Conference Advisory Committee

David Templeman (Co-Chair, Conference Advisory Committee)

President, Public Health Association of Australia

David Templeman completed six years (2000/2006) as Director-General of Emergency Management Australia (EMA), following a significant senior executive civilian career in Defence within Australia and overseas. He is currently, CEO of the Australian Council of Deans of Education. 
David is well known for his leadership and interests in community and preventive health reform. He is President of the Public Health Association of Australia, and since 2006, David has held or currently holds other voluntary board and CEO appointments in areas of drug and alcohol services, family welfare, law and justice, education and was a long-term emergency management adviser to St John Ambulance Australia. David is a member of the Climate Council’s emergency leaders for climate action (ELCA). 
As DGEMA, David contributed to enhancing national security arrangements in Australia following the disastrous terrorist attacks in United States, Indonesia, Spain, and the United Kingdom during 2001/05.  


David assisted in developing national health emergency planning for the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome epidemic in 2003 and Avian Flu pandemic arrangements plus coordination of Australian Government assistance in response to major bushfires in eastern Australia in 2002-03 (including the Canberra fires on 18th Jan 2003), Following the devastating earthquake off Sumatra on 26 December 2004, David oversaw EMA’s role in coordinating several Australian Medical Assistance Teams through Operation Tsunami Assist.

Eleonora Feletto (Co-Chair, Conference Advisory Committee)

NSW Branch Representative, PHAA

Eleonora completed a PhD in the Pharmacy Faculty at the University of Sydney. Her research interests include the areas of cancer control, environmental risk factors of cancer, the implementation of health services in practice and the use of alternative channels to build a sustainable health care system.


Eleonora’s current work at Cancer Council NSW focuses on prevention and early detection of gastrointestinal cancers in Australia, with a special interest in Australia’s National Bowel Cancer Screening Program and evaluating the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of the program.

Summer May Finlay

Vice-President, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, PHAA

Ms Summer May Finlay (CSCA, TAE, BSocSC and MPHA) is a Yorta Yorta woman who grew up on Awabakal country (West Lake Macquarie). Summer has extensive experience in social marketing, social media, communications and Aboriginal health research and policy.

Summer occupies the position of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Vice President for the Public Health Association of Australia. She is also an academic working with the University of Wollongong as a lecturer. She is a Post-Doctoral Candidate on an NHMRC funded project with Canberra University. Summer is currently awaiting the outcome of her PhD at the University of South Australia. She also has extensive experience in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander ethics. Since 2018 has a member of the Aboriginal Health and Medical Research Council of NSW Ethics Committee and before that was the Committees Executive Officer. She was also on the National Health and Medical Research Councils Indigenous Working Group which revised the Ethical conduct in research with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples and communities: Guidelines for researchers and stakeholders 2018.

Summers also works internationally and is the Co-Chair of the international Indigenous movement #IndigenousNCDs and is the Co-Vice Chair of the World Federation of Public Health Associations Indigenous Working Group.

In addition to her work as an academic currently works as a freelance journalist for Croakey Health Media in several capacities, including as a contributing editor, and formally as a member of the #IHMayDay, #JustJustice and #JustClimate projects. She also has written for NITV the Guardian Australia and IndigenousX. Summer has also worked in a variety of different capacities with a variety of organisations across the Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Sector, not-for-profit, university and for-profit sectors.

Paul Gardiner

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion SIG Representative, PHAA

Paul Gardiner is the Vice President of Finance for the Public Health Association of Australia (PHAA), is part of the leadership group of the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Special Interest Group of PHAA, and is past President of the Queensland Branch of PHAA. He is a Senior Research Fellow in the Centre for Health Services Research at The University of Queensland where his research focuses on healthy ageing and citizen science.

Patrick Harris

President, NSW PHAA Branch

Patrick Harris is passionate about influencing public policy to change the conditions that drive population health and health equity. He works at Sydney University. He has two children and therefore strives for a future world in which fairness is the most prized value for societies and individuals.

Lea Merone

Ecology and Environment SIG Representative, PHAA

Joel Negin

Sydney School of Public Health, University of Sydney

Joel Negin has been the Head of the School of Public Health at the University of Sydney since November 2015.

Joel graduated from Harvard and Columbia Universities and then worked for a number of years in sub-Saharan Africa on health and development projects before moving to Australia. In those years, he lived and worked in South Africa, Zimbabwe, Botswana and Kenya and collaborated with governments, the World Bank, academic institutions and United Nations partners.

Joel started at the School of Public Health in 2008 as a lecturer in the Masters of International Public Health program and has always loved teaching and the interaction with students.

With regard to research, Joel holds grants from the NHMRC and the Departmernt of Foreign Affairs and Trade focused on strengthening health systems in low- and middle-income countries. He maintains collaborations in Uganda, Vietnam, Indonesia and Fiji and maintains a passion for capacity building in the Asia-Pacific region.

Terry Slevin

CEO, Public Health Association of Australia

Terry Slevin has been Chief Executive Office for the Public Health Association of Australia (PHAA) since May 2018.  He is Adjunct Professor in the School of Psychology at Curtin University an Adjunct Professor in the College of Health and Medicine at the Australian National University.  He is a Fellow of PHAA and was the first Vice President (Development) of the Association.


Adj Prof Slevin is a regular media commentator on all aspects of public health and cancer, ranging from causes and early detection, to broader chronic disease prevention including nutrition, physical activity, weight control, alcohol, sun protection and gun control.  He also has a special interest in Occupational and environmental cancer risks.


Until April 2018 he was Director, Education and Research at Cancer Council WA where he worked since 1994. Mr Slevin holds a Masters in Public Health and an Honours degree in Psychology.

As well as serving as Chair of Cancer Council Australia’s Occupational and Environmental Cancer Risk Committee, Mr Slevin has previously chaired Cancer Council's Skin Cancer Committee and was founding Chair of Nutrition and Physical Activity Committee, where he served for 10 years.  He has contributed to the planning of the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) World Cancer Congress from 2012 to 2016 and was Co Chair of the Scientific Committee for the World Cancer Congress in Kuala Lumpur in 2018.

He is the editor of a book on skin cancer Sun, Skin and Health, released by CSIRO Publishing in 2014 and has published over 70 papers in the peer reviewed literature and a series of 15 articles on cancer myths.  


His current focus is on promoting evidence based public health policy in Australia with a focus on equity and improved health outcomes for the most disadvantaged Australians.

Chantelle Vella

Students and Young Professionals in Public Health Representative, PHAA

Chantelle is a NSW representative on PHAA’s Student and Young Professionals Committee.


Chantelle is a registered Community and Public Health Nutritionist, currently working together with a small Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community in Sydney. Chantelle also completed a Master of Health Communication in 2018 and is excited to undertake a Master of Nutrition and Dietetics in 2021.


Chantelle’s many interests in public heath include, but are not limited to, food and nutrition security, social determinants of health, health promotion and chronic disease prevention, public health policy and advocacy, environmental sustainability, and the emerging field of arts in health. 

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