We are delighted to announce the keynote speakers for the Population Health Congress 2015:

Monday 07 September 2015, OPENING PLENARY: One vision, many voices

Professor Heather Yeatman, Congress Convener, Population Health Congress 2015 (AUS)

Heather Yeatman is experienced in public health and public health nutrition, with a focus on food and nutrition policy. Her research interests include food and nutrition policy, food labelling, food education program evaluations and professional development of public health nutrition.  She has led national health program evaluations and also has extensive experience in research translation, through numerous statutory appointments and was a member of the Expert Panel to Review Food Labelling Law and Policy.  She is currently the President of the Public Health Association of Australia and Head of School of Health and Society, University of Wollongong.  


Dr Alessandro Demaio, Principal, Kløver, Global Health Fellow, Harvard Medical School, Co-Founder, NCDFREE and festival21 (USA)

Dr Alessandro Demaio trained and worked as a medical doctor in Melbourne, Australia. While working as a doctor at The Alfred Hospital, he completed a Masters in Public Health including field-work in Cambodia. 
In 2010, Alessandro relocated to Denmark and completed a PhD fellowship in Global Health with the University of Copenhagen, focusing on Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs). His PhD research was based in Mongolia, working with the Ministry of Health, UN and other local and international partners. He designed, led and reported a national survey to inform public health and policy responses to the growing burden of NCDs. 
In 2013, Dr Demaio co-founded NCDFREE, a global social movement against NCDs – reaching more than 2.5 million people in its first 18 months. His team has convened two international launches, 3 leadership and innovation bootcamps and has made 5 short advocacy films; three in collaboration with the World Health Organization and UICC. 
Then in 2015, he founded festival21, assembling and leading a team of knowledge leaders in staging a massive and unprecedented, free celebration of community, food, culture and future for 4000+ Melbournians.
Currently, Alessandro holds a Postdoctoral Fellowship at Harvard Medical School. He also serves on the Advisory Board of EAT: the global, multi-stakeholder platform for food, health and environmental sustainability.
In addition, Alessandro continues to lecture for the University of Copenhagen, Coursera (MOOC) and Charité - Universitätsmedizin, Berlin. He is also a columnist with The Conversation and founder and lead blogger for PLOS Translational Global Health.

Dr Ruth Hussey, Chief Medical Officer, Welsh Government Assembly (UK)

Ruth was born and brought up in North Wales.  After qualifying as a doctor Ruth worked in a variety of public health leadership roles in North West England, including academia and the NHS.  More recently she worked in the UK Department of Health before becoming Chief Medical Officer for Wales in 2012.
Ruth has been committed to reducing health inequalities throughout her working life. She established a strong partnership based approach to this work in North West England and is an advocate of integrated approaches to improving health and delivering high quality health and social care. She has a strong commitment to public involvement in their health and health care as well as supporting effective clinical leadership to ensure the development of innovative approaches to meet 21st century health challenges.  She is involved in public health legislation and developing ‘prudent healthcare’ in Wales to support a sustainable health system.

Dr Graeme Innes AM, Chair, Attitude Foundation and former  Disability Discrimination Commissioner  (AUS)

Dr Graeme Innes AM Graeme Innes AM is a lawyer, mediator and company director. He has been a human rights practitioner for more than thirty years, and is a conference presenter and facilitator.

Graeme was a Commissioner at the Australian Human Rights Commission for almost nine years, responsible for issues relating to disability, race and human rights.

Graeme chairs the Attitude Australia Foundation, a start-up using media to change attitudes towards Australians with disabilities.

He is a director of:

- Life Without Barriers

- Livable Housing Australia, and

- PWC's diversity board

He was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by the University of Canberra in 2014 in recognition of his work as a human rights activist. Honour for human rights advocate.

Graeme is married with two children, loves cricket as a spectator and sailing as a participant, and relaxes by enjoying fine Australian white wine.


