Aaron is a father of two from Hobart, Tasmania. He is the founder of Game Changer, a grassroots campaign tackling unhealthy advertising in sport. Follow @GameChanger1234 on Twitter and like Game Changer on Facebook.
Adam is a Consultant Addiction Psychiatrist and Addiction Medicine specialist based in London. He is Honorary Clinical Professor at the Institute of Epidemiolgy and Health Care, University College London. He has published over 120 papers. He is also founder and director of Global Drug Survey which runs the biggest drug survey in the world. He is also the architect of the free on line and smart phone apps the drugs meter www.drugsmeter.com and drinksmeter.
Adrienne is a fourth year Communications and International Studies student at the University of Canberra.
Ainslie is a Research Associate at the Public Health Advocacy Institute WA and a nutritionist, with previous experience working in the legal sector, as a Health Promotion Officer with WA Health, and as a Project Officer with Nutrition Australia. Ainslie is on the committee of the Public Health Association of Australia (WA Branch).
Professor Shiell is Professor of Health Economics in the School of Psychology and Public Health at La Trobe University. Prior to taking up this position he was the Chief Executive Officer of the Centre of Excellence in Intervention and Prevention Science, and before that he was Professor of Public Health Economics at the University of Calgary where he held a CIHR Chair in Applied Public Health.
Dr Alessandro Demaio, or Sandro, trained and worked as a medical doctor at The Alfred Hospital in Australia. While practicing as a doctor he completed a Master in Public Health including fieldwork to prevent diabetes through Buddhist Wats in Cambodia. In 2010, he relocated to Denmark where he completed a PhD with the University of Copenhagen, focusing on non-communicable diseases. His doctoral research was based in Mongolia, working with the Ministry of Health. He designed, led and reported a national epidemiological survey, sampling more than 3500 households. Sandro held a Postdoctoral Fellowship at Harvard Medical School from 2013 to 2015, and was assistant professor and course director in global health at the Copenhagen School of Global Health, in Denmark. He established and led the PLOS blog Global Health, and served on the founding Advisory Board of the EAT Foundation: the global, multi-stakeholder platform for food, health and environmental sustainability. To date, he has authored over 23 scientific publications and more than 85 articles and blogs. In his pro bono work, Dr Demaio co-founded NCDFREE, a global social movement against noncommunicable diseases using social media, short film and leadership events – crowdfunded, it reached more than 2.5 million people in its first 18 months. Then, in 2015, he founded festival21, assembling and leading a team of knowledge leaders in staging a massive and unprecedented, free celebration of community, food, culture and future in his hometown Melbourne. In November 2015, Sandro joined the Department of Nutrition for Health and Development at the World Health Organization’s global headquarters, as Medical Officer for noncommunicable conditions and nutrition. From 2017, he is also co-host of the ABC television show Ask the Doctor – an innovative and exploratory factual medical series broadcasting weekly across Australia. Sandro is currently fascinated by systems-innovation and leadership; impact in a post-democracy; and the commercial determinants of disease. He also loves to cook.
Dr Alex Wodak AM was the Director of the Alcohol and Drug Service at St Vincent's Hospital in Sydney from 1982 to 2012. He retired recently and is now a Visiting Fellow at the Kirby Institute, UNSW, and also a Visiting Fellow at the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre, UNSW. For many years, Dr Wodak was a member of the National Expert Advisory Committee on Alcohol. Dr Wodak lives close to Kings Cross, Sydney.
Alison McAleese is an accredited practising dietitian with more than ten years’ experience in public health and obesity prevention. Alison has developed a special interest in the prevention of disease and public health nutrition. She has worked in community nutrition education, project development and public health roles across Australia and the UK. Alison is the Victorian LiveLighter Campaign Manager at Cancer Council Victoria.
Amanda is the editor of 6minutes, a daily online publication for doctors and allied health professionals. With 25 years experience in the print and online media, Amanda has worked as a columnist, business journalist, lifestyle editor, motoring reviewer and food critic but her primary interest is in health and social issues. She has also held roles in marketing communications and advertising, and has worked in state politics a researcher and speechwriter.
Amy is a PhD student at Deakin University. Her research interest is in Public Health, particularly exploring how alcohol and gambling has become embedded in society through various marketing channels, and the effect this has on influencing behaviour.
Amy is a Senior Policy Officer at the Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education (FARE) in Canberra, and coordinates the NSW ACT Alcohol Policy Alliance (NAAPA). Her background is in public health policy in both government and not-for-profit settings.
Amy is 26, works in health promotion and is passionate about reducing alcohol related harm and changing the alcohol culture in Australia.
Amy is a NHMRC Early Career Fellow at CAPR, La Trobe University. Amy has worked in alcohol and drug research for more than 10 years across a diverse range of methodologies including both qualitative and quantitative studies. She has a keen interest in research methodology, with her PhD utilising an ethnographic, naturalistic study design.
Amy Smith is a Communications Officer at the Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education (FARE).
Andrea Mason is the Chief Executive Officer of the Ngaanyatjarra, Pitjantjatjara and Yankunytjatjara (NPY) Women’s Council and 2016 Telstra Northern Territory Business Women of the Year.
Andrew Fairley AM is chairman of the Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education (FARE). He practices as an equity lawyer with Hall & Wilcox Solicitors in Melbourne and is recognised as one of Australia’s leading superannuation lawyers.
Dr Andrew Laming graduated medicine (1990) and ophthalmology (2002) before transitioning to Federal Parliament in 2004. Other career highlights include remote and rural family medical practice in 1991, sports medicine in South Africa, a Diploma of Obstetrics in London, landmine clearing and ICRC war surgery in Afghanistan in 1992. He is Australia’s most innovative user of social media in politics and in 2010 was appointed the Coalition spokesperson for Indigenous Health and Regional Health Services and Eye health. He is a qualified personal trainer and enjoys triathlon.
A father of two sons, Sebastian and Theodore, Andrew lives with his wife Gweneth in Hackett. Prior to being elected in 2010 as the federal member for Fraser, Andrew was a professor of economics at the Australian National University. Andrew has written extensively on a range of subjects, including education, taxation and social policy. He also writes regularly for the Australian press. Andrew holds a PhD in public policy from Harvard, having graduated from the University of Sydney with first class honours in Law and Arts. He has previously worked as a lawyer (including a stint as associate to former High Court Justice Michael Kirby), and as a principal adviser to the Australian Treasury.
Andrew Misell is Alcohol Concern’s Director for Wales and has led the development of the charity’s work in Wales since 2009. He previously worked for Diabetes UK, leading their policy and public affairs work in Wales, and has also been a Senior Researcher with the Liberal Democrat group in the National Assembly for Wales.
Andrew P Scipione APM is Commissioner of the New South Wales Police Force.
Andrew Woodhouse has been a resident in the 2011 postcode area since 1988 and lives in Potts Point/Kings Cross. He is President of the Potts Point and Kings Cross Heritage & Residents' Society (since 2003), is a regular contributor on issues in the area and appears in the NSW Land and Environment Court on behalf of residents.
Angela Taft is Professor and Director of the Judith Lumley Centre and has been with the centre since 1999. She is also an Honorary Senior Fellow in the Department of General Practice, University of Melbourne and a former National Convenor of the Women's Health SIG of the Public Health Association of Australia. She is a social scientist with a strong interest in rigorous combination of qualitative and quantitative methods to answer complex questions about women's health.
Over the last ten years she has led a major competitively funded program of research at JLC on intimate partner/gender-based violence. This has included analysing the health impact of IPV over time in the Australian Longitudinal Study of Women's Health, Cochrane systematic reviews and randomised trials of IPV interventions in general practice and maternal and child health nursing. She is strongly interested in preventing the harm to Safe Motherhood from gender-based violence.
Angela received her BSc (Hons) in Mathematics and Statistics in 1998 and subsequently completed her doctorate on the subject of joint modeling longitudinal and time-to-event data with Profs Peter Diggle and Robin Henderson from the University of Lancaster in 2001. She carried out post-doctoral research with Dr Ian White at the MRC Biostatistics Unit, Cambridge and was appointed in 2006 to University Lecturer in Biostatistics in the Department of Public Health and Primary Care, Cambridge.
Anita Tang is an Advocacy Advisor and Campaign Coach, supporting NGOs and individuals working for social change. For over 12 years, she led the transformation of Cancer Council NSW’s advocacy approach to one that embraces grassroots engagement and community organising, with resulting campaign wins in tobacco control, and reforms to improve access to treatment. In 2014, she was listed in Impact 25 - The Not for Profit Sector’s Most Influential People.
Ann is Professor and Director of the National Centre for Education and Training on Addiction (NCETA) at Flinders University.
Anna’s background is in psychology and she has spent more than four years living and working in communities throughout the Caribbean and Latin America. She recently returned to Australia as a Project Manager for a youth-led health promotion initiative “Ychange?” in Darwin while studying her Master of International and Community Development. She is passionately barefoot, addicted to ice cream, and a firm believer in following your dreams.
Anna is a third-year public relations student at the University of Canberra.
The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk is the Premier of Queensland and Minister for the Arts.
Anne is the biological mother of two adult children with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD). She started working to support people with FASD in 2000 and in 2005, her first book ‘Alcohol and Pregnancy – A Mother’s Responsible Disturbance’ was published. In 2007 Anne founded the Russell Family Fetal Alcohol Disorders Association and in 2010 developed the first publicly available FASD training modules in Australia.
Dr Anne-Marie Laslett is a social, epidemiological and public health research fellow with the Centre for Alcohol Policy and Research (CAPR). She has worked in the area of alcohol and drug epidemiology at Turning Point Alcohol and Drug Centre for the past 17 years, joining CAPR in 2008. She currently directs the award-winning project entitled, 'The Range and Magnitude of Alcohol’s Harm to Others'. Her research on the project has examined harms from others’ drinking both as reported in general population survey respondents and as recorded in the caseloads of social and health response agencies. In particular, in 2011/12, Anne-Marie’s research has focused on a study of alcohol’s involvement in child abuse, using data from the Victorian Child Protection System and the national Alcohol’s harm to others survey. This research for her PhD has been supported by a Sidney Myer Fund and ARF PhD scholarship. She is also a co-investigator and technical advisor to the World Health Organization/Thai Health International Collaborative Research Project on ‘The Harm to others from drinking’. Dr Laslett originally graduated as a dentist, and went on to complete degrees as a Master of Preventive and Community Dentistry (Oral Epidemiology) and a Master of Public Health.
Anthony is a Senior Policy Officer at the Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education. He has degrees in science and economics from the ANU, and is currently undertaking graduate study in psychology. Anthony previously worked in economic research in the Commonwealth Government. He is passionate about the benefits of preventive health measures, with particular interest in the taxation, marketing and availability of alcohol. When not at work or study, Anthony enjoys music festivals, reading and travel.
The Hon Dr Anthony Lynham is a maxillofacial surgeon who has seen firsthand the devastating harms from alcohol and campaigns tirelessly for the prevention of violence. He is the Labor Member of Stafford and a member of the Legislative Assembly of Queensland, as the Minister for State Development and Minister for Natural Resources and Mines.
Antonia Lyons is a Professor of Psychology at Massey University’s School of Psychology, where she coordinates the Health Psychology Masters programme. Antonia's research explores the social, cultural and mediated contexts of behaviours related to health, including the role that social media play in drinking cultures. Antonia is currently co-editor of the journal Qualitative Research in Psychology, and serves as an Associate Editor for Health Psychology Review and Psychology and Health. She also is co-editor (with Professor Kerry Chamberlain) of the Routledge book series ‘Critical Approaches to Health’.
Ashlea Bartram is a PhD candidate at the University of Adelaide’s School of Public Health, where she is investigating the social experience of cutting back or stopping alcohol consumption. Ashlea’s background is in psychology, with a particular interest in promoting behaviour change.
Ashley Gurney founded AlcoCups in 2010 and has more than 10 years’ experience in the AOD sector including the Salvation Army where he was engaged as a 24/7 AOD youth outreach worker in Melbourne. AlcoCups currently provide alcohol training and resources Australia wide and aim to increase community awareness to reduce alcohol-related harm.
