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Committee

Cassandra Bordin

Committee Member

Cassandra is an IUHPE Registered Health Promotion Practitioner, having completed her Double Degree Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Health Promotion at Curtin University. Cassandra joined the AHPA-WA Branch Committee at the end of 2019, after previously volunteering on the Student Subcommittee. She is looking forward to learning from fellow peers and sharing ideas to further engage early-career health promotion professionals.

Melissa Evans

Committee Member

After growing up in the Wheatbelt, Melissa moved to Perth to complete her undergraduate and Honours degrees in Psychology. In 2017, she completed her Graduate Diploma in Health Promotion and in 2018 was awarded the AHPA WA Branch Health Promotion Scholarship (Graduate). Her scholarship project, based at the Collaboration for Evidence, Research and Impact in Public Health (CERIPH) at Curtin University, researched alcohol and connectedness amongst young people who play community sport. Melissa now works at the Alcohol and Drug Foundation on their Good Sports program. Melissa joined the AHPA WA Branch committee in 2019 and has enjoyed helping with advocacy submissions and is on for Capacity Building and Excellence subcommittee.

Monique Lobb

Committee Member

Monique joined the WA Branch Committee in 2019 and brings over twenty years’ experience in population health, having worked in government and non-government organisations across Australia. Monique has an active interest in advocating for and supporting greater investments in health promotion, health literacy and evidence translation activities and initiatives. Having worked in the Pilbara region of Western Australia for a number of years, Monique is passionate about rural and remote health and wellbeing and workforce development.

Luke van der Beeke

Committee Member

Luke is a multi-disciplinary behaviour change practitioner with 25 years’ experience delivering health, environmental and social change programs in Australia and overseas. A Fellow of both the Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) and the Australian Marketing Institute (AMI), Luke has worked on projects covering numerous health topics including NCD’s, infectious disease control, mental health, sexual health, public safety, injury management, family and domestic violence. One of several career highlights was working for two years as an advisor on the Strategic Review of Health Inequalities in England (the Marmot Review). Luke joined the Committee to build closer ties to health promotion practitioners here in Perth, and to add his breadth of experience to the mix.

Sharon Swaney

Committee Member

Sharon graduated with a Bachelor of Science (Public Health) (Honours) from Curtin University at the end of 2017. She currently works as a Health Promotion Officer for the Amanda Young Foundation, as Puppet Project Coordinator for Beat the Bugs Puppet Show, for the Cancer Council on the SunSmart Van and as a Community Advocate for Telethon Kids Institute. Sharon is passionate about increasing vaccination rates, issues of equity across all socio-economic levels and the wellbeing of children.

Briony Williams

Committee Member

Briony has been a WA Branch committee member since 2018. Briony has worked in the health research area for many years, and is currently positioned at the Western Australian Health Translation Network (WAHTN) as a Coordinator for the Consumer and Community Involvement Program. She is passionate about supporting researchers and community members to work together to improve the translation of research into policy and practice. Briony has a background in exercise science, and completed her Postgraduate Diploma in Health Promotion in 2012.

Carl Heslop

President

Carl is a rurally based professional problem-solver who enjoys a challenge. Carl recently completed a PhD (Curtin University) with a rural Participatory Action Research (PAR) project that developed and validated the Rural Sexual Health in Youth (RuSHY) Framework to inform the planning, implementation and evaluation of multi-level community-based sexual health interventions for young people. This study was conducted by the Collaboration for Evidence, Research, and Impact in Public Health. Carl currently works for Headspace Albany in both a Health Promotion and clinical role (Nursing) and serves as a Director with Amity Health. Carl has been on the AHPA WA committee since 2016 and served as Vice-President before becoming President in 2019.

Samantha Menezes

Committee Member

Samantha has been an WA Branch Committee member on and off since 2017. Sam is a IUHPE Registered Health Promotion Practitioner and graduated with a degree in Health Promotion from Curtin University in 2016. Sam currently works in the role of Program Quality and Practice Lead in the Local Drug Action Team Program at the Alcohol and Drug Foundation (ADF) and has previous experience in managing a small team to deliver health promotion programs focused on reducing harm from alcohol and other drugs to our community, especially young people. Some exciting work Sam has been involved in at the ADF is leading the Planet Youth Model pilot in Australia, working alongside a very committed group of people from across the country. Sam is currently completing a Master of Business (Exec) at the UNSW and is enjoying being able to discuss and advocate for Health Promotion in units like Marketing Management. A very interesting book if you are interested is: Brands on a Mission: How to achieve Social Impact and Business Growth Through Purpose. I look forward to the year ahead.