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Dr Eberhard Wenzel, 2 January 1950 – 21 September 2001

wenzel.jpgDr Eberhard Wenzel (2nd January 1950 – 21st September 2001) worked in public health for over 20 years. He was well known to many through his work at Griffith University, Queensland, his prolific work on the International Public Health Watch web site and email list serve, and the development and maintenance of the Virtual Library on Public Health, a site which under the period in which he moderated it, earned a rating of the best in the field by the medical journal The Lancet. After the passing of Eberhard the Virtual Library on Public Health was hosted by the School of Public Health and Community Medicine at the University of NSW for several years as a project of the South-West Pacific Region of the International Union for Health Promotion and Education. Eberhard was an inspiring advocate for the socio-ecological view of health promotion as it was described over 20 years ago in the Ottawa Charter. This health promotion represented a significant move away from a medical view of health promotion that focused primarily on disease prevention.

Eberhard was an inspiring advocate for health promotion as it was described over 20 years ago in the Ottawa Charter. This health promotion represented a significant move away from a medical view of health promotion that focused primarily on disease prevention.  Eberhard was highly critical of recent trends, both nationally and internationally, that signified a step backward to such a medical paradigm of health promotion.

Eberhard was not afraid to speak his mind about what he saw as the critical failings of health promotion and public health.  His thoughts were often challenging and sometimes controversial.  However he could be relied upon to question accepted dogma, bring a different perspective, challenge accepted beliefs or practice, and to stimulate new ways of thinking.  Eberhard's students and others touched by him carry on this legacy of critical thinking.

Following Eberhard's death in September 2001, the Australian Health Promotion Association endorsed the establishment of an annual oration in his memory.  With this memorial oration, the Australian Health Promotion Association hopes to stimulate a culture of critical and reflective discussion for the advancement of health promotion in Australia.


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22nd National Australian Health Promotion Association Conference Alice Springs NT

Pat AndersonPat Anderson
Chairperson, Lowitja Institute

Ms Pat Anderson is an Alyawarre woman known nationally and internationally as a powerful advocate for disadvantaged people, with a particular focus on the health of Australia's First Peoples. She has extensive experience in all aspects of Aboriginal health, including community development, advocacy, policy formation and research ethics. Ms Anderson has spoken before the United Nations Working Group on Indigenous People, and currently serves as the Chairperson of The Lowitja Institute: Australia's National Institute for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Research. She has also been the CEO of Danila Dilba Health Service in Darwin, Chair of the National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation, Executive Officer of the Aboriginal Medical Services Alliance Northern Territory (AMSANT), and was the Chair of the CRC for Aboriginal Health from 2003 to 2009. Ms Anderson has had many essays, papers and articles published. She was a co-author with Rex Wild QC of Little Children Are Sacred, a report on the abuse of Aboriginal children in the Northern Territory. Ms Anderson's achievements have been recognised with many awards including the Public Health Association of Australia's Sidney Sax Public Health Medal in 2007, the Human Rights Community Individual Award (Tony Fitzgerald Memorial Award) in 2012 and an honorary doctorate from Flinders University in 2013. Ms Anderson is based in Canberra.



21st National Australian Health Promotion Association Conference Darling Harbour Sydney NSW

Marilyn Wise Oration SML

Conjoint A/Professor Marilyn Wise
Research Centre for Primary Health Care and Equity
School of Public Health and Community Medicine
University of New South Wales

A/Professor Marilyn Wise has more than thirty years' experience in health promotion and public health. She began working as a practitioner – working in the community in western Sydney and as the Director of an Area Health Promotion Service in Central Sydney. From 1991 until 2007 she was a Senior Research Fellow at the School of Public Health, University of Sydney and a Director of the Australian Centre for Health Promotion. From 2007 until 2012 she worked with the Centre for Health Equity Training Research and Evaluation (CHETRE) managing the healthy public policy program, and finally, with the Centre for Primary Health and Equity at the University of New South Wales.

Marilyn states that she was fortunate to be engaged with a range of wonderful public health colleagues from a variety of backgrounds and experiences in the review and revision of a number of national policies, in the development of interventions, and in evaluating services and programs. Some of these included writing the national health goals and targets, reviewing infrastructure support for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health advancement, the evaluation of three national drug and alcohol research centres, and the development, implementation and evaluation of the SmokeCheck (Brief Intervention for Smoking Cessation in Aboriginal communities) in New South Wales. More recently she has been engaged in the conduct of Health Impact Assessments and in reviewing Continuous Quality Improvements in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander primary health care.

A/Professor Wise has also been an active teacher – in the MPH programs at the University of Sydney and at the University of New South Wales, and in multiple short courses in health promotion, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health promotion, and in population health and health equity. In collaboration with Aboriginal academics and Health Workers she developed and taught the Graduate Diploma in Indigenous Health Promotion at the University of Sydney. More than 100 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students have graduated from the program.

She received the Postgraduate Teacher of the Year Award from the Sydney University Postgraduate Representatives Association in 1998.

