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Committee

Owen Pietsch

President

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.

Rebecca Meldrum

Vice-President

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.

 

Hazel Fetherston

Secretary

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.

Lucy Wickham

Treasurer

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.

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.

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 is a Physiotherapist with a Community Health Service in Melbourne. She has completed a Bachelor of Health Science and a Master in Physiotherapy in Adelaide. She has worked across the public and private sectors and was a committee member of the South Australian Branch of AHPA and the Australian Physiotherapy Association while living in Adelaide.
Brooke is very passionate about Health Promotion and advocacy and strongly supports the work of AHPA around policy developement and advocacy. She would love to contribute to the organisation's strategic priorities.

Emily Fitt

Committee Member

Emily Fitt is a Dietitian with experience across the clinical, community and public health sector. Emily's current role is coordinator for hospitals, health services, universities and workplaces for the Healthy Eating Advisory Service, which is funded by the Victorian Government and delivered through Nutrition Australia Victorian Division. In this role she supports organisations across Victoria to develop healthy eating policies and implement government nutrition guidelines, including offering healthier food and drink options through their food environment.

Emily is very passionate about making the environment around us a healthier one and is committed to learning about and understanding the factors that contribute to a healthy environment.

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.

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.

VIC / TAS Branch