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Branches are heavily involved in professional development, including conducting seminars, workshops and training courses on a wide range of topics. Some branches also provide scholarships for health promotion students or graduates.

Most branches publish a regular state/territory-based newsletter informing members of current activities and discussing relevant local issues.

Learn more about our branches' activities:

Jennifer Evans


Jennifer first commenced integrating health promotion strategies into her clinical work as a speech pathologist in the 1980s and has continued throughout her career including her recent roles in food security and child safety roles at Red Cross.

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Miriam Delailomaloma

Committee Member

Miriam is currently a Health Promotion Officer at the University of Sydney. Her role is to promote the health of international students and improve their access to health care. Part of this work has involved starting a Peer Health Education program where students are empowered to promote the health of their peers.

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James Kite

Committee Member

James is currently Lecturer in Disease Prevention and Health Promotion within the Prevention Research Collaboration (PRC), School of Public Health, The University of Sydney.

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Freya MacMillan


Dr Freya MacMillan is a Senior Lecturer in Interprofessional Health Sciences, based in the School of Science and Health at Western Sydney University.

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Health Promotion Officer - Jewish Care

Health Promotion Officer

Help design and implement a range of exciting primary prevention and community education activitiesContribute positively to the health and well-being of the Victorian Jewish communityWork independently within a supportive and collaborative team environmentPart-time opportunityGenerous salary packaging benefits

Jewish Care Victoria, a not-for-profit organisation, is the largest provider of aged and community services for the Jewish Community in Victoria. We are proudly celebrating 170 years of service to the community. Services include Aged Residential Care, Assessment Referral and Individual Support Services, Community Aged Care, Disability, Mental Health, Youth and Family Services and Holocaust Survivors Programs.

We are now seeking an enthusiastic and team orientated person to join the Individual and Family Support team to help develop, implement and evaluate a range of primary prevention and community education activities to support the health and well-being of the Victorian Jewish community. This position is part time and based at our St Kilda Rd office, with activities delivered across the community. We are looking for a passionate and enthusiastic individual who understands the value of tailored and innovative health promotion resources for culturally diverse and/or faith-based audiences.

The key responsibilities of this role are:

Lead the implementation and evaluation of Shivyon, a two year family violence primary prevention projectContribute to the development and implementation of a range of primary prevention and community education activitiesDeliver professional development activities and training to a variety of audiences in the Victorian Jewish communityEngage with stakeholders from a wide range of backgrounds, including Jewish community leaders, organisations and relevant health promotion networks

To be successful in this role you will have:

A passion for health and education, with a strong commitment to the principles of gender equity, social justice and cultural safetyTertiary qualification in health promotion, community development or other relevant disciplineA thorough understanding of health promotion frameworks, particularly with respect to family violenceDemonstrated experience in project managementExcellent verbal communication, presentation and facilitation skillsA willingness to build a strong understanding of the needs of the Victorian Jewish community

Jewish Care is committed to the professional development of all staff, providing ongoing opportunities to upgrade staff skill set and expertise. We aim to provide the highest standard of professional and personal support offering flexibility and conditions not readily available elsewhere, including the option of maximising your income with salary packaging.

Jewish Care employs staff from all cultural and religious backgrounds and provides cultural and spiritual training in the Jewish Ethos. Our recruitment procedures reflect our commitment to the safety and protection of our clients. Relevant screening and police checks will be conducted.

(applications close Saturday 2nd February 2019)


If you would like to discuss this opportunity further please contact Cassandra Barrett (Team Leader - Healthy Communities) This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (03) 8517 5908

Health Promotion Officer - Youth Justice.

Job Title

Health Promotion Officer - Youth Justice

 Correct Care Australasia (Correct Care) has entered an exciting phase of growth. Correct Care has been contracted to deliver primary health services to Victoria’s two Youth Justice custodial precincts: Malmsbury Youth Justice Precinct and Parkville Youth Justice Precinct, with service delivery commencing from 1 February 2019.