She has extensive experience in teaching and advising on the conduct of health promotion internationally, and has worked with WHO and other agencies in the Philippines, Indonesia, Vietnam, Hong Kong, Malaysia, New Zealand, and South Korea.

She was a member of the Board of Trustees of the International Union for Health Promotion and Education for two terms, was a member of the Council of the Public Health Association of Australia, and was the Interim President of the NSW branch of the Australian Health Promotion Association.

She was awarded a Fellowship of the Australian Health Promotion Association in 2002, and was one of the team that won the inaugural Ray James Award in 2011.




20th National Australian Health Promotion Association Conference, Cairns QLD 2011


Dr. Lambert is an enrolled member of the Abenaki Nation and a descendent of Mi’kmaq tribal members and has 30 years of teaching at the elementary and university levels, extensive curriculum design experience, and 15 years of distance education experience in online learning, satellite courses, and cable television. Dr. Lambert holds two doctorate degrees: Medical Anthropology and Medical Ecology. She is the recipient of numerous honours and awards. More recently, she was awarded the 2001 Excellence in Online Teaching Award from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation at the 8th Annual Asynchronous Learning Conference. At the Bachelor level for College students, she has taught courses in health sciences, native studies, earth sciences, ethics, aquatic ecology, and curriculum development. At the elementary level she taught health and physical education, gymnastics, fencing, swimming, and tennis. While living in Philadelphia, Lori taught for 14 years at the graduate level in the Master of Arts in Education: Environmental Science Education program for Acadia University.

She has trained over 100 faculty members to teach online and is a much sought after conference presenter. She is internationally known as a researcher and lecturer with invited presentations in Australia, Finland, Norway, Canada, and Russia. Dr. Lambert holds a diploma in nursing from Cambridge Teaching Hospital, Harvard University; a Bachelor of Science degree in Health and Physical Education/Therapeutic Recreation from Temple University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; a Master of Arts in Environmental Science Education; a Ph.D. Medical Ecology: Arctic Studies from the Union Institute and University, Cincinnati, Ohio; a Post Doctorate Certificate from the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada in Distributed Learning and Technology and a Doctor of Science degree in Medical Anthropology from Rochville University.

Area(s) of Expertise
Medical Ecology and Medical Anthropology
Indigenous Health
Indigenous Education
Indigenous Studies

Current Research Activities
Methyl Mercury levels in lake trout in Flathead Lake
e-Learning/teaching and best practice for Native American College students
Indigenous Research Methodologies in Psychology

Two Key Publications
Through the Northern Looking: Breast Cancer Stories told by Northern Native Women. New York: National League for Nursing.
Keepers of the Central Fire: Issues in Ecology for Indigenous Peoples. Boston, MA: Jones & Bartlett 

The Eberhard Wenzel Oration: Two Eyed Seeing: Indigenous Research Methodologies presented by Dr Lori (Lorelei) Lambert  

19th National Australian Health Promotion Association Conference, Melbourne Vic 2010

lizAssociate Professor Liz Eckermann is currently Interim Head of the School of History Heritage and Society at Deakin University. Prior to taking up her current appointment she was Associate Head of School (Research and Research Mentoring) and Associate Dean: Research in the Faculty of Arts. Her key areas of research interest and publication cover, women’s health, reproductive health, gender and health, domestic violence, quality of life and indicators of health status, health promotion and public health.

Associate Professor Eckermann is on the Board of Directors of the International Society for Quality of Life Studies where she is Vice-President: Development. She was made a Distinguished Research Fellow of the Society in 2006 and in 2007 won the Zonta International Outstanding Achievement Award for her commitment to the advancement of women. She has undertaken over 20 consultancies on health promotion and gender and health for the World Health Organization in Geneva and the Western Pacific Region.  She is currently conducting research and publishing on risk and reproductive health in Lao PDR and finishing a book on international perspectives on gender, lifespan and quality of life which is to be published by Springer.

Oration presented by Associate Professor Liz Eckermann, 'Embodiment and Risk: Implications for Health Promotion and the MDGs'

18th National Australian Health Promotion Association Conference, Perth WA 2009


Dr Gauden Galea is the Coordinator of Health Promotion in the World Health Organization, based in Geneva, Switzerland. He is a public health physician trained in the University of Malta and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. He has a special interest in Health Promotion and the prevention of non-communicable Diseases. He has held posts as Regional Adviser in NCD in the Western Pacific Region of WHO and as Medical Officer (NCD) in the Pacific Island countries. In his national work before joining WHO in 1998, he headed a national Health Promotion Unit in the Ministry of Health in Malta and directed an Institute of Health Care concerned with the training of health workers. He is a Fellow of the Faculty of Public Health of the UK.

Oration presented by Dr Gauden Galea is available on pre-recorded DVD.  Please contact our office for a copy.