Senator the Hon. Fiona Nash, Assistant Minister for Health, Australian Government (AUS)

As Assistant Minister for Health Fiona Nash is one of the most senior women in the Federal Government.
Minister Nash holds Federal Government responsibilities for rural, regional and indigenous health, food policy, drug and alcohol policy, organ donation and a number of health related agencies including the Therapeutic Goods Administration, the Office of Chemical Safety.
Minister Nash has previously won plaudits for her campaign to undo the previous Government's changes to Youth Allowance, which disadvantaged rural students. Minister Nash played an integral role in the eventual blocking of the ADM takeover of Graincorp, and recently she made the GP rural incentives scheme much fairer, redirecting millions in incentives being paid to doctors in regional cities like Townsville (population 175,000) to attract doctors to towns of less than 5,000 people .
Minister Nash was elected to the Australian Senate in 2004. She and her husband, David, live on a property at Crowther near Young in the south-west of NSW and are the parents of two boys, Will and Henry.
Balancing family with the business of running a farm and representing the people of NSW shapes and influences everything Minister Nash does on professional and personal levels.
She is committed to getting the best for her constituents in every avenue of daily life, from education to health, food security to safe environmental practices.

Dr Wendy Southern PSM, Deputy Secretary, National Programme Delivery Group (AUS)

Dr Wendy Southern PSM joined the Department of Health in February 2015. Wendy is responsible for national delivery of population health (including sport), Indigenous health, and health workforce programmes and initiatives. Wendy is Chair of the People, Values and Capability Committee.
Wendy joined the Department following her role as Deputy Secretary at the Department of Immigration and Border Protection, leading the development and delivery of policy advice and programme management across the Department. 
Wendy has also previously worked for the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet and the Department of Immigration and Multicultural Affairs. Before joining the Australian Public Service, Wendy worked in various research, teaching and consultancy positions at the Australian National University, Monash University and the University of the South Pacific. 

Monday 07 September 2015, Congress Oration

Siobhan Harpur, CEO, Public Health Services, Tasmanian Department of Health and Human Services (TAS)

Siobhan moved to Tasmania in 2002 and has held several different Director level positions with the State Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), leading primary, community, rural and oral health services. She was appointed as the Director of Population Health Operations in 2010, and to the position of CEO Public Health Services in 2015. Siobhan has been a dynamic force in advancing the agenda for a Healthy Tasmania with the support of all levels and agencies of government, the health and community care system, community sector organisations and citizens, the private sector and the University of Tasmania.

Rob Sturrock, Analyst, Centre for Policy Development, Lead Author, "The Longest Conflict: Australia's Climate Security Challenge" (AUS)

Rob Sturrock is with the Centre for Policy Development. He is leading author of The Longest Conflict: Australia's Climate Security Challenge which was released in June this year by CPD. He holds a Masters in International Relations from the London School of Economics, a law degree from Sydney University. Rob has significant professional experience across public policy, consultancy and law and has worked for the Australia Trade Commission, Minter Ellison and KPMG Australia.


Tuesday 08 September 2015, PLENARY SESSION 2: Healthy spaces and places

Dr Hannah Badland, Senior Research Fellow, The McCaughey VicHealth Community Wellbeing Unit, University of Melbourne (AUS)

Hannah is a Senior Research Fellow at the McCaughey VicHealth Community Wellbeing Unit at The University of Melbourne. Her research focuses on examining and evaluating associations between health behaviours and outcomes, the physical urban environment, and transport at the neighbourhood-level in both children and adults. In parallel she is developing and testing conceptual frameworks to identify ecological associations with social determinants of health, wellbeing, and inequalities over time. This work falls under a broader umbrella of liveability, where Hannah is developing a series of spatial built environment indicators to test these associations. Together, this work seeks to inform both methodology and policy related to developing healthy communities. 
Prior to joining The University of Melbourne in 2011, Hannah was at University College London, UK. There she examined the impact of a neighbourhood renewal initiative for reducing health and social inequalities across England. She has also worked at Auckland University of Technology, NZ, where she was an investigator and project manager for the New Zealand arm of the International Physical Activity and Environment Study; a 14-country study designed to establish the associations between the built environment and selected health behaviours and outcomes. 

Professor Philippa Howden-Chapman, Professor of Public Health, University of Otago, Wellington (NZ)

Philippa Howden-Chapman is a professor of public health at the University of Otago, Wellington, New Zealand, where she teaches public policy. She is director of He Kainga Oranga/ Housing and Health Research Programme and the New Zealand Centre for Sustainable Cities.  She has conducted a number of randomised community housing trials in partnership with local communities and sector agencies to provide an evidence base to inform housing, health and energy policy. She has a strong interest in reducing inequalities in the determinants of health and has published widely in this area, receiving a number of awards for her work including a QSO, the Liley Medal and the Dame Joan Metge Medal. In 2014, she and the He Kainga Oranga team were awarded the Prime Minister’s Science Prize. She is currently the chair of the WHO Housing and Health International Guideline Development Group and was a member of the Children’s Commissioner’s Expert Advisory Group on Solutions to Child Poverty.


