Child Health Research Professor, University of Western Australia and Australian of the Year 2003
Fiona Stanley AC, is the Founding Director and Patron of the Telethon Kids Institute (formerly Telethon Institute for Child Health Research), Distinguished Research Professor at the University of Western Australia and Vice Chancellor’s Fellow at the University of Melbourne.Trained in maternal and child health, epidemiology and public health, Professor Stanley has spent her career researching the causes of major childhood illnesses such as birth defects. Her major contribution has been to establish the Telethon Kids Institute, a unique multidisciplinary independent research institute focussing on the causes and prevention of major problems affecting children and youth and to establish the Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth. She is a board member of the Gurrumul Yunupingu Foundation and a Governor of The Ian Potter Foundation. She is a former board member of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation and former member of the Prime Minister’s Science, Engineering and Innovation Council, and has also served on major international, national and local committees. For her research on behalf of Australia's children and Aboriginal social justice, she was named Australian of the Year in 2003 and in 2006 she was made a UNICEF Australia Ambassador for Early Childhood Development.
Medical Officer for noncommunicable conditions and nutrition - Department of Nutrition for Health and Development, World Health Organisation
Dr Alessandro Demaio, or Sandro, trained and worked as a medical doctor at The Alfred Hospital in Australia. While practising as a doctor he completed a Master in Public Health including fieldwork in Cambodia. In 2010, he relocated to Denmark where he completed a PhD with the University of Copenhagen, focusing on noncommunicable diseases. His doctoral research was based in Mongolia, working with the Ministry of Health. Sandro held a Postdoctoral Fellowship at Harvard Medical School from 2013 to 2015, and was assistant professor and course director in global health at the Copenhagen School of Global Health, in Denmark. He established and led the PLOS blog Global Health, and served on the founding Advisory Board of the EAT Foundation: the global, multi-stakeholder platform for food, health and environmental sustainability. In his pro bono work, Dr Demaio co-founded NCDFREE, a global social movement against noncommunicable diseases using social media, short film and leadership events – reaching more than 2.5 million people in its first 18 months. Then, in 2015, he founded festival21, assembling and leading a team of knowledge leaders in staging a massive and unprecedented, free celebration of community, food, culture and future in his hometown Melbourne. In November 2015, Sandro joined the Department of Nutrition for Health and Development at the World Health Organization’s global headquarters, as Medical Officer for noncommunicable conditions and nutrition.
Director of Cancer Program, Cancer Council NSW
Kathy Chapman, BSc, M Nutr & Diet is the Director of Cancer Programs at Cancer Council NSW and member of the Executive leadership team. Kathy’s role involves leading in the development of partnerships; maintaining an up to date knowledge in cancer issues and public health principles; developing and disseminating policy positions relating to cancer control; strategic research to underpin both advocacy and community based programs; and the development, implementation and evaluation of programs to change health related behaviours. Kathy Chapman chairs the Cancer Council’s national Nutrition and Physical Activity Committee.
Campaigns Director, SugarbyHalf
Tania is the Campaign Director of SugarByHalf, which works to reverse childhood obesity and the epidemic of chronic disease by cutting Australia’s added sugar consumption in half. Previously Tania was National Communications Director at The Wilderness Society, contributing to many successful campaigns including Nuclear-free Australia, Gunns’ Pulp Mill and Save Our Marine Life. Becoming a mother has opened her eyes to the challenges parents face raising healthy kids in an environment and culture abundant with sugar and processed foods.
Lyn Morgain is the Chief Executive of cohealth, one of Australia's largest community health organisations, servicing Melbourne's inner northern and western metropolitan suburbs. Lyn is a member of the Ministerial Rough Sleeping Response Taskforce, and Chair of the National Complex Needs Alliance of the Public Health Association of Australia. Lyn is also a board member of the Australian Council of Social Services and the Victorian Council of Social Services, and Chair of the Footscray Community Arts Centre, Lyn has been an executive leader in public policy, not-for- profit organisations and government over the past twenty five years. As part of the leadership of cohealth she is responsible for supporting the delivery of diverse services and programs that engage communities through a social model of health. These services and programs are integrated, locally oriented and designed in partnership with the people who use them.
Damon Gameau is an award-winning film maker who brought us ‘That Sugar Film’ - a documentary that explores the effects of sugar from perceived ‘healthy foods’. The film is now the highest-grossing documentary of all time in Australia and New Zealand, and has had major releases across the UK, Canada, South Africa, Europe and the United States. The film also won the 2015 Aacta award for Best Feature Documentary. Alongside the documentary came ‘That Sugar Book’ which is a best seller and is now available in 12 languages around the world. Damon is also an actor who has appeared in a range of productions, including award-winning ’The Kettering Incident’ and ‘Balibo'. As a director, he was the winner of Tropfest in 2011 and That Sugar Film marked his first feature-length film. Through the generous support of philanthropic and strategic outreach partners Damon feels fortunate to now be driving change in many different areas. Damon is currently working on his new documentary ‘2040’ - a vision board of how the world could look if we were to act on the good ideas available to us right now. It crosses subjects of climate change, economics, wellbeing, design and innovation, education and more. Damon is a passionate advocate for good health both for humans and the earth, and is determined to help people find a happier way of living.