PHAIWA aims to influence policy by promoting, supporting and implementing public health advocacy on local, state, national and international levels. We aim to raise the public profile and understanding of public health, develop local networks and create a statewide umbrella organisation capable of influencing public health policy and political agendas.
“To be a self-funded, highly resourced, innovative, nationally recognised leader in public health advocacy.”
We are determined and passionate to reach our goals. We do not give up!
We act with a high level of integrity, take pride in what we do and trust our team and process.
Collaboration, open communication and responsibility is what we value in our work at PHAIWA.
We strive to let innovation and inspiration drive our work.
Alcohol is a major public health issue. Harmful alcohol consumption contributes to a concerning range of immediate and longer-term harms, both as a result of a person’s own drinking and the drinking of others.
The environment influences human health in many ways — through exposures to physical, chemical and biological risk factors, and through related changes in behaviour in response to those factors.
If you are working in public health advocacy it is important to understand who your opponents are and what tactics they are using to gridlock advancement in public health.
Jo has over 20 years’ experience developing and delivering health promotion, corporate health and wellbeing and community based programs. Her career has included working for both local and state government along with corporate and community based sectors and consulting services. She has worked various locations around Western Australia including regional and remote, along with internationally in the United Kingdom with particular skills in capacity building, project management and delivery, health promotion, corporate health, partnership development and general health and wellbeing advocacy.
Jo enjoys facilitating the on the ground delivery aspect of projects and building community capacity and partnerships for ongoing sustainability. She is currently leading the PHAIWA’s public health planning advisory service and the Aboriginal media training projects.
To contact Jo, email email@example.com or phone 9266 9081.
Jo MalcolmSenior Research Officer
Dr Melissa Stoneham
Melissa has over 25 years’ experience in the fields of public and environmental health, with particular skills in the area of health promotion, public policy, Aboriginal health and advocacy.
Melissa is PHAIWA’s former Director and has been with the organisation since its inception in late 2007. She recently changed roles within PHAIWA, and is now the lead for the #endingtrachoma research that is aiming to reduce trachoma in 41 remote communities across WA.
She has worked with and for local, state and commonwealth government agencies, universities, professional associations and international Aid organisations, WHO in Africa and Secretariat of Pacific Communities in Noumea, working in a range of fields including environmental health, HIV, alcohol and drug harm minimisation, medical waste and vector control.
Melissa is passionate about making a difference and describes herself as a practice-based researcher. Issues that are of specific interest include Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health, local government public health practice, sports sponsorship, mentoring future leaders and advocacy.
She currently sits on a number of state and national Boards and Advisory Committees and is an Editor of the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health.
To contact Melissa, email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 0421 113 580.
Dr Melissa StonehamLead - #endingtrachoma project
Nikki is our Office Administrator and Project Officer, and manages our E-news service. Nikki started with PHAIWA in 2011 and has over 25 years’ experience as an Office Administrator across a diverse range of industries including university, government and private enterprise sectors.
To contact Nikki email email@example.com or phone (08) 9266 9078.
Nikki GeorgeAdministrator/Project Officer
Sunni Wilson has over 10 years experience in Media and Communications and has previously worked at ABC Perth, GWN7, The Sunday Times Newspaper and PerthNow before joining PHAIWA in April 2012. In her Senior Coordinator role at PHAIWA Sunni oversees the organisation’s media and communication processes and facilitates the e-Advocacy Mentoring Program and the Pathway to Policy Program. Sunni has an interest in Aboriginal health and spent the past seven years at PHAIWA as editor of The WA Indigenous Storybook series which has taken her all over the state, documenting stories from remarkable Aboriginal people in both remote and regional Western Australia.
To contact Sunni email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone (08) 9266 2344.
Sunni WilsonSenior Coordinator
Melinda has over 10 years’ experience in health promotion and public health. Melinda has been with PHAIWA since 2015 and is responsible for managing capacity building activities and healthy sport sponsorship projects, developing and maintaining partnerships and supporting PHAIWA’s public health planning advisory service.
Before working at PHAIWA Melinda worked in the non-government sector for six years on state-wide injury prevention, sector development, and healthy lifestyle programs. She has a particular passion for strategic planning, project management and empowering others to build their skills and make a difference.
Melinda has shown strong leadership for her profession holding a number of executive positions on both state and national Boards and Committees over her career. She is currently Director and Secretary of the Australian Health Promotion Association.
To contact Melinda, email email@example.com or phone 9266 1544.
Melinda EdmundsSenior Coordinator
Ros joined PHAIWA in 2015 after returning from six years living in South East Asia working in the fields of advocacy, health promotion, community development and recruitment. Her accomplishments include preparing and delivering health based programs in developing areas of Vietnam and the Philippines, consulting with medical agencies and NGO’s and managing various charity funded projects. Her time in South East Asia broadened her knowledge of cultural, social and economic issues relating to health and well being and allowed her to participate in a range of rewarding personal and professional activities.
She is now following her passion in the area of child health and development and coordinates the LG Policy Awards and assists with the MediaWatch Service and Advocacy training workshops.
To contact Ros, email Roslyn.firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 9266 2489
Ros NatalottoProject Coordinator
Scott has worked in Aboriginal Environmental Health for the last seven years within Shires located in the Kimberley and Pilbara and has more recently worked for the Great Southern Aboriginal Health Service. Scott works on the Trachoma Prevention Program – Bright Eyes, visiting ‘at risk’ communities throughout WA to determine and deliver specific environmental health activities as required.
To contact Scott please email email@example.com (works remotely in Albany).
Scott MacKenzieResearch Officer
Abbie-Clare is a Research Officer with the Alcohol Programs Team at PHAIWA, where she supports a number of projects. Also working as a Project Officer with the broader PHAIWA team, Abbie-Clare has been responsible for updating PHAIWA’s Advocacy in Action Toolkit, producing PHAIWA’s map of the top ten food companies operating in Australia, and conducting research and advocacy in the fields of nutrition, obesity, sports sponsorship and local government.
Currently completing her Honours in Public Health, Abbie-Clare is passionate about advocacy, nutrition, alcohol, obesity prevention and the ways in which environmental factors and industry influence effect health.
To contact Abbie-Clare, email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 9266 9080 (Tues-Wed).
Abbie-Clare VidlerProject Officer
Hannah Pierce is a Senior Research Officer with the Alcohol Programs Team at PHAIWA. She has been with the team for eight years, and her work focuses on advocating for stronger regulation of alcohol marketing in Australia. She coordinates the Alcohol Advertising Review Board, an advocacy project which allows community members to voice their concerns about alcohol advertising.
Hannah is interested in the influence of unhealthy industries on public health policy. She is currently the President of the WA Branch of the Public Health Association of Australia and is completing a Master of Health Law through the University of Sydney.
To contact Hannah, email email@example.com or phone (08) 9266 7117.
Hannah PierceSenior Research Officer
Emeritus Professor Mike Daube
Mike Daube is Professor of Health Policy at Curtin University and foundling Director of the Public Health Advocacy Institute and the McCusker Centre for Action on Alcohol and Youth. Before moving to Curtin in 2005 he was Director General of Health for WA and Chair of the National Public Health Partnership.