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Speakers

Associate Professor Linda Payi Ford

Associate Professor Linda Payi Ford is a Senior Research Fellow at the Northern Institute at Charles Darwin University in the College of Indigenous Futures, Education and Arts. She underpins her theoretical approach to projects with her Mirrwana and Wurrkama (2005) methodology to Indigenous research practice and theory across multiple disciplinary fields. Payi is a Rak Mak Mak Marranunggu Traditional Aboriginal Owner from Kurrindju. Ford’s Country is Kurrindju in the Finniss River and Reynold River regions southwest of Darwin. Ford balances her academic research career, teaching, and learning in higher education, family and caring for Country, threatened Aboriginal languages and culture.

ProfessorCarmen Lawrence

Professor Carmen Lawrence is an Emeritus Professor at the Centre for the Study of Social Change in the School of Psychological Science at The University of Western Australia. Professor Lawrence served as a politician at both State and Federal levels for 21 years, as WA Minister for Education, Aboriginal Affairs, Health and Human Services, and assisting the Prime Minister on the Status of Women. While in Opposition, she held the Indigenous Affairs, Environment, and Industry and Innovation portfolios. She was the first woman Premier and Treasurer of a State government and was elected national President of the Labor Party in 2004.

Dr Janine Mohamed

Dr Janine Mohamed is a proud Narrunga Kaurna woman from South Australia and CEO of Lowitja Institute. She has worked in nursing, management, project management, and workforce and health policy in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health sector for over 20 years, many of these in the Aboriginal Community Controlled Health sector at state, national and international levels, and as CEO at the Congress of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Nurses and Midwives. She was awarded an Atlantic Fellows for Social Equity Fellowship in 2019, and a Doctorate of Nursing honoris causa by Edith Cowan University in 2020.

Professor Mark Howden

Professor Mark Howden is the Director of the Institute for Climate, Energy & Disaster Solutions at The Australian National University. He is also an Honorary Professor at Melbourne University, Vice Chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and member of the ACT Climate Change Council. Prof Howden has worked on climate variability, climate change, innovation and adoption issues for over 30 years. He has been a major contributor to the IPCC since 1991, with roles in the Second, Third, Fourth, Fifth and now Sixth Assessment Reports, sharing the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize with other IPCC participants and Al Gore.

Professor Andrea Hinwood

Professor Andrea Hinwood serves as Chief Scientist of the United Nations Environment Programme. She is an environmental scientist with over 30 years’ experience in environmental exposures and impacts on human health. Dr Hinwood has a PhD in environmental epidemiology from Monash University. She served as the first Chief Environmental Scientist at the Environment Protection Authority in Victoria between 2017 and 2021 and Associate Professor at Edith Cowan University in Western Australia. She has held appointments as member and Deputy Chair of the Environmental Protection Authority of Western Australia and also sessional member of the State Administrative Tribunal of Western Australia.

Professor Alistair Woodward

Professor Alistair Woodward is an epidemiologist and public health doctor. He was Head of the School of Population Health at Auckland from 2004-2012 and previously led departments of public health at the University of Otago Wellington, and the University of Adelaide. His research and teaching are concerned primarily with environmental matters and the social determinants of health. He has been closely involved with the work of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) for 20 years and is currently a lead author for the Australia and New Zealand chapter in Assessment Report 6.

Professor Sotiris Vardoulakis

Sotiris Vardoulakis is a Professor of Global Environmental Health at the Australian National University, National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health, where he leads the Environment, Climate, and Health Research Group. He is the Director of the Healthy Environments And Lives (HEAL) network, and co-leads the International Consortium for Urban Environmental Health and Sustainability (Healthy-Polis), and the Clean Environment and Planetary Health in Asia (CEPHA) network. Previously he was Director of Research at the Institute of Occupational Medicine in Edinburgh, and Head of the Environmental Change Department at Public Health England. His work focuses on sustainable solutions to protect human health from climate change, air pollution, temperature extremes, and other environmental and occupational hazards.

Professor Tarun Weeramanthri

Professor Tarun Weeramanthri is President of the Public Health Association of Australia (PHAA), and an Adjunct Professor in the School of Population and Global Health at the University of Western Australia. He is a trained specialist in internal medicine and public health, and has a PhD in social medicine. He was Chief Health Officer in Western Australia from 2008 to 2018 and in Northern Territory from 2004 to 2007. In 2014, he received the Sidney Sax Medal from PHAA for contribution to public health in Australia. From 2019-2020, he conducted a statutory Inquiry into the Impacts of Climate Change on Health in Western Australia.