Aveek Bhattacharya is a Policy Analyst for the Institute of Alcohol Studies (IAS) in the United Kingdom. Prior to this, he worked for OC&C Strategy Consultants, advising clients across a range of sectors including retail, consumer goods, software and services. Aveek holds a first class undergraduate degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics, and an MPhil with Distinction in Politics, both from the University of Oxford.
Barbara is Deputy Manager of Physiotherapy Services at Royal North Shore Hospital (RNSH). She is a Specialist Paediatric Physiotherapist with the Australian College of Physiotherapists and has more than 18 years clinical experience. She has a Masters in Public Health and an interest in public and international health, and previously worked in Tanzania in 2006. She is currently the Paediatric representative for the Board of Censors, Australian College of Physiotherapists and the Allied Health representative on the Northern Sydney Local Health District (NSLHD) Research and Innovations Subcommittee. She was seconded in 2011 to work with the Lililwan Project – the first case ascertainment study in Australia investigating the prevalence of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) in communities in the Kimberley, WA. Barbara is now back at RNSH completing a PhD connected to this work in collaboration with the community of Fitzroy Crossing; the Discipline of Paediatrics and Child Health, The University of Sydney; and the George Institute for Global Health. Her work is being funded by a scholarship from the Poche Centre for Indigenous Health, Sydney Medical School, The University of Sydney. Her research is investigating the effect of prenatal alcohol exposure on gross motor skills to support improved health outcomes for Aboriginal children.
Barbara O'Donnell is the Acting Chief Executive, Alcohol Focus, Scotland, a national charity working to reduce alcohol harm.
Dr Barri Phatarfod MBBS FRACGP Dip Ayurveda Grad Dip Ethics (Health) graduated from Monash University in 1988. She has been in general practice for 25 years, currently practicing in Bondi and is part of the Antenatal Shared Care program at Royal Hospital for Women. Dr Barri takes an integrative approach to healthcare, and has obtained her Diploma of Ayurveda. She believes optimum health can be achieved by combining different aspects of the healthcare modalities as appropriate to the condition. Dr Barri has also completed her Graduate Diploma of Healthcare Ethics and is currently doing a Masters Degree in this field.
Barry Davis has been involved in alcohol education on and off for the past twenty years. He is the designer and developer of the Party Safe Drink Drive Guide and also owns the ‘PARTY SAFE’ Trademark.
Leading a team of epidemiologists and social scientists at Turning Point Alcohol and Drug Centre, Eastern Health, Dr Lloyd oversees more than a dozen epidemiological projects utilising population level data across studies of alcohol and drug use and harms. These projects involve the use of jurisdictional and national data across populations and direct and indirect measures of harm at individual and community levels. Dr Lloyd has worked in government and academic settings in Queensland, where she has coordinated and supervised numerous research projects incorporating quantitative and Dr Lloyd has a PhD in epidemiology, utilising large-scale longitudinal data. She is a regular presenter at national and international conferences on epidemiological research relating to alcohol and other drugs.
Belinda is a second-year Masters student from the University of Adelaide, whose thesis focuses on Australian-Soviet relations in the 1940s. Aside from her studies, Belinda enjoys the arts, particularly music and theatre (and, of course, a drink or two at a show).
The Hon Bill Shorten is the Federal Member for Maribyrnong and Leader of the Opposition. Bill joined the Labor Party during his last year of secondary schooling aged 17 and has since devoted his entire adult life to serving the labour movement. He was first elected as the Member for Maribyrnong at the 2007 Federal Election. Bill was sworn into the Labor Ministry in September 2010 and promoted to Cabinet in December 2011. As a senior member of the Labor Government, Bill has played a key role in securing a number of historic Labor reforms. Bill has an enduring interest in social justice issues such as domestic violence, equal opportunity at work, and as a father of three and a stepdad the increasing diversity of families in Australia.
Bobby Graham is a digital consultant who specialises in making digital content web accessible, both online and for iPad and smart phones. Bobby has worked in the government sector, in mainstream publishers and libraries. She holds a Masters in eBusiness and a Bachelor of Arts. She occasionally takes a break from consuming alcohol.
Dr Bosco Rowland is a registered psychologist and currently an Alfred Deakin Post-Doctoral Fellow, with the School of Psychology at Deakin University. He has worked on a number of large community trials focussed on preventing and reducing alcohol related harm. Currently he manages the implementation of the Smart Generation ARC Linkage trial; a trial aiming to prevent the use and uptake of alcohol by Australian adolescents across Australia. He has worked on the Randomised Community Trial of the Good Sports Program, a program that helps community sports club manage and consume alcohol responsibly. He works collaboratively with academic institutions across Australia, including the Centre for Adolescent Health, Newcastle University, Turning Point Drug and Alcohol Centre, and Hunter New England Population Health and is an active member of Australian Research Alliance for Children and Young people contributing to prevention evidence publications on key drug and alcohol topics.
Bradman St Peters
Since accepting his appointment to lead Alcohol Industry Lobby (AIL), Australia in 2011, Bradman St Peters has lent his considerable weight to the cause of the Australian Alcohol Industry. St Peters has a lifetime of alcohol experience under his belt. After completing an intensive Brewing, Science & Engineering Certificate at the now defunct Burnie Institute of Technology and World Brewing Academy, St Peters, 5th in his class, entered the industry as an apprentice brewer at the Devenport Distillery. He was destined not to remain an apprentice brewer for long and less than four years after first punching his time card at the distillery he was promoted to Line Supervisor. Two short years later he was singled out for higher duties in Logistics and Distribution, before landing permanently in a senior management role. A father of two, St Peters is a connoisseur of Belgian Cigars, and a collector of rare Kenyan handcrafted ashtrays.
Brandon is the Manager of Education Programs for UnitingCare ReGen (formerly known as Moreland Hall). He has 20 years’ experience working in the community, health and education sectors. The last ten have been spent managing or coordinating education and training teams for AOD and community services. His expertise and interests lie in the following areas: AOD, HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis C, harm minimisation, dual diagnosis and education.
Brian is the Executive Officer for the National Alliance for Action on Alcohol (NAAA) and Senior Policy Advisor on Alcohol at the Cancer Council Victoria. He has a background in policy, research and advocacy within public health field, with a focus on drug and alcohol issues, and has worked with a number of NGOs, statutory bodies, and all three levels of government.
Dr Bruce Bolam is an Honorary Senior Fellow at the University of Melbourne and Executive Manager of Programs at the Victorian Health Promotion Foundation (VicHealth).
Caitlin Kameron has a background in public health and law. She is the Legal Policy Advisor at Cancer Council Western Australia, providing support to the organisation’s cancer prevention teams.
Carl Heslop is a Professional Registered Nurse and public health practitioner. He is a PhD candidate with Curtin University, and Community Development Officer – Great Southern for the Alcohol and Drug Foundation (ADF).
Carly McMorris is a registered clinical psychologist and an assistant professor at the University of Calgary with a focus on understanding mental health issues in children and youth with neurodevelopment disorders.
Professor Carol Bower is the Co-Director FASD Research Australia Centre of Research Excellence Telethon Kids Institute
Caroline Marcus is a reporter for The Daily Telegraph and The Sunday Telegraph.
Caterina is the Director of Policy and Research at the Foundation for Alcohol Research & Education.
Catherine King was first elected to Federal Parliament in 2001 to represent the electorate of Ballarat.
On 18 October 2013, Ms King was appointed to the role of Shadow Minister for Health in the Shadow Cabinet led by the Hon. Bill Shorten.
She was re-elected as member at subsequent Federal Elections in 2004, 2007, 2010 and 2013.
Catherine Lebel is an Assistant Professor of Radiology at the University of Calgary. The aim of her research is to better understand brain changes, with the ultimate goal of providing earlier identification and more effective treatments for children with developmental disorders.
Dr Catherine Yelland is the RACP President. She is also Director of Medicine and Older Persons Service at Redcliffe Hospital. Dr Yelland is a geriatrician and general physician, and is interested in clinical medicine, service development and physician education.
Chantel Ritter is a Master of Science student in School and Applied Child Psychology, University of Calgary.
Charles Livingstone has been a Senior Lecturer with Monash University since 2006, initially with the Dept of Health Social Science and subsequently with the Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine when the departments were merged. Prior to this, he was a Senior Research Fellow with the Australian Institute for Primary Care at La Trobe University. He is currently Honours coordinator for the Honours degree of the Bachelor of Health Science and coordinates a number of undergraduate units in the Bachelor of Health Science. His disciplinary background is in economics and social theory, in both of which he holds research degrees.
Professor Charles Parry is the director of the Alcohol, Tobacco & Other Drug Research Unit at the South African Medical Research Council. He is also an extraordinary professor in the Department of Psychiatry at Stellenbosch University and is registered with the HPCSA as a Clinical and Research Psychologist. Trained in South Africa and the USA in clinical/community psychology and mathematical statistics he has published over 200 indexed journal articles and co-authored three books on alcohol policy. His current research centres on alcohol epidemiology and policy; alcohol use and HIV/TB treatment; and fetal alcohol spectrum disorders. He is a member of the editorial/advisory boards of four international journals. Since 2006 he has been a member of the WHO Expert Panel on Drug Dependence and Alcohol Problems and in 2010 was appointed to the technical advisory group of the UNODC/WHO joint program on drug dependence, treatment and care and the board of the Global Alcohol Policy Alliance.
Chloe Gordon is a doctoral student in the School of Education, Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Wollongong. She is a qualified teacher, holding a Bachelor of Education (Honours) and has teaching/tutoring experience across primary school, high school and University. Chloe has presented her research work at national and international conferences in Australia and overseas. Her current research interests include alcohol abuse prevention, media literacy education, curriculum design, and program evaluation.
My name is Chris Appleford, I’m in my early 40’s and I’ve never felt fitter, healthier, leaner and happier. The reason? In 2012 I quit drinking alcohol…for good. But it hasn’t always been like that. Growing up I was like any other red blooded Australian male. I loved playing sport, watching the football, and having massive nights out on the town with my friends. These nights would start with a few drinks at someone’s house (pre-loading as it’s called these days), then hit the club’s until they kicked us out and closed the doors. Very rarely were these nights small. And of course the next day I’d feel like a freight train was running through my head and waste a day laying on the couch…sick as a dog!
Dr Chris Bourke is a member of the ACT Legislative Assembly representing the seat of Ginninderra. He is Government Whip, Assistant Speaker, and Chair of the Standing Committee on Health, Ageing, Community and Social Services.
First elected to the Legislative Assembly in June 2011 he has served as ACT Minister for Education and Training, Industrial Relations, Corrections and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs.
Dr Bourke graduated from the University of Melbourne in 1982; the first person of Aboriginal descent to complete a dental degree.
Chris Brookes is Director of Global Business Development for the UK Health Forum. Chris has worked in the public health field for 16 years, with a particular focus on actions to address health inequalities internationally.
Chris Hackley is Professor of Marketing at Royal Holloway University of London, a position he has held since 2004. His PhD was from Strathclyde University Department of Marketing, and he also holds degrees in psychology, education and business studies. His research and teaching involve critical and cultural perspectives on marketing, particularly advertising and promotion, and consumer culture. His research on alcohol policy, media strategy and regulation has been covered in many national newspapers and he has consulted on related topics with media and government bodies including Channel 4, Sky Media and the UK Government Cabinet Office. He has written occasional features and opinion pieces connected to education, research and marketing for outlets including Times Higher, Admap, the Psychologist, and various online publications. His most recent book is Marketing in Context (2013), with Palgrave, and the third edition of my text book, Advertising and Promotion will be published by Sage in late 2014.
Christian Smyth takes pictures, writes words and occasionally does something useful. He's most at home behind a coffee and a good book and when that's done he likes talking to people he doesn't yet know.
