National Organising Committee

  • Helen Keleher (Chair)

    Dr Helen Keleher is Director of Keleher Consulting, and was previously Director of Population Health at the Frankston-Mornington Peninsula Medicare Local. She has had a long academic career, and is now Adjunct Professor in Health Science with the School of Public Health and Preventive Medicare, Monash University. Her work over many decades, has been about understanding how best we can impact the determinants of health and health equity especially through population health. She was a member of the Women and Gender Equity Knowledge Network for the WHO Commission on the Social Determinants of Health 2005-8. She is also Past-President of the Public Health Association of Australia and led the successful bid for the 2017 World Conference on Public Health to be held in Melbourne. She is co-editor of Understanding Health published by Oxford University Press, and Understanding the Australian Health Care System published by Elsevier – both books will have new editions published in 2015.


  • Michael Moore

    Michael Moore is the CEO of the Public Health Association of Australia and is the President of the World Federation of Public Health Associations. He is the chair of a number of health networks. Michael is a former Minister of Health and Community Care and was an Independent member of the Australian Capital Territory Legislative Assembly for four terms from 1989 to 2001. He was Australia’s first independent Minister when he was appointed as Minister of Health and Community Care.

    Michael is a former teacher, small business owner and consultant who holds a post-graduate diploma in education, a master’s degree in population health from the Australian National University (ANU), and is an adjunct professor with the University of Canberra where he is a PhD Scholar examining a framework for planning or evaluating health advocacy. He is widely published.

    He is also a political and social columnist who has served on a range of Boards including as President of the Rotary Club of Canberra, the ACT Local Hospital Network, Australian Health Care Reform Alliance, the editorial advisory board of European Public Health Review, the National Drug Research Institute, the Institute of Public Administration and as Chair of the ACT Asthma Network.


  • Heather Yeatman

    Professor Heather Yeatman, DPH, is Head of School of Health and Society, University of Wollongong and the President of the Public Health Association of Australia (PHAA). She is experienced in public health and public health nutrition, with a focus on food and nutrition policy. Her research interests include food and health environments, food system knowledge, program evaluation and professional development of public health nutrition. She has led national health program evaluations, has extensive experience in research translation, and has held statutory appointments in food regulation, complementary medicines, management of agricultural chemicals and food labelling law and policy.


  • Andrew Jones-Roberts

    Andrew Jones-Roberts a non-Executive Director of the Australian Health Promotion Association. He has been a member of the AHPA National Board since 2009 and was President of the AHPA Victorian Branch between 2008 – 2013. He was the convener of the AHPA 2010 National Health Promotion Conference. For the past four years has been chair of the AHPA Professionalising Health Promotion Committee.

    He has worked within the community health, not for profit (i.e. Heart Foundation and Royal District Nursing Service) and acute health sectors for over 25 years.

    Andrew is a Senior Project Manager providing project management for new business start-ups, change management and service development projects.

    Andrew has qualifications in Nursing, Health Promotion, and Recreation & Leisure Studies.

    The Australian Health Promotion Association is a key partner of WCPH2017.


  • Michaela Riddell

    Dr Michaela Riddell is a multidisciplinary scientist with training in medical laboratory infectious diseases diagnostics and Public Health epidemiology and biostatistics. Techniques she developed during her PhD have been adopted by the World Health Organization global measles/rubella laboratory network particularly in Africa and Papua New Guinea. Since 2009 she has managed and implemented two large community based intervention trials incorporating group peer support to assist with self-management of type 2 diabetes (Victoria) and hypertension (India). She is skilled in community recruitment for research projects, statistical evaluation and is experienced in laboratory and epidemiological capacity building in Pacific Island countries and Papua New Guinea. She has consulted widely for the WHO measles laboratory program and is a member of the RCPA Quality Assurance Program standing committee.

    She is Co-Investigator on the NHMRC funded Partnership grant “Improving the health of people with type 2 diabetes using information and communication technology (ICT)”.

    Michaela represents the Australasian Epidemiological Association on the National Organising Committee and will work to ensure adequate contribution to the Congress from an epidemiological methodology perspective.

