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Committee

Stefania Velardo

Branch President

Stefania is a senior lecturer in health education at Flinders University. Her research projects broadly centre on social, cultural and economic influences on people’s relationships with food, with a special interest in children’s food-related understanding and experiences. Stefania was born in Adelaide, with strong links to her father’s hometown in southern Italy and she loves travelling. Her career motto is: “One person can make a difference and everyone should try” - John F Kennedy.

Gabrielle Fisher

Vice President

Gabrielle graduated a Bachelor of Health Science in 2017, where she minored in Public Relations and Human Resource Management and developed a particular interest in Health Promotion. She was awarded the AHPA SA Student Health Promotion Prize in 2015 and has been a part of the commitee ever since through a number of roles. She is currently working at headspace Adelaide on their Community Engagement Team and undertaking her Masters in Health Services Management at Uni SA. Her career goal is to help individuals live a healthier and safer life and to really make a positive impact within her community.

Jane Harford

Minutes Secretary

Jane is a lecturer in Health Sciences in the College of Nursing and Health Sciences. She completed her PhD in public health policy at the University of Adelaide. Before arriving at Flinders in 2017, she spent 14 years researching and writing on dental public health. As a result of her work in oral health, Jane retains an interest in working to understand sugar consumption as a public health and health promotion problem, and to explore ideas for how to minimise the effects of sugar on health.

Stephanie-Anne Noga

Correspondence Secretary

Stephanie works as a personal support worker in the aged and disability community. She is currently studying a Bachelor of Public Health at the University of South Australia. With this being her first year on the committee, she is looking forward to working with AHPA in making a difference in the community. Her passions in life are health promotion and advocacy in the aged and disability sectors.

Liana Bellifemini

Social Media Secretary

Liana graduated in a Masters of Public Health mid-2017, having already graduated in a Bachelor of Health Sciences majoring in Health Promotion and Education in 2013; both completed at Flinders University. She has worked in various positions for SA Health and the Department of Communities and Social Inclusion and, as a Casual Academic Tutor in undergraduate health promotion topics at Flinders University. Currently, Liana works as a Senior Community Development Officer for the Alcohol and Drug Foundation. Her motto is: “In any given moment, we have two options: to step forward into growth or to step back into safety.” – Abraham Maslow

Shreyta Pradhan

General Member

Shreyta completed her Bachelor of Dental Surgery in India and briefly worked as a Dentist and project officer in oral health promotion projects of the country. It was then she developed profound interest in preventative aspect of health. She moved to Australia to pursue her Master of Public health and completed the degree in 2020 from Monash University. She briefly worked with the health promotion team of a local community-based organisation in Melbourne before moving to Adelaide. She has great passion for healthy ageing and promoting healthy lifestyle in community settings and is looking forward to working in health promotion sector of South Australia

Janelle Smith

General Member

After graduating from the University of South Australia's Bachelor of Laboratory Medicine degree, Janelle worked for a total of ten years at SA Pathology as a Medical Scientist. Despite a rather successful career in pathology, spending some time volunteering on both the SA/NT committees for the Australian Institute of Medical Scientists and Australasian Association of Clinical Biochemists, in 2017 she decided to follow other health passions.

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Carolyn Dent

General Member

Carolyn is an Accredited Practicing Dietitian with over 20 years experience in the area of community and public health nutrition and health promotion.  She is an Associate Lecturer teaching across the nutrition courses at Flinders University of South Australia.  Carolyn also works as a Public Health Nutritionist at Wellbeing SA. She is passionate about public health, prevention and equity, in particular working towards creating healthy food environments to support people’s health and wellbeing.