Professor Anne Kelso AO, Chief Executive Officer, NHMRC (AUS)

Professor Anne Kelso AO is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of NHMRC. Professor Kelso was previously Director of the WHO Collaborating Centre for Reference and Research on Influenza in Melbourne, a role she commenced in 2007.
Professor Kelso previously spent her research career at the Swiss Institute for Experimental Cancer Research, the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research and the Queensland Institute of Medical Research, where she earned her reputation as a leading researcher in the field of immunology.
From 2000 until 2006, she was also Director/CEO of the Cooperative Research Centre for Vaccine Technology. 
She has previously served as President of the Australasian Society for Immunology, as Secretary-General of the International Union of Immunological Societies and as a member of several governing boards and advisory groups, including the Council of QUT, the Boards of the Telethon Kids Institute and the Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health, and committees advising the WHO and the Australian Government on influenza. She was appointed Officer in the Order of Australia in June 2007 for service to science.

Professor Peter Newman, Professor of Sustainability, Curtin University Sustainability Policy Institute (AUS)

Peter Newman is the Professor of Sustainability at Curtin University. He has written 16 books and over 300 papers. His books include ‘Green Urbanism in Asia’ (2013) and 'Sustainability and Cities: Overcoming Automobile Dependence' which was launched in the White House in 1999. Peter has worked in local, state and national government in Australia, was a Fulbright Senior Scholar at the University of Virginia Charlottesville and was on the IPCC for their 5th Assessment Report. In 2014 he was awarded an Order of Australia for his contributions to urban design and sustainable transport. 
Peter has worked in local government as an elected councillor, in state government as an advisor to three Premiers and in the Australian Government on the Board of Infrastructure Australia. With a team from CUSP he leads an AusAID funded project on Deliberative Democracy and Sustainable Transport in India.

Tuesday 08 September 2015, CONGRESS DINNER

Robert Brown, Founder, Bob Brown Foundation and former Senator for Tasmania (TAS)

Bob Brown was elected to the Senate in 1996 after 10 years as an MHA in Tasmania's state parliament.  In his first speech in the Senate, Bob raised the threat posed by climate change. Government and opposition members laughed at his warning of sea level rises and it took ten years for them to finally begin to acknowledge the causes and effects of climate change.
Since 1996, Bob has continued to take a courageous, and often politically lonely, stand on issues across the national and international spectrum. Some of the many issues that Bob raised in the Senate included petrol sniffing in Central Australia, self-determination for West Papua and Tibet, saving Tasmania's ancient forests, opposing the war in Iraq, justice for David Hicks, stopping the sale of the Snowy Hydro scheme and opposing the dumping of nuclear waste in Australia.  Bob was re-elected to the Senate in 2001. Following the election of four Greens senators in 2004, Bob became parliamentary leader of the Australian Greens in 2005. The 2007 election saw Bob re-elected to the Senate for a third term, receiving the highest personal Senate vote in Tasmania and being elected with more than a quota in his own right.
In 2010 Bob led the Australian Greens to a historic result with more than 1.6 million Australians voting for the Greens and the election of nine Senators and one House of Representatives member. As a result, the Greens gained balance of power in the Senate and signed an agreement with the ALP which allowed Prime Minister Julia Gillard to form government. A key part of this agreement was the Greens requirement that a price on carbon be introduced, which led to legislation being passed at the end of 2011.  Bob stepped down as Leader of the Australian Greens, and then retired from the Senate in June 2012. After leaving parliament he founded the Bob Brown Foundation to support environmental campaigns and activists around Australia and our region.

Wednesday 09 September 2015, PLENARY SESSION 3: Grand challenges and wicked problems / vulnerable populations

Lisa A. Bero, Faculty of Medicines Use and Health Outcomes Chair, University of Sydney, Charles Perkins Centre (AUS)

