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Committee

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

Vice President

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 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

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. Originally a rural student from Tasmania, she moved to Adelaide to undertake tertiary study in 2015 and has no desire to leave Adelaide anytime soon! 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

General Member

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.

Annabel Axford

General Member

Master Degree in Primary Health Care, Registered Midwife and Registered Nurse 1989. Annabel was awarded the PHAA & AHPA Practitioner Award 2011 and five other awards for community development and clinical practice work.
She grew up on a farm in a small rural SA town and has worked in both metropolitan and country SA, remote WA and also South Africa for 15 months.

Annabel’s career mottos are: “Learning is a treasure which accompanies its owner everywhere” and “Before you act, think about what effect your action will have” - Barid

Lynda Norton

General Member

Dr Lynda Norton is a Lecturer at Flinders University. She is a registered nurse who moved into public health research following her MPH and PhD. Her teaching is focused on healthy lifestyles and associated health risk factors for paramedic and exercise science students. Current research interests include trends in adult health and fitness, relationships between exercise and health outcomes and mindfulness and stress modification in emergency services personnel.

Dean Whitehead

General Member

Dean has been at Flinders University since January 2015 arriving after 10-years in New Zealand – and the UK prior to that. He is an active researcher and publisher where his main focus lies in health promotion and health education theory and practice, health policy, public health and primary health care – especially WHO Settings-based Health Promotion networks. He has over 200 theoretical/research publications in these fields and extensive experience of reviewing and advising for over 40 journal panels – such as Health Promotion International, Health Education, Health Education Research, Health Education & Behavior, Global Health Promotion, Health Policy and Preventative Medicine. Dean is an

Associate Editor for BMC Public Health. His PhD was an epistemology of health promotion as it related to clinical theory, policy and practice issues.

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.

Sally Modystach

Minutes Secretary

Sally is a public health and wellbeing consultant and the Director of Healthy Environs. She has an interest in collaborative action for health promotion. Sally works with communities and workplaces to facilitate health and wellbeing planning and support programs. Sally has completed a Masters in Public Health with the University of Adelaide and is currently studying Wellness Coaching. Her own time for wellbeing is spent walking along her local beach!