Christina Mair is a social epidemiologist and an assistant professor in the Department of Behavioral and Community Health Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh. Her research focuses on the social ecology of substance use, model-based approaches to study drinking behaviours and related problems and population-based analyses of alcohol-related problems such as violence. She is the principal investigator of an NIH NIAAA-funded R01 that uses small-scale multi-methods approaches, including local survey and archival data, to assess four specific social mechanisms that may link over-concentrations of off-premise alcohol outlets in neighbourhood areas to alcohol-related problems (e.g., violence and heavy drinking). She also leads an NIH project to generate behavioural risk models in an agent-based modelling framework to better understand and intervene to reduce alcohol-related problems in community contexts. In addition to her alcohol-focused research, she studies the spatial and social patterns of opioid use in Pennsylvania.
Christine Rogan is a Health Promotion Advisor for the Alcohol Healthwatch Trust, a non-government organisation based in Auckland working to reduce alcohol related harm through effective health promotion. Christine coordinates the Fetal Alcohol Network NZ, established to connect the workforce and families and projects aimed at identifying and reducing the harm associated with drinking alcohol during pregnancy.
Dr. Christopher Stevens is one of Australia's leading young researchers in exercise and sport science having twice been named Exercise & Sports Science Australia's best young researcher. Chris' research interests include improving all aspects of sports performance and specifically the areas of exercise physiology and thermoregulation. His current research projects investigate drinks, cooling strategies and training programs to improve performance in the heat.
Claire Wilkinson is a research officer at the Centre for Alcohol Policy and Research (CAPR) at La Trobe University. She is a PhD candidate at the School of Population Health at the University of Melbourne, Her research is exploring the local implementation of liquor licensing laws.
Clare is the Nutrition Program Manager for Cancer Council NSW, and works on public health research including on alcohol and cancer.
Clover Moore is serving her third term as the Lord Mayor of Sydney after being elected in 2004, 2008 and 2012. Clover is the first popularly elected woman to lead the City of Sydney and served as a member of NSW Parliament from March 1988 until September 2012. Initially she served as the member for Bligh and more recently as the member for Sydney.
Coco Bernard is the Executive Research Officer at Step Back Think. She is currently completing her Doctoral training in Clinical Neuropsychology at Monash University, and has worked as a drug and alcohol researcher for the for the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre and currently works in Traumatic Brain Injury research at Monash Epworth Rehabilitation Research Centre.
Corrine Barraclough is a freelance writer based on the Gold Coast. She's been a journalist for nearly 20 years and held senior positions at several national magazines in London and New York before moving to Sydney to edit NW magazine. She now lives by the beach, has her work/life balance in order, and is proud to say she stopped drinking alcohol well over a year ago. Corrine is passionate about alcohol education and personal responsibility.
Courtney Breen is a Research Fellow at NDARC and is currently involved in projects aimed at improving services for alcohol dependent women and families caring for children affected by Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD). Her PhD thesis examined individual and community factors associated with alcohol consumption and harm in regional NSW as part of the Alcohol Action in Rural Communities (AARC) project.
Adjunct Associate Professor Craig Sinclair is one of Australia’s leading experts on skin cancer prevention.
Mr Sinclair is the Director of the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) Collaborative Centre for UV Radiation and has particular expertise in skin cancer, vitamin D and sun protection.
As chair of Cancer Council Australia’s Public Health and Skin Cancer Committees and Head of Prevention at Cancer Council Victoria, Mr Sinclair is also an expert media commentator on a broad range of public health issues related to cancer prevention including obesity, alcohol and cancer screening.
He is an author of over 30 peer reviewed publications including the WHO’s Risks and Guidance Note on Artificial Tanning Sunbeds.
Danica Keric is an Information and Research Officer at the McCusker Centre for Action on Alcohol and Youth. Danica and the Alcohol Advertising Review Board team welcome complaints from the Australian community about inappropriate alcohol advertising.
Dr David Jernigan is the Director of the Center on Alcohol Marketing and Youth (CAMY) and an associate professor at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, USA.
He has worked as an advisor to the World Health Organization (WHO) and the World Bank on alcohol issues. He has also authored numerous peer-reviewed articles and has trained thousands of public health advocates in media advocacy and alcohol-problems prevention.
David Malone is the Executive Director of Healthway, the Western Australian Health Promotion Foundation. David joined Healthway in 2008 and shortly after turned his attention towards ensuring Healthway's sponsorship program focused on reducing the promotion of alcohol through sport and community events in WA. David is also the Chair of the International Network of Health Promotion Foundations and has worked in a mentoring role with a number of health promotion organisations throughout developing countries.
David Muscatello has a PhD in epidemiology and is a Senior Lecturer in the UNSW School of Public Health and Community Medicine. David's research interests include use of administrative databases for public health surveillance and policy evaluation.
Professor of Cultural Research, Institute for Culture and Society, Western Sydney University, and was Director of the Institute’s earlier incarnation, the Centre for Cultural Research, between 2006 and 2009. Previously David was Professor of Media and Cultural Studies and Director of the Cultural Institutions and Practices Research Centre at The University of Newcastle, Australia. David’s principal research interests revolve around contemporary media and popular culture, including tabloidisation, practices of journalism, media political economy, cultural policy, popular music, academic public communication, urban leisure, and, especially, media sport and culture.
David is the Chief Executive of a national peak not-for-profit organisation in preventative health, the Alcohol and other Drugs Council of Australia. He is a senior volunteer member of St John Ambulance Australia, the Chair of the ACT Alcohol and Drug Foundation—Karralika Programs. In addition to these activities, David holds appointments on the Boards of the International Federation of Non Government Organisations and the International Council on Alcohol and Addictions. David is also a member of the National Leadership Group for the White Ribbon Foundation and a Board Director for a recently established NGO, the National Rural Law and Justice Alliance. David was appointed to the Board of Families Australia in November 2012. David completed a significant public service career in 2006 the last six as Director General of Emergency Management Australia, the Federal Government's agency with responsibility for reducing the impact of natural, technological and human-caused disaster impact on the Australian community and the region.
Di Mahoney is the Director of Byron Youth Service. She has lived in Byron Shire for the past 9 years, having moved from the Surf Coast of Victoria, where she had previously worked in community planning and development with Surf Coast Shire. Di is a passionate community development worker with extensive and diverse experience in community sector organisations. She loves seeing people of all ages and stages reach their potential and this extends to whole communities striving to be the best they can be! Di has qualifications in social science, education and training, small business management and community sector development.
Di Martin is a Walkley Award winning journalist who now runs her own communications consultancy. She has worked on national issues for 25 years in radio, TV, print and social media. Until recently she worked in the Parliamentary Press Gallery as Political Producer for Radio National Drive. Di began her career at AM, PM and The World Today before filing from hot spots around Asia and the Pacific, and making documentaries for RN’s investigative program, Background Briefing.
Di engages with FARE’s work because she's grumpy about her 14 year old twins being saturated with alcohol advertising when they watch AFL and cricket.
Associate Professor Diana Egerton-Warburton is an Emergency Physician with a passion for patient advocacy. She is chair of the Australasian College for Emergency Medicine (ACEM) Public Health Committee and has led the project to highlight and prevent the harmful effects of alcohol on our community. She is Director of Emergency Medicine Research at Monash Medical Centre and an Associate Professor at the School of Clinical Sciences at Monash University. She has recently been appointed to the Australian National Advisory Council on Alcohol and other Drugs. Diana has worked for over two decades in Emergency Departments in Australia and seen first-hand the devastating effects of alcohol harm on peoples lives.
Diana is a PhD candidate in Neuroscience at the University of Queensland. Her PhD focuses on the impact of maternal alcohol consumption around the time of conception and its effects on long term cognitive outcomes in the fetus. Along with research she also specialises in science outreach and STEM engagement throughout schools offering workshops, presentations and inquiry/problem based learning for students. In extension to this, Diana is a skilled and passionate science communicator on a range of topics and has been featured as a regular contributor on the ABC (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) science radio program ‘Ockham’s Razor’, as well as taking part in panel discussions, National Science Week, and World Science Festival events. She has also written for various online publications and is a regular contributor to Australia's Skeptic Magazine, and Lateral Magazine.
Dominique de Andrade
Dominique is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at CYSAR, QUT. She is a justice-health researcher with a particular focus on substance misuse in high risk populations and in high risk settings.
Donna Ah Chee
Donna Ah Chee is the Chair of the Aboriginal Medical Services Alliance Northern Territory (AMSANT).
Dorothy Coombe is currently the Country Women’s Association of Australia National President. She also serves as the Chair of Foodbank Victoria, and a Board Director of Foodbank Australia and the National Rural Women’s Coalition and is on Council for the National Rural Health Alliance.
Dudley Brown is a grape grower and winemaker for his winery, Inkwell, in McLaren Vale, South Australia. He is the past Chairman of the McLaren Vale Grape Wine and Tourism Association and the current CEO and Chairman of DJ's Growers Services and Supplies in McLaren Vale. He is also a past Chairman of the McLaren Vale Growers Council and a founding Board Member of the Wine Grape Council of SA. In his past life, he was the Managing Director of BridgeGate, LLC – the largest executive search firm in the United States for early stage information technology companies.
Dad to two girls and Pregnant Pause champion, Duncan Buchanan, supported his wife by not drinking during her last pregnancy. Prior to this he showed his support by abstaining from alcohol for nine weeks – a week for every month of pregnancy – after his first daughter was born.
Drink Tank aims to generate meaningful commentary and debate about alcohol policy, and to provide a platform for all members of the Australian community to share their views and concerns.
Our goal is for the Drink Tank community to engage in robust discussion about alcohol, highlighting a broad spectrum of views and voices, and ultimately to raise the profile of alcohol as an issue of national importance.
Elizabeth Elliott AM is Professor of Paediatrics and Child Health, University of Sydney and Consultant Paediatrician, at the Children’s Hospital at Westmead, Sydney.
Ellie is an early-career chronic disease epidemiologist with experience in analysis of large-scale national and international epidemiological and administrative datasets. Her main research interests are in the primary prevention of cardiovascular disease and absolute cardiovascular disease risk screening. Following the award of her PhD in epidemiology and population health from the ANU in 2015, she undertook a two-year postdoctoral research position with the Cardiovascular Epidemiology Unit at the University of Cambridge, where her research focused on modelling of absolute cardiovascular disease risk. She is currently a Research Fellow at the National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health at the ANU, and continues to collaborate with researchers from the University of Cambridge and University College London on using UK electronic primary care patient records for CVD absolute risk assessment.
Emil has a background in documentary post-production and has credits on documentaries for the ABC, SBS, and BBC, amongst others. He has completed a Graduate Diploma of Journalism at La Trobe University, where he co-edited its online magazine, and after a brief stint at Business Spectator, he joins The Conversation as the Multimedia Editor.
Emma Louise Davies
I am a Chartered Psychologist. My research expertise is in the field of health psychology with a particular focus on applying theories and using systematic methods to develop behaviour change interventions. I am interested in the social and emotional aspects of health behaviours such as alcohol consumption, and about how we process and respond to information about healthy/unhealthy behaviour.
Professor Emmanuel Kuntsche is the new Director of the Centre for Alcohol Policy Research (CAPR) at La Trobe University in Melbourne. A Senior Researcher and an Associate and Honorary Professor in Switzerland, the Netherlands and Hungary, Professor Kuntsche takes over from the internationally renowned Professor Robin Room. CAPR, a joint initiative of the Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education (FARE) and La Trobe University, is a world-class research facility that contributes to the development of effective evidence-based alcohol policy on the national and global stage.
As Assistant Minister for Health, Senator the Hon Fiona Nash MP is one of the most senior women in the Federal Government.
Minister Nash holds Federal Government responsibilities for rural, regional and indigenous health, food policy, drug and alcohol policy, organ donation and a number of health related agencies including the Therapeutic Goods Administration, the Office of Chemical Safety.
Minister Nash was elected to the Australian Senate in 2004. She and her husband, David, live on a property at Crowther near Young in the south-west of NSW and are the parents of two boys, Will and Henry. Balancing family with the business of running a farm and representing the people of NSW shapes and influences everything Minister Nash does on professional and personal levels. She is committed to getting the best for her constituents in every avenue of daily life, from education to health, food security to safe environmental practices.