We are currently recruiting part-time Health Promotion Officer to work across the Parkville and Malmsbury Youth Justice Precincts.

If you have a passion for working in primary health, if you want to work in a unique environment and make a difference, and if you want to work in a multidisciplinary team that shares your dedication to healthcare without judgement, we have the job you are looking for!

The Company

Correct Care Australasia is Australia's largest outsourced correctional healthcare provider. Operating across all of Victoria's 14 publicly managed prisons, one private prison and two Youth Justice Precincts Correct Care provides primary healthcare services through a diverse and dispersed workforce of healthcare professionals across metropolitan and rural Victoria.

Custodial settings provide a unique opportunity to address a range of health issues and to meet the health needs of a population that is normally hard to reach.

The Role

We currently have an exciting opportunity for an enthusiastic Health Promotion Officer to work part time (1 day a week) working at the Parkville & Malmsbury facilities, alternating location each week. This position reports directly to the on-site Health Services Manager.

This role will be providing assistance to the Health Care team including:

Raising Prisoners awareness of health-related issues such as disease and disability & encouraging healthy lifestyles.Maintain a high level of integrity and professionalism with sound interpersonal skillsCoordinate and communicate to the team and patients alike in a correctional environmentIdentifying learning needs of health and correctional staff and Prisoners obtaining an understanding of appropriate clinical pathways.

Previous experience in Correctional Health is not essential, as support and a comprehensive orientation program is provided.

The Person

The successful applicant will have:

Tertiary qualifications in Health Promotion and/or Public HealthAHPRA registration if you are registered nurseDemonstrated experience in delivering health promotion, with a clear understanding of the health promotion duties and responsibilities of the roleA current Working with Children CheckPatient-centred approach to evidence based care deliveryDemonstrated knowledge of professional standards and legal and ethical requirementsDemonstrated ability to work effectively within a multidisciplinary environmentAdvanced computer literacy

To Apply

If you would like to have an initial confidential discussion, please contact our HR Department on 9252 1700.

A copy of the position description may be obtained by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Or send your resume and covering letter to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. in MS Word format.

Please note: Applicants must have a right to work in Australia and will need to successfully undergo a police check. Only applicants selected for interview will be contacted.


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Postal Address:

AHPA Victoria Branch
c/- 38 Surrey Road,
Keswick SA 5035

Victoria & Tasmania Branch


The Victorian – Tasmania (VIC-TAS) Branch of AHPA is committed to supporting health promotion professionals, building the profession and providing opportunities for AHPA members to achieve professional excellence and enjoy career success.


AHPA members in Victoria and Tasmania are connected, supported, engaged and enabled to reach high professional standards.

Strategic Aims

  • Support the profession of health promotion
  • Demonstrate leadership in the field of health promotion
  • Promote and inform professional standards
  • Develop strong partnerships with Victorian and Tasmanian health promotion stakeholders
  • Build AHPA's capacity, influence and presence in Victoria and Tasmania


The VIC-TAS Branch operates a working group structure, where members can contribute to the day to day work of the branch by participating in working group activities. The working groups and their structures are detailed below:

To learn more about working groups - or to join one contact the branch. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Marc Zen

Committee Member

Marc is originally from Perth where he studied an undergraduate degree in Health Promotion and postgraduate certificate in International Health. He now lives in Melbourne and works for Beyond Blue in the suicide prevention team, helping community service providers and Primary Health Networks implement The Way Back Support Service; an innovative service aimed at supporting people for up to three months after discharge following a suicide attempt. Previously, Marc has worked in public health research, injury prevention, youth and sexual health. 

Marc was selected for the 2015 Emerging Leaders in Governance Program, aimed at developing the skills of young leaders to serve on community boards. Marc has also served on the board of the Australian Association for Adolescent Health since 2015 and was Convener of the 2017 National Youth Health Conference in Sydney. In his spare time, he enjoys running and hot yoga.

