Editorial board

Professor Don Nutbeam

Chair and Editor-in-Chief

Professor Nutbeam is currently a Professor of Public Health at the University of Sydney and Executive Director of Sydney Health Partners, an organisation which works to translate research into evidence-based healthcare. Formerly a Senior Advisor at the Sax Institute, Professor Nutbeam is a public health scientist with research interests in the social and behavioural determinants of health, and in the development and evaluation of public health interventions. His career has spanned positions in universities, government, health services and an independent health research institute. This includes university leadership roles in Australia and the UK, and a period as Head of Public Health in the UK Department of Health during the Blair Government (2000–2003).

Professor Sandra Bailey, Board member, Public Health Research & Practice

Ms Sandra Bailey

Associate Editor, Aboriginal Health

Ms Bailey, is a Yorta Yorta woman. She is Senior Adviser, Aboriginal Health at the Sax Institute. She was previously Chief Executive Officer of the Aboriginal Health and Medical Research Council of NSW (AH&MRC). A graduate of Melbourne Law School, Ms Bailey worked as a solicitor for the Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service and was Head of the Victorian Aboriginal Issues Unit of the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody. She was awarded the Australian Government Centenary Medal for Contribution to Health in 2003 and received the Hall of Fame award at the 2014 NSW Health Aboriginal Health Awards.

Professor Catherine Bennett

Professor Catherine Bennett

Professor Bennett has a distinguished career in public health practice, research, academic governance and teaching. She joined Deakin University, Melbourne, in 2009 as the inaugural chair of Epidemiology and is currently Head of Deakin Epidemiology, a research unit within the Institute of Health Transformation. Professor Bennett specialises in infectious disease epidemiology and community transmission, and has been one of Australia’s key public health communicators during the COVID-19 pandemic. She also leads an NHMRC-funded national research collaboration focused on the epidemiology of Staphylococcus aureus in the community. She previously spent more than eight years with the University of Melbourne and prior to that, worked with NSW Health, and held senior scientist positions in South Australian and Victorian State Governments.

Professor Tony Capon

Associate Editor, Planetary Health

Professor Capon is Professor of Planetary Health in the School of Public Health at the University of Sydney. A former director of the International Institute for Global Health at United Nations University, he is a public health physician and authority on environmental health and health promotion. Professor Capon’s research focuses on urbanisation, sustainable development and human health. He was the inaugural Medical Officer of Health in western Sydney during 1991–2006. Professor Capon is a member of the Rockefeller Foundation–Lancet Commission on Planetary Health and has served in numerous honorary leadership roles with professional and not-for-profit organisations in Australia and internationally.

Professor Anne Cust, Board member, Public Health Research & Practice

Professor Anne Cust

Professor Cust is a cancer epidemiologist who heads the Cancer Epidemiology and Prevention Research group, Sydney School of Public Health, University of Sydney. She is also a Faculty member of the Melanoma Institute Australia, and recipient of a NHMRC Career Development Fellowship. Her main research focus is on melanoma prevention and early detection, and her research has a strong translational focus.

Professor Mark Ferson, Board member, Public Health Research & Practice

Professor Mark Ferson

Associate Editor, Health Protection

Professor Ferson is a public health physician and paediatrician with additional qualifications in epidemiology and art history. He was the first NSW public health unit director and is currently Director and Public Health Officer, Public Health Unit, South Eastern Sydney Local Health District. Professor Ferson is the NSW Chair of the Infectious Diseases Network and holds professorial appointments at the UNSW, Sydney, School of Public Health & Community Medicine and Notre Dame University School of Medicine Sydney. His research interests are in the epidemiology and control of infectious diseases, with a focus on childcare settings, childhood vaccination, gastroenteritis viruses and the exanthemata, and on public health law and history.

Dr Becky Freeman

Associate Editor, New Media

Dr Freeman is a Senior Lecturer at the School of Public Health, University of Sydney. Her primary research interests include tobacco control and how online and social media influence public health. She is an established authority on the potential of the Internet to circumvent tobacco advertising bans and has pioneered research methods in tracking and analysing online social media content. She has prepared technical reports for the World Health Organisation outlining how to monitor and regulate tobacco industry advertising and interference in tobacco control policy. Dr Freeman has also served as an adviser to the WHO expert panel on tobacco industry interference in tobacco control. Prior to pursuing her research interests in Australia, Dr Freeman has worked for both government and not-for-profit organisations in Canada and New Zealand.

