To be a self-funded, highly resourced, innovative, nationally recognised leader in public health advocacy.
To influence policy by promoting, supporting and implementing public health advocacy on local, state, national and international levels.
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 the 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.
PHAIWA was established in April 2008 by Professor Mike Daube as an independent public health voice based within Curtin University, with a range of funding partners.
The Institute aims to raise the public profile and understanding of public health, develop local networks and function as an umbrella organisation capable of influencing public health policy and political agendas.
PHAIWA focuses on a number of areas of public health advocacy ranging from providing general advocacy advice and strategies for public health, implementing unique advocacy related research and innovative projects, building capacity within the public health workforce to allow more effective advocacy lobbying and communicating through our partners and the media.
Our “Strategic Plan 2018 – 2022” is now available for download!
The Institute provides a diverse range of services, develops consensus based targets, conducts advocacy research and projects, builds capacity and mentors emerging leaders to be the advocates of tomorrow.
– Director Dr. Christina Pollard
PHAIWA will take its priorities from the priority areas identified by Healthway and our partner organisations. Priority issues have been identified based on the impact of the issue and the potential for prevention both long-term and on an ad hoc basis.
PHAIWA will initially focus primarily, albeit not exclusively, on obesity and alcohol. It will not seek to duplicate the work of organisations currently active, but will instead identify areas where advocacy and training are required and support organisations to strengthen the work currently being done.
PHAIWA will place special emphasis on Aboriginal health and supporting Aboriginal public health advocates, whether as a specific issue or in the context of its broader activities.
As PHAIWA evolves, a series of advocacy targets and action plans will be developed.
Our advocacy target areas include:
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.
Dr Christina Pollard
Associate Professor Christina Pollard has over 30 years’ experience working within government developing, implementing and evaluating public health and health promotion interventions at national, state and local levels. Dr Pollard has led government health related policy and strategy with demonstrated outcomes. She calls herself a prac-ademic committed to advocating for those rendered vulnerable to poor health due to their social or economic circumstance. She is best known for the award winning Gofor2&5© and Find 30© social marketing campaigns and her work in addressing food insecurity and obesity. Christina contributes to the wider community in her role as the Public Health Association of Australia’s Vice President (Policy) and as a Board member of Foodbank WA and Deakin University’s Institute for Physical Activity and Nutrition. She is a committee member of the Australian Academy of Science’ Decadal Nutrition Plan and a Fellow of the World Cancer Research Fund International. Dr Pollard is committed to supporting the developing public health/health promotion workforce.
To contact Christina, please email C.Pollard@curtin.edu.au.
Dr Christina PollardDirector
Sunni Wilson joined PHAIWA in April 2012 to edit the WA Indigenous Storybook series, of which she published nine editions of the unique resource with Dr Mel Stoneham. Sunni has worked extensively with Aboriginal people and communities and has a strong interest in the area of Aboriginal health. Sunni is currently a Senior Coordinator at PHAIWA and she oversees the organisation’s media and communication processes and supports PHAIWA’s Horizon projects. Sunni has a Bachelor of Communications from Murdoch University in WA and is an experienced journalist who has previously worked at ABC Perth, GWN7, The Sunday Times Newspaper and PerthNow.
To contact Sunni, please phone 9266 2344 or email email@example.com.
Sunni WilsonSenior Coordinator
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com or phone 0421 113 580.
Dr Melissa StonehamLead - #endingtrachoma project
Nikki is our Office Administrator and Project Officer, and manages our E-news and Bin the Spin services. Nikki started with PHAIWA in 2011 and has over 30 years’ experience as an Office Administrator across a diverse range of industries including university, government and private enterprise sectors.
To contact Nikki email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone (08) 9266 9078.
Nikki GeorgeAdministrator/Project Officer
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.
Melinda is currently on maternity leave, please direct any queries to N.George@curtin.edu.au or 9266 9078.
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 Mentoring Program and assists with the MediaWatch Service and Advocacy training workshops.
To contact Ros, email Roslyn.email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org (works remotely in Albany).
Scott MacKenzieResearch Officer
Julia is currently taking long service leave until September 2020. Please direct any inquiries to email@example.com.
Julia StaffordResearch Fellow
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.