Professor Joerg Eberhard
Professor Joerg Eberhard, med.dent, MME, is a dental-scientist translational researcher, Chair of Lifespan Oral Health in the Faculty of Dentistry and the Charles Perkins Centre, the University of Sydney.
Professor Eberhard is interested in the interactions between oral and general health through all phases of life. He is especially interested to translate the current body of knowledge in oral health to healthcare policies aimed to improve health of the whole population.
Professor Eberhard was the first to demonstrate that even small inflammatory changes in the oral cavity induce a systemic inflammatory response and an increased concentration of risk markers of cardiovascular disease in peripheral blood. He is currently involved in studies to investigate the effects of oral health on diabetes control and on outcomes of physical activity interventions.
Dr Rachel Martin
Dr Rachel Martin graduated as a dentist from Melbourne University in 1991. She gained a Masters of Public Health in 1998. She has worked 25 years in public oral health, developing community programs, teaching and research. She works as a clinician in the Oral Health program at North Richmond Community Health and runs the Victorian research study on the Hall Technique.
Dr Martin was on the committee that wrote the first National Oral Health Promotion Plan for Australia in 2013, and is an inaugural member of the Australian Chapter of the international Alliance for a Cavity Free Future. She also sits on the Dental Board of Australia, Registration and Notification committee (AHPRA).
Professor Hanny Calache
Professor Hanny Calache (BDSc, GradDipHealthAdmin, MDSc(paediatric dentistry), Doct.Pub.Health) is the head of the Oral Health Research Stream at the Deakin University Centre for Population Health Research.
Previously, Professor Calache was the director of Clinical Leadership, Education and Research at Dental Health Services Victoria. He contributed his clinical experience to Dental Health Services Victoria and has undertaken many research projects to improve the state of the public oral health sector. He has seen much success with his research and in 2011 was recognised with the Victorian Minister for Health’s Public Health Award for Developing a Capable and Engaged Workforce. Prof Calache is a specialist in paediatrics and was also Chair of the Dental Health Services Victoria Clinical Leadership Council.
Dr Ruth De Souza
Dr Ruth De Souza (Diploma of Nursing, Graduate Diploma (Counselling), MA, PhD) is the Stream Leader, Research Policy & Evaluation at the Centre for Culture, Ethnicity and Health (CEH).
Ruth has extensive experience in governance and has worked as a nurse, therapist, educator and researcher. She is a Member of the Research Institute on Social Cohesion (Department of Premier and Cabinet, State Government of Victoria) and her participatory research with communities is shaped by critical, feminist, and postcolonial approaches.
Ruth serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Transcultural Nursing, The Women’s Studies Journal (The Women’s Studies Association, NZ), the Journal of Diversity and Equality in Health and Care and The Australian College of Nursing (ACN)’s Hive publication. Ruth is interested in the common social determinants and risk factors implicated in oral and noncommunicable diseases and the extent to which efforts to improve oral health can be integrated with more general interventions to support good physical and mental health.
Ruth enjoys being located at CEH and the opportunities to integrate translational research, public health approaches, community partnerships and cross-sector collaborations for health improvement.
Dr Meng-Wong Taing
Dr Meng-Wong (Wong) Taing graduated with a Bachelor of Pharmacy Degree 1st Class Honours in 2002, a Graduate Certificate in Technology Innovation Management in 2012, and a PhD in Pharmacy in 2013 from the University of Queensland. After completing of his PhD, he worked as a post-doctoral scientist at the Translation Research Institute (TRI) and joined the School of Pharmacy as a lecturer in 2014.
Wong has received a number of awards including a Dean’s Award for Research Higher Degree Excellence (2013), and is the recipient of two grants in 2016 (Australian Dental Research Fund and Colgate-Palmolive Grant) exploring oral health promotion potential in Australian community pharmacies. He is also a member of the Pharmacy and Oral Health Working Group, a group of interested dental practitioners and pharmacists aiming to promote better oral health through the pharmacy sector at a national level.
Wong presently works as a Community Pharmacist, an Affiliate Lecturer at the Mater Research Institute, and as a Lecturer at the School of Pharmacy, the University of Queensland.
Dr Matthew Hopcraft
Clinical Associate Matthew Hopcraft is a dental public health expert with over 20 years experience in teaching, research and clinical practice. He started work as a dental officer in the Australian Army, and completed his Masters in Community and Preventive Dentistry studying water fluoridation in young adults. From there he pursued an academic career, teaching dental public health and general practice dentistry at Melbourne University, eventually becoming the Director of Clinical Education. He completed a PhD investigating the oral health of people in nursing homes and models of care utilizing dental hygienists, and has published more than 40 papers in dental journals.
