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Committee

Courtney Mickan

Co-President

Courtney has been a member of the WA Branch Committee since 2013, with previous roles including Co-Vice President, Co-Secretary and supporting the Member Services and Advocacy and Partnerships subcommittees. Courtney’s qualifications include a Bachelor of Health Science (Life Sciences) from Flinders University and a Postgraduate Diploma in Health Promotion from Curtin University. She is a Senior Project Officer in the Youth Justice Services Team at the Department of Justice. Courtney’s experience includes strategic planning, performance monitoring and reporting, and implementing programs in tobacco control, early childhood development and mental health.

Lorena Chapman

Co-President

Lorena has been a member of the WA Branch Committee since 2013, starting as Chair of the Advocacy and Partnerships subcommittee and then moving on to leadership roles including Co-Vice President and Co-Secretary. She completed her undergraduate health promotion studies at Curtin University in 2009. Since then she has been working in the NGO sector, predominately on tobacco control and skin cancer prevention programs. She is currently working at Cancer Council WA on the Make Smoking History team, specifically working on projects that are focused on reducing smoking rates among priority groups by working with the community services sector in WA.

Liz Bradshaw

Treasurer

Liz is Treasurer of the WA Branch and Chair of the Finance Audit and Risk Management subcommittee. Liz is currently working with the WA Country Health Service based at Pilbara Population Health as a Senior Health Promotion Officer, working in the area of tobacco, alcohol and other drugs. Liz has a Bachelor of Exercise & Sport Science and Preventative Health, and a Masters in Health Science. She has previously worked with the Wheatbelt Public Health Unit based in Northam, the Public Health Advocacy Institute of WA, South Metropolitan Population Health Unit, Midwest Public Health Unit and the Department of Sport and Recreation.

Sarah Di Cristofaro

Vice President

Sarah is Vice President of the WA Branch and supports the Advocacy and Partnerships subcommittee, with previous roles as Secretary and Chair of the Capacity Building and Excellence subcommittee. Sarah is a Project and Policy Officer at Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service. She supports the development, monitoring and evaluation of policies and projects within the service. Sarah has a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Health Promotion. She has previously worked at East Metropolitan Community and Population Health Service (formally part of South Metropolitan Population Health Unit) and Child and Adolescent Community Health as a Health Promotion Officer.

Kirsty de Blanken

Secretary

Kirsty has been involved in the WA Branch committee since 2014 and is the Secretary of the Branch along with supporting the Member Services subcommittee. Kirsty has previously chaired the Advocacy and Partnerships subcommittee. Kirsty completed a Nutrition degree in 2006 and a Postgraduate Diploma in Health Promotion in 2007, both at Curtin University. She currently works as a Senior Health Promotion Officer at the South Metropolitan Population Health Unit in the areas of nutrition, tobacco control and alcohol harm prevention. Kirsty has experience working in NGOs and government organisations both in WA and the UK, delivering programs in the areas of nutrition, bowel cancer screening, women’s health and building stronger families

Nicole Toia

Committee Member

Nicole is a member of the Advocacy and Partnerships subcommittee.  Nicole is currently working as a Get Active Project Officer at Communicare where she is promoting and enabling access of young people into sport and physical activity. Nicole has a Bachelor of Health Science (Health Promotion). She has previously worked in Regional New South Wales as a Health promotion and Youth Health Officer at Southern NSW Medicare Local.

Karen White

Committee Member

Karen joined the WA Branch committee in 2016 as a member of the Finance Audit and Risk Management subcommittee. She completed her Bachelor of Science (Health Promotion) at Curtin University in 2016. Karen has just moved to a new position as a Community Engagement Facilitator with the Shire of Mundaring and has previously been employed as a Road Safety Advisor by WALGA’s RoadWise Program, supporting local government, community groups and individuals to make an effective contribution to preventing or reducing death or serious injury in WA. She has a background in accounting and business.

Catrina Wold

Committee Member

Catrina joined the WA Branch Committee in 2017 as the chair of the Member Services subcommittee after a previous role as the Chair of the Student Subcommittee in 2016. She graduated with a Master of Public Health from Curtin University in 2016 after previously studying Exercise Science and Kinesiology in the United States. Catrina currently works as the Evidence and Practice Lead at Injury Matters and teaches as a Sessional Lecturer in Health Promotion at Curtin University.

Chantelle Jeffrey

Committee Member

Chantelle is the Acting Manager for the Wheatbelt Public Health Unit and has over 17 years of health promotion experience across health service management, research and evaluation, injury prevention, tobacco and alcohol portfolios. She has been a Committee member on the WA Branch since 2008. During this time she has been instrumental in leading the mentoring program for the WA Branch and is now a key player in the national program as well. With over 12 years’ experience working in rural health Chantelle provides the WA Branch with an important rural perspective of health promotion practice.

Carl Heslop

Committee Member

Carl joined the WA Branch Committee in 2016 and is a member of the Member Services subcommittee. Carl is currently completing a PhD in Public Health at Curtin University to develop and validate a framework for planning, implementing and evaluating community-based youth sexual health interventions in the rural setting. Carl also has a Graduate Certificate in Nursing and a Master of Public Health from Charles Darwin University. Carl is currently working as a Registered Nurse while he completes his PhD.

Samantha Menezes

Committee Member

Samantha joined the WA Branch Committee in 2017 as the chair of the Advocacy and Partnerships subcommittee. She graduated with a degree in Health Promotion from Curtin University in 2016. Sam currently works in the role of Regional Community Development Manager at the Alcohol and Drug Foundation and previously worked in advocacy with the McCusker Centre for Action on Alcohol and Youth.

Rudie Marshall-Lang

Committee member

Rudie joined the WA Branch Committee in 2017 as the chair of the Capacity Building and Excellence subcommittee. Rudie has also previously held a Committee role with the NT Branch. She graduated with a Bachelor of Health Science with a Major in Health Promotion from Edith Cowan University in 2011. Rudie currently works as a Senior Policy Officer in the Sexual Health & Blood-borne Virus Program at the Department of Health and has an extensive background in regional and remote health having worked in the Wheatbelt, Southwest and Northern Territory.