Lisa A. Bero, PhD is Chair of Medicines Use and Health Outcomes at the University of Sydney, Charles Perkins Centre where she directs a Program in Research Integrity and Science Policy.  From 1991 – 2014, she was Professor, Department of Clinical Pharmacy, School of Pharmacy and Institute for Health Policy Studies, School of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco.  Prof. Bero is a pharmacologist who studies how science is translated into clinical practice and health policy.  She has developed and validated methods for assessing bias in the design, conduct and dissemination of research on pharmaceuticals, tobacco and chemicals.  Prof. Bero has also conducted analyses to examine the dissemination and policy implications of research evidence. Her international activities include member and chair of the World Health Organization (WHO) Essential Medicines Committee, member of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) Advisory Committee on Health Research, and Chair of the PAHO Strategic Fund Selection Committee.  Prof. Bero was an associate editor of Tobacco Control and editor of the Effective Practice and Organization of Care Cochrane group for over a decade.  She is Director of the World Health Organization Collaborating Centre on Pharmaceutical Research and Science Policy.  Prof. Bero serves on several committees related to evidence and decisions, such as the Institute of Medicine Committee on Conflict of Interest in Medical Research, Education and Practice and the National Academy of Science Committee to review the Environmental Protection Agency Integrated Risk Information System Process.  Prof. Bero was an elected member of the Cochrane Collaboration Steering Group for 12 years and was appointed Co-Chair in 2013.


Professor Anthony Capon, Director, United Nations University International Institute for Global Health, Kuala Lumpur (MY)

Professor Anthony Capon directs the global health institute at United Nations University. Tony is a public health physician and an authority on environmental health and health promotion.  His research focuses on urbanization, sustainable development and human health.  With extensive leadership and management experience in public health policy, research and education, Tony has consulted in many countries and for a wide variety of organizations.  Since 2008, he has been working with the International Council for Science to develop a global interdisciplinary science programme on health and wellbeing in the changing urban environment using systems approaches.  Currently, Tony is a member of the Rockefeller Foundation–Lancet Commission on Planetary Health which recently published its report Safeguarding human health in the Anthropocene epoch.  Previously, he has held WHO and NHMRC fellowships, and leadership roles with the Frank Fenner Foundation and the Australasian Faculty of Public Health Medicine in the Royal Australasian College of Physicians.  


Senator Richard Di Natale, Senator for Victoria (AUS)

Dr Richard Di Natale was elected to the federal parliament in 2010 and is the Greens' first Victorian Senator. His portfolios include health, multiculturalism, youth, gambling and sport.
Prior to entering parliament, Richard was a general practitioner and public health specialist. He worked in Aboriginal health in the Northern Territory, on HIV prevention in India and in the drug and alcohol sector. His key health priorities include preventative health, public dental care and responding to the health impacts of climate change.
Richard's achievements in parliament so far include securing almost $5 billion towards Medicare-funded dentistry, winning a campaign to divest $250 million worth of tobacco stocks from the Future Fund, and spearheading senate inquiries into many issues of public significance such as dying with dignity, superbugs, hospital funding, budget cuts, medicinal cannabis, air pollution, pharmaceutical transparency, sports science and gambling reform. 
Richard is also fighting hard for human rights in West Papua, greater transparency in the pharmaceuticals industry and timely access to cost-effective drugs through the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme. He believes in public health policies that put science and evidence above politics.
Richard is the Chair of the Senate Select Committee into the Abbott Government's Budget Cuts and Deputy Chair of the Senate Select Committee into Health. He is the co-convenor of the Parliamentary Friends for Drug Policy and Law Reform, the Parliamentary Friends of West Papua and the Parliamentary Friends of Medicine.

Dr. Trevor Hancock, Professor and Senior Scholar, School of Public Health and Social Policy, Senior Editor, Canadian Journal of Public Health, University of Victoria (CAN)

Dr. Trevor Hancock is a public health physician and a Professor at the School of Public Health and Social Policy at the University of Victoria. He has been involved in health and environment issues for decades. In the 1980s he was one of the founders of the global Healthy Cities movement. In the 1990s he co-founded the Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment and the Canadian Coalition for Green Health Care. He has led the development over the past 3 years of a major report on the ecological determinants of health for the Canadian Public Health Association.  