Matt has had a strong involvement with the Australian Dental Association, including a term as President of the Victorian Branch and on Federal Council. He now works as a Clinical Advisor at the Royal Dental Hospital of Melbourne and as a Professional & Scientific Relations Consultant to Oral-B. In 2015, he formed SugarFree Smiles with Dr Sophie Beaumont to advocate for measures to help reduce sugar consumption and improve dental health.
Susan Biggar is a senior manager at Health Issues Centre. Since 2014 she has trained over 3500 Victorian health professionals in patient centred care. This past year she managed the development of a consumer engagement and patient centred care framework for the Royal Australasian College of Physicians. Susan has served for over a decade as a consumer representative on hospital and departmental committees.
She holds degrees from Duke and Stanford universities and is a writer by background, writing for publications like The Age, Good Weekend and Australian Doctor. Her first book, The Upside of Down, was released in 2014 by Transit Lounge (www.susanbiggar.com). Susan has over twenty years of experience interacting with health systems in six countries as a carer for two of her children who live with a serious chronic illness.
Associate Professor Christine Rodda
Associate Professor Christine Rodda is a medical graduate and post graduate of the University of Melbourne. She undertook her training in paediatric endocrinology both in Melbourne and at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Sick Children, London and has over 30 years of clinical experience in paediatric endocrinology. In the mid 1980’s she undertook a PhD with Professor Jack Martin, studying the oncofetal role of parathyroid hormone related protein (PTHrP).
In 2012, A/Professor Rodda stepped down as Head of Paediatric Endocrinology at Monash Medical Centre after 13 years in this position, to take up an academic role in paediatrics at Western Health, Sunshine Hospital, to support medical student teaching in paediatrics and to participate in bone-related research programs within AIMSS (the Australian Institute for Musculoskeletal Science) which has been established here in recent years. She also established a Young Adults Diabetes clinic at Sunshine Hospital in 2013, and has been a VMO in Paediatric Endocrinology at Ballarat Health Services since 2010. A/Professor Rodda has co-authored over 50 peer reviewed publications, including 4 book chapters.
Joan started her nursing career in 1977. After completing hospital based training, she worked as a volunteer in Papua New Guinea for two years before coming back to do Midwifery. She later completed her Bachelor in Nursing in 1989 and Grad Diploma in Family Child and Community Health in 1991.
She has worked for the past 25 years in Maternal and Child health services in the Hume, Port Phillip, Moreland and, since February 2016, in Yarra City councils .
Working initially in centres and then moving into the Enhanced Maternal and Child Health service, Joan has worked extensively with families with risk factors, providing a more intensive level of support .
She has a continuous approach to learning and has undertaken courses in PPP, Baby massage, Family therapy concepts, Mental Health and postnatal depression and the Circle of Security.
Joan has a great drive to work collaboratively with other health professionals and is motivated to promote and inform about the Maternal and Child Health service in Victoria.
Lulu holds a Certificate IV in Dental Assisting (Oral Health Promotion) and (Radiography) from RMIT University, in addition to a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment from Victoria University. She currently works as an Oral Health Educator at North Richmond Community Health.
Lulu has a particular interest in diabetes and its implications for oral health, and has undertaken research and practice in this area in her role at North Richmond Community Health, where she runs the Dental and Diabetes Project.
She also provides training to dental assistants on the Victorian research study on the Hall Technique.
In addition, Lulu also conducts training programs and workshops on dental care at aged care facilities throughout wider Melbourne.
Jane Martin, BA (Hons), MPH, is the Executive Manager of the Obesity Policy Coalition, and an Honorary Fellow at Melbourne University and a Senior Fellow at Deakin University.
She leads the Obesity Policy Coalition, a partnership between Cancer Council Victoria, Diabetes Victoria and the World Health Organisation Collaborating Centre for Obesity Prevention at Deakin University. Jane advocates for policy and regulatory reform to prevent overweight and obesity, with a focus on food marketing, labelling, and tax and pricing measures.
For over twenty-five years, Jane has worked extensively in public health advocacy, firstly in tobacco control then in obesity prevention and alcohol policy. Her interests lie in policy oriented research, advocacy and partnerships to support policy reform.
Jane is the recipient of a Jack Brockhoff Foundation Churchill Fellowship and is an alumnus of the Williamson Community Leadership Program. She is Vice President of the Australian New Zealand Obesity Society and a board member of Family Planning Victoria.
Roger is a Registered Nurse and Credentialled Diabetes Educator with over 20 years experience in the diabetes field, including work in Clinical Research, General Medical Practice Clinics, Community Health Centres and Private Practice. He has also worked in a wide range of other areas in nursing from Remote Areas to Critical Care.
His areas of interest include diabetes prevention, diabetes self-management education and group work, and diabetes care among people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds and people living with mental illness. He works closely with Oral Health, General Medical Practice and Mental Health services, and his approach focuses on empowering clients to develop individual goals and meet them through informed choices and strategies.
