Director of the Australian Health Policy Collaboration, Victoria University
Rosemary Calder is the director of the Australian Health Policy Collaboration, an independent national health policy ‘think tank’ established by Victoria University, 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 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.
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 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.
Ben is an economist 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.
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.
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.
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 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.