Professor Mark Harris

Associate Editor, Primary Care

Professor Harris is Foundation Professor of General Practice and Executive Director of the Centre for Primary Health Care and Equity at the University of New South Wales. He has research experience in the area of health system management and prevention of chronic illness, with a particular focus on obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease and health equity. He has edited three editions of the RACGP Guidelines for Preventive Care in General Practice.

Professor Andrew Hayen

Associate Editor, Statistics

Professor Hayen is a biostatistician and Professor of Public Health in the Faculty of Health at UTS. His research interests are in the development and application of statistical methods in population health and clinical research. He is particularly interested in statistical methods used in diagnostic tests and screening. He is the coordinator of the Master of Public Health course at UTS, and teaches introductory and advanced biostatistics to Master of Public Health students.

Professor Rachel Huxley

Professor Huxley is Executive Dean for the Faculty of Health at Deakin University. Previously, she was Associate Pro-Vice Chancellor for the College of Science, Health and Engineering at La Trobe University, and the Head of School of Public Health at Curtin University, Australia. She has also been Chair in Epidemiology, Head of the Research and Research Training Committee and Director of the Queensland Clinical Trials and Biostatistics Centre, within the School of Public Health, University of Queensland. Professor Huxley’s research is primarily focused on the determination and quantification of major and modifiable risk factors for chronic disease and sex and ethnic disparities in these relationships.

Dr Michelle Bovill, Assistant Associate Editor, Public Health Research & Practice

Dr Michelle Kennedy

Assistant Associate Editor, Aboriginal Health

Dr Kennedy is a Wiradjuri woman from NSW. She has a BA (hons) Masters in Social Sciences and completed a PhD in Aboriginal Health in 2019. She has 15 years’ experience working with Aboriginal communities and bringing Indigenous ways of knowing, being and doing to the health research space to deliver health research that is appropriate, engaging and meaningful for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Dr Kennedy also teaches Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students at the Wollotuka Institute at the University of Newcastle in the Yapug pathway program. She was awarded an NHMRC Early Career Fellowship commencing in 2019 and is conducting Aboriginal community-led research in partnership with Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services, addressing non-pharmacological approaches to smoking cessation for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women who are pregnant.

Associate Professor Bette Liu

Scientific Editor and Associate Editor, Big Data

Associate Professor Liu is a medically trained epidemiologist with interests in infections and reproductive health, data linkage studies and innovative large-scale data collection methods. She has worked on two large prospective studies in the UK, the Million Women Study and the UK Biobank. Associate Professor Liu is a senior lecturer at the School of Public Health and Community Medicine, The University of New South Wales, and a Senior Science Adviser to the Sax Institute.

Dr Ruth Lopert

Associate Editor, Public Health Policy

Dr Lopert is a public health physician and consultant in global health and pharmaceutical policy. She is also Chercheur Associé Principal at the University of Strasbourg and an adjunct professor in the Department of Health Policy & Management at George Washington University, where she was Visiting Professor in 2011–12 and a Harkness Fellow in Health Policy in 2006–07. From 2008–11 Dr Lopert was the Australian Government’s Therapeutic Goods Administration’s Principal Medical Adviser; prior to that her roles included directing the pharmaceutical policy unit in the Department of Health, and as medical adviser to the Pharmaceutical Benefits Branch and the Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee.

Dr Andrew Milat

Dr Milat is Director of Evidence and Evaluation in the Centre for Epidemiology and Evidence, NSW Ministry of Health and is charged with overseeing the implementation of policies and programs that support the translation of research evidence into population health and health services delivery. He has held positions including the Head of the Knowledge Transfer Division at the Sax Institute, Research Manager with the Australian Government Department of Health and regional Director of Health Promotion.