Crystie Ballard

Committee Member

A very motivated and passionate Health Promotion Officer with 3 years of experience in local government, school and hospital based settings.
Crystie worked with a range of population groups, communities and individuals to implement the Healthy Choices guidelines and the Achievement Program for schools and workplaces. Additionally, leading primary prevention activities to reduce harm from drugs and alcohol, as part of the Rochester and Elmore Local Drug Action Team.
She is interested in advancing my experience, skills and networks in health promotion by joining the AHPA Vic/Tas Branch Committee.

Brooke Atkins

Committee Member

Brooke works in clinical evidence at the National Heart Foundation of Australia and has a background in physiotherapy. Brooke works casually as a Grade 2 Physiotherapist at the Epworth Hospital in Richmond on weekends. She has a Bachelor of Health Science and a Master in Physiotherapy from universities in Adelaide. She has worked across the public and private sectors and is a former committee member of the South Australian Branch of AHPA and the South Australia Branch of the Australian Physiotherapy Association.

Brooke is very passionate about health promotion in primary health settings and strongly supports the work of the AHPA around policy development and advocacy. Brooke is also a committee member for the Health Informatics Society of Australia.




Bronwyn Moore

Committee Member

Bronwyn is a Public Health Practitioner with over 15 years experience providing project management functions across a range of program areas and population groups in the Not For Profit sector.

Bronwyn has extensive experience in applying systems thinking, program planning and delivery, community development, public education and behaviour change across a variety of settings and within multidisciplinary teams.

Her current role involves organisation wide planning and development strategies and ensuring these are congruent with the associated planning documents, frameworks and best practice.

Bronwyn is interested in learning organisations and the application of salutogenisis, co-production and appreciative inquiry.

Hazel Fetherston


Hazel is a passionate health promotion practitioner and has been recognised as an emerging public health leader. She was awarded the Australian Health Promotion Association (WA Branch) scholarship in 2015 taking on a research project in public health nutrition and health promotion. Originally from Western Australia, Hazel has experience delivering nutrition and health promotion programs to disadvantaged communities, schools, children, families and training health professionals and teachers through Western Australia. She is currently the National Policy Strategy Coordinator at the Australian Health Policy Collaboration.

Hazel has served on the AHPA WA Branch for a number of years in the advocacy subcommittee and has a keen interest in investing into recent graduates. She also loves cycling.

Rebecca Meldrum


Rebecca has been working in health promotion for nearly 10 years. Rebecca's background in health promotion, public health and research have enabled her to work in a variety of settings, including the mental health sector, tertairy institutions and community health. Rebecca has published her research in the areas of mental health, sexual health and oral health.

Along with her postgraduate studies in Health Promotion, Rebecca has extensive experience in program manangement, stakeholder consultation and partnership development. In her current role, Rebecca coordinates the Health Promotion Program at the University of Melbourne.


Owen Pietsch


Owen has over 10 years’ experience in a range of health promotion activities and programs mainly within local government, but has extensive experience within the not-for-profit, community and public health and fitness industry.

His range of portfolios has included public health planning and service delivery, indigenous reconciliation, physical activity promotion, healthy urban design and planning, food security, community engagement and development, and environmental sustainability.

Owen is currently the Senior Pracititioner – Health Promotion at Access Health and Community and has a growing interest in the role health can play in forming our everyday environment.

Brittney Johnson

Committee Member

Brittney is a qualified dietitian and has spent her career working in community and public health nutrition. She has experience in program development, implementing health promotion policies and building community capacity to improve health outcomes. She has a passion for ensuring health equity and working with vulnerable population groups.   

She is currently working across two roles; a public health nutritionist at the Victorian Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation and as the sport and recreation coordinator at the Healthy Eating Advisory Service – Nutrition Australia Victorian Division. Both roles have a state-wide focus and aim to improve population health through implementation of government nutrition guidelines and supporting workforces to lead community-driven health initiatives.