ProfessorKris Ebi

Kristie L. Ebi (Ph.D., MPH) is Professor in the Center for Health and the Global Environment at the University of Washington. She has been conducting research and practice on the health risks of climate variability and change for 25 years, focusing on understanding sources of vulnerability; estimating current impacts and future health risks; designing adaptation policies and measures to reduce the risks of climate change in multi-stressor environments; and estimating the health co-benefits of mitigation policies. She has supported multiple countries in Central America, Europe, Africa, Asia, and the Pacific in assessing their vulnerability and implementing adaptation measures. She has been an author on multiple national and international climate change assessments. She has more than 200 publications and has edited fours books on aspects of climate change.

Dr Matthew Riley

Dr Matthew Riley is Director of Climate and Atmospheric Science, NSW Department of Planning, Industry. His work delivers multi-million dollar programs in climate change impacts and adaptation, greenhouse gas emissions, air pollution, and energy efficiency. He leads a team of skilled climate and atmospheric researchers, technicians, programmers and data analysts that provides high quality policy advice for Government, and provide data and information that protects public health through improved air quality and air pollution alerts and supports communities and businesses to prepare for the impacts of climate change.

ProfessorFay Johnston

Professor Johnston is an environmental health researcher from the Menzies Institute for Medical Research and is a medical advisor for Public Health Services in the Tasmanian Department of Health. Prof Johnston has specialist qualifications in public health and general practice, and a PhD in environmental epidemiology. Her research focuses on public health and clinical impact of smoke from bushfires and planned burns, long-term health implications of early-life exposure to severe air pollution and interventions to reduce public health impacts of severe smoke episodes. Prof Johnston led the development of AirRater, the world’s first air quality and allergy monitoring system.

ProfessorTony Capon

Tony Capon directs the Monash Sustainable Development Institute and holds a chair in planetary health in the School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine at Monash University. A public health physician and authority in environmental health and health promotion, his research focuses on urbanisation, sustainable development and human health. Tony is a former director of the International Institute for Global Health at United Nations University (UNU-IIGH), and former professor at the University of Sydney and Australian National University. He is a member of the Rockefeller Foundation–Lancet Commission on Planetary Health and International Advisory Board for The Lancet Planetary Health.

Dr Rebecca Patrick

Dr Rebecca Patrick is Director of Deakin University’s Sustainable Health Network, co-lead of the Health, Nature, Sustainability Research Group and Course Director of the Masters of Health and Human Services Management. She has research expertise in climate change and mental health as well as health co-benefit intervention measurement and evaluation. Rebecca is President and Chair of the Climate and Health Alliance, co-lead of Oceania Planetary Health Hub and the health representative for the Hobsons Bay Wetland Centre.

Dr Kate Charlesworth

Dr Kate Charlesworth is a public health physician in Sydney. After working as a hospital doctor in Australia, Kate completed much of her public health medicine training in the UK. She was a Research Fellow at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and then worked in the NHS’s national sustainability unit, the leading healthcare decarbonisation program in the world. Kate also has a PhD in low-carbon healthcare, and now works as a medical specialist in climate risk across Sydney North Primary Health Network and Northern Sydney Local Health District - the first such role in Australia.

Associate Professor Xiaoqi Feng

Dr Xiaoqi Feng is the Associate Professor in Urban Health and Environment in the School of Population Health, University of New South Wales, Australia and Founding Co-Director of PowerLab (www.powerlab.site). She has authored >160 publications, led major research projects and successfully translated her research into policy and practice. Xiao has won multiple research awards (e.g., Parks and Leisure Australia National Research Award). Xiao’s research has informed council urban greening strategies (e.g., Greening Sydney Strategy). Internationally, she is an elected council member and education committee chair for the International Society for Environmental Epidemiology Asia-Western Pacific Chapter (ISEE AWPC).

ProfessorLucie Rychetnik

Professor Rychetnik is Co-Director of The Australian Prevention Partnership Centre, Professor at the School of Public Health at the University of Sydney, and Board member of the Australian Climate and Health Alliance.She has over 30 years of experience in translating research and mobilising knowledge for public health policy and practice; conducting empirical research in population health, disease prevention and clinical settings; and leading methodological work on evidence synthesis and appraisal for public health decisions. Lucie has worked in health promotion, community nutrition, migrant health and clinical dietetics; and contributed to the work of the Global Climate and Health Alliance.

Associate Professor Carmel Williams

Carmel Williams is Director of the Centre for HiAP Research Translation based in South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute and Co-Director of the World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Advancing Health in All Policies. Carmel has overseen the establishment and sustainability of South Australia’s Health in All Policies approach and led numerous collaborative projects on the social and environmental determinants of health, drawing research, policy and practice together to deliver evidence informed public policy outcomes. Carmel has earned the honorary academic status of Associate Professor with the University of South Australian and the University of Adelaide.

