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Committee

David Towl

Co-President

David lives on Wurundjeri land in the leafy North East of Melbourne with his partner and two dogs. David has been a health promoter in community settings for more than 20 years and has a particular interest in Alcohol and Other Drug related harm, Sexual and Reproductive Health and the prevention of homelessness. Currently David is employed as the General Manager Health Promotion & Engagement at Access Health and Community – a community health service in Melbourne’s Inner East. David leads programs in Health Promotion, Community Engagement, Communications and COVID Response as programs to improve Workplace Wellbeing and Environmental Sustainability. 

Between 2010 & 2017 David was a member of the Victorian Branch Committee of AHPA serving as a general committee member and branch president. David also had three terms on the National Board, holding the role of National Treasurer. He also currently serves as Secretary of Chalk Circle, an independent not profit, creating conversations around gender literacy to empower the next generation.

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Teresa Capetola

Co-President

Teresa leads Education for Sustainability in the Health Nature and Sustainability Research Group, Deakin University. She has been a key member of research projects focused on the links between nature, climate change, health and wellbeing. She has also researched in the teaching and learning field, including health competency skills and knowledge related to sustainability. She is currently Course Director, Master of Health Promotion and has taught in the tertiary education sector for over 25 years, recognised with multiple teaching awards.

Teresa has a health practice background in women and migrant women’s health. She is the current Chair, Board of Governance, Women’s Health in the North. Teresa is also the founding member of Ascolta Women, a collective of Italian affiliated women across Australia and London focused on creative works, academic research, community engagement and activism related to diasporic Italian communities.

Prue Steer

Vice-President

Prue is currently employed at The University of Melbourne as Program Coordinator in the Melbourne Medical School, providing academic support for the Medical School’s postgraduate programs, including Adolescent Health and Wellbeing, Genetic Counselling and Cancer Sciences.  

Prue holds a Graduate Certificate of Health Promotion and is in the process of completing her Graduate Diploma of Health Promotion at Deakin University.

Prue is passionate about disease prevention and early detection with a special interest in tobacco reform, obesity, physical activity, heart disease, cancer screening and skin cancer prevention and looks forward to pursuing a career in this field upon completion of her studies.

Prue was a member of the VIC/TAS Branch Committee in 2020 and has been an AHPA member since 2016.

Georgina Nix

Secretary

Georgina is a motivated individual who holds a bachelor’s degree in health sciences, majoring in health promotion, and recently completed a postgraduate certificate of Disability and Inclusion from Deakin University. Georgina has spent her first few professional years working in the women’s health and community health sector and is passionate about supporting the creation of equitable and safe environments for all members of the community. Georgina has a strong awareness of issues affecting LGBTIQ young people, women with disability and those impacted by family violence. Georgina is excited to be working alongside other passionate practitioners on the AHPA VIC/TAS branch committee.

Rachel Bogie

Committee Member

Rachel Bogie is a Pyemmairrener Aboriginal Australian from Ben Lomond Nation.

Rachel is a Research Assistant in the Faculty of Medicine and Health at The University of Sydney and is working on a research project for Social and Emotional Wellbeing within the Graduate Diploma Indigenous Health Promotion (GDIHP) program.

Rachel was one of the students from the GDIHP who was awarded an Indigenous Global Exchange Program to The University of Toronto, Canada and who reciprocated the Indigenous knowledge exchange program by facilitating a possum skin workshop for staff and students from The University of Toronto at The University of Sydney.

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Anthea Maynard

Committee Member

Anthea is an intergenerational health promotion practitioner who has had diverse work and lived experience in Tasmania, Townsville and Zimbabwe. Health promotion principles have provided a framework for Anthea to work with intergenerational communities in Tasmania, Aboriginal health, promoting holistic spiritual health, community nutrition and food security.  Anthea is currently working with Food Plants International promoting adequate nutrition and food security using local nutritious food plants (32 000 edible species globally) in ways that respect ecology, culture and community.

VIC / TAS Branch