Lucy Wickham


With 13 years experience in health promotion, Lucy is currently employed in a health promotion leadership role at Peninsula Health. As well as extensive experience in community health, she has held roles in local government and a primary care partnership. Lucy's areas of focus have been wide-ranging and include healthy eating, Aboriginal health and prevention of violence against women. She has been an active member of the VIC/TAS Branch Committee since 2016. She is also on AHPA's Health Promotion Registration Management and Assessment Committees. Lucy has a Masters in Health Promotion from Curtin University of Technology.



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Postal Address:

AHPA SA Branch
c/- 38 Surrey Road,
Keswick SA 5035


AHPA SA is committed to providing ongoing scholarship opportunities for our students and full-time members. We are proud to offer the following opportunities to our members:

  • Professional Development Scholarship Scheme: From time to time professional development scholarships are available; they will not be available in 2020.
  • Annual AHPA National Conference Scholarship Scheme: Two scholarships (each to the value of $1000) are awarded for our members to attend the AHPA national conference; they will not be available in 2020. 

Member Benefits and Services

Advocacy and Representation

AHPA SA works on your behalf when it comes to important industry-related issues. The branch actively seeks to advocate on behalf of its members on a range of health and related social issues at a local or state level. 

As a member you will be:

  • Part of a national network of people and organisations with common goals, which facilitates the exchange of ideas, information and experiences
  • Represented in industry dealings with government agencies and community organisations,
  • Given a voice as we look to establish standards for the training and practice of health promotion practitioners
  • Provided with opportunities to participate in the governance of the Association including the right to nominate for branch and national executive committee positions

Education and Professional Development

AHPA SA is committed to providing members with meaningful professional development opportunities to develop the specialised skills and understandings required for a career in health promotion. As a member you will have access to:

  • The latest job vacancies, volunteering and professional development opportunities posted on our private SA members-only Facebook page and circulated via our monthly SA e-bulletins
  • Relevant professional development seminars, workshops and conferences that focus on developing knowledge and skills (with discounted member rates)
  • Regular e-updates from AHPA National and subscription to the national electronic mailing list (provision of regular updates about activities and employment information)
  • AHPA’s official publication the Health Promotion Journal of Australia (hard copy copies for full members; electronic copies for student members).

Scholarships Program

AHPA SA is committed to providing ongoing scholarship opportunities for our students and full-time members. We are proud to offer the following opportunity to our members:

  • Annual AHPA National Conference Scholarship Scheme: Two scholarships (each to the value of $1000) are awarded for our members to attend the AHPA national conference. These will be be available in 2020. 
  • From time to time we also offer Professional Development Scholarships. These will not be available in 2020.


AHPA SA will help you to engage with like-minded professionals and students. As a member you can:

  • Network with peers and join in discussions through our SA members-only Facebook page
  • Network with peers and industry experts via our social networking events 
  • Keep up to date with what is happening across Australia by registering to get the e-bulletins from other Branches as well as automatically receiving the AHPA (SA) news.

South Australian Branch


Welcome to the SA Branch home page. We are glad you have found us and if you are just a new joining member a SPECIAL welcome! AHPA SA is your connection to the local Health Promotion community.

Interested in getting involved?

If you are interested in getting involved with activities of the SA Branch the best way to do this is to touch base with the committee. Email our current secretary via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

We frequently have visitors to committee meetings. It is a great way to get to know people and in turn be known within the health promotion community.

AHPA (SA) Committee meetings are held once a month, after 5pm at a central location in Adelaide but we routinely teleconference in committee and other members who cannot make this location.