Associate Professor James Ward, Head of Infectious Diseases Research - Aboriginal Health, South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (AUS)

Associate Professor James Ward is Head of Infectious Diseases Research- Aboriginal Health at the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute in Adelaide. He has extensive experience in sexual health and blood borne virus research and is recognised as Australia's expert in the field of STI and BBV control among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. He is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He has established a research program by attracting competitive research funding, including CIA on an ARC linkage grant, and Chief Investigator on project grants and a CCRE funded by the NHMRC. He has been or is currently a member of a number of professional, technical and expert committees, including the Federal Ministerial Committee on STI and BBV (2011-) NSW Ministerial Advisory Committee STI & HIV (2003-2011), Hepatitis (2003-2009), Victorian HIV Taskforce (2009-2010), Northern Territory Sexual Health Advisory Group (2011-) He is regularly invited to present on his work at national and international conferences, including in 2014 as one of three Australians to be invited as a Plenary Speaker at the International AIDS Conference to be held in Melbourne in July. In 2013, he was conference convenor of the Australasian HIV Conference held in Darwin and in 2014 Co-convenor of the Australasian Viral Hepatitis Conference to be held in Alice Springs in September. He is a Board member of the Australasian Society of HIV Medicine and an inaugural Board member of the newly formed Harm Reduction Australia.


Professor Xiaoying Zheng, Professor and Director, Institute of Population Research, Peking University (CHN)

Professor Xiaoying Zheng is the Dean of the Peking University-APEC Health Science Academy. She is also the Director of the Institute of Population Research/WHO Collaborating Center for Reproductive Health and Population Science at Peking University. Xiaoying received her MD from Hebei Medical University, and MS and PhD degrees from Peking University, before moving to the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine as a research fellow in reproductive health. This was followed by fellowships at the World Health Organization, Harvard University and Johns Hopkins University. Xiaoying has authored over 300 journal papers, chapters, and edited books, received more than 30 peer-reviewed research grants, has served as a consultant to the UNICEF, UNFEM, Asian-pacific Regional Reproductive Health Advisory Panel of World Health Organization, and is currently the Vice-President of the Chinese Population Association.


Wednesday 09 September 2015, CLOSING PLENARY:  Engagement and advocacy action

Professor Mike Daube AO, Professor, Curtin University and Director, Public Health Advocacy Institute and McCusker Centre for Action on Alcohol and Youth (AUS)

Professor Mike Daube is Professor of Health Policy at Curtin University, where he is Director of the Public Health Advocacy Institute and the McCusker Centre for Action on Alcohol and Youth. Before this he was Director General of Health for Western Australia and Chair of the National Public Health Partnership. Professor Daube is President of the Australian Council on Smoking and Health, CoChair of the National Alliance for Action on Alcohol, Patron of Local Drug Action Groups Inc., and chair or member of many other boards and committees. He was previously President of the Public Health Association of Australia, Deputy Chair of the National Preventative Health Taskforce, and Chair of the Tobacco Expert Committee that recommended plain packaging and other measures. Professor Daube has been active in health policy, tobacco control, alcohol and other areas in public health nationally and internationally for more than forty years. He has published widely and received numerous awards from organizations including the World Health Organization, the Australian Medical Association, the National Heart Foundation, the American Cancer Society’s Luther Terry Distinguished Career Award and many others. He is an Officer in the Order of Australia (AO)

Todd Harper, CEO, Cancer Council Victoria (AUS)

Todd is CEO of Cancer Council Victoria. He has over 20 years’ experience in public health advocacy and implementation as a former CEO of VicHealth, Executive Director of Quit Victoria, Director of the VicHealth Centre for Tobacco Control, and Executive Director of the Tasmanian Council on AIDS and Related Diseases. He has a degree in economics, a postgraduate diploma in health promotion and a masters in health economics.




Professor Ines Rugani Ribeiro De Castro, Director, Instituto de Nutricao, State University of Rio de Janeiro (BR)

Professor Ines Rugani works and lives in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and has been a professor in the State University of Rio de Janeiro (UERJ) since 1996. From 1992 to 2012 Ines worked for the health department of the city of Rio, where, from 1999 to 2005, she was the director of the agency responsible for the food and nutrition policies at the municipality.  Since 2008 she is engaged at the food and nutrition task force of Abrasco, the Brazilian Association of Collective Health. Ines was also the Executive Secretary of the World Nutrition Rio2012 Congress.



Lisa A. Bero, Faculty of Medicines Use and Health Outcomes Chair, University of Sydney, Charles Perkins Centre (AUS)

Please see above for complete biography.







Dr Ruth Hussey, Chief Medical Officer, Welsh Government Assembly (UK)

Please see above for complete biography.



23 February 2015
Workshop/Symposia submission deadline 

20 March 2015
Abstract submission deadline

24 March - May 2015
Abstract reviewing 

1st week June 2015
Notification to authors

15 June 2015
Earlybird registration deadline