NATIONAL ORGANISING COMMITTEE
National Organising Committee Members
Associate Professor Richard Franklin - Convenor
Injury Prevention Special Interest Group Convenor and Vice President - Finance, Public Health Association of Australia; Associate Professor for Public Health - Injury Prevention and Safety Promotion, James Cook University
Associate Professor Richard Franklin PHD is Co-Director of the World Safety Organization (WSO) Collaborating Centre for Injury Prevention and Safety Promotion, College of Public Health, Medical and Veterinary Sciences, James Cook University, Australia. A/Prof Franklin is a pracademic who uses an evidence based approach to developing real world solutions to improving health, safety and wellbeing with a focus on rural populations using a public health approach to injury prevention. He has worked on a range of project with a emphasis on drowning prevention, farm safety, workplace health and safety, rural road safety, masculinity, alcohol & drugs, and disasters. He teaches into the Master of Public Health around the foundation public health issues, public health in the workplace, and public health management. He has been involved in the development of a range of strategies to prevent injuries and is current Co-Convenor of the Injury Prevention Special Group of the Public Health Association of Australia. He also supervises a range of masters and doctorate students in public health and injury prevention.
Adjunct Professor 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. Adj Prof 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, Adj Prof 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.
Dr Amy Peden
Lecturer, School of Population Health, UNSW Sydney
Amy is a lecturer and researcher at UNSW Sydney. Her research explores injury prevention with a focus on drowning prevention and the intersecting issues of rurality, alcohol and exposure. Amy holds adjunct positions with James Cook University, The George Institute for Global Health and is a Senior Research Fellow with Royal Life Saving Society – Australia. Amy is an early career researcher whose PhD, which explored the epidemiology, risk factors and prevention strategies for unintentional river drowning, was awarded in 2019. Her PhD programme of research was awarded the Sax Institute Research Action Award in 2019, the 2020 Dean’s Award for Higher Degree by Research Excellence and also in 2020 was also acknowledged as the Council of Academic Public Health Institutions in Australia (CAPHIA) Award winner for PhD Excellence in Public Health. Amy is a member of the Australasian Injury Prevention Network executive.
Dr Ben Beck
President, Australasian Injury Prevention Network (AIPN), Deputy Head of Prehospital, Emergency and Trauma Research at Monash University, Australia
Dr Ben Beck is the President of the Australasian Injury Prevention Network (AIPN) and is Deputy Head of Prehospital, Emergency and Trauma Research at Monash University, Australia. Dr Beck leads a broad body of trauma and injury prevention research, with a focus on identifying emerging injury trends, quantifying injury burden, monitoring and improving trauma systems, and developing injury prevention strategies for all road users, with a particular focus on pedal cyclists.
Mr Xin Li
Senior Work Health and Safety Consultant, Systems and Audit, Australian National University, Executive, Australasian University Safety Association
Xin Li is the Senior Work Health and Safety Consultant: Systems and Audit at the Australian National University and is an Executive of the Australasian University Safety Association. Xin has worked broadly in Australian universities, holding roles as an academic, in management, and working as a WHS professional. As a leader in WHS in the Higher Education and Research sector across the Australasian region, Xin promotes the system thinking and approach to injury prevention and safety promotion from a work safety perspective utilising technological innovation, research translation, WHS professional, and industry-wide action as tools to achieve a safer future for workers in Australia and worldwide. Xin’s involvement in World Safety 2020 commenced in 2016 as a member of the National Bidding Committee where he worked closely with PHAA and Adelaide Convention Bureau to attract the conference to Adelaide.
Dr Marlene Longbottom
Vice Chancellor’s Aboriginal Post-Doctoral Fellow, University of Wollongong
Marlene Longbottom is from Roseby Park mission (Jerrinja), the Yuin Nation of the Dharawal and Dhurga language groups of the South Coast of New South Wales, Australia. Marlene is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow with the Australian Health Services Research Institute (AHSRI) at the University of Wollongong. Her recently completed PhD investigated Aboriginal women’s experiences of violence and support services in the Shoalhaven region. Marlene has also implemented numerous community based research projects with Aboriginal communities based on her critical Indigenous feminist theory, critical race theory and intersectionality lens. She previously worked as an Aboriginal Health Worker in urban, rural and remote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, delivering direct service delivery in health and human services. Her approach to research is one of enacting social justice; it is emancipatory and brings forth the voices of populations whom may otherwise be silenced; it ensures Aboriginal communities are active research participants and not passive objects of study. Marlene's postdoctoral research involves an international study of Aboriginal communities in South Eastern NSW in Australia and Native Hawaiian communities in the United States, in order to gain a broader understanding of how systems respond to Indigenous families who experience trauma and violence.
Mr Craig Schopp
Director & Principal Consultant, Choose Safety Pty Ltd
Craig has a 30-year history of working in OHS/WHS across Australia and is the director of Safety Consultancy company, Choose Safety Pty Ltd. He provides safety and management systems development, implementation, auditing, training and advice to a wide range of companies both large and small across Australia, and has worked in virtually all industry sectors.
Craig’s wider background and experience in manufacturing, quality management and also production/process engineering also enable him to assist with development and implementation of integrated management systems, as well as the simplification or “de-cluttering” of safety systems.
Craig has a Masters Degree in OHS and is a Chartered OHS Professional and Fellow of the Australian Institute of Health and Safety (formerly Safety Institute of Australia). Craig is also the immediate past chair of the SA Branch of the AIHS, a position he held for 7 years, and is still an active committee member on the South Australian branch committee.