Fiona Armstrong

Fiona Armstrong is Founder and Executive Director of Climate and Health Alliance (CAHA) whose mission is to build a powerful health sector movement for climate action. She is the lead author of most of CAHA’s publications 2010-2020 and had conceived and led many of its impactful projects, including as architect of the world’s first Framework for a National Strategy on Climate, Health and Well-being for Australia (2017); the 2021 Rewrite the Future Roundtable series, which led to the publication, ‘Australia in 2030: Possible Alternative Futures’, and the accompanying Healthy, Regenerative and Just policy agenda. She is also a lead author of the Queensland Government’s Human Health and Wellbeing Climate Change Adaptation Plan (2018). She was named one of Australia’s 100 Women of Influence (2016) and is a recipient of the coveted Tony McMichael award for leadership on health and the environment (2017); the Frank Fisher Award (2018).

Associate Professor Ying Zhang

Dr Ying Zhang is Associate Professor at School of Public Health, University of Sydney. She is an epidemiologist and a dedicated researcher and educator on climate change and global health. Ying is the Co-Chair of the MJA-Lancet Countdown on Health and Climate Change for Australia, which produces annual reports to track progress on health and climate change in the country until 2030. Ying is the Convenor of the Sustainability, Climate and Health Collaboration. Ying is also keen on promoting research translation and policy advocacy to address health and climate change issues.

Associate ProfessorPaul Beggs

Associate Professor Paul Beggs is in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at Macquarie University in Sydney. He is an environmental health scientist with a broad background in the biological and climate sciences. His research focusses on the impacts of climate change on human health and he is an international leader in the investigation of the impacts of climate change on allergens such as pollen and allergic diseases such as asthma. In recent years he has led the environmental and emergency response investigations of the unprecedented and deadly epidemic thunderstorm asthma event that occurred in Melbourne in November 2016, and has Co-Chaired the MJA-Lancet Countdown on health and climate change in Australia since its formation in late 2017.

Rebecca Gredley

Rebecca Gredley, CMC senior media advisor focused on transforming the rural and regional space on climate. Rebecca's 7+ years of communications experience includes being a federal political reporter for AAP as well as stints at The Daily Telegraph and environmental charity Planet Ark.

Norman Frank

Nor­man Jupurrurla Frank is a Waru­mungu Tra­di­tion­al Own­er of the land in and around Ten­nant Creek. He lives at Vil­lage Camp with his fam­i­ly. He has also lived in oth­er com­mu­ni­ties around the Bark­ly as well as in Alice Springs. He is a board mem­ber of Jula­likari Coun­cil Abo­rig­i­nal Cor­po­ra­tion and Anyinginyi Health Aboriginal Corporation. A respect­ed Elder, Nor­man does a lot of cul­tur­al and com­mu­ni­ty devel­op­ment work in Ten­nant Creek and is a leading voice on climate justice for his community.

Sharon Friel

Sharon Friel is an ARC Laureate Fellow, Professor of Health Equity and Director of the Menzies Centre for Health Governance at the School of Regulation and Global Governance (RegNet), Australian National University. She was Director of RegNet from 2014-2019. Prof Friel is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences Australia and co-Director of the NHMRC Centre for Research Excellence in Health Equity. She was the Head of the Scientific Secretariat (University College London) of the World Health Organisation Commission on Social Determinants of Health between 2005 and 2008. Her research focuses on the political economy of health; governance and policy related to the social determinants of health inequities, including trade, food systems, urbanisation, and climate change. Her 2019 book “Climate Change and the People’s Health” highlights the importance of addressing the global consumptogenic system.

Dr Ro McFarlane

Dr Rosemary (Ro) McFarlane is an Assistant Professor in Public Health at the University of Canberra. She has significant experience and expertise at the interface between health, biodiversity, environmental sustainability and food production. Her unique perspectives derive in part from her initial training as a Veterinarian, and direct hands-on experience in primary production and natural and cultural resource management in marginal climatic and agronomic regions. Her research explores health linkages with biodiversity and in ecosystem service frameworks, zoonotic disease ecology, sustainable food systems and food system resilience.

Sarah Perkins-Kirkpatrick

Sarah Perkins-Kirkpatrick is a Senior Lecturer/ARC Future Fellow in the School of Science, UNSW Canberra. As a climate scientist specialising in extreme events, Sarah’s expertise focuses on heatwaves and event attribution. She has lead research how to measure heatwaves and their changes in the observational record. Sarah has analysed how heatwaves will change under various scenarios of global warming, both over Australia and globally. She is also interested in how natural climate variability drives heatwaves, as well as employing detection and attribution methods to understand how climate change influences specific extremes and their impacts.