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Committee

Carl Heslop

Co-President

Carl is a rurally based professional problem-solver who enjoys a challenge. Carl recently completed a PhD (Curtin University) with a rural Participatory Action Research (PAR) project that developed and validated the Rural Sexual Health in Youth (RuSHY) Framework to inform the planning, implementation and evaluation of multi-level community-based sexual health interventions for young people.

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Lily Palmer

Co-President

Lily Palmer is a Research Officer at the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre, for the Tina Trial, a clinical trial of mirtazapine for methamphetamine dependence (tinatrial.info), based in Perth. Lily has previously worked on the Ecstasy and Related Drug Reporting System (EDRS) and the Illicit Drug Reporting System (IDRS) as a telephone interviewer. She has also previously been involved in research areas such as justice health and prevention and early intervention. Lily is an IUHPE-accredited Health Promotion Practitioner, who sits on the Australian Health Promotion Association WA Branch committee.

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Kaitlin Johnson

Vice-President

Kaitlin is an IUHPE Registered Health Promotion Practitioner, having completed her Bachelor of Science (Health Promotion) at Curtin University in 2020. In 2021, Kaitlin has begun studying a postgraduate certificate in Aboriginal Studies through The University of Notre Dame. 

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Luke van der Beeke

Treasurer

Luke is a multi-disciplinary behaviour change practitioner with 25 years’ experience delivering health, environmental and social change programs in Australia and overseas.

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Emily Munro

Co-Secretary

Emily is currently working as a Research Assistant at Telethon Kids Institute. She is passionate about child and adolescent mental health and hopes to improve the experiences of those suffering from mental health issues. Emily was awarded a 2022 AHPA Scholarship which helped her to begin her career in health promotion research at Telethon Kids.

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Triahna Coombs

Co-Secretary

Triahna is an IUHPE Registered Health Promotion Practitioner, having completed her Bachelor of Science (Health Promotion) at Curtin University in 2022. Triahna is based in Kalgoorlie and is passionate about remote health outcomes. Triahna was awarded the Early Career in Health Promotion in 2021, recognising her work as the Alcohol and Drug Prevention Officer in the central and northern Goldfields. 

 

Athira Rohit

Committee Member

Dr Athira Rohit is an early career child health researcher, specialising in qualitative methodologies.  Following her undergraduate studies in India, Athira moved to Australia and completed her PhD in Optometry in 2015 from the University of New South Wales, Sydney. She was then relocated to the Northern Territory where she pursued her Master of Public Health from the Charles Darwin University in 2020 while working as a Maternal and Child health researcher at Menzies School of Health Research. In 2022, Athira commenced working at the Telethon Kids Institute, with the Child Physical Activity, Health & Development team to facilitate children’s lifelong health and wellbeing with a particular focus on families experiencing disadvantage.

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Chanaka Thanthirige

Advocacy Co-Lead and Capacity Building and Excellence Lead

Chanaka is a Health Promotion graduate from Curtin University who is currently working at Cancer Council Western Australia. Chanaka has volunteered in many Health Promotion-related initiatives, such as Keep It Safe Summer. He has also contributed in data curation for a peer-reviewed journal article on modes of administering sexual health and blood-borne virus surveys in migrant populations.

 

Alisha Davis

Advocacy Co-Lead

Alisha completed her Master of Public Health in 2019 and in 2020 was awarded the AHPA WA Branch Graduate Scholarship which saw her work at Act Belong Commit based at Curtin University on a project to promote mental health and wellbeing among culturally and linguistically diverse communities in WA.

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Myra Robinson

Scholarships Coordinator

Myra studied Health Science at UWA as an undergraduate, majoring in public health and anthropology. After 10 years of work in public health and health promotion, and some time off with small children, she completed a post-graduate certificate of Strategic Communications, also from UWA.

 

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Asma Sheriff

Student Sub-Committee: President

 

Hamna Khan

Student Sub-Committee: Vice-President

 

Bryon Spittle

Student Sub-Committee: Secretary

Byron is a program and admin volunteer with Canteen, currently completing his final semester of a Bachelor of Health Promotion at the University of Notre Dame Fremantle. What motivates Byron the most about a career in health promotion is the opportunity to enable tangible and positive health outcomes, specifically for vulnerable and at-risk population groups. He is passionate about improving community health and driven to affect change that benefits the lives of others, and believe that through health promotion, we can improve community health, reduce disparity and enhance social equity for all Australians.

Liz Bowman

Student Sub-Committee: Events Manager

Liz is currently studying a double Bachelor of Nutrition and Health Promotion at Curtin University. She has always known that she wanted a career helping people, and after ten years of teaching yoga, she decided she wanted to reach more people and work with broader communities and populations. She has always been passionate about nutrition. It just makes sense, you get out what you put in. She first thought she wanted to teach nutrition, but after discovering health promotion, realised there was not much point teaching people how to eat, if they don't have access to good food. When she graduates she hopes to find work in a food security related field.

Georgie Graham

Student Sub-Committee Member

 

Katie Tarling

Student Sub-Committee Member

 

Charice Suralin

Student Sub-Committee Member

 

Irina Maier

Student Sub-Committee Member