Associate Professor Christina Pollard, has been appointed as new Director of the Public Health Advocacy Institute of Western Australia (PHAIWA). Christina will also take up a research leadership role with Act-Belong and Commit (ABC) with the view to strengthen the research strategic directions of both groups.

Christina is a Curtin Graduate with over 30 years’ experience working within government to develop, implement and evaluate 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.