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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.

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.

Carlie Smith


Carlie has been a committee member of AHPA Qld Branch since 2017, contributing to the communication and advocacy subcommittee and more recently the role of Co-Secretary. In her final semester of a Bachelor of Health Science majoring in Health Promotion Carlie is passionate about improving the health outcomes of vulnerable populations, and delivering services that support the development and maintenance of healthy settings. Carlie also volunteers with the Sunshine Coast Multicultural Network and other local health promotion projects.

Leanne White


 Leanne was interested in joining the Executive Committee of AHPA Queensland branch to contribute to the workforce development of students and health promotion professionals, and to help enhance the recognition of health promotion as a profession. Leanne have worked in statewide health programs, and have experienced the challenges that face health promotion practitioners – particularly working within a multidisciplinary environment and at sector levels. Leanne brings an understanding of the practical support health promotion practitioners require to put theory into practice to the Queensland branch.

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.

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.