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Health Promotion Advisory Subcommittee (HPAC)

The Health Promotion Advisory Sub-Committee is a sub-committee of the Clinical Council that acts within the authority of, and assists the Clinical Council to provide advice on health promotion policy, resources and program activity.

  • Associate Professor Seana Gall

    BSc(Hons), PhD

    Chair of the Health Promotion Advisory Subcommittee

    Dr Seana Gall is a senior research fellow in cardiovascular epidemiology at the Menzies Institute for Medical Research at the University of Tasmania and Adjunct Associate Professor at Monash University. She holds a BSc (Hons) in physiology from Monash University and graduated with a PhD…

    Dr Seana Gall is a senior research fellow in cardiovascular epidemiology at the Menzies Institute for Medical Research at the University of Tasmania and Adjunct Associate Professor at Monash University. She holds a BSc (Hons) in physiology from Monash University and graduated with a PhD in stroke epidemiology from the University of Melbourne in 2008. She is currently funded by a prestigious National Heart Foundation of Australia Future Leader Fellowship where she is examining the ‘Epidemiology of cardiovascular disease across the life course’. She conducts epidemiological studies to understand ways to prevent, manage and improve outcomes of cardiovascular disease, particularly stroke. Particular areas of expertise include childhood predictors of adult cardiovascular health, clustering of health behaviours and sex differences in stroke.

    She is a chief investigator on the NHMRC-funded Childhood Determinants of Adult Health (CDAH) study and lead investigator of the International Stroke Outcomes Study (INSTRUCT) that is pooling data on over 16,000 strokes from around the world. She has published 76 journal articles and has attracted over $4 million in funding for her research. She is an active member of the scientific community including as chair of the Tasmanian Government’s Tobacco Control Coalition, a board director for the Cancer Council Tasmania and chair of their Scientific and Research Committee and a member for the Royal Hobart Hospital Research Foundation Scientific Research Advisory Committee.

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  • Mark Harris

    Professor Mark Harris

    Professor Harris has been a Foundation Professor of General Practice at UNSW since 1993, and a Scientia Professor since 2013. Professor Harris has been the Executive Director of the UNSW Centre for Primary Health Care and Equity since 2005, and the Deputy Director of the…
    Professor Harris has been a Foundation Professor of General Practice at UNSW since 1993, and a Scientia Professor since 2013. Professor Harris has been the Executive Director of the UNSW Centre for Primary Health Care and Equity since 2005, and the Deputy Director of the UNSW Translational Cancer Research Network since 2014.

    He is recognised as a leader in primary care research, and his research into prevention and management of chronic disease in primary health care has led to the development of better practice in the sector. Professor Harris has conducted previous trials in general practice and community health services on preventive care, including a project on Implementing Guidelines for Preventive Care in General Practice, and a Centre of Research Excellence on the Management and Prevention of Obesity in Primary Health Care.

    Professor Harris currently leads a large trial of mobile health in preventive care for patients with low health literacy in general practice, and an implementation trial of a web-based interactive shared care plan for cancer survivors. He has conducted health equity research with many socially disadvantaged groups (Aboriginal and refugee populations), which have informed policy and services for these populations in primary health care and non-government organisations.
    He has been a member of the Quality Committee and Prevention and Community Medicine Committees of the RACGP for 25 years, and a member of the NHMRC Translation Faculty and Prevention and Community Health Committee, RACGP Quality Committee, National Heart Foundation Clinical Issues Committee and state government and Local Health District advisory groups. He received the North American Primary Care Research Group’s President’s award in 2017 for his contribution to primary healthcare research.

    Professor Harris has a Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery and Doctor of Medicine both from the University of Sydney, and he is a Fellow of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) (Honorary Life Fellow since 2009). He has almost 400 publications in peer-reviewed journals and over 5000 citations.
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  • Simone Pettigrew

    Professor Simone Pettigrew

    Professor Pettigrew is the Head of Food Policy at The George Institute for Global Health. Her areas of expertise include behavioural psychology, consumer research, social marketing, health promotion, health policy, and intervention research. Her research focus is in the area of health promotion and how…

    Professor Pettigrew is the Head of Food Policy at The George Institute for Global Health. Her areas of expertise include behavioural psychology, consumer research, social marketing, health promotion, health policy, and intervention research. Her research focus is in the area of health promotion and how to encourage individuals to make behavioural changes to improve their health. Specific health issues of interest include obesity, nutrition, physical activity, alcohol consumption, tobacco use, mental health, and ageing. Much of her work focuses on vulnerable populations, especially children, seniors, and low-income families. She regularly undertakes research projects and consultancies for NGOs and government entities.

    Professor Pettigrew holds a Bachelor of economics, a Master of commerce, and a PhD in consumer research. She has over 350 refereed publications and has produced more than 140 technical reports for stakeholders. Professor Pettigrew has been awarded more than $12 million in competitive and commissioned research funding. 

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  • Nic Stephen

    Mr Nic Stephen

    Nic is a 45 year old Tasmanian stroke survivor, who had an Ischaemic stroke at age 37. Nic is the GM of Organisational & Business Development at St Giles, a provider of paediatric allied health services in Tasmania. Prior to this Nic was the director…

    Nic is a 45 year old Tasmanian stroke survivor, who had an Ischaemic stroke at age 37.