History of South Australia Branch

A group of interested health promotion professionals began meeting in early 1999 to ascertain the level of interest and commitment in establishment a state branch of the Australian Association of Health Promotion Professionals. With encouragement and support from a number of interested people, a core group formed an executive and met over the next few months to establish the terms of reference for the executive, branch aims and objectives. During this time the executive began to promote the Association to potential members and prepare a specific state based constitution based on the National Constitution. On the 3rd March 2000 the inaugural AGM of the Australian Health Promotion Association (SA Branch) was held where it was agreed by Association members to formally establish Australian Health Promotion Association (SA), to accept the tabled constitution and the inaugural committee was elected with Janet Haydon as President.

To be kept up-to-date on current events, please become a member of AHPA SA.

Social media

We have a closed Facebook page for South Australian AHPA members. It is a chance for members to discuss any questions or suggestions they have for the committee. Along with this, job opportunities, events, and committee documents will be posted here as they arise as an extension of the monthly e-bulletin. Please search ‘AHPA SA Members’ on Facebook.

Gabrielle Fisher

Social Media Secretary

Gabrielle graduated a Bachelor of Health Science in 2017, where she minored in Public Relations and Human Resource Management and developed a particular interest in Health Promotion. She was awarded the AHPA SA Student Health Promotion Prize in 2015 and has been a part of the commitee ever since through a number of roles. She is currently working at headspace Adelaide on their Community Engagement Team and undertaking her Masters in Health Services Management at Uni SA. Her career goal is to help individuals live a healthier and safer life and to really make a positive impact within her community.

Jane Harford

Minutes Secretary

Jane is a lecturer in Health Sciences in the College of Nursing and Health Sciences. She completed her PhD in public health policy at the University of Adelaide. Before arriving at Flinders in 2017, she spent 14 years researching and writing on dental public health. As a result of her work in oral health, Jane retains an interest in working to understand sugar consumption as a public health and health promotion problem, and to explore ideas for how to minimise the effects of sugar on health.

Stefania Velardo

Branch President

Stefania is a lecturer and early career researcher at Flinders University. Her research projects broadly centre on social, cultural and economic influences on people’s relationships with food, with a special interest in children’s food-related understanding and experiences. Stefania was born in Adelaide, with strong links to her father’s hometown in southern Italy and she loves travelling. Her career motto is: “One person can make a difference and everyone should try” - John F Kennedy.

Liana Bellifemini

General Member


Liana graduated in a Masters of Public Health mid-2017, having already graduated in a Bachelor of Health Sciences majoring in Health Promotion and Education in 2013; both completed at Flinders University. She has worked in various positions for SA Health and the Department of Communities and Social Inclusion and, as a Casual Academic Tutor in undergraduate health promotion topics at Flinders University. Currently, Liana works as a Senior Community Development Officer for the Alcohol and Drug Foundation. Her motto is: “In any given moment, we have two options: to step forward into growth or to step back into safety.” – Abraham Maslow

Janelle Smith

General Member

After graduating from the University of South Australia's Bachelor of Laboratory Medicine degree, Janelle worked for a total of ten years at SA Pathology as a Medical Scientist. Despite a rather successful career in pathology, spending some time volunteering on both the SA/NT committees for the Australian Institute of Medical Scientists and Australiasian Association of Clinical Biochemists, in 2017 she decided to follow other health passions. Whilst working in Pathology and being involved in the opening of the new biochemistry laboratory at the new Royal Adelaide Hospital, she started studying both the Graduate Diploma in Health Promotion and a Masters in Public Health. She has now completed the Graduate Diploma and in January 2020 she became an IUHPE Registered Health Promotion Practitioner. She looks forward to starting a new career in Health Promotion and being a part of the APHA SA committee. Her passions include child and maternal health, international health promotion initiatives, and boosting community health through club sport.

Denise O'Connell

Correspondence Secretary

Denise is an Accredited Practising Dietitian with a special interest in health promotion, community health and environmental sustainability. She works at the Arthritis Association of South Australia as a Health Educator and Dietitian. Denise loves to connect with people and getting out in nature, combining these where ever she can. Denise aspires towards a career combining people, health and environment.

