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Committee

Ben Christie

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 Research. A born local in the NT with fluent community and intercultural awareness and diverse workplace experiences in Healthcare Service, including patient care, medical records and administration, emergency provisions, and intensive care training at Royal Darwin Hospital. Ben devotes his time to the study of wellness and is passionate about understanding the role of whole food plant-based nutrition for optimal health as well as recognizing how government and industry can affect dietary choices and the environment. Ben is interested in actions on Social Determinants of Health, Empowerment, Community and Health Psychology, Ecological Perspectives, Collective Impact, Body Detoxification and Nutritional Biochemistry.

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.    

Meg Scolyer

Treasurer

Meg has been a member of AHPA since 2006, and after relocating to the NT recently, is excited to have joined the AHPA NT Branch Exec Committee. Meg has postgrad qualifications in both community development and health promotion; and has experienced a range of health promotion roles across urban and remote settings, with both government and non-government organisations. Meg is keen to connect with the health promotion workforce in the NT, and is particularly passionate about the translation of health promotion values in practice.

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.

Dagmar Schmitt

Committee Member

Dagmar Schmitt worked in the Health Promotion and Public Health field over the last 20 years both in New Zealand and Australia. She has been based in the Northern Territory Department of Health (NT DoH) since 2006, and has held positions both in Health Promotion and Environmental Health with that Department. Dagmar is currently the acting Director of the Health Development Branch in NT DoH, however her permanent nominal position is that of Program Leader for Health Promotion in the NT and as such she is responsible for setting the strategic direction, policy and frameworks for Health Promotion across the Northern Territory. Dagmar has a keen interest in systems approaches, co-generation and translation of research, Continuous Quality Improvement, Health Literacy and action on Social Determinants of Health. Dagmar is currently a member of the Course Advisory Committee for the Bachelor of Health Science at Charles Darwin University (CDU), and has been appointed as an honorary university fellow associated the CDU School of Health for 3 years in December 2014. Dagmar holds a Bachelor of Applied Science, a Masters in Public Health and a Diploma in Management. Dagmar is on the Editorial Board for the Health Promotion Journal of Australia, and has been a member of the Australian Health Promotion since 2006 and on the NT Branch Executive since 2007.