Frances is a marketing & communications professional dedicated to helping people live life to their full potential. Working as a Relationship Manager in Canberra for The Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education she is passionate about raising funds for grassroots projects and medical research to support policy reform. She loves to make people laugh even if she is making fun of herself.
Professor Garry Jennings AO is the National Heart Foundation’s Chief Executive Officer and Chief Medical Adviser. Professor Jennings has extensive experience in public health and cardiology and a long association with the National Heart Foundation as a former Board Member and long standing Chair of the National Heart Foundation’s Cardiovascular Health Advisory Committee.
Gary Schwitzer is founder and publisher of HealthNewsReview.org. He taught media ethics for 9 years at the University of Minnesota.
Geoff Daniels is a freelance voiceartist for radio, TV, corporate companies, a voice you may even hear next time you're on hold! All recorded from a home studio. Geoff looks forward to what life will bring as he recovers from alcohol and codeine addiction.
Geoff is one of Australia’s best known radio newsreaders. Having worked with some of the biggest names in broadcasting – Derren Hinch, Ita Butrose and Kyle and Jackie O – Geoff has also covered some of the biggest stories of our time. Geoff is also known for his extensive charity work. He lives right next to Kings Cross with his husband Jason.
Geoff Munro has worked in the alcohol and other drug field for three decades with roles in training, education and community development for government and non-government services.
Since 1991 he has been employed by the Alcohol and Drug Foundation in a variety of positions encompassing education, research and advocacy. His current role, National Policy Manager, involves leading policy development and disseminating the ADF’s views.
Gordon Gregory led the establishment of the National Rural Health Alliance (NRHA) in 1991 and served as Chief Executive for 23 years, building it into a powerful voice for rural health and communities. Gordon’s outstanding leadership and advocacy saw him recognised as an ACT State Finalist Australian of the Year in 2013, and he was awarded an Order of Australia medal for his services in 2009.
Hannah is a Health Economics Research Officer in the Department of Public Health at La Trobe University. Hannah has a Bachelor of Pharmacy (hons) and Master of Public Health (health economics stream), and aspires to contribute to an ambitious and robust research culture.
Hannah Pierce is a Research Associate in the Alcohol Programs Team at the Public Health Advocacy Institute of WA, and the Executive Officer of the Alcohol Advertising Review Board. Hannah and the Alcohol Advertising Review Board welcome complaints from the Australian community about inappropriate alcohol advertising.
Hannah is a PhD student at Deakin University. She is a Public Health researcher interested in the ways marketing is used to normalise sports betting and alcohol during sport and the effect of industry tactics on children and the community.
Helen is the convener of the the 2011 Residents’ Association (2011RA). 2011RA represents the residents of the 2011 postcode area of Sydney, Australia. This includes the suburbs of Kings Cross, Potts Point, Elizabeth Bay, Rushcutters Bay and Woolloomooloo.
Himanshu Gupta is a PhD Scholar at the National Drug Research Institute, Curtin University in Perth. Himanshu is from New Delhi, India and is one of the first recipients of a Curtin University Faculty of Health Sciences International Research Scholarship. Himanshu’s PhD will compare the impact of social media and the use of the internet as a marketing tool on alcohol consumption in India and Australia.
With a background in marketing, Howard asked every man, women and their dog to spend all their money exploring the world with Lonely Planet, and then, at Save the Children, to instead give that money to some very clever people who, well, save children for a living.
Ian was the FARE Chair from 2001 to 2009. He is a consultant and Emeritus Professor of Public Health and Community Medicine of the University of New South Wales. He is Patron of the Alcohol and other Drugs Council of Australia, Chair of the Australian Suicide Prevention Advisory Council, NSW Expert Advisory Committee on Alcohol and Drugs, and Governing Council of The Ted Noffs Foundation.
Ingrid Wilson is a PhD Candidate at the Judith Lumley Centre at La Trobe University.
Her research is exploring women’s experience of fear and harm from an alcohol-affected partner to inform the development of policy and interventions to reduce alcohol-related intimate partner violence.
Jacob is a Project Officer at the Youth Coalition of the ACT, the territory’s peak body for youth affairs. Jacob has worked on the Champions ACT campaign since September 2012, which aims to encourage young people to look after their friends when out drinking. He will also be the ACT National Youth Week Coordinator for 2014 and previously advised the New Youth Wales Minister for Youth.
Jacqueline Bowden is a PhD candidate at the School of Psychology, University of Adelaide. Jacqueline is a behavioural scientist who has worked in public health for over 15 years. She is Manager of the Population Health Research Group at the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI), located in Adelaide, Australia.
Jade Frew is a 14 year-old from Sydney Secondary College Leichhardt Campus in Sydney. She's a One Direction fan, a Cheerleader, and a big sister to a three year-old boy and 12 week-old girl. She loves hanging out with her friends, eating olives and going to the beach. Jade thinks you don't need alcohol to have the best night of your life.
Commissioner James Condon has been a Salvation Army Officer for 40 years. He has served in a variety of leadership roles in 3 countries – Australia, Papua New Guinea and the United Kingdom. James was appointed Commissioner for Eastern Australia on 2nd April last year. He has been an active member of Rotary since 1972. He and his wife Jan have two daughters and three grandchildren.
Dr James Fitzpatrick is a full-time Paediatric doctor at Princess Margaret Hospital for Children, Perth and PhD candidate with the University of Sydney. In 2001 James was named Young Australian of the Year for his longstanding dedication to addressing rural and Indigenous health issues.
He recently led a federally funded project aimed at improving the lives of children living in remote Indigenous communities in the WA Kimberley, in partnership with local community organisations and national research institutes. The work involved estimating for the first time in Australia the prevalence of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) in the 40 remote communities of the Fitzroy Valley. Having documented the prevalence of FASD, James is now working with health and education partners to develop a child health clinic run in schools to help young people to reach their educational potential.
James Morris is a PhD student at London South Bank University. His research is exploring how beliefs about alcohol problems influence behaviour change processes. He is editor of www.alcoholpolicy.net and is a behaviour change trainer.
Jamie Moore is a social entrepreneur who wants to change the world’s relationship with alcohol. Having lived all across Australia and up and down the California coast, Jamie has seen a range of drinking cultures and is fascinated by the way technology can support people to living healthier lives.
Being a historical serial binge drinker himself, Jamie has used Hello Sunday Morning to change his own drinking behaviour and the drinking behaviour of thousands of people around the world. He currently lives in Sydney with his partner and is the General Manager of Hello Sunday Morning and Director of Uni Stats Tutor.
Janani Muhunthan is a University of Sydney PhD candidate with The George Institute for Global Health (Health Economics and Process Evaluation Program) and The Australian Prevention Partnership Centre.
Her research focuses on public health law and chronic disease prevention.
Janet Russell lives in Arlington, Virginia, USA with her husband and their four sons. Her eldest son, now 21, was adopted at age 2 and was diagnosed with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome a few years ago. The three younger sons are biological sons and have not been exposed to alcohol in utero. Janet and her family have struggled with how to best to help their oldest son and are interested in spreading the word that the ADULT victims of FAS are in dire need of help, understanding and care.The best prevention message out there is one that honestly portrays the day to day challenges of adults living with Fetal Alcohol Brain Injury.
Jeff Collin is a Professor of Global Health Policy at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland. A political scientist, his research focuses on globalisation, health governance and corporate strategies to influence public health policy. He has been a member of World Health Organization (WHO) expert groups on tobacco industry influence on policy, is a member of the Tobacco Advisory Group of Cancer Research UK, a co-investigator in the UK Centre on Tobacco and Alcohol Studies, and an expert advisor to the Institute of Alcohol Studies. Recent publications examine the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, conflict of interest in international health philanthropy, policy coherence in global health, and UK Government support for the global expansion of the alcohol industry.
Jemma Brunell is a 28 year-old mum and youth worker at Byron Youth Service in Byron Bay. She is also the event manager of Byron Bay Hardcore, a non-profit music event organisation which puts on AA drug and alcohol-free shows for both Australian and international punk and hardcore bands.
Jenny oversees FARE’s work in Victoria and currently works across a number of FARE’s work programs including cancer risk and the National Alcohol Strategy. Jenny holds an undergraduate degree in Biology and a Masters and PhD in the History of Science. She has experience working in UK policy and politics, most recently in London as a Policy Officer/ Senior Policy Officer at the medical research charity Breast Cancer Now, before moving to Australia in 2016.
Jeremy Henderson is the Director of Communications at the Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education.
Jerril Rechter is the CEO of the Victorian Health Promotion Foundation. She is a World Health Organisation Advisor and a board member of the International Network of Health Promotion Foundations. Jerril holds a Master of Business Leadership from RMIT University.
Jill Stark is a senior writer with The Sunday Age. She joined The Age in 2006, where she has predominantly covered health, specialising in alcohol and drug issues, mental health, and public-health policy. In 2008, she won the National Drug and Alcohol Award for excellence in media reporting with her 'Alcohol Timebomb' series, which investigated Australia's bingedrinking problem. In 2011, she won again for a range of alcohol-related stories, including a first-person piece detailing her break from drinking.
Raised in Edinburgh, Jill began her journalism career in Scotland in the 1990s. She worked for newspapers such as the Daily Record, The Scotsman, and the Evening Times, before she moved to Melbourne, where she currently lives, in 2001.
Jo Holder lives in Darlinghurst and runs a contemporary art project space in Kings Cross. She is co-convenor of the Darlinghurst Resident Action Group.
Joanna Le is Director of Corporate Relations and Communications at YWCA Canberra, a feminist, not-for-profit organisation representing women in Canberra since 1929.
Joanna is passionate about public health, gender equality, and digital communication. She is currently undertaking a Masters of Strategic Communications at University of Canberra, and is a Sessional Tutor in Digital PR and Media.
Prior to joining YWCA Canberra, Joanna was Manager of Communications at the Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education, and one of the founding editors of Drink Tank.
Dr John Boffa is the Chief Medical Officer Public Health at Central Australian Aboriginal Congress Aboriginal Corporation, and spokesperson for the People’s Alcohol Action Coalition (PAAC).
Dr John Crozier is co-chair of the National Alliance for Action on Alcohol (NAAA) Committee and Chair of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons Trauma Committee.
John Inverarity is a former Australian cricketer who played six Test matches for Australia and also captained Western Australia and South Australia in Sheffield Shield. John was chairman of selectors for Cricket Australia from 2011 to 2014. Outside of cricket, John has had enjoyed a distinguished and extensive career as an educator and was Headmaster of Perth’s prestigious Hale School from 1989 until 2003. John is currently an ambassador for Teach for Australia.
Blogs at www.johnjohnsonson.wordpress.com and tweets from @JohnJohnsonson.
John Kaye was elected as a Greens member of the NSW Legislative Council in March 2007. Before entering parliament, John taught and researched electrical engineering at the University of NSW where he specialised in sustainable energy and greenhouse issues. John obtained his PhD from the University of California Berkeley. He is a strong advocate for public education, renewable energy , effective public services, consumer rights and securing a sustainable water supply. He is committed to the core principles of the Greens – social justice, grassroots democracy, ecological sustainability and non-violence.
John Laurence Menadue has had a distinguished career both in the private sector and in the Public Service, and runs the blog Pearls and Irritations (www.johnmenadue.com). He was made an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) in 1985 for public service. In 2003 he was awarded the Centenary Medal ‘for service to Australian society through public service leadership’. In 1997, he received the Japanese Imperial Award, The Grand Cordon of the Order of the Sacred Treasure (Kun-itto Zuiho-sho), the highest honour awarded to foreigners who are not head of state or head of government. He was head of the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet from 1974 to 1976.
John Robertson was elected Opposition Leader in March 2011 and is also Shadow Minister for Western Sydney, Shadow Minister for the Illawarra and the Member for Blacktown.
John served as a Minister in the former Labor Government in portfolios including Transport, Environment & Climate Change, Energy, Corrective Services, Industrial Relations, Commerce and Special Minister of State.
