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Crystie Ballard

Committee Member

A very motivated and passionate Health Promotion Officer with 3 years of experience in local government, school and hospital based settings.
Crystie worked with a range of population groups, communities and individuals to implement the Healthy Choices guidelines and the Achievement Program for schools and workplaces. Additionally, leading primary prevention activities to reduce harm from drugs and alcohol, as part of the Rochester and Elmore Local Drug Action Team.
She is interested in advancing my experience, skills and networks in health promotion by joining the AHPA Vic/Tas Branch Committee.

Brooke Atkins

Committee Member

Emily Scott

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Melissa Colosimo


Melissa has worked in the Public Health sector for over a decade, and has a range of experience working on programs targeting children, adults, older adults, schools, hospitals, workplaces and the food industry. This along with her post graduate studies in Health Promotion has given her a solid foundation on using public health principles. She has experience in program management, strategic planning, program evaluation, tenders submissions, budgeting, and establishing and sustaining partnerships with stakeholders. She is currently employed as a Program Manager with Nutrition Australia Victorian Division.

Melissa has been a committee member of the Victorian Branch since 2015.

Rebecca Meldrum


Rebecca Meldrum has been in her current position as Health Promotion Officer at Neami National for five years. Rebecca’s background in health promotion, public health and research have enabled her to work in a variety of settings, including mental health, women’s health and community health. Rebecca has a key interest in the influence of health literacy on health outcomes and supporting the community to achieve overall health and wellbeing via a holistic approach to health promotion.

Hazel Fetherston

Committee Member

Hazel is a passionate health promotion practitioner and has been recognised as an emerging public health leader. She was awarded the Australian Health Promotion Association (WA Branch) scholarship in 2015 taking on a research project in public health nutrition and health promotion. Originally from Western Australia, Hazel has experience delivering nutrition and health promotion programs to disadvantaged communities, schools, children, families and training health professionals and teachers through Western Australia. She is currently working in health policy as Chronic Disease Program Coordinator at the Australian Health Policy Collaboration.

Hazel has served on the AHPA WA Branch for a number of years in the advocacy subcommittee and has a keen interest in investing into recent graduates. She also loves cycling.

Lucy Wickham

Committee Member

With over a decade of experience in health promotion, Lucy is currently employed at Peninsula Health as a Health Promotion Team Leader. She has extensive experience working in community health. Positions previously held include health promotion supervisory roles in local government, and primary care partnership prevention coordination positions. Lucy’s areas of focus as a health promotion practitioner have been wide-ranging and include healthy eating, Aboriginal health and prevention of violence against women. In 2016, she sat on the Victorian Branch Committee and the National Professionalising Health Promotion Working Group. Lucy has a Masters in Health Promotion from Curtin University of Technology.

Owen Pietsch

Vice President

Owen has over 10 years’ experience in a range of health promotion activities and programs mainly within local government, but has extensive experience within the not-for-profit, community and public health and fitness industry.

His range of portfolios has included public health planning and service delivery, indigenous reconciliation, physical activity promotion, healthy urban design and planning, food security, community engagement and development, and environmental sustainability.

Owen is currently the Senior Pracititioner – Health Promotion at Access Health and Community and has a growing interest in the role health can play in forming our everyday environment.

Bronwyn Moore

Committee Member

Bronwyn is a Public Health Practitioner with over 15 years experience providing project management functions across a range of program areas and population groups in the Not For Profit sector.

Bronwyn has extensive experience in applying systems thinking, program planning and delivery, community development, public education and behaviour change across a variety of settings and within multidisciplinary teams.

Her current role involves organisation wide planning and development strategies and ensuring these are congruent with the associated planning documents, frameworks and best practice.

Bronwyn is interested in learning organisations and the application of salutogenisis, co-production and appreciative inquiry.

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