Adjunct Professor in the School of Public Health at Curtin University and Adjunct Associate Professor in the School of Sport Science Exercise and Health, the University of Western Australia.
I have extensive experience at national and global levels in non-government, government and academic work. My specialties include global health, advocacy, health promotion, physical activity, the built environment and mass media campaigns.
I have led National Heart Foundation initiatives in physical activity for more than 25 years to late 2021. These include the award-winning urban design and health program Healthy Active by Design, Heart Foundation Walking, evaluation of the the Jump Rope for Heart program, and advocacy initiatives such as the Blueprint for an Active Australia. In this time I was the Foundation's national media spokesperson on physical activity.
In recent years I have served on several global Boards including the International Union for Health Promotion and Education (IUHPE), The International Society for Physical Activity and Health (ISPAH) and the Asia Pacific Society for Physical Activity (ASPA). I am also as member of the World Health Organization Civil Society Working Group on Noncommunicable Diseases and the World Heart Federation Advocacy Committee.
I have gained extensive experience and insight into translating evidence into robust initiatives such as large-scale community-wide programs and systems approaches to population health, as well as high-level advocacy for change. My principal passion is advocacy and mobilizing change for better health.
Nationally, in Australia, I was the founding National President of the Australian Health Promotion Association (AHPA) and I am a Life Member of AHPA.
I have published over 80 scientific papers, three books and four book chapters.
I enjoy being active by cycling, swimming and walking.