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AHPA event: Climate Change Advocacy: Global to Local

31 Oct 2022, 6:00pm-7:00pm

 AHPA NSW/ACT and QLD branches are co-hosting a webinar for local action to stop climate change on Monday 31 October 2022.

Hear from guest speakers, Dr. Melissa Sweet and Dr. Nicole Sleeman, and learn more about the science and art of effective advocacy and local application to climate change. 

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Event Details

  • Date: Monday, 31 October 2022
  • Time: 6pm (Sydney/NSW time); 5pm (Brisbane/Qld time).  
  • Location: Virtual, with the link to be provided before the event.

Guest Speakers


Dr. Melissa Sweet is a public health journalist and Editor in Chief of Croakey Health Media. She has been covering health matters for more than 30 years, steering social journalism activities and development; outreach and sustainability. Melissa’s work encapsulates ‘open and informed public debate…values the engaged members of our community and digital networks who seek to hold power to account and to provide much-needed scrutiny of the interests affecting our health and wellbeing.’


Dr. Nicole Sleeman is a Cairns-based General Practitioner, and active member of Doctors for the Environment Australia. She is passionate about raising awareness of the connection between human health and the health of planetary ecosystems within which we exist and upon which we ultimately depend. She believes that health professionals have a Hippocratic responsibility both inside and outside of the consult room, to take part in caring for and regenerating the earth's ecosystems, and advocating for urgent action on climate change, for the sake of human health.


Jemma is President, AHPA Queensland Branch and holds a Masters of Public Health (Health Promotion) and a joint Bachelor’s in Business and Psychology (Hons). As an undergraduate, she was interested in how marketing principles could be applied to something beneficent, which led her in the direction of social marketing. Jemma is currently engaged in public health research with the occasional dabble into tertiary teaching at James Cook University. She is interested in health literacy, power relationships, the research and practice nexus and the application of behaviour change principles to health enhancement. She is currently a member of the Townsville Health Promotion Network and the Active Transport in the Tropics Network.


Glen has over 25 years in healthcare, engineering, and consulting industries. During that time he has initiated, influenced, and instituted significant policy changes on a number of healthcare issues which have led to public inquiries, judicial inquiries, and legislative changes at State and Commonwealth levels. Currently undertaking the dual Masters of Public Health (Health Promotion)/Masters of Health Leadership Management at UNSW, Glen has interests in health policy, political theory, and health promotion. He currently serves on the boards of The Australian Thyroid Foundation and The Australian & New Zealand Head and Neck Cancer Society and is an Associate Fellow, Australasian College of Health Service Management and he is a Fellow of the Institute of Managers and Leaders Australia & New Zealand and the Governance Institute of Australia.  


Philayrath Phongsavan is Co-President, ACT/NSW Branch, and Professor of Public Health (Disease Prevention and Health Promotion) in the School of Public Health at The University of Sydney. Philayrath’s research areas are in behavioural science, social epidemiology and health inequality, including investigating the effects of the built environmental on social relations and health behaviours, and evaluating the implementation of health promotion programs in real-world contexts. Philayrath is experienced in applying health promotion approaches to translating evidence to policy and practice.


  • AHPA members: Free registration (AHPA members must log in to the member portal before they register to receive free registration). 
  • Non-AHPA members: $25 

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