Executive Manager of the Obesity Policy Coalition; Senior Fellow, Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences, University of Melbourne

Jane Martin, BA (Hons), MPH, is Executive Manager of the Obesity Policy Coalition (OPC) and of Alcohol and Obesity Policy at Cancer Council Victoria.

The OPC is a partnership of Cancer Council Victoria, Diabetes Australia Victoria, the Victorian Health Promotion Foundation and the WHO Collaborating Centre for Obesity Prevention at Deakin University. In her role at OPC, Jane advocates for policy and regulatory reform to prevent overweight and obesity, with a focus on food marketing, labelling, and tax and pricing measures.

For over twenty-five years, Jane has worked extensively in public health advocacy, first in tobacco control then in obesity prevention. Her interests lie in advocacy, policy oriented research and using evidence based arguments for policy reform.

She has published a number of book chapters, papers on tobacco control and obesity prevention policy, and is active in the media and with other related advocacy initiatives. She was a member of the Expert Committee on Obesity for the Australian Government’s National Preventative Health Agency, is a member of the National Advisory Group for the Parents Voice, Vice President of the Australia New Zealand Obesity Society and a Board member of Family Planning Victoria.

In 2011 Jane was awarded the Jack Brockhoff Foundation Churchill Fellowship to study advocacy strategies to encourage government to adopt evidence-based policies to prevent Australians becoming overweight and obese and travelled to the UK and USA for eight weeks from late 2012. In 2013 she completed the Williamson Community Leadership program.

Experience

  • 2013–present
    Honorary Fellow, School of Health and Social Development, Faculty of Health, Deakin University
  • –present
    Senior fellow, Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences, Melbourne University

Education

  • 2001 
    Monash University, Masters in Public Health
  • 1984 
    University of Western Australia , Bachelor of Arts (Hons)

Honours

Jack Brockhoff Churchill Fellowship