About us

The Australian Health Policy Collaboration believes it is possible to end the current and future social and economic burden facing Australia due to the growing epidemic of chronic disease. Led by Rosemary Calder, the AHPC is proposing a definitive path forward for government on chronic disease prevention and management in Australia, as outlined in a series of reports and policy forums.

Our people

Rosemary Calder

Director of the Australian Health Policy Collaboration

Rosemary Calder AM is a respected health and social policy advisor. She has previously worked as Health Policy Director at the Mitchell Institute and for State and Commonwealth governments.

Rosemary has experience as a senior public servant for both the Coalition and Labor governments and was head of the Office for the Status of Women, under the Howard Government and Chief of Staff to a former Victorian Minister for Health.

Debbie Law

Manager, Brimbank Collaboration Development

Debbie leads the Brimbank Collaboration development strategy for AHPC. She is a specialist in service and workforce reform planning and implementation.

Her work in service reform has been aimed at driving a better balance of primary health care and acute care for vulnerable and at risk populations, working in partnership with and across health, community service, and aged care organisations at regional, state and national levels.

She has driven national workforce innovation and reform, bringing together state governments, unions and non-government and private organisations for strategy and evidence development, implementation of practice change and enabling policy development.

She has been a member of national committees for both aged care and chronic disease.

Ben Harris

Policy Associate

Ben Harris has worked in health and social policy roles for state and federal governments, for professional associations and for a consumer organisation. He has worked as an adviser to a Commonwealth Health Minister, and has also served as Chief of Staff to the Victorian Minister for Community Services, Mental Health and Disability Reform.

Ben has extensive policy experience in workforce, health financing, population health, community services and disability reform. He is strong strategic thinker and has a sound understanding of government processes.

He is an economist by training, and holds degrees from the Australian National University and Monash University. He has a range of publications, including opinion pieces and research work. He is the co-author of Managing Your Pain: an A-Z guide, published in 2017. Ben is planning a PhD thesis to begin in 2018 at Victoria University, examining the links between chronic health conditions.

Lyndal Bond

Professor of Population Health & Evaluation

Lyndal Bond leads the evaluation of the Growing Brimbank Program. She is an epidemiologist and public health researcher with over 20 years experience in designing, implementing and evaluating complex public health programs and initiatives in Australia and the UK.

Lyndal’s research has focused on school level effects, system level interventions and methods for converting evidence into effective practice, particularly in relation to reducing inequalities.

She has been a lead investigator on over 50 research projects, attracting over $30 million in research funds, including grants from national and international funding bodies, government departments and not for profit organisations. She has co-authored over 100 journal articles, book chapters and reports.

Tania Wilson

Manager, Operations

Tania provides operational management and executive support to the Australian Health Policy Collaboration, and previously provided executive assistance to Mitchell Institute’s Founding Director.

Tania has extensive experience assisting senior executives within the not-for-profit, government and financial services sectors. Tania previously worked as the Executive Assistant to the Director, National Board Services at the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency.

Dr Rebecca Lindberg

Research Coordinator

Dr Rebecca Lindberg is AHPC’s Research Coordinator. Her areas of work include national chronic disease prevention, community health and education in Brimbank, and maternal and child health.

Rebecca is a public health researcher and community practitioner. She has expertise in areas of food security, organisational evaluation and nutrition inequities. She is passionate about the inclusion of marginalised peoples in all phases of the policy and program cycle. Previously, Rebecca was the Research and Development Coordinator at SecondBite.

Hazel Fetherston

Chronic Diseases Program Coordinator

Hazel Fetherston is a passionate health promotion practitioner. Her experiences include developing, implementing and evaluating a public health nutrition resource and delivering food literacy and cooking programs. Hazel has experience working in not-for-profit and non-government organisations. As part of the Chronic Disease Program team, Hazel has successfully assisted with the coordination of the Australian Health Tracker report card.

Hazel has been recognised as an emerging public health leader and was awarded the Australian Health Promotion Association scholarship in 2015. Her passion lies in working with disadvantaged communities, in particular, the school setting and child health. She also holds an interest in food security and equity.

Ruth Dunkin

Policy Adviser

Dr Ruth Dunkin has over 30 year's experience as a senior executive, CEO and board member in the public and higher education sectors, with a strong background and interest in public policy.

Ruth has extensive experience in policy development and strategy as an independent consultant and researcher. From 2008-2012 she was Director, Policy at the Business Council of Australia, focusing on labor market issues including workplace relations, and health, aged care and disability reforms.

Ruth was Vice-Chancellor of RMIT University from 2000-2004, and previously, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, with responsibility for business system development and operations, financial and human resource management, and subsequently for leading the academic operations of the university.

She has a Masters degree in Public Administration from Harvard and a PhD in organisational change from the University of Melbourne.

Maria Duggan

Policy Adviser

Dr Maria Duggan is a director of the UK based consultancy Public Service Works and a well-respected health policy analyst. Maria has a long track record of international work on health and social care policy. In Australia she has been working with Victoria University and the Royal College of Australian and New Zealand Psychiatrists to address the current policy gap on women’s mental health. The goal of the project is to develop advocacy approaches aimed at improving the physical health and life expectancy of people with severe mental illness.

Tyler Nichols

Policy Officer

Tyler joined the AHPC team as a Research and Policy Intern at the beginning of 2017 after graduating Victoria University’s Masters of Science in Dietetics. He was recently appointed to the position of Policy Officer.

Tyler has a passion for working in health policy and primary prevention and currently shares his time between the AHPC and the Continence Foundation of Australia, where he works as a policy advisor.

Tyler’s major project at AHPC focused on Australian policy activities aimed at lowering dietary sodium intake.

Keera Weise

Policy Officer

Keera is a passionate Public Health student, completing her final year of study at Monash University. She has represented her faculty as a student leader graduating from the ‘Ancora Imparo Vice-Chancellor’s Leadership Program’. This assisted her to co-develop the International Student Meet on Public Health 2017.

Growing up in a rural area Keera has a vested interest in rural health. She is a strong advocate for preventative mental health and currently sits on the Monash advisory committee ‘Mental Health Champions’ developing transitionary support programs for rural students.

Keera entered the AHPC team as a summer intern at the start of 2017. She now works in the Chronic Disease Prevention team as a Policy Officer on the Multi-Purpose Service Project.

Our alumni

Connor Rochford

Connor is an Australian medical graduate with an academic background in public policy and philosophy.

From 2016 - 2017 Connor was a senior analyst at AHPC, focusing on improving health care system performance through stewardship, financing and service delivery reform. He currently works at McKinsey and Company as a Business Analyst. In late 2017 Connor will start a Master of Philosophy in Politics (Political Theory) at Oxford on a Rhodes Scholarship.

Connor believes health and well-being for all is a matter of social justice. During his time at AHPC conducted research into health systems, structural inequalities and how to contribute to progressive, long-term change.

Statement of Commitment

The Australian Health Policy Collaboration is leading a national project to develop and implement chronic disease targets and indicators based on the WHO noncommunicable disease targets. To date more than 50 high-profile organisations, including Victoria University, have signed up to the Chronic diseases prevention for Australia: Statement of commitment to establish a platform for national chronic disease targets.

Read the full Statement of Commitment.

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