As Secretary of Unions NSW from 2001 - 2008, John took a principled stance on a number of issues including advocating for Refugee rights, opposing electricity privatisation and leading the Your Rights At Work campaign in the lead up to the 2007 federal election.
John Rogerson was appointed Chief Executive of the Alcohol and Drug Foundation in 2008. John joined the Foundation in October, 1994 as General Manager – Operations and has been Deputy Chief Executive, and Director of Good Sports. Prior to this John worked in the agriculture industry for 10 years, was Director of Public Affairs in the Department of Primary Industries, and founding General Manager of Agmedia, a publishing and advertising company. He has post-graduate qualifications in Business Administration.
John Ryan is Chief Executive of public health group Anex, the convenor of International Overdose Awareness Day.
John Wilson is the managing legal director at Bradley Allen Love Lawyers and an accredited specialist in industrial relations and employment law.
Jon joined IAS in 2014 and has worked on a wide range of topics, including alcohol's relationship with domestic violence, health inequalities, and its impact on the emergency services. His main area of expertise is alcohol licensing; he is currently conducting a large scale research project into the 2003 Licensing Act. Jon has spoken on the subject at a number of conferences, events and debates, including those run by the National Police Chiefs' Council, the Institute of Licensing and the Global Alcohol Policy Alliance. Jon joined IAS from Sense, the national deafblind charity, where he worked on disability benefits and special educational needs. Before that he worked for an MP running election campaigns, including a successful campaign at the 2010 General Election. Jon studied Social Sciences at Durham University and has a MSc in Sociology and Social Policy from Southampton University, which he passed with Distinction. He also represented the Great Britain Under 23 Rowing Team at two World Championships, and is a former winner at Henley Royal Regatta.
Jonathan Noel is an alcohol policy research at the University of Connecticut.
My name is Jordan Smith and I enjoy the little things in life. I work in the mining industry where 'little things' are hard to find but they are there if you look closely. I enjoy writing and spending time with loved ones. I don't drink alcohol.
Julia is the Executive Officer of the McCusker Centre for Action on Alcohol and Youth. Julia and the Alcohol Advertising Review Board team welcome complaints from the Australian community about inappropriate alcohol advertising.
Julian was born in Surry Hills, grew up in inner Sydney, and has been a regular visitor to the Kings Cross area since the 1970s. He worked in the Kings Cross area as a professional musician from the early 1980s, and have been living and working in Potts Point since the early 2000s. He is a Director of a planning and communications consulting firm, PlanCom Consulting Pty Ltd and has worked in the planning and environment field for over 30 years.
Julie McCrossin gets people talking and she is renowned for her warmth, humour, intelligence and commitment to social justice.
After 20 years as a broadcaster with ABC Radio National, ABC TV and Network Ten, she is now a freelance journalist and facilitator. She presented the radio show Life Matters on ABC Radio National for 5 years, covering countless health, welfare and educational topics with a frequent rural focus. Julie was also a team leader on the media quiz show “Good News Week” for 5 years on Network Ten and ABC TV.
Currently Julie presents a travel program for Qantas and facilitates conferences and seminars nationally. Julie offers a range of interactive formats that stimulate audience discussion while keeping people on topic and on time. Julie is especially known for her capacity to guide forums on sensitive topics, such as suicide prevention, mental health, child protection and family law.
Julie has qualifications in the arts, education and law and she is an Ambassador for the Fred Hollows Foundation, CAN (Mental Health) Inc and FRANS Inc (Making Things Happen for People with Disabilities).
Julie is a senior lecturer at the School of International Studies, University of Technology Sydney.
June is the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner, the Chief Executive Officer of Marninwarntikura Fitzroy Women’s Resource Centre and a proud Bunuba woman from the remote town of Fitzroy Crossing.
June is a champion for Indigenous Australian languages, social justice, women’s issues and Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder.
In 2007, she fought successfully for alcohol restrictions in Fitzroy Crossing. Her focus on Aboriginal children and her determination that we do not sacrifice the health of children for the ‘right’ to buy full strength take-away alcohol, made her a role model for all Australia.
In 2011, in an article appearing in The Age and Sydney Morning Herald June was named as one of the 50 most influential women in the world for her work in improving the lives of those living in remote Aboriginal communities.
June is co-founder of the Yiramalay Wesley Studio School and in 2012 she was appointed as an Ambassador for Children and Young People by Western Australian Commissioner for Children and Young People, Michelle Scott. In 2013 she was awarded an Order of Australia (AO) in the Queen’s Birthday honours. June was the winner of the Westpac and Financial Review 100 Women of Influence 2013 for Social Enterprise and Not for Profit Category. In 2014 June was awarded the Menzies School of Health Research Medallion for her work with Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder. In 2016 June was awarded the Desmond Tutu Fellowship from the Global Reconciliation Foundation.
Justine Shenher is an undergraduate student at the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada pursuing a Bachelor of Arts Honours degree in Sociology with a minor in Critical Perspectives on Social Justice and the Common Good. Her passions lie in social and environmental justice and she hopes to have a career in law one day. She enjoys playing competitive sports and really loves cats!
Kamara Buchanan is a Project Officer at the Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education, and manages the Pregnant Pause campaign.
Karl O'Callaghan joined the Western Australia Police as a 17-year-old Police Cadet in December 1973. He graduated as Dux of the Police Academy in January 1976.
In 2004 he was appointed Police Commissioner and given the special additional task of implementing the reforms of the Kennedy Royal Commission. Since that time he has overseen and implemented widespread cultural, business and process change in the Western Australia Police. He has also championed the Frontline First policing direction and has reintroduced a 'back to basics' reassurance style of policing.
Commissioner O'Callaghan has a Bachelor of Education with 1st Class Honours and in 1998 he became the first police officer in the history of the Western Australia Police to complete a PhD.
Professor Kate Conigrave is an Addiction Medicine Specialist and Public Health Physician based at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital. Professor Conigrave has co-authored a clinical textbook on addiction medicine, and has many years of research experience, including on early detection and intervention for alcohol problems. She has also had the opportunity to collaborate with several Aboriginal communities in their efforts to reduce harms from substance misuse.
Dr Kate Holland is a Senior Research Fellow in the News and Media Research Centre, Faculty of Arts and Design, University of Canberra, and member of the Health Research Institute at the University of Canberra.
Kate Westberg is an Associate Professor in the School of Economics, Finance & Marketing at RMIT University. Her research interests include sport, culture and behaviour.
Katherine is the Director of the Institute of Alcohol Studies (IAS), based in London, UK.
I have a legal practicing certificate, but am not a lawyer. I have a psych degree, but am not a psychologist. When my daughter was born, I wrote on her birth certificate that I was a criminologist. My low level drinking makes me a disappointment to my father and a boring potential (Hello Sunday Morning) HSMer.
Kelli-anne worked as the Fundraising and Events Coordinator at the Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education (FARE) from May 2016 - May 2017.
'The Adventures of a Sober Senortia' blogger Kelly Fitzgerald is a Philadelphia girl recently returned to the USA after an expat life in Cancun, Mexico. Kelly is a soccer player by birth, cat lady by nature, social media manager by day, and beach-goer on the weekends. Recently sober, she likes to share her experiences on Mexican Caribbean life, non-alcoholic cocktails, feminism, and anything else that strikes her fancy.
Kerry McCallum is Associate Professor of Communication and Media Studies in the News and Media Research Centre, Faculty of Arts and Design, University of Canberra.
Kerry O’Brien is Associate Professor at Monash University. His research interests include hazardous drinking, alcohol promotion and marketing, psycho-social aspects of obesity, alcohol-related harms (violence, aggression), stigma and health.
Kevin Peter Mc Namara
Qualified pharmacist; MSc in Community Health; PhD looking at the role of community pharmacy in cardiovascular disease prevention; previous recipient of NHMRC NICS Fellowship (knowledge translation focus around blood pressure management by pharmacists) and Heart Foundation Postdoctoral Award (implementation of cardiovascular disease risk screening in primary care).
Kieran Finnane is a journalist and arts writer who has lived in Alice Springs since 1987. A founding journalist of the Alice Springs News, she also contributes arts writing and journalism to national publications. Her book, Trouble: On Trial in Central Australia, was published by UQP in 2016.
Kirstie Clements has served as a Director of the Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education (FARE), an independent, not-for-profit organisation working to stop the harm caused by alcohol, since June 2015. Kirstie is an author, journalist, speaker and former editor in chief (1999-2012) of Vogue Australia. Her memoir of three decades in fashion publishing, The Vogue Factor (MUP), was released in 2013 and has since become an international bestseller.
Kristen Ella is an Aboriginal woman from Yuin nation. She is a qualified Aboriginal Mental Health Clinician whose passion is to help contribute to Closing the Gap between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Australians.
Kristen Henry is one of Canberra's best known radio personalities and is one half of Kristen and Rod for Breakfast on Mix106.3. She is a local MC, stand-up comedian, weekly columnist for HerCanberra, Canberra Weekly and The Canberra Times, and an ambassador for Pregnant Pause.
Kristina is the first female International President and the 32nd overall to lead IOGT International. Kristina is a psychologist, alcohol and other drugs policy advocate, development aid specialist, feminist, civil society activist, Human Rights defender and humanist.
Krystian Seibert is an industry fellow at the Centre for Social Impact at Swinburne University of Technology and has a strategic advisory role with Philanthropy Australia.
Kypros Kypri is a Professor of Public Health, Epidemiology & Prevention of Alcohol-related Injury and Disease at University of Newcastle. He is a NHMRC Senior Research Fellow and UoN Senior Brawn Fellow. Kypros trained in experimental and clinical psychology at the University of NSW, University of Otago, and University of California San Diego, and completed his PhD in injury epidemiology at the University of Otago. With the input of many colleagues he has established an alcohol research group at UoN which is the hub of several national and international collaborations. These involve methodological, aetiological and intervention studies addressing the disease burden attributable to alcohol consumption.
Lance is the Research Manager at the Centre for Health Initiatives (University of Wollongong) and works across the topic of alcohol and young people including alcohol marketing and advertising. Lance also spends his work time in the area of social marketing across a number of areas and enjoys playing football (the world game) and cycling.
Laurence Alvis has been Chief Executive Officer of UnitingCare ReGen, an alcohol and other drug (AOD) treatment and education agency, since 2005.
Laurence began his career in community services in the early 1980’s, working for another UnitingCare agency in Broadmeadows, where he set up the financial counselling service. He then moved to the City of (Broadmeadows) Hume where in a career of 19 years, he worked in various community services management roles. His roles there included Manager of Aged Services and Health and Manager of Community Services, where he had oversight of 600+ staff and services that operated from over 90 locations throughout the municipality. Laurence has a strong commitment to social justice principals and providing accessible services to those who need them most. Laurence is the treasurer of the peak body VAADA (Victorian Alcohol and Drug Association).
Lee is a third year Public Relations student at the University of Canberra.
Dr Russell is an Adjunct Associate Professor at the Menzies Centre for Health Policy (MCHP) University of Sydney, and a Senior Fellow at the Center for Australian and New Zealand Studies at Georgetown University.
Lily Nothling, is an Editorial Intern at The Conversation.
Lisa Baker is the Labor Member for Maylands, Deputy Speaker of the WA Legislative Assembly and former chief executive of WA Council of Social Service (WACOSS). On behalf of the community, Ms Baker has led two campaigns to stop major liquor outlets from opening in the Maylands town centre.
Lisa is a policy officer at the Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education (FARE) in Canberra and former intern for FARE under the Australian National Internships Program. She graduated in 2012 from the Australian National University with a combined Bachelor of Arts-Bachelor of Commerce with majors in Political Science, International Relations and International Business.
Louise Gray is the Executive Officer of the National Organisation for Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (NOFASD) Australia. For over 20 years NOFASD Australia has been dedicated to supporting parents and carers of those living with FASD through a Helpline, promoting prevention initiatives and community-wide information about FASD.