For an overview of the Oration presented by Dr Galea click here Life in the Digital Bazaar by Tania Hanzar  

17th National Australian Health Promotion Association Conference, Adelaide SA 2007

franProfessor Fran Baum is Head of the Department of Public Health at Flinders University, Foundation Director of South Australian Community Health Research Unit,  Regional representative of the People’s Health Movement in Australia and the Pacific and chair of its Global Steering Committee, a Commissioner for the WHO’s Commission on the Social Determinants of Health and Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia.

oration presented by Professor Fran Baum 'Health Promotion Dreaming'



16th National Australian Health Promotion Association Conference, Alice Springs NT 2006

professor boni robertsonProfessor Boni Robertson is Director of the Gumurri Centre for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Research, Education and Student Support based at Griffith University. In 1999, she was State Chairperson of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Women's Task Force on Violence (Qld). She has been on the Board of Directors of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Service for many years. 

Boni has 30 years experience working in the area of tertiary education and justice and was a founding member of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Women's Legal Service and Chair of the Board for 2 years. She is a member of the Aboriginal Legal Service in Brisbane and has lectured on Indigenous justice in Canada, New Zealand, USA and Australia.

Boni has held numerous Ministerial appointments at both State and Commonwealth levels in areas pertinent to Indigenous justice, education and health and is seriously concerned about issues that impact on youth and family structures in today's society. Currently Boni is completing an International Report on Indigenous Women in Corrections.  Transcript of Oration not available.

15th National Australian Health Promotion Association Conference, Canberra ACT 2005

ronald labonteProfessor Ronald Labonte holds a Canada Research Chair in Globalization and Health Equity at the Institute of Population Health. He is Professor in the Faculty of Medicine, at the University of Ottawa, and Adjunct Professor in the Department of Community Health and Epidemiology at the University of Saskatchewan. Prior to his appointment in 2004 at the University of Ottawa, he was founding Director of the Saskatchewan Population Health and Evaluation Research Unit (SPHERU), a bi-university interdisciplinary research organisation that was committed to “engaged research” on population health determinants at local, national and global levels.  

 Oration presented by Professor Ronald Labonte 


14th World Conference on Health Promotion and Health Education, Melbourne VIC 2004

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Associate Professor Papaarangi Reid is Tumuaki (Maori Dean) and Head of Department of Te Kupenga Huaora Maori at the Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences, University of Auckland, New Zealand. Papaarangi is also the director of the Eru Pmoare Maori Health Research Centre at the Wellington School of Medicine and Health Sciences.

Papaarangi holds science and medical degrees from the University of Auckland and is a specialist in public health medicine. She has tribal affiliations to Te Rarawa in the Far North of Aotearoa and her research interests include analysing disparities between Indigenous and non Indigenous citizens as a means of monitoring Government commitment to Indigenous rights.  Transcript of Oration not available.    


Dr Adrian Reynolds,  Annual Eberhard Wenzel Memorial Oration, Canberra ACT 2003

Adrian ReynoldsDr. Adrian Reynolds has worked in the Alcohol and Other Drugs field since 1983. Before undertaking public health consultancy work, Dr Reynolds was the Director of Brisbane North Alcohol and Drug Services. Dr Reynolds now works as a Senior Medical Officer with the Alcohol, Tobacco and other Drug Services at the Gold Coast Health District Service in Queensland, Australia. As a result of his extensive UN work and his experiences working with governments in many countries, Dr Reynolds has developed a particular interest in the subject of governance, decision-making and in the concepts of evidence-based medicine and their application to public policy.

Dr Reynolds accepted the invitation to give the second annual Eberhard Wenzel Oration with great pride. He was a student to Dr Wenzel when undertaking his Masters of Public Health Degree and Dr Wenzel supervised his MPH dissertation. He developed a close friendship with Dr Wenzel and shares many of the concerns and aspirations of the very special person whom he identifies as his most influential and valued colleague and mentor.

Oration presented by Dr adrian reynolds 'Far Reaching Reforms in Democratic Governance and Policy Decision-Making: Our Common Future Depends On It'

Dr David Legge, Annual Eberhard Wenzel Memorial Oration, Sydney NSW 2002

david_legge_9905Associate Professor David Legge is a member of the editorial boards of the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, the Australian Journal of Primary Health - Interchange, Critical Public Health, Health and Social Care. As well as an occasional reviewer for these journals plus Health Promotion International and Australian Health Review.

David is also a member of the International People's Health Council, an international network of primary health care practitioners and academics. IPHC is committed to building a global movement which can contribute to changing unfair and unhealthy social structures at local, national and international levels. The IPHC was one of the sponsors of the first People's Health Assembly in Dakha in 2000.

David is also involved in the People's Health Movement which emerged out of the first PHA in Dakha, both at the global level and in Australia. One particular activity in which he is involved is the International Peoples Health University which is a contribution of IPHC to the PHM.  IPHU provides short courses for health activists, in particularly, activists from developing countries.

oration presented by associate professor david legge 'Eberhard, you are still with us'  



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Eberhard Wenzel

wenzel.jpgDr Eberhard Wenzel was an inspiring activist in the field of public health. Each year a special oration honours his contribution.

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