Professor Frances Rapport

Associate Editor, Research into Practice

Professor Rapport is a Professor of the Health Implementation Science stream of the Centre for Healthcare Resilience and Implementation Science at the Australian Institute of Health Innovation, Macquarie University, and holds an Honorary Chair in Qualitative Health Research at Swansea University’s Medical School, UK. Frances is interested in patient-centred professional care, long-term and chronic conditions, uncertainties in healthcare, the relationship between healthcare environments on professional practice and notions of risk in medicine. Her current research agenda focuses on: service provision improvements for patients with complex epilepsy and their families; identifying and addressing general practitioner’s uncertainties in dealing with adult survivors of domestic and family violence; the relationship between the built environment and professional wellbeing; and risk communication and assessment in oncology.

Mr Colin Sindall

Mr Sindall was the inaugural Chief Preventive Health Officer for the Victorian Government, having previously served as Director of Population Health and Prevention Strategy in the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services. His work in Victoria followed more than a decade as senior adviser in population health policy and strategy for the Commonwealth Department of Health and Ageing. He has been a consultant and temporary adviser for the World Health Organisation in chronic disease prevention and control, and served as a member of the OECD Expert Working Group on the Economics of Prevention. Mr Sindall currently works as a consultant.

Professor Ben Smith, Board member, Public Health Research & Practice

Professor Ben Smith

Associate Editor, Health Promotion and Prevention

Professor Smith is Professor of Public Health (Prevention and Health Promotion) in the School of Public Health at the University of Sydney. He is based in the Western Sydney Local Health District, where he supports research and translation projects that address prevention priorities in this large, socially diverse region. Professor Smith has extensive experience in research-practice partnerships, and has worked with state and national agencies on chronic disease prevention, social marketing, and health equity strategies. He is a member of the Prevention Research Collaboration at the University of Sydney, the Board of Healthy Male, and the Australian Coalition to End Loneliness.

International panel

The PHRP International panel is an adjunct to the Editorial board: it provides an international perspective to local and national public health issues, and ensures that the journal is connected to a broader international community of public health research and practice.

Dr John Beard

Dr Beard is Director of Ageing and Life Course with the World Health Organization in Geneva. He is past chair of the World Economic Forum's Global Agenda Council on Ageing and a current member of their Council on the Future of Human Enhancement. His work includes programs to shape the global research agenda on ageing, develop models of integrated health and social care for older people, and advance the WHO Global Network of Age-friendly Cities and Communities which he founded and which now includes over 570 cities in 40 countries. He remains actively involved in several large international research projects.

Dr Vivian Lin

Dr Lin is the Director of Health Systems at the World Health Organization Regional Office for the Western Pacific. She is responsible for the Division of Health Systems at the regional office and for technical support to countries and WHO country offices in a wide range of health system issues, including universal health coverage, and health policy and planning. She has more than 30 years' experience in health policy and program development, health planning, and public health teaching and research. She was previously Professor of Public Health and Head of the School of Public Health at La Trobe University, in Melbourne, and is the author of several leading public health textbooks in Australia.

Dr Patricia M. Davidson

Dr Davidson is Dean, School of Nursing, at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, United States. She has been a registered nurse since 1980 and has extensive clinical, teaching, and practice expertise in cardiovascular science and the care of vulnerable populations. Dr Davidson is secretary general of the Secretariat of the WHO’s Collaborating Centers for Nursing and Midwifery, counsel general of the International Council on Women's Health Issues, a member of Sigma Theta Tau International’s Institute for Global Healthcare Leadership Advisory Board, and a board member of the Consortium of Universities for Global Health. Her commitment to mentoring young researchers saw her awarded the prestigious 2016 Australian Museum Eureka Prize for Outstanding Mentor of Young Researchers.

Dr Abdul Ghaffar

Dr Ghaffar is the Executive Director of the Alliance for Health Policy and Systems Research, an international partnership hosted by the World Health Organization that works to improve the health of those in low- and middle-income countries by supporting the generation and use of evidence that strengthens health systems. A physician by training, with a PhD in International Health from Johns Hopkins University, Dr Ghaffar is based in Geneva and has worked in low- and middle-income countries over the past 30 years – managing a wide range of research portfolios, designing and evaluating national health systems, and training future generations of health systems researchers and decision makers.