For the past seven years, Louise Johnson has been the Chief Executive Officer for the Victorian Assisted Reproductive Treatment Authority (VARTA) which administers aspects of the Assisted Reproductive Treatment Act 2008. VARTA is the lead agency of the Fertility Coalition, with other members being Jean Hailes for Women’s Health, Andrology Australia and The Robinson Institute. The Fertility Coalition is running the Your Fertility campaign, a national initiative aimed at informing people about the key factors that affect the ability to conceive and have healthy children.
Lucy Kippist is a journalist with The Punch.
Luke Hutchins is a Graduate from the University of Melbourne with a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) and is currently studying a Masters of Social Policy. He is a volunteer consultant on drug policy to Australia 21 and recently completed an internship at the Victorian Institute for Forensic Medicine. Luke has previously conducted research on alcohol-related violence prevention for the Centre for Alcohol Policy Research, which was subsequently published as a chapter in FARE’s 2014 book Stemming the tide of alcohol: Liquor licensing and the public interest.
Lyndal is a dietitian with a Masters of Health Promotion. She has worked in community nutrition and health promotion roles since 2006, and has been working as a Nutrition Project Officer at Cancer Council NSW since 2010. Her work includes public health research in the fields of alcohol and cancer, food marketing and food policy, public health nutrition advocacy and prevention of cancer through healthy lifestyles.
Maddie is a Policy Officer at the Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education (FARE). She has a background in social change, research, communications and community development.
Maggie Brady is a social anthropologist with a background of fieldwork dealing with Indigenous health and land issues in the Northern Territory, South Australia and Western Australia. She has worked primarily on alcohol misuse and other substance abuse such as petrol sniffing since the late 1970s. She has undertaken studies of drinking in Aboriginal communities, in Tennant Creek (1984) and Alice Springs (1999); examined licensing restrictions in South Australia (2001); and has created and tested practical resources to assist front-line drug and alcohol workers and primary health practitioners. She researched the diet and lifestyle of Aboriginal people on whose land the Maralinga atomic tests were conducted, and contributed to the (1985) Royal Commission into British Nuclear Tests in Australia on behalf of southern Aboriginal groups, as well as the post-Royal Commission technical studies. In 1998 Maggie published the first edition of a book of community development strategies for managing alcohol problems - The Grog Book - winning an Australian Award for Excellence in Educational Publishing. A revised edition was published in 2005. Maggie is also a University Medal winner, receiving the JG Crawford Prize for her PhD thesis in 2000. Her interests include health and alcohol policies for indigenous peoples in Australia and internationally, the role of primary health care in alcohol interventions, and more recently, Aboriginal social enterprises and the liquor industry.
Maik is a Policy and Communications Officer for IOGT International and writes a blog on his life with IOGT. He is also a student at Stockholm University, studying Political Science, Philosophy and History of Ideas.
Marilyn Wise is Associate Professor at the Centre for Primary Health Care & Equity, University of New South Wales.
Mark Abbott and his wife Debbie are co-founders of wellness solutions provider Revelation Corporate Wellness, providing companies with proactive programs for their workforce to improve bottom line healthcare costs and increase employee productivity. Mark received a Bachelor of Arts from Virginia Tech and following postgraduate study at Virginia Tech and Marymount University, was awarded an MBA with a focus on Finance and Accounting. Mark has twenty-seven years of executive leadership experience from his tenure at a multi-billion dollar global professional services provider. A former Division I collegiate athlete, Mark now provides specialized training programs and fitness regimens to corporate executives and elites. Mark resides in Delaplane Virginia USA, with his wife Debbie and their four daughters.
Mark Addy is a Director of the Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education (FARE) and the co-founder of 3TWINS a creative content marketing agency.
Mark Serrels is the Editor of Kotaku Australia. He has previously edited a range of publications including The Official Nintendo Magazine, The Official PlayStation Magazine, Australian 360 and PSM3.
Dr Martin Williams is a postdoctoral research fellow in structural biology and medicinal chemistry at Monash University, currently working primarily on novel antibiotic research.
Mary Barry has been CEO of the National Heart Foundation of Australia since January 2014. Her role is to provide strategic leadership to the federated Heart Foundation of Australia working in collaboration with the CEOs of the foundation’s eight State and Territory Divisions. Previously Mary was CEO of Victorian State Emergency Service and before that inaugural CEO of VAHEC, representing aged care providers and bush nursing centres and hospitals in Victoria. She has held senior management positions in other health care settings and was general manager at the Shire of Melton.
Mary Wooldridge was elected to the Victorian Legislative Assembly in 2006 representing the electorate of Doncaster. She is the Victorian Minister for Mental Health, Minister for Community Services and Minister for Disability Services and Reform. Mary has a Master of Business Administration from Harvard University and a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) from the University of Melbourne.She lives in her Doncaster electorate with her husband, Andrew Barling, and their young son.
Councillor Mathew Dickerson was born and bred in Dubbo and is married with four children. He is a highly successful and prominent businessman with extensive management experience.
Councillor Dickerson is a passionate public speaker and his extensive knowledge of business and technology has seen him deliver presentations as a keynote speaker at dozens of national and international conferences, seminars and other events.
An elected member of Council since 2004, Councillor Dickerson served as Deputy Mayor between 2005 and 2007, and again in 2010. He was elected Mayor in September 2011. This is his fourth term as Mayor.
Matthew Middleton is a Practice Nurse Manager at the University of Queensland Health Service.
Maxine Lenza is World Cancer Research Fund's (WCRF) Press and Communications Officer. She gained a BSc (Hons) in Biology from the University of Exeter, and she has an MSc in Science, Technology and Society where her thesis looked at public narratives surrounding universal healthcare.
Melanie works for the Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education (FARE), and is a visitor at the School of Regulation and Global Governance (RegNet) at the Australian National University (ANU).
Until recently, Melanie was a Research Fellow at both RegNet and the National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health (NCEPH). Prior to joining ANU she spent eight years in Perth at the University of Western Australia (UWA). Across this time she worked at the Graduate School of Management, UWA Business School, and the School of Sport Science, Exercise and Health.
Across her career, she has worked and researched in the areas of alcohol warning statement labelling, alcohol use in teenagers, workplace health, social determinants of health, child obesity prevention, children’s eating behaviours, parents’ child feeding practices, health promotion, seniors’ mental health, nutrition literacy, arts and health, Indigenous health behaviour, health promotion and evaluation, health policy development, and qualitative research methodologies.
Melanie Walker is Acting CEO of the Public Health Association of Australia. She is Vice President of Hepatitis Australia and President of the ACT Hepatitis Resource Centre. She is also currently a Panel Member for the Alcohol Advertising Review Board and a member of the Directions ACT Clinical Reference Committee.
Melinda is a Research Associate at Curtin University and an experienced health promotion practitioner, who previously worked in the non-for-profit sector for six years. During this time Melinda worked on state-wide injury prevention, sector development, and healthy lifestyle programs. She is currently Senior Coordinator at the Public Health Advocacy Institute of WA where she manages capacity building and professional development projects. Melinda is a Director on the Australian Health Promotion Association (AHPA) Board and the immediate past President AHPA (WA Branch).
Melissa Jones is a 25 year old born and raised Canberra girl. Don’t let that fool you though, she knows a thing or two about how to play the banjo badly! As a recent graduate in Arts/Public Relations from the University of Canberra, Melissa has a love for the not-for-profit sector that she wished more people had.
Dr Melissa Stoneham is a Senior Research Fellow at Curtin University and Director with the Public Health Advocacy Institute WA (PHAIWA), and has been with PHAIWA since its incpetion in 2008. She has over 25 years’ experience in the fields of public and environmental health, with particular skills in the area of health promotion, public policy and advocacy.
Melissa Sweet is an independent public health journalist, blogger and tweeter. She edits the public health blog Croakey, is an adjunct senior lecturer in the Sydney School of Public Health at the University of Sydney, chair of the Public Interest Journalism Foundation, and a PhD candidate at Canberra University.
Meredythe Crane is a Senior Policy Officer at the Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education (FARE). Her background is in health and education. Meredythe previously worked at the Alcohol and other Drugs Council of Australia.
Dr Michael Livingston is a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at the Centre for Alcohol Policy Research, La Trobe University. Michael has a background in statistics and criminology and his research is broadly focussed on trends and patterns of alcohol use and related harms and on the impact of alcohol policy.
Michael Moore is the CEO of the Public Health Association of Australia and is the Vice President/President Elect of the World Federation of Public Health Associations. He is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Canberra, was formerly a teacher and consultant and served four terms as an elected member of the ACT Legislative Assembly from 1989 to 2001. Michael was Australia’s first independent Minister when he was appointed as Minister of Health and Community Care.
Michael is the Chief Executive of the Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education (FARE), and tweets from @MichaelTThorn.
Michael West spent two decades working as a journalist, stockbroker, editor and finance commentator before striking out on his own in July 2016.
Having worked for eight years investigating financial markets and big business for Rupert Murdoch’s The Australian and another eight years for The Age and Sydney Morning Herald at Fairfax Media, West has established www.michaelwest.com.au to focus on journalism of high public interest.
West was appointed Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Sydney’s School of Social and Political Sciences last year. The role is to work with the School’s Sydney Democracy Network, investigating money in politics, corporate influence and the intersection between government and big business.
Michele Kosasih is a Senior Policy Officer for FARE. She has two kids, a Bachelor of Science – Psychology (Hons) and a sizeable collection of loud Hawaiian shirts which have recently vanished (person of interest, Mrs Lanny Kosasih, denies any knowledge of their possible whereabouts). In her spare time she can be found watching TV, visiting random tourist attractions around Canberra and combing St Vinnies in a thus-far fruitless attempt to recover said shirts.
Mick Gooda is the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner.
Professor Mike Daube is the Director of the McCusker Centre for Action on Alcohol and Youth. Declaration of interest: Mike Daube does not drink and drive. He does, however, enjoy malt whisky (about which he knows quite a lot) and white wine (about which he knows very little, other than that anything cold usually tastes good).
Milena Katz is an Accredited Practicing Dietitian and also a qualified high school science teacher. She is the founder of Ahead In Health, a Sydney-based private practice and nutrition consultancy and has over 10 years of experience in clinical nutrition and community nutrition education. She recently co-developed Food Sick, an iPhone app to help people keep track of food and symptoms. Milena also has an interest in food and evolution, complementary medicine and anti-ageing; and is a passionate advocate of healthy eating.
She has worked in clinical nutrition in many Sydney hospitals and in the area of health promotion focusing on primary care. She loves working with parents to improve children's health and also teaches a range of nutrition courses at the Eastern Suburbs Evening College. She is passionate about preventing diseases through better food choices and also provides advice for low salt diets, weight management, heart health, diabetes, children’s nutrition, and digestive problems.
With a father and grandfather who were professional baseball players, it’s little wonder that Mitch also found his calling on the baseball field. At 16, he was one of the youngest players to play in the Australian Baseball League. He represented Australia at junior level will represent Australia again at the u23 level in Columbia. Mitch became a hot commodity for Major League Baseball teams to sign as an international free agent. After receiving numerous offers Mitch decided to sign with the Philadelphia Phillies, inking a seven-year deal with one of the world’s biggest sporting organisations.
Dr Wheate completed a Bachelor of Science degree with 1st class honours from the University of New South Wales whilst at the Australian Defence Force Academy. He then completed a PhD in medicinal chemistry under Professor J. Grant Collins. Since then he has worked in the School of Biomedical and Health Sciences at the University of Western Sydney (Australia) and the Strathclyde Institute of Pharmacy and Biomedical Science (Scotland) before taking up a position in the Faculty of Pharmacy at the University of Sydney (Australia) in 2012.
Dr Wheate is the head of cancer research, eLearning coordinator and indigenous recruitment coordinator in the Sydney University Faculty of Pharmacy.
Nicholas Carah is a Lecturer in Communication at the University of Queensland. His research examines branding, popular culture and social media. He is the author of 'Pop Brands: branding, popular music and young people' (Peter Lang, New York).
Laureate Professor Nicholas J. Talley is President of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP), and Pro Vice-Chancellor for Global Research at the University of Newcastle.
