms Gillard was appointed chair of the Global Partnership for Education, a leading organization dedicated to expanding access and quality education worldwide. Ms Gillard also serves as Patron of Camfed, the Campaign for Female Education, which tackles poverty and inequality by supporting girls to go to school and succeed, and empowering young women to step up as leaders of change.

In 2017, Ms Gillard became Chair of beyondblue, Australia’s leading mental health awareness body.

Ms Gillard serves as an Honorary Professor at the University of Adelaide, and is Patron of the John Curtin Prime Ministerial Library in Perth, Western Australia. Ms Gillard is Patron of the Layne Beachley Aim For The Stars Foundation, which supports girls and women to invest in their future to fulfill their potential.

Dr Lisa Studdert

Deputy Secretary (Acting), Department of Health

Lisa joined the Department of Health in June 2013 as a First Assistant Secretary in the Therapeutic Goods Administration. Then moved to the role of First Assistant Secretary, Population Health and Sport Division, which incorporates Alcohol, tobacco and Other Drugs, Preventive Health Policy, Cancer Policy and Services Branch, Office for Sport and National Integrity in Sport Unit.


In 2011, Dr Lisa Studdert worked as a Manager at the Senior Executive Service level at the Australian National Preventive Health Agency and she has a background working in population and preventive health policy and programs in Australia and internationally.


Lisa recently completed a period working in the office of Minister Greg Hunt and before that with Minister Sussan Ley.


Lisa is currently acting at the Deputy Secretary level for an extended period overseeing the Aged Care, Sport and Population health Group.


Lisa is a PhD graduate of Cornell University.

Professor Bill Bellew

Professorial Fellow, Prevention Research Collaboration, Charles Perkins Centre, The University of Sydney

Bill has more than 25 years’ experience in public healh policy development, implementation and evaluation at national and sub-national level in several countries, including Australia, the UK and India. His focus is evidence informed policy and practice in NCD prevention. In 1996, he was responsible for establishing the NSW Physical Activity Task Force. In 1999 he was inaugural chair of Australia's  Strategic Inter-Governmental forum on Physical Activity and Health (SIGPAH) and also chaired the NHMRC committee which developed Australia's first National PA Guidelines. After several years with the Bloomberg Global Initiative to Reduce Tobacco Use, he joined the USYD Prevention Research Collaboration in 2014 where he is currently Professorial Fellow. In July 2017 he co-chaired the WHO Strategic Advisory Network for development of the Global Action Plan for Physical Activity (GAPPA). The Global Plan is expected to be endorsed by the World Health Assembly in May 2018.

Professor Megan Williams

Senior Lecturer, Head of Indigenous Health Discipline, Graduate School of Health, University of Technology

Dr Megan Williams is Senior Lecturer in Aboriginal Health and Wellbeing at the Graduate School of Health. She has over 20 years’ experience combining health service delivery and research, particularly focusing on Aboriginal peoples’ leadership to improve the health and wellbeing of people in the criminal justice system and post-prison release. Megan is a Wiradjuri descendent, and also has Anglo-Celtic heritage.

Megan is a research partner of the First Peoples Disability Network and Mibbinbah Men’s Spaces health promotion charity. Megan has had her work endorsed by the Cooperative Research Centre for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health under the umbrella of the Lowitja Institute. She contributes to the NHMRC-funded Centre for Research Excellence on Offender Health at UNSW and an ARC-funded partnership between Ted Noffs Foundation and UNSW. Through the new Sydney Partnership for Health, Education and Research Enterprise and Croakey.org Megan also focusses on translating research into policy, practice and education. Megan was an award-winning Aboriginal health lecturer at UNSW and UQ, and a recent finalist in the 2017 National Indigenous Human Rights Awards.

Professor Robert Moodie AM

Professor of Public Health, University of Melbourne

Professor Rob Moodie AM is currently Professor of Public Health at the College of Medicine, University of Malawi, and Professor of Public Health at the University of Melbourne’s School of Population and Global Health (MSPGH). Prior to this he was the Director of Teaching and Learning at MSPGH, and before that was the inaugural Chair of Global Health at the Nossal Institute.

He was trained in medicine and public health and worked in refugee health care in the Sudan for Save the Children Fund and Medicins Sans Frontieres, and later for Congress, the Aboriginal Community controlled health service in Central Australia from 1982- 1988. He was CEO of VicHealth from 1998-2007, the world’s first health promotion foundation based on a dedicated tobacco tax.

From 2008-2011 he chaired the National Preventative Health Taskforce in Australia, which recommended the introduction of plain packaging. He now chairs the Gavi Vaccine Alliance’s Evaluation Advisory Committee, and advises the World Health Organization in the areas of non-communicable diseases and health promotion.

Professor Penny Hawe

Professor of Public Health, Menzies Centre for Health Policy and the Australian Prevention Partnership Centre, University of Sydney

Penny Hawe is a chief investigator in NHMRC The Australian Prevention Partnership Centre and Professor of Public Health at the Menzies Centre for Health Policy at the University of Sydney. Her background is in community-based health promotion. For more than two decades her main research has been in the theory and methods of complex population health interventions and complex system science. In 2010 the 2 week Banff Science Communication Course (Canada) fundamentally changed the way she thinks about change processes and how they can be brought about.

Professor Mike Daube AO

Professor, Office of the Provost, Faculty of Health Sciences, Curtin University

Professor Mike Daube is Professor of Health Policy at Curtin University in Perth, Western Australia. Before this he was Director General of Health for Western Australia and Chair of the National Public Health Partnership.


His other roles have included President of the Australian Council on Smoking and Health, President of the Public Health Association of Australia, Co-Chair of the National Alliance for Action on Alcohol, Deputy Chair of the National Preventative Health Taskforce, Chair of the Australian Government’s Tobacco Expert Committee that recommended tobacco plain packaging, Vice-Chair of the WHO-FCTC Expert Review Group, Director of the Public Health Advocacy Institute and chair, member and patron of many other government and non-government committees and organisations in Australia and internationally. He has been a leading figure in international and national activity on tobacco, alcohol and other health issues for more than forty years, is an active researcher and media commentator, and has worked with the World Health Organization, other international health organizations, and governments and NGOs in more than fifty countries.


Before moving to Australia in 1984 he was the first full-time Director of ASH (Action on Smoking and Health) in the UK and then Senior Lecturer in the Department of Community Medicine at Edinburgh University. He has published widely on tobacco, alcohol, advocacy, and other health topics. He is an Officer in the Order of Australia (AO), and has received further awards from organizations including the World Health Organization, the American Cancer Society’s Luther Terry Distinguished Career Award, the Australian Medical Association, the National Heart Foundation, the Public Health Association of Australia, the Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand, ACOSH, Environmental Health Australia, and many others

Professor Roger Magnusson

Professor of Health Law and Governance, The University of Sydney

Roger Magnusson is Professor of Health Law and Governance at the University of Sydney Law School, Australia. His research interests are in health law, policy and bioethics; public health law and governance; and health development. In 2002 he published Angels of Death: Exploring the Euthanasia Underground (Melbourne University Press; Yale University Press) which reported on the practice of “underground” physician-assisted suicide and euthanasia among health professionals working in HIV/AIDS health care in Australia and in San Francisco. Roger’s current research explores legal and regulatory options for preventing non-communicable diseases (cardiovascular disease, cancer, and diabetes) and their risk factors, including tobacco use, obesity, poor diet, and harmful use of alcohol.

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Photos used of Sydney on the Public Health Prevention Conference 2018 website are courtesy of Destination NSW.