Emily Franklin

General Member

Emily is currently a student at Flinders University Studying a bachelor of health science majoring in health promotion. She was awarded the AHPA SA student health promotion prize in 2019 and has recently joined the committee. She has always had a passion for helping people and looks forward to making a difference.

Jo Raynor

Vice President

Jo, who is currently the Manager of Education Research and Advocacy at Arthritis SA, has over 30 years of experience working in the health promotion and community health sector.  Jo originally trained as a teacher but a strong interest in community health and supporting people to ‘live their best life’ soon had her out of the classroom.  Jo has been involved in many areas of health promotion cross the areas of drug and alcohol, cancer prevention, cancer screening and musculoskeletal health. 


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All mail can be directed to:

38 Surrey Road
Keswick SA 5035

Working Groups

Professional development committee

The Queensland Branch hosts professional development events each year. These events give members an opportunity to learn about developments and activities in the field of health promotion, as well as to network with others working in the field. The Branch also offers awards for health promotion leaders and undergraduate health promotion students.

Advocacy committee

Aims to promote the inclusion of health promotion principles and practice in policy and programs at the state level and to inform members of current issues in health promotion advocacy. Click here to view some of our most recent advocacy.

Queensland Branch

AHPA Queensland Branch is dedicated to improving the field on health promotion in Queensland. This is done by offering professional development and networking for health promoters; contributing to state based advocacy where relevant and providing regular communication on issues of relevance including employment to its members.

Queensland Branch’s Vision
To improve the health status of Queenslanders by building the leadership capacity of our members and making health promotion a priority.

To achieve this vision, the Queensland Branch is committed to the following Key Focus Areas:

  • Build health promotion leadership, advocacy capacity and action for change
  • Professional development, scholarships and professional events
  • Membership, communication and governance

The Queensland Branch Executive meets on a monthly basis to continue to progress the AHPA objectives. Nominations for the Queensland Branch Executive are called for each year in approximately December. Executive members are then accepted at the Branch AGM held in February of each year. 

Queensland Branch subcommittees include:

  1. Advocacy and Communications
  2. Professional development, events and scholarships subcommittee.


Click here to view our most recent Operational Plan for further details of the AHPA Queensland Branch.

AHPA Queensland Branch is always looking for new members and whether a member of the Executive or not, you can always help out, meet new people and learn new skills by volunteering for a Branch Committee. Send an email query This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. today to find out more.

AHPA Queensland is always aiming to provide the most effective services and information to our members. To enable us to do this, we need your feedback. If you have an idea, suggestion or you would like to become involved, we would love to hear from you. Contact the Branch via email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Melanie Cook

General Member

Melanie recently graduated in a Bachelor of Health promotion with an extended major in Public Health. During her studies she worked collaboratively to develop multifaceted health promotion projects that were comprehensive and coordinated for achieving equitable health outcomes for vulnerable communities. Melanie’s main interest areas are in addressing the determinants of health and health equity. Her research focuses on recognising and integrating a ‘Health in All’ Policies approach in local policy processes as an integral part of planning and creating healthier communities, workplaces and environments. Melanie fulfills another passion for mental health promotion while engaging within a role as program coordinator to develop and evaluate evidence-based mental health and suicide prevention initiatives through a proactive cross-sectoral approach with Wesley Mission Queensland.

Amie Steel

General Member

Amie holds a Masters in Public Health and has an academic position at University of Technology Sydney. Her research work includes a focus on self-care and community-based health initiatives. She has an interest in maternal and child health, particularly preconception care, and applies a broad health system view to solving community health problems. Her work has encompassed both formal and informal health care, including health behaviours that fall outside of the conventional biomedical gaze.