Nicki has a background in nursing, and a seven year stint as a paramedic with St John Ambulance WA. She currently works as a first aid trainer while studying a Masters in Theology. She is married, with two teenage children who she constantly lectures about the dangers of alcohol abuse.
Dr Nicki Jackson is the Director of Alcohol Healthwatch in New Zealand. She has extensive academic and practice experience in health promotion and alcohol harm reduction, in particular. Her background comprises: developing and delivering training in evidence-based public health in Australia, leading the Health Promotion undergraduate degree at AUT University, and managing the alcohol and tobacco regulatory and health promotion activities of the Auckland Regional Public Health Service. Her work in public health evidence has been recognised by the World Health Organisation. In 2016, she completed her PhD investigating adolescent alcohol use in New Zealand and won the University of Auckland Vice Chancellor's Excellence Award for best Doctoral thesis at the University in 2016.
Nicole is a Senior Policy Officer at the Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education.
Noah Tyler is a founder and director of Blow Me First, the first company to offer voluntary breath testing services at venues and events in Australia. BMF is dedicated to providing simple and effective breath and drug testing for any event, ensuring that those tested are educated about the dangers of excessive drinking and associated behaviours.
Inspector Pat Gooley is Vice President of the Police Association of NSW.
Patrick is a 58 year-old concerned resident of Potts Point in New South Wales, where he's lived for the past 14 years. He's traveled to cities all around the world, but says nowhere scares him like Kings Cross.
Addiction specialist Paul Haber MBBS, MD, RACP, FAChAM, is a Senior Staff Specialist and Professor and Medical Director, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital Drug Health Services, Sydney, New South Wales.
Dr Paul Harrison teaches, researches, consults and writes in the fields of health, essential services, public policy and economics through an examination of the psychology of emotional and rational behaviour, and the effect of marketing and advertising on consumer behaviour.
He is currently a senior lecturer and chair of the MBA consumer behaviour unit at Deakin University's School of Business.
Paul Klarenaar is an AHPA National Board Member with special responsibilities for advocacy projects, professionalisation and business model planning. Paul is currently the Director of Health Promotion for Northern Sydney Local Health District (NSW Health). He also holds positions on the NSW Office of Preventive Health Advisory Board and the NSW Healthy Urban Planning Expert Advisory Group. His population health research has been published internationally and he has led the emerging NSW Health focus on active transport and healthy built environments through innovative programs such as GoActive2Work and UrbanPlanning4Health (UP4Health).
Dr Paul Williams is a senior lecturer at Griffith University’s School of Humanities and columnist for The Courier Mail.
Peter Miller (PhD) is a Professor of Violence prevention and Addiction Studies at the School of Psychology, Deakin University. His research interests include: alcohol-related violence in licensed venues, predictors of violence (including family and domestic violence), and the behaviour of vested interests. Peter has recently completed three of the largest studies ever conducted into licensed venues, comparing ten Australian cities over three years and talking to more than 22,000 patrons. He has published over 150 journal articles, books and peer-reviewed reports and is currently running five major projects focused on alcohol, drugs and violence nationally and internationally. He was also presented the Excellence in Research Award at the 2013 Australian National Drug and Alcohol Awards.
Phillip is a Lecturer in Criminology at the University of New South Wales. He completed his PhD at the Institute for Culture and Society at Western Sydney University in 2013. His thesis, Policing Nightlife: The Representation and Transformation of Security in Sydney's Night-Time Economy, followed critical transitions in the regulation and policing of Sydney nightlife and the role that both public and private policing agencies play in this complex and highly politicised environment.
Phillip has project managed a number of major research projects, including the NDLERF Funded Patron Offending and Intoxication in Night-Time Entertainment Districts (POINTED) Project and NSW Health funded Alcohol Combined with Energy Drinks (ACED) project.
Phillip's research interests include crime prevention, policing policy and practice, plural policing, the night-time economy, alcohol and drug related violence, urban governance and the relationship between the media, crime and policing.
Pip is Social Media Manager for the House of Representatives, Parliament of Australia. Pip really likes the internet, listening to the radio and experimenting with her new food processor. Although she sounds boring, she once had a jacuzzi with David Hasselhof.
Professor Steven Greenland
Dr Steven Greenland is Professor in Marketing at the Charles Darwin University Business School. He has a mixed academic-industry background, including ten years in senior positions at international market research agencies, as well as 20 years in academic roles at Australian and UK universities.
Dr. Raewyn Teirney is one of the world’s leading Fertility Specialists and Gynaecologists. She has spent the past 18 years helping thousands of people to conceive. She is a member of the Fertility Society of Australia (FSA), and the European Society for Human Reproduction and Endocrinology (ESHRE) and is a Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RANZCOG) Training Supervisor for the next generation of fertility specialists. After many years of practice, Dr. Teirney understands the frustrations many encounter in their bid to start a family and is renowned for her caring approach and the time she invests in her patients, exploring the plethora of conception options available.?
Richard Di Natale
Dr Richard Di Natale is the leader of the Australian Greens. He was elected to the federal parliament in 2010 and is the Greens' first Victorian Senator. His portfolios include health, multiculturalism, youth, gambling and sport. Prior to entering parliament, Richard was a general practitioner and public health specialist. He worked in Aboriginal health in the Northern Territory, on HIV prevention in India and in the drug and alcohol sector. His key health priorities include preventative health, public dental care and responding to the health impacts of climate change.
Dr Richard Kidd is Chair of Australian Medical Association (AMA) Queensland branch.
Richard Purves is a Research Fellow at the Institute for Social Marketing based at the University of Stirling. He is also a member of the UK Centre for Tobacco and Alcohol Studies. After completing his first degree in Criminology and Psychology at the University of Teesside, Richard went on to complete a postgraduate MSc in Research (Education) and then a PhD at the University of Edinburgh. Richard previously worked as a Research Associate at the Centre for Research in Education, Inclusion and Diversity at Moray House School of Education in Edinburgh and joined ISM in November 2010 to work on a project investigating the effectiveness of education in relation to alcohol.
Since joining ISM Richard has worked extensively in the area of alcohol marketing and policy and the impact of commercial marketing on addictive behaviours (gambling, tobacco, online gaming). Richard's research interests include: social marketing, product packaging and labelling, education, mass media, sports sponsorship, social media marketing.
Rob McEwen is the father of Bondi assault victim Michael McEwen and is well known in the community for his stance on alcohol-fueled violence.
Rob Moodie is Professor of Public Health at the Melbourne School of Population and Global Health. Prior to this he was the inaugural Chair of Global Health at the Nossal Institute. He was the inaugural Director of Country Support for UNAIDS in Geneva from 1995-1998 and the CEO of VicHealth from 1998-2007. He chaired the National Preventative Health Taskforce from 2008-2011 and is a member of the World Health Organization's Expert Panel on Health Promotion.
Robin Room is a sociologist who has directed alcohol and drug research centres in the US, Canada and Sweden, and now in Australia, his native country. He is a Professor of Population Health and Chair of Social Research in Alcohol at the University of Melbourne; and Director of the Centre for Alcohol Policy Research at the Turning Point Alcohol and Drug Centre. He has been an advisor for the World Health Organization since 1975, has been president of the international scientific society for social alcohol research, and is Editor-in Chief of Drug and Alcohol Review. Professor Room’s research is on social, cultural and epidemiological studies of alcohol, drugs and gambling behaviour and problems, and studies of social responses to alcohol and drug problems and of the effects of policy changes.
Dr Robyn Johnston is a Research Associate with the McCusker Centre for Action on Alcohol and Youth. Robyn and the Alcohol Advertising Review Board team welcome complaints from the Australian community about inappropriate alcohol advertising.
Roel is a professional photographer based in Fremantle, WA. He is passionate about life and people and is Freo’s most prolific blogger.
Roger Magnusson is Professor of Health Law and Governance at the Sydney Law School, University of Sydney, Australia. His research interests are in health law, policy and bioethics; public health law and governance; and health development.
Rohan Greenland is the General Manager, Advocacy at the National Heart Foundation of Australia. He has extensive experience in tobacco control, physical activity, nutrition and Indigenous health advocacy. He has collaborated with the global NCD Alliance and coordinated Australian advocacy seeking support for the UN high-level meeting on NCDs in 2011 and the subsequent development of meaningful targets and supporting action plans.
Family violence campaigner Rosie Batty is the 2015 Australian of the Year and the Founder of the Luke Batty Foundation. Rosie is a leader in the crusade against domestic violence and has turned her personal tragedy into a fight to help others.
Ross Fitzgerald is Emeritus Professor of History and Politics at Griffith University.
Professor Fitzgerald is the author of 40 books, including his memoir 'My name is Ross: An alcoholic's journey' and the political/ sexual satires 'So Far, So Good: An Entertainment' and 'Going Out Backwards: A Grafton Everest Adventure' - which was shortlisted for the 2017 Russell Prize for Humour Writing.
He and his wife Lyndal Moor-Fitzgerald live in Redfern, New South Wales.
Rowena Wiseman is a freelance writer based in Melbourne. She blogs at www.purplepartypeoplemelbourne.blogspot.com.au and www.outofprintwriting.blogspot.com.au. In recent years she has found that alcohol gives her a rash on the neck, a dull headache and makes her sleepy and a bit cranky.
Russell is the President of the Criminal Lawyers Association of the Northern Territory (CLANT).
Russell is a writer whose story 'What's Rangoon to You is Grafton to Me', originally appeared in Tracks Surfing Magazine (July, 1978). It was adapted as a radio play, narrated for ABC radio 2JJ/JJJ Sydney by former ABC newsreader, the late James Dibble and repeatedly broadcast, including ABC Radio National (last broadcast in January 2015, 37 years after it was first aired). He writes stage plays, novels, journalism and has a screenplay about Flynn of the Inland, looking for a producer. His novel 'Dry Crossing' was published in March 2015.
Sally Casswell is a Professor at SHORE, College of Health at Massey University in New Zealand.
Sam is a mum of four children and a third year Health Science- Health Promotion student at Curtin University. Her passion is advocating for the reduction of harm from alcohol to young people focusing on legislation and policy supported by community education. Sam has been an avid campaigner for the introduction of secondary supply laws in WA and would like this legislation to be introduced in SA and ACT. Her background is nursing and working in the dental industry.
Sam is a 22 year old Adelaide person. In 2012 she graduated from university with a law degree she never intends to use and an arts degree that she wishes people valued more. She now spends most of her time writing an honours thesis about the use of traditional Russian narrative structures by the early Soviet Government. In her spare time, she writes articles for Frankie, hikes mountains, re-reads the Norton Anthology of Poetry, and watches iview.
Professor Sandra Jones is an ARC Future Fellow and the Director of the Centre for Health and Social Research at the Australian Catholic University in Melbourne. From 2001 to 2014 she was the Founding Director of the Centre for Health Initiatives at the University of Wollongong. Her research focuses on the relationship between media and health, including the impacts of advertising in the print and electronic media on health behaviour, and the use of social marketing to improve population health. She also conducts research in the area of advertising and marketing regulation, particularly in relation to alcohol marketing. Sandra has published more than 150 refereed papers and been awarded in excess of $8 million in research funding. Sandra is also a member of numerous alcohol-related policy and advocacy bodies, and a Director of Amaze (Autism Victoria).
Dr Sarah Callinan is a Research Fellow at the College of Science, Health and Engineering, School of Psychology and Public Health, at La Trobe University. Since starting in alcohol policy research in 2011, Dr Sarah Callinan has made a significant contribution to the field, both in Australia and around the world. She is the study director of the Australian arm of the International Alcohol Control Study and the database coordinator for the WHO/Thai Health Study on Alcohol’s Harm to Others. Dr Sarah Callinan has become a pivotal team member on multiple internationally collaborative research projects.
Dr Sarah Dalton is a Paediatric Emergency Physician at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead in Sydney and Clinical Lead at the NSW Agency for Clinical Innovation after joining in July 2016. She is also the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP) Paediatrics and Child Health Division President. Dr Dalton is also a former Clinical Director of the Clinical Excellence Commission, NSW. She has completed a Masters in Applied Management in Health and a Bachelor of Medicine, both at the University of Newcastle. Sarah has a particular interest in Clinical Leadership and recently completed a Fulbright Scholarship evaluating Clinical Leadership Development Programs in the United States.
