Editorial team


Professor Don Nutbeam

Professor Nutbeam recently returned to Australia after a six-year term as Vice-Chancellor of the University of Southampton, UK. He shares his time as a Professor of Public Health at the University of Sydney and a Senior Adviser at the Sax Institute. 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). His research interests are in social and behavioural origins of health, development and evaluation of public health interventions, and testing health literacy interventions.

Scientific Editor

Associate Professor Bette Liu

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. She is an Associate Professor with the School of Public Health and Community Medicine, The University of New South Wales, and a Senior Science Adviser to the Sax Institute. In 2014 she was awarded one of the National Health and Medical Research Council’s (NHMRC) top prizes for excellence for having the highest ranked Career Development Fellowship (Population Health Level 1).

Associate Editors

Our Associate Editor team

Our seven Associate Editors are subject experts who sit on our Editorial board and also play a critical role in assessing manuscripts and assigning them for peer review. Visit our Editorial board page for full biographical details for each of our Associate Editors.


Ms Nyssa Skilton

Ms Skilton has been a journalist and editor for more than 10 years, and specialises in medical and science writing. She has worked at The Canberra Times as the newspaper’s medical and technology reporter and a sub editor. She also has experience at Australia’s leading medical publication, Australian Doctor, as a clinical reporter. Ms Skilton graduated from the University of Tasmania with both a Bachelor of Arts and Engineering, majoring in journalism and mechanical engineering.

Deputy Editor

Ms Megan Howe

Ms Howe has been a journalist and editor for more than 20 years, specialising in medical publishing for most of that time. She has worked for medical publications in the UK and Australia, including as Editor of Australia’s leading medical publication, Australian Doctor. She also has specialist medical communications experience, having worked in communications at the Sax Institute and Genome.One at the Garvan Institute. She holds a BA (Communications) from UTS.