The Australian Health Policy Collaboration (AHPC) is led by Victoria University’s Mitchell Institute for Education and Health Policy.

The Collaboration brings together more than 50 leading health organisations to inform and influence public policy and its practice with the aim of improving the health of Australians, in particular those in socio-economically disadvantaged communities.

The latest publication from the Collaboration and our health policy team can be found on the Mitchell Institute website.

Our people

Professor Rosemary Calder

Health Policy Expert, Mitchell Institute

Rosemary Calder leads the Australian Health Policy Collaboration at Victoria University's Mitchell Institute, Melbourne.

Rosemary is a leading health and social policy expert. She has held positions as a senior executive in health policy and administration in both State and Commonwealth Departments of Health and was head of the Office for the Status of Women in the Commonwealth Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet from 2000 to 2003.

Rosemary was awarded a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in the 2015 Australia Day Honours. She received the honour for “significant service to public administration, particularly in the areas of mental health and ageing, through academic roles, and to the community.”

Rosemary has held the position of Chief of Staff to a former Victorian Minister for Health and has extensive experience in policy and organisational management and board governance in the not for profit sector. She is a sociologist and began her career as a journalist with The Age.

Ben Harris

Health Policy Lead, Mitchell Institute A health and welfare policy expert, Mr Harris specialises in studying chronic health comorbidities. As the lead on  Australia’s Health Tracker, which has been very influential on Government thinking and policy, he is also widely published on health issues.

 

With an interest in data based approaches to improving people’s health, his background includes time as Director of Public Policy at the Australian Medical Association; Chief of Staff to the Victorian Minister for Community Services, Mental Health and Disability Services and Reform; Executive Director of the Optometrists Association of Victoria; and various positions supporting the Commonwealth Government.

Lyndal Bond

Professor of Population Health & Evaluation, Mitchell Institute

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.

Hazel Fetherston

National Policy Strategy Coordinator, Mitchell Institute 

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 health policy 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.

Tyler Nichols

Health Policy Research Analyst, Mitchell Institute 

Mr Nichols' major projects have focused on Australian policy activities aimed at reducing dietary sodium intake, the Health Star Rating front-of-pack labelling system, and oral health in Australia. More recently, his work has focused on the need for structural reforms to address complexity and inefficiency in Australia’s health system.

Mr Nichols is passionate about health inequality and primary prevention, leading him to pursue a career in public health policy.

He has authored or contributed to policy submissions, peer-reviewed papers and technical publications, and provides ongoing support to the Mitchell Institute's National Health Policy Strategy. Mr Nichols has a Masters of Science in Dietetics.

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 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.