Sarah Stewart has been a midwife for over 30 years and is currently the Professional Officer at the Australian College of Midwives. Sarah’s work at the ACM includes preparing consultation submissions and position statements, influencing policy, carrying out research and developing education courses for midwives.
Sarah is a Senior Policy Officer at the Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education (FARE), specialising in Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD), and alcohol-related family and domestic violence. Sarah is also responsible for FARE’s Women Want to Know campaign which encourages health professionals to talk to women about alcohol consumption and pregnancy.
Sarai is the Manager, Community Safety Programs at the Injury Control Council of Western Australia.
Dr Savo Heleta works as the manager of Internationalisation at Home and Research at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University’s Office for International Education (OIE). He is also researcher in OIE’s Research Unit for Higher Education Internationalisation in the Developing World.
Scott Weber is the President of the Police Association of NSW.
Scott is the Director of the Aboriginal Drug and Alcohol Council (SA). Scott's experience in the areas of substance use, misuse and abuse has seen him on nearly every major governmental and non-government committee in Australia over the past 15 years.
Scott is an Executive member of the Alcohol and Drug Council of Australia and has been a co-Deputy Chair of the National Indigenous Drug and Alcohol Committee since it was first formed in early 2004. Scott is also a former board member of the Foundation of Alcohol Research and Education.
Sean Nicholls is State Political Editor at The Sydney Morning Herald.
Dr Sharman Stone has been the Federal Member for Murray since 1996. Before entering Federal Parliament, Sharman was the Manager of International Development at the University of Melbourne. Sharman holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in anthropology from Monash University, a Master of Arts in sociology from La Trobe University, a Graduate Diploma in Tertiary Education. She also holds a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree in economics and business from Monash University. Since entering Federal Parliament, Dr Stone has pursued a wide range of social, regional and indigenous issues.
Simon Chapman AO PhD FASSA HonFFPH(UK) is Professor of Public Health at the University of Sydney.
He has published 469 articles in peer reviewed journals and 18 books and major reports. His H index is 49 and he has over 8710 citations. In 1997 he won the World Health Organisation's World No Tobacco Day Medal and in 2003 he was voted by his international peers to be awarded the American Cancer Society’s Luther Terry Award for outstanding individual leadership in tobacco control. In 2008 he won the NSW Premier’s Cancer Researcher of the Year medal; the Public Health Association of Australia’s Sidney Sax medal; and was a NSW finalist in Australian of the Year. He was deputy editor (1992-1997) then editor (1998-2008) of the British Medical Journal's, Tobacco Control and is now its Editor Emeritus. He was made an Officer in the Order of Australia in 2013 and was named Australian Skeptic of the Year.
Professor Chapman’s current research involves examining policy how health and medical issues are covered in the news media; how people stop smoking unaided; the psychogenic aspects of wind farms and health; and characteristics of public health research (and its dissemination) which impact on public health policy.
Sondra is a Senior Legal Policy Advisor at Cancer Council Victoria and a member of Australia’s National Preventive Health Agency’s Expert Committee on Alcohol.
Sonja is a Communication Officer at the Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education (FARE). She has a background in communications, marketing and international development.
Sophie Goddard is a final year communications in media and public affairs student at the University of Canberra, and recently completed a communications internship with FARE Australia.
Stephen Leeder is an emeritus professor of public health and community medicine at the University of Sydney and chair of the Western Sydney Local Health District Board. He has a long history of involvement in public health research, educational development and policy.
Dr Stephen Parnis is the National Vice President of the Australian Medical Association (AMA).
Steve Ella is a former rugby player, and represented the NSW Blues in State of Origin in 1983, 1984, 1985, and 1986. He is the Manager of the Aboriginal Health Service at the Central Coast Local Health District, and a Director of the Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education.
Steve is a Senior Lecturer of Pedagogy and Sports Studies at the University of Sydney. He was appointed to the Faculty of Education and Social Work in 2002 and has a long standing interest and passion in physical education and school sport, teacher education, history and sociology of sport and pedagogy for learning. He served as program director of the Human Movement and Health Education Program 2006-2008 and has taught in all undergraduate teaching programs in the Faculty including primary undergraduate, primary and secondary M-teach, double degree, general education and study abroad.
Dr Steve Hambleton was elected Federal President of the Australian Medical Association (AMA) in May 2011. Dr Hambleton graduated from the University of Queensland in 1984 and commenced full-time general practice in Queensland in 1987. He has been working at the same general practice at Kedron in Brisbane since 1988. Dr Hambleton was President of AMA Queensland and an AMA Federal Councillor. He served on the AMA Council of General Practice at a State and Federal level for more than 10 years. Dr Hambleton was the AMA representative on the National Immunisation Committee from 2006-2010, and was a member of the Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee for two years until 2009. He has been a member of the AMA Taskforce on Indigenous Health since 2006 and is currently the Chair of the Taskforce.
Steve Pate is a community campaigner and activist with a special interest in alcohol-related violence and its associated impacts.
Professor Steve Robson is the President of the Australian Medical Association (ACT)
Sue Miers AM established the National Organisation for Fetal Alcohol Syndrome and Related Disorders (NOFASARD) in 1999 as a result of her personal experience caring for a child with Partial Fetal Alcohol Syndrome and her struggle to find information and appropriate support services in Australia. Since 1999, the Organisation has been largely run on a volunteer basis. Sue has worked tirelessly, along with the support of a small dedicated group of volunteers, to have FASD recognised as a disability in Australia, to advocate for the rights and interests of people living with FASD and to provide information and support to individuals and families at a grassroots level. During this time, the Organisation has represented the interests of FASD consumers in a variety of national and international forums. Sue Miers was awarded the Member of the Order of Australia in 2006 in recognition for her services to the community through the establishment of NOFASARD, to community education and to reconciliation.
Sue’s background in education and health promotion has underpinned a career spanning more than 25 years in the community sector leading programs in education, media, communications and fundraising.
After 10 years leading the National Breast Cancer Foundation, Sue built on her experience to establish the George Foundation for Global Health and is now leading Suicide Prevention Australia.
Talitha is a Television Journalist and a recovering alcoholic.
Terry Moran AC is a former Secretary of the Department of Premier and Cabinet in Victoria and Secretary of the Commonwealth Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet. He is Chair of the Centre for Policy Development.
Terry Slevin is Adjunct Professor, School of Psychology and Speech Pathology, Curtin University; Education and Research Director, Cancer Council WA; Chair, Occupational and Environmental Cancer Committee, Cancer Council Australia.
Terry Slevin is one of the Cancer Council’s foremost experts on public health research and health promotion.
He is a regular media commentator on cancer issues from the causes and early detection of cancer, to broader chronic disease prevention issues including nutrition, physical activity, weight control, alcohol and sun protection. He recently published a series of 15 articles on cancer myths.
Director, Education and Research at The Cancer Council WA where he has worked since 1994, Mr Slevin holds a Masters in Public Health and an Honours degree in Psychology. He is Adjunct Professor in the School of Psychology and Speech Pathology at Curtin University and was previously Vice President of the Public Health Association.
Founding chair of Cancer Council Australia’s Nutrition and Physical Activity Committee and served as Chair of the National Skin Cancer Committee, Mr Slevin has recently taken on the role of Chair of the Cancer Council’s Occupational and Environmental Cancer Committee. He Edited a book on skin cancer for CSIRO Publishing in 2014 titled "Sun Skin and Health".
The Your Room Team
Your Room is a joint initiative by NSW Health and St Vincent's Alcohol and Drug Information Service.
Toby was appointed Group Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of St Vincent's Health Australia, Australia's second largest healthcare provider, in April 2014.
Prior to this, he was the CEO of Mission Australia, COO of World Vision Australia, and CEO of South Taranaki District Council. Toby is passionate about helping people "be the best they can be" and is a qualified accountant with an MBA. Toby has also held directorships of ASX listed Sterihealth, Working Links, and Goodstart, and has been a member of a number of government committees and advisory panels.
Todd Harper, Cancer Council Victoria CEO, has a passion for the organisation’s important work in research, prevention, support and advocacy. Since becoming CEO in 2011, Todd has overseen significant achievement in cancer control. His work in public health advocacy and implementation has enabled him to help build the enviable reputation of the Cancer Council Victoria and maintain the organisation’s commitment to excellence, integrity and compassion.
Tony Brown is a PhD (Law) Scholar, Conjoint Fellow School of Medicine and Public Health, University of Newcastle. He is the Chairperson of the Newcastle and Hunter Region Multicultural Drug Action Teams. He voluntarily led and represented around 150 local residents, small businesses and concerned citizens in the complex legal proceedings initiated by the Police that led to the “Newcastle conditions”.
Tony is the President of the Australasian College for Emergency Medicine. Tony practises clinically at Royal Hobart Hospital, Tasmania. He also has roles as Associate Professor in Health Services at the University of Tasmania, and Director of Acute Planning and Strategy and Principal Medical Advisor with the Tasmanian Department of Health and Human Services. He is a member of the Australian Medical Council’s Special Education Accreditation Committee, a Director of the Postgraduate Medical Education Council of Tasmania, and a member of the National Health and Medical Research Council. Tony is also a Director on the Board of HealthDirect Australia.
Tony Walker is the Global Perspective columnist for The Conversation, a Fairfax columnist, a Vice Chancellor’s Fellow at La Trobe University and FARE Director. He is a former International Editor for the Australian Financial Review (AFR), Political Editor for the AFR and the Washington Correspondent. He has worked variously for the ABC, The Age and the Financial Times of London. His work as a correspondent covered postings in Beijing, the Middle East and North America. He is a dual Walkley Award winner for commentary.
Trevor Grant worked for 40 years as a sports writer in the mainstream media, mostly at The Age and Herald Sun in Melbourne. He covered all major international events, including the Olympics and World Cup football, Australian cricket tours, Wimbledon tennis and British Open and US Masters golf. He resigned from the Herald Sun in 2009. He now hosts a radio program, What's The Score, $port, on Melbourne radio 3CR and writes freelance articles for many publications on activist issues.
Troy Jones is an author, film maker, trouble maker, Channel 9 parenting expert, commentator, father, Crows fan, entrepreneur, app developer and social media expert. He's still getting over losing Kurt Tippett to the Sydney Swans, is unable to fold fitted sheets and distracts attention from his failings by working for charities in Australia and South Africa. He has ambitions to one day dig holes for a living, and looks forward to playing golf with his kids.
Victoria is a Research officer at the National Centre for Education and Training on Addiction, Flinders University.
Vivien has five children, and is senior partnerships manager at Centenary of Canberra. She studies philanthropy and social investment at Swinburne University of Technology in her spare time. She also enjoys a glass of Moët & Chandon on special occasions.
Vivienne Moxham-Hall is a Graduate from Sydney University with a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Science, she is currently completing her Master of Health Policy. Vivienne is a Honorary Advisor to the board of Australia21 where she got involved in advocacy around drug policy and participated in the two round tables conducted on Australia's illicit drug policy. She also volunteers for Surf Life Saving Australia and St John Ambulance.
Wendy Watson is a Senior Nutrition Project Officer at Cancer Council NSW. She has worked for six years on food policy projects, publishing on fast food, food labelling and food marketing to children. Wendy's work incorporates using advocacy to contribute to food policy debate. She manages the Junkbusters campaign, a Cancer Council NSW initiative to reduce exposure of children to junk food marketing. She previously worked for five years supporting schools to implement the NSW Healthy School Canteen Strategy. Wendy is a keen volunteer advocate, passionate about the power of people to make a difference.
Wes joined The Conversation in late 2015. In the past he has written for Crikey, Junkee and the Centre for Advancing Journalism’s The Citizen. He is also a cartoonist and has had cartoons featured in the Museum of Australian Democracy’s annual best of Australian political cartoons exhibition, Behind the Lines.
The Honourable Yvette D’Ath is the Queensland Attorney-General and Minister for Justice and Minister for Training and Skills.