Louise Baldwin

General Member

Louise Baldwin is an innovative and passionate leader in health promotion and public health in Australia and globally. She brings a wealth of high level strategic planning, management and team leadership, evidence based approaches and innovative thinking to any role. She is known for her ‘out of the box’ approaches to population wide health and her ability to conduct large scale programs and initiatives with resource efficiency and tangible outcomes. She has over two decades of practice and research experience at the local, state, national and global levels. Known for her innovative approaches to community-based, collaborative health promotion, she has won several awards for her commitment to building healthy communities, especially in Queensland. Louise’s work has focused on multi-sector chronic disease prevention with many years of leading skin cancer prevention and early detection in a tribute to her late father. She is a passionate leader in evidence based practice and working across sectors to create on-the-ground, community-based change. She is currently expanding this work to identify opportunities between social entrepreneurship and social enterprise and the impacts for public health.

Anita Cowlishaw

General Member

Anita is the past President of the AHPA Queensland Branch, and has been an Executive Committee member for several years, as well as previously involved in the New South Wales Branch. Currently, Anita works as a Senior Policy Advisor addressing whole-of-government strategic reform in relation to mental health, alcohol and other drugs, and suicide prevention. Previously, Anita has managed various statewide childhood obesity prevention and nutrition initiatives across Queensland and New South Wales, through roles at Children’s Health Queensland Hospital and Health Service and the NSW Ministry of Health. Prior to her statewide roles, Anita managed a number of health promotion initiatives at a local level throughout a range of different metropolitan, rural and remote community settings including Western Sydney and Far Western NSW Local Health Districts. Anita has both clinical nutrition and academic experiences with a focus on prevention and child health. She has completed a Masters of Public Health and a Masters of Human Nutrition.

Kath McFarlane


Kath is the President of the AHPA Queensland Branch and has been a general member of the committee on-and-off since 2008. Kath has worked in the field of health promotion for over 20 years and has completed a PhD focused on building health promotion and research capacity in an Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Service. Kath is passionate about improving health outcomes in disadvantaged settings and has a strong interest in how organisational systems can be strengthened to increase health promotion capacity. Kath is currently working in a public health role leading sexual health promotion approaches in north Queensland.

Carlie Smith


Carlie has been a committee member of the Qld Branch since 2017, contributing to both the communication and advocacy subcommittee and the role of Secretary. Since completing her degree in health promotion Carlie has been working for the Northern Queensland Primary Health Network where she has been involved in a range of projects ranging from chronic disease prevention to improving the health outcomes of rural and remote regions. Carlie is passionate about advocating for the importance of a multidisciplinary approach to health and wellbeing, as well as exploring how a place-based approach can improve health outcomes at a community level.

James Wong

General Member

James is a certified Health Coach and Personal Trainer, with a Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Sport Management: Wellness & Fitness. He is also a Community Partner with Townsville Hospital and Health Service, involved in health care standards, health literacy, and end of life care. James is currently enrolled on James Cook University's MPH-MBA program, looking to work in health promotion after graduation. He believes health promotion is the ‘prevention rather than cure’ attitude that is often missing from many health systems, and would like to see it developed as much as possible. Having lived and worked in a number of countries and industries over the past 14 years, James brings with him a different cultural perspective to the Executive Committee.

Jemma King

General Member

Jemma holds a Masters of Public Health (Health Promotion) and a joint Bachelor’s in Business and Psychology (Hons). As an undergraduate, she was interested in how marketing principles could be applied to something beneficent, which led her in the direction of social marketing. Jemma is currently engaged in public health research with the occasional dabble into tertiary teaching at James Cook University. She is interested in health literacy, power relationships, the research and practice nexus and the application of behaviour change principles to health enhancement. She is currently a member of the Townsville Health Promotion Network and the Active Transport in the Tropics Network.

Sue Devine

Vice President 

Sue holds a Graduate Diploma in Health Promotion, Master of Public Health and Tropical Medicine and a DrPH. Sue has worked in the health promotion field since the early 1990’s and is passionate about building health promotion capacity in both within and outside the health sector. She currently works at James Cook University where she teaches health promotion subjects to postgraduate Public Health students and undergraduate allied health students.

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