    Nic is the GM of Organisational & Business Development at St Giles, a provider of paediatric allied health services in Tasmania. Prior to this Nic was the director of Advance Workforce, where he worked with organisations to create health workplace cultures through leadership development. Prior to his Stroke Nic worked as a Phys Ed teacher, managed the Special Olympics in Tasmania, and ran small business mentoring programs.

    Nic is a father of two boys, Chair of Pathways Tasmania – a not for profit focused on supporting youth homelessness and drug and alcohol rehabilitation. He volunteers his time in the support of Stroke through local groups and events, is a StrokeSafe Ambassador who has undertaken media engagements for us. Nic played a central role in our 2018 Tasmanian state election advocacy.

    Nic writes:
    “My experience as a younger stroke patient was not ideal. The support during and particularly after hospital was confusing and undirected. The combination of some cognitive delay and lack of support networks led to frustration on my wife’s behalf, and a complete lack of empowerment for us both. I want to raise the awareness of the risk factors and signs of stroke, particularly lifestyle factors that can easily be managed. I’m also passionate about the provision of information, support and guidance to survivors and their families – something I did not receive.” 

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    Dr Siobhan Hickling

    Dr Hickling is a nutritionist/dietitian with twenty years of experience in population health research, teaching, service and practice.  She played a pivotal role in establishing and coordinating the VITATOPS study – a major international trial of folate in the prevention of stroke and was a…
    Dr Hickling is a nutritionist/dietitian with twenty years of experience in population health research, teaching, service and practice. 

    She played a pivotal role in establishing and coordinating the VITATOPS study – a major international trial of folate in the prevention of stroke and was a member of the Steering Committee. She has collaborated on a number of nutritional epidemiological projects with a particular focus on dietary assessment and cardiovascular disease epidemiology, and on projects examining the association and influence of the built environment on eating behaviours, monitoring the impact of mandatory folate fortification on Indigenous and non-indigenous Australians, dietary intake and depressive symptoms in children and adolescents and dietary intake and cognitive development in children and adolescents. 

    Dr Hickling is a member of the Cardiovascular Research Leadership Team in the School of Population and Global Health of UWA. Dr Hickling’s master’s research was recognised by the Public Health Association of Australia through its Student Award for Outstanding Academic Achievement. She secured, in open competition, a prestigious Healthway scholarship and was awarded a University of Western Australia Teaching Scholarship and a National Heart Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship. 
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    Professor Corneel Vandelanotte

    Prof Vandelanotte is a Professorial Research Fellow and a Heart Foundation funded Future Leader Fellow, who leads the Physical Activity Research Group (PARG) and the 10,000 Steps Australia program within the Appleton Research Institute at Central Queensland University (CQU). In 2004, he completed his PhD…
    Prof Vandelanotte is a Professorial Research Fellow and a Heart Foundation funded Future Leader Fellow, who leads the Physical Activity Research Group (PARG) and the 10,000 Steps Australia program within the Appleton Research Institute at Central Queensland University (CQU). In 2004, he completed his PhD in Physical Education at the Ghent University in Belgium and he has worked at the Central Queensland University since 2009. His research focuses on the development, evaluation and dissemination of e- & mHealth behaviour change interventions. His work predominantly focusses on computer-tailored and web-, app- and tracker-delivered interventions for increasing physical activity. Prof Vandelanotte’s research takes a population health approach to behaviour change, through the development and evaluation of innovative, affordable and effective health behaviour change interventions that can reach large numbers of people. Prof Vandelanotte has published over 200 peer-reviewed journal articles and secured over $10 million in competitive research funding. 
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  • Professor David Thomas

    Professor Thomas is the Head of the Wellbeing and Preventable Chronic Diseases Division at the Menzies School of Health Research in Darwin. Professor Thomas has worked in Indigenous health and health research for 30 years, including work as a doctor for three Aboriginal community-controlled health…
    Professor Thomas is the Head of the Wellbeing and Preventable Chronic Diseases Division at the Menzies School of Health Research in Darwin. Professor Thomas has worked in Indigenous health and health research for 30 years, including work as a doctor for three Aboriginal community-controlled health services. 

    Professor Thomas established and has led the Tobacco Control Research Program at Menzies since 2007. He has completed research about many aspects of Indigenous tobacco control, including the national longitudinal study ‘Talking About The Smokes’, an RCT, Cochrane reviews, qualitative research (including the examination of historical tobacco industry documents), evaluations of local and national policies and projects, and monitoring trends in smoking.    

    Professor Thomas is involved in the translation of research into policy and practice through advocacy, collaborations with policy makers and practitioners, and his membership on several important national and NT committees.

    Professor Thomas holds a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (University of Sydney), a Diploma of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (University of Liverpool), and has been a Fellow of the Australasian Faculty of Public Health Medicine since 1993. Professor Thomas completed a Master of Medical Science (Clinical Epidemiology) at the University of Newcastle, and a PhD at the Northern Territory University. 
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