This page contains information about the members of the taskforce.
Professor Rob Moodie
Professor Moodie is Professor of Global Health at the Nossal Institute for Global Health at the University of Melbourne and former CEO of the Victorian Health Promotion Foundation since 1998. Since 1979 he has worked for Save the Children Fund, Medicins Sans Frontieres, Congress (the community-controlled Aboriginal Health Service in Alice Springs), the Burnet Institute and for WHO and UNAIDS. Professor Moodie also chairs the Victorian Premier's Drug Prevention Council, the Technical Panel to the Gates Foundation Avahan Program in India and the Melbourne Storm Rugby League Club.
Professor Mike Daube
Professor Mike Daube is Professor of Health Policy at Curtin University of Technology and Director of the Public Health Advocacy Institute of WA. He was Western Australia’s Director General of Health from 2001–05 and Chair of the National Public Health Partnership. He is currently President of the Public Health Association of Australia, the Australian Council on Smoking and Health and the WA Heart Foundation, and Chair of the WA Alcohol and Drug Authority. He has played a leading role in tobacco control, alcohol and other public health issues nationally and internationally for many years, and has advised governments and NGOs in some thirty countries. He has received awards for his work from organisations including the World Health Organization, the Public Health Association, the Australian Medical Association, Healthway, the Heart Foundation, Curtin University, ACOSH and the Australian Red Cross.
Professor Paul Zimmet AO
Professor Zimmet pioneered Australia's first institute dedicated exclusively to diabetes research, education and clinical care, becoming the Foundation Director when the International Diabetes Institute (IDI) was opened in July 1985. He was Professor of Diabetes at Monash University from 1989-97. In 1993, he was awarded the Order of Australia (AM) for distinguished services to medicine and education, particularly in the field of diabetes. In 2001 he was honoured as an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) for medical research of national and international significance, particularly in diabetes, and for contributions to Australia's biotechnology development. In July 2008, the IDI merged with the Baker Heart Research Institute to establish the Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute. Professor Zimmet is Director Emeritus and Director of International Research in the new institute.
Ms Kate Carnell AO
Kate Carnell is currently Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Food and Grocery Council. She was ACT chief minister from 1995 to 2000, and received the Liberal Party’s Distinguished Service Award in 2002. Ms Carnell has been the chief executive of development at TransACT Communications in 2001, Director of NRMA Ltd from 2001 to 2002, and Executive Director of the National Association of Forest Industries. She is an Honorary Ambassador for Canberra and became the Director of the Multicultural Business Chamber of Australia Ltd in 2001. She has received the Paul Harris Award from Rotary.
Dr Lyn Roberts AM
Dr Lyn Roberts has been CEO of the National Heart Foundation of Australia since 2001. Dr Roberts has developed national cardiovascular health programs within Australia, has been extensively involved with cancer prevention programs and is regarded as an expert on tobacco control matters. She is Chair of the Australian Chronic Disease Prevention Alliance (ACDPA) (members: Cancer Council Australia, Diabetes Australia, Kidney Health Australia, National Stroke Foundation, National Heart Foundation of Australia) and is a member of a number of expert advisory committees for the government and non-government sectors. In 1997, Dr Roberts was awarded an Order of Australia (AM) for service to the community and to health, particularly in the fields of health promotion, cancer prevention awareness and lifestyle education. Dr Roberts was elected to the Board of the World Heart Federation (WHF) in 2006 and is Vice President Elect of the WHF.
Dr Shaun Larkin
Dr Shaun Larkin joined the Hospitals Contribution Fund of Australia (HCF) in 1997 as General Manager, Strategic Development. He was appointed General Manager, Benefits Management in 2002 and in November, 2007 began leading HCF’s development of a new corporate ventures function. This function is dedicated to seeking out and forming strategic and financial partnerships with innovative companies that share HCF’s commitment to improving health care quality, service and affordability.
Prior to joining HCF, Shaun was based in Singapore for four years where he led the establishment of a chain of ambulatory medical centres throughout Asia. Before this he worked for nine years as an executive for a large private hospital operator (Ramsay Health Care) in Australia and the United States.
Professor Leonie Segal
Professor Segal is Foundation Chair in Health Economics at the University of South Australia. Her research interests are broadly concerned optimising the mix of health services, and identifying the associated drivers and incentives that can facilitate evidenced-based resource shifts. Professor Segal’s former research interest has resulted in a large research program to develop and apply a population-based approach to priority setting, together with large scale cost-effectiveness analysis.
AHMC Nominated Jurisdictional Members
Dr Linda Selvey
Dr Linda Selvey is currently Senior Director, Population Health and Offender Health Services with Queensland Health. Previously she was Director, Communicable Diseases Unit with Qld Health. She is a Public Health Physician and also has a PhD in Immunology. She is currently Deputy Chair of the Australian Population Health Development Principal Committee, and Chair of the Blood Borne Virus and STI Subcommittee of this Committee. She has previously been a member of the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Council, and a member of Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation. Her special interests are primary prevention of chronic diseases and HIV/AIDS and hepatitis C prevention and management. She has been an active environmentalist since the early 1980s and is particularly passionate about climate change. She was recently trained as a climate change presenter by former US Vice President Al Gore, who is training climate change presenters around the world as part of the Climate Project.
Dr Christine Connors
Dr Christine Connors is a General Practitioner and Public health physician who has been working in the Northern Territory for over twenty years, providing clinical and public health services to remote Aboriginal communities. Dr Connors was involved in developing the NT Preventable Chronic Disease Strategy and has been leading its implementation in the Northern Territory. She is the Director of the Preventable Chronic Disease Program for Department of Health & Community Services. She is involved in a number of research projects with Menzies School of Health Research and the Cooperative Research Centre for Aboriginal Health.
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