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Committee

Dr. Anshul Kaul

Co-President

Dr Anshul Kaul is a clinician turned health promotion professional. Her qualifications include Bachelor of Dental Surgery, Master of International Public Health and Master of Public Health in Health promotion and Disease Prevention. She has worked in remote and rural communities both in India and Australia, and has experience working in government and non-government sectors, including Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisations.
Her work in health promotion has involved translating research into evidence-based best practice through projects such as smoking cessation and more recently oral health.

Anshul has a strong interest in social determinants of health and has been volunteering in a range of social initiatives. She is also an active member of Multicultural Council of the NT, Climate Action Darwin, NT Writers Centre and Alliance for Cavity Free Future. Additionally, she is also a part of the AHPA Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Working Group.

Ben Christie

Co-President

Ben has an academic background in health science with a double major in health promotion and health services management at Charles Darwin University. Ben has been a member of AHPA since 2015 and is currently employed at Menzies School of Health in the Alcohol and Other Drugs, Gambling (AODG) unit. He has supported over $2 million in competitive research grants and evaluation consultancies. This includes a range of research and capacity building projects relating to health literacy, Indigenous health, social and emotional wellbeing and youth justice reinvestment.

Ben is a born local in the NT with fluent community and intercultural awareness, and acquires strong diverse workplace experiences in healthcare services, including patient care, medical records and administration, emergency provisions, and intensive care training. He devotes his time to the study of wellness and is passionate about understanding the role of plant-based nutrition for optimal health and aspires to bring nutrition into medical education and research.

Tessa Wallace

Secretary

Tessa completed a Bachelor of Public Health and Health Promotion (with Distinction) Majoring in Health and Sustainability at Deakin University, Melbourne. After moving back home to Darwin in 2017, Tessa continued her higher education in Nursing to understand more about clinical health science and further her knowledge in both disciplines. Tessa is currently studying at Charles Darwin University and works in the NT Government with the Alcohol and Other Drugs Directorate under the Banned Drinker Register.

Tessa has interests in AOD, human nutrition, food production and security, ecology and town planning on a global scale, particularly in developing nations, and is eager to intertwine the model and role of nursing with health promotion and empowerment.

Vincent He

Social Media/Advocacy Committee Member 

Vincent is a statistician with diverse experience in the research fields of mental health, Indigenous health, demography, early childhood development, school education, child protection and juvenile delinquency. In 2016, Vincent completed a PhD study which used data-linkage and survival analysis to investigate the long-term health outcomes of NT Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians.

Prior to his current research, Vincent worked on a Menzies project that develop a culturally appropriate tool to identify the support needs of Indigenous cancer patients (http://www.scnatip.org). Previously, Vincent was at Singapore Institute of Mental Health, where he took lead responsibility for the statistical analysis for a nation-wide epidemiological study on the mental health status of the national population. His current research focuses on using data-linkage to inform a public health approach to child protection and youth justice in the NT.

James Smith

Committee Member

Associate Professor James Smith is a Program Manager within the Office of Pro Vice Chancellor – Indigenous Leadership at Charles Darwin University. He has worked in the field of health promotion and education in South Australia and the Northern Territory for more than a decade. This has spanned research, policy and practice contexts, particularly in relation to Indigenous health and wellbeing. He has experience working in senior management and executive strategic health policy and planning roles in both government and non-government organisations. His research interests have predominantly focused on gender and health, particularly men’s health. Associate Professor Smith is a Fellow of the Australian Health Promotion Association (AHPA) and former AHPA Board member and past Chair of its Research, Evaluation and Evidence Translation Committee. Associate Professor Smith is also an Adjunct Research Fellow with the Collaboration for Evidence, Research and Innovation in Public Health at Curtin University. He is also an Associate Editor with the Health Promotion Journal of Australia and the International Journal of Men’s Health.

Chantelle de Lastic

Social Media/Advocacy Committee Member 

Chantelle de Lastic currently works alongside communities in the Red Centre, in her role with the NTG Department of Health as the Oral Health Promotion, Planning and Evaluations Officer. After igniting her passion for health promotion at the University of the Sunshine Coast, she undertook a dual Bachelor of Health (Health Promotion) & Arts (Human Services). Chantelle has a strong connection to the Central Australian people, community and landscape. As such she considers one of her professional successes to be her return to the red centre after participating in her student placement back in 2016.

Chantelle is passionate about: health literacy, health promoting settings, food security, community empowerment approaches, culturally appropriate health communication and strategies that action the social determinants of health. External to her professional world, Chantelle enjoys hiking, the performing arts and embracing the vibrant lifestyle the Northern Territory has to offer.

Dr. Buaphrao Raphiphatthana


Committee Member

Dr Buaphrao Raphiphatthana completed her PhD in psychology in 2018 at Victoria University of Wellington. Her research covers positive psychology, cross-cultural studies, early intervention, prevention, translation and implementation science. Particularly, she is passionate about the use of strength-based interventions to enhance wellbeing and cultivate resilience for people from culturally diverse backgrounds. Her current work in mental health promotion involves translation and dissemination of strength-based mental health messages to promote resilience and wellbeing within First Nations communities in the NT through educational videos and social media campaign.

Himanshu Gupta

Committee Member 

Himanshu is an experienced physiotherapist, clinical researcher, and public health professional. He holds a Doctoral degree in public health, with a focus on health promotion and policy. He is an early career researcher with substantial research, policy, and practice experience spanning alcohol and other drugs, gambling, chronic diseases, mental health, and social services settings, in diverse national contexts (Australia, India, and the UK) and with various population groups. He has used both quantitative and qualitative research methods and has experience in conducting implementation and evaluation studies. He has been awarded multiple research grants, amounting to more than $900,000. He has published several papers in international journals and newsletters and serves as a reviewer for international journals.

Currently, he works as a Research Fellow at the Alcohol and Other Drugs and Gambling research team at Menzies School of Health Research. He manages multiple Northern Territory Government (NTG) funded research and evaluation projects relating to gambling, youth, mental health, and Indigenous-focused research. He also contributes to teaching at Charles Darwin University (CDU), as an examiner for Higher Degree by Research theses.