He currently works at North Richmond Community Health and in Private Practice.
The Honourable Mary-Anne Thomas, MP
The Hon. Mary-Anne Thomas MP was elected to the Victorian Legislative Assembly as the Member for Macedon in November 2014 and appointed as the Parliamentary Secretary for Health in the Andrews Labor Government in December 2014.
Prior to being elected to the Victorian Legislative Assembly, the Hon. Mary-Anne Thomas enjoyed a career across the public, private and community sectors. She began her working life as a secondary teacher, then represented working people through the union movement before becoming an advisor to Lynne Kosky, the former Minister for Post-Compulsory Education, Employment and Training. The Hon. Mary-Anne Thomas has also held roles in the Victorian public service in Education and the Department of Premier and Cabinet where she was Head of Communications. Prior to entering Parliament, she also held senior roles at the National Bank of Australia and Plan International, one of the world’s leading child rights and international development agencies.
The Hon. Mary-Anne Thomas is particularly passionate about the needs of growing families and the services and infrastructure they need to thrive and is looking forward to working with the Premier and Ministers on delivering significant investment to Macedon, most notably building an education precinct in Kyneton, including a trades hub and completing the rebuild of Daylesford Secondary College.
Jamie has worked in both private and public sectors over the span of his career. His first two positions were attached to Medicine and he has come back to that in his later years.
He has written histories of the profession and has been a Board member of Dental Health Services Victoria. For over 30 years he has been part of volunteers’ projects in Australia and abroad. Along the way he has met wonderful people and had great conversations.
Dr Caroline Johnson
Caroline is a General Practitioner in Surrey Hills, Melbourne. Her interest in primary mental health care grew out of her experience providing professional development activities for GPs as a medical educator at the RACGP Victorian Faculty from 1996 until 2002.
This led to a lecturer position at the Department of General Practice, University of Melbourne, where Caroline has had the opportunity to teach at undergraduate, vocational and postgraduate levels. She is a member of the RACGP Expert Committee – Quality Care and has represented the RACGP on a variety of committees related to mental health, including current roles as a member of the Mental Health Professionals Association and as a Board Member of Mental Health Australia.
In 2015 she completed a PhD at the University of Melbourne, researching the monitoring of depression in the GP setting.
Dr Martin Hall graduated as a dentist from Adelaide University in 1980. He has worked 35 years in public oral health, remote and rural aboriginal health, international development, research and dental therapist training. He has been the Manager of the Oral Health program at North Richmond Community Health for the past 20 years, where a majority of clients come from a “special needs” background. His program won the 2013 Public Oral Health Award for their innovative health promoting model of care.
He is currently the General Manager of Clinical and Oral Health Services at North Richmond Community Health.
Dr Elizabeth Milford
As well as managing a 15 chair public dental clinic in metropolitan Melbourne, Elizabeth is a lecturer in communication with the University of Melbourne and a member of the board of a rural health service.
She consults on patient rights and responsibilities and clinical ethics and is an experienced mentor and supervisor for dentists.
She has also implemented strategies that respond to workforce challenges like support of new graduates, rural shortages and under-performing clinical staff.
Sue McKinlay is a Community Dental Program Manager working at Peninsula Health.
She is committed to delivering a multidisciplinary team approach, with all clinicians working to their full scope of practice, to meet the needs of the community. She has worked in Public Dentistry for 40 years as a Dental Therapist progressing to Leadership and Management roles within Dental Health Services Victoria and various public dental agencies.
Dr Deborah Cole
CEO of Dental Health Services Victoria since 2011, Dr Deborah Cole (BDSc, GradDip HealthAdmin, MBA, GradCertLead&CathCulture, FAICD, FAIM) has substantial experience in managing major public health organisations. She has held CEO positions at Calvary Health Care and Yarra City Council as well as senior executive Deborah was Director of The Royal Dental Hospital of Melbourne from 1995-1999 and previously held senior positions at the South Australian Dental Service. She is a non-executive director of the Australian Healthcare & Hospitals Association, Hessel Care Foundation and HESTA.
Associate Professor Lisa Gibbs
Lisa Gibbs is Associate Professor and Director of the Jack Brockhoff Child Health and Wellbeing Program in the Centre for Health Equity, and Co-Chair of the Children’s Lives Research Initiative at the University of Melbourne. She explores sociocultural and environmental influences on health and wellbeing to develop solutions and enhance opportunities for children to thrive. She leads a program of oral health promotion research in partnership with Dental Health Services Victoria, North Richmond Community Health, Merri Health, Latrobe University and the Melbourne Dental School.
Dr John Furlery
John Furler is a Principal Research Fellow at the Department of General Practice at the University of Melbourne. He also works as a GP at North Richmond Community Health Centre. His research interest is in how social health inequities are addressed within the clinical work of primary care, particularly in chronic conditions such as diabetes and depression.