    The Australasian Epidemiological Association is a key partner of WCPH2017.


  • Lynne Madden

    Lynne’ s current roles are: the Associate Dean, Learning and Teaching at the School of Medicine, Sydney, The University of Notre Dame Australia (UNDA); the President of the Australasian Faculty of Public Health Medicine; and Trustee of the Lizard Island Reef Research Foundation of the Australian Museum. Prior to commencing at UNDA 4 years ago she was the manager of Population Health Training and Workforce at the NSW Ministry of Health for 18 years where, in addition to running several advanced professional training programs in public health, she was also the Editor of the NSW Public Health Bulletin. Lynne has extensive knowledge and experience of the delivery of public health and health services in Australia having prepared public health practitioners for working in senior levels in government within public health and policy contexts.

    The Australasian Faculty of Public Health Medicine is a key partner of WCPH2017.


  • Kelly Banister

    Kelly Banister is the Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Women’s Health Network. Prior to taking up this role she was an active volunteer member of the AWHN National Committee for six years and convened the organisation’s 2010 national women’s health conference.

    Her experience in both the public and community health sectors also included working as the Women’s Health Coordinator in the Population Health Unit’s, Department of Health Tasmania, with responsibility for women’s health policy, programs and service contracts across southern Tasmania, at Hobart Women’s Health Centre, and as a community member of the Tasmanian Women’s Council, providing advice to the Office of Premier and Cabinet.

    Kelly was also a successful communication practitioner with extensive experience in print and radio media, publishing and promotions before her work in the women’s health sector.

    She is a committed advocate of women’s rights to participate in decision making which affects their health and wellbeing, and to the provision of accessible services that are appropriately responsive to the diverse conditions of their lives.

    The Australian Women’s Health Network is a key partner of WCPH2017.


  • Warren Lindberg

    Warren has been Chief Executive Officer for the Public Health Association of New Zealand since September 2012. He chaired the Steering Committee for New Zealand’s successful first Population Health Congress in 2014. Although he began his working life as a teacher in south Auckland, Warren has now worked in the public health sector for 29 years. He is best known as the first Executive Director of the NZ AIDS Foundation, but he has also worked on a wide range of public health issues, including the Like Minds Like Mine media campaign to counter stigma and discrimination associated with mental illness, and the Auckland Regional Migrant and Refugee Settlement Strategy. He was also a Human Rights Commissioner from 2001 to 2007. Immediately prior to his current position Warren was Group Manager Public Health Operations in the Ministry of Health from 2007 to 2012. This involved commissioning most public health services through public and NGO service providers. He has a Master of Philosophy degree in management and labour relations from Auckland University. In 1999 he was made a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to welfare.

    The Public Health Association of New Zealand is a key partner of WCPH2017.


  • Melanie Gibson-Helm

    Dr Melanie Gibson-Helm is a National Health and Medical Research Council Early Career Research Fellow at Monash Centre for Health Research and Implementation, School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, Monash University, Victoria. Her research program focuses on women’s health and improving the provision of high-quality, appropriate pregnancy care for women of refugee background, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women, and women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS).

    Melanie is originally from New Zealand and has a pre-PhD background in laboratory and clinical research. She completed her PhD in public health at the end of 2014.

    Melanie's role on the Congress's National Organising Committee is to contribute an early research career perspective to the congress program and activities.


  • Summer May Finlay

    Summer May Finlay is a Yorta Yorta Woman who grew up in Lake Macquarie near Newcastle. Summer is an Aboriginal social justice advocate. She has worked in Aboriginal affairs for over 10 years in a variety of capacities including youth work, public health policy, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health research, social media and media and communications. She has worked in health at the National level and has strong professional connections across the country in the Aboriginal Community Controlled Health sector. Summer is currently the co-convener of the Public Health Association's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Special Interest Group. She is undertaking a PhD in Aboriginal health with University of South Australia. She has a Master of Public Health Advanced from University of Wollongong and Bachelor of Social Science.