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CONFERENCE KEYNOTE SPEAKERS

Keynote Speakers

Dr Paul Okyere

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Senior Lecturer, Health Promotion Unit, School of Public Health Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Ghana

Paul Okyere is a Senior Lecturer with the Health Promotion Unit of the School of Public Health, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Ghana. He holds a Ph.D. in Public Health from KNUST and a master’s degree in Public Health Promotion from Leeds Beckett University, England. He is the Coordinator of the Ph.D. programme at the KNUST School of Public Health. He has consulted for the Health Promotion Division of the Ghana Health Service (GHS), Sinapi Aba Trust, Allied Health Professions Council - Ghana, Sustainable Management Services Ghana (SMS), and Family Health International (FHI). His areas of research interest include injury prevention and safety promotion, health behaviour, and social determinants of health. He is committed to building a world-class research profile in the field of injury prevention and safety promotion and strengthening the public health workforce through capacity building.

Professor Rakhi Dandona

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Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, University of Washington, Seattle, USA
Public Health Foundation of India, Gurugram, India

Rakhi Dandona is Professor at the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation and at the Public Health Foundation of India.  She is the Chair of the Global Burden of Disease Study India Injury Expert Group for the India State-Level Disease Burden Initiative.  Prof. Dandona has experience of nearly 20 years in large-scale population- and hospital-based injury epidemiology studies, in particular for road traffic injuries, suicide deaths, drowning, and gender-based violence.  Mental health dimensions of suicide deaths and self-harm, improving the quality of injury data in developing country settings, and policy engagement for injury prevention are of particular interest to her.

Prof. Dandona has published widely with over 270 peer-reviewed publications.  She is an Associate Editor for the journal Injury Prevention, and serves on the Editorial Advisory Boards of The Lancet Psychiatry and The Lancet Public Health.  She also serves as a member of the National Strategic Framework for Drowning Prevention for India, and on the Technical Advisory Group of the National Data Quality Forum which has the mandate to improve quality of health data in India.  Prof. Dandona is a member of the MQ/The Lancet Psychiatry Standing Commission on the COVID-19 Pandemic and Mental Health, and a Steering Committee member for the International COVID-19 suicide prevention research collaboration.

She serves as a member of the WHO Reference Group on Health Statistics Task Force on improving causes of death estimation, the Expert Committee of the Health Ministry in India to improve vital registration, and the Technical Advisory Group of the Government of the state of Bihar in India for health system response to address gender-based violence.  Prof. Dandona has served on the Research and Innovation for Global Health Transformation (RIGHT) Funding Committee of the National Institute for Health Research, UK.

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Gender and Development Manager (Violence against children and women)

 UNICEF Innocenti - Global Office of Research and Foresight

Alessandra has dedicated 20 years of her professional life to promoting children’s and women’s rights and health, including working intensively to end violence against children and against women.
 

She joined UNICEF Innocenti - Global Office of Research and Foresight in 2019 to lead the development and implementation of a research programme to address key issues and constraints to achieving gender equity within child protection, with a particular focus on addressing the interlinkages between violence against children and violence against women.

 

Prior to joining UNICEF Innocenti - Global Office of Research and Foresight, Alessandra served as the World Health Organization’s Regional Advisor for the Americas on family violence prevention (2009-2019) and as the co-chair of the Sexual Violence Research Initiative’s Coordinating Group, a role she continues to occupy.
 

Alessandra holds a Master of Science in Public Health for Developing Countries from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and a Masters of Arts in Art Therapy from the George Washington University. @UNICEFInnocenti 

Peter Frazer OAM

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President Safer Australian Roads And Highways, (SARAH)

“In 2012, Peter’s daughter Sarah was killed by a truck driver in a completely avoidable crash. Since then, he has used his 40+ years’ experience in social justice, policy, research, law enforcement and intelligence, to positively influence legislative reform, infrastructure policy and community advocacy.

He created Australia’s National Road Safety Week, and the “Yellow Ribbon” as Australia’s road safety symbol. Internationally, he is an active member of the Global Alliance of NGOs for Road Safety and a Board Member of International Road Victims Partnership.
 

Personal honours include: 2013 Blue Mountains Citizen of the Year, 2015 Community Service Award (Western Sydney University), 2018 Global Light of Hope (IRVA), 2019 Australian Volunteer of the Year (Third Sector); 2019 Finalist Australian of the Year (NSW); 2020 Churchill Fellow; 2021 Fellow Australasian College of Road Safety. On Australia Day 2022, Peter received an Order of Australia Medal for his national and international road safety work.”

                                                                                                                                                                           

Reference Websites

Safer Australian Roads and Highways:                    

Yellow Ribbon National Road Safety Week:          

Professor Rosemary Addis AM

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Enterprise Professor in impact, sustainability and innovation

Rosemary is an internationally recognised director and strategist driving innovation and investment for greater impact and sustainability. 
 

Rosemary is Founding Managing Partner of Mondiale Impact working with senior leaders serious about impact and holds an Enterprise Professorship in the Faculty of Business & Economics at the University of Melbourne. 

Rosemary has advised the FAI Foundation and World Bank on innovative finance for road safety, SDG Impact at the United Nations Development Programme, the OECD Social Impact Investing Initiative, the World Economic Forum Ideas to Practice, private markets clients from major banks to institutional investors, governments internationally and collaborated with Oxford University and Harvard Kennedy School.  Her thought leadership is published widely and her work is the subject of numerous international case studies informing a generation of leaders. 

Rosemary’s 30+ year track record spans a global legal career including as an equity partner of Allens-Linklaters, Social Innovation Strategist for the Australian Government, G8 Social Impact Investment Taskforce and Founding Chair Impact Investing Australia (Market Builder of the Year 2018 & 2020).  She was recognised for lifetime contributions to impact (2020), Member of the Order of Australia (2020), among top thought leaders by Women in Finance (2017), Australia’s 100 Women of Influence (2015) and was ranked by Chambers

Professor Simone Pettigrew

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The George Institute For Global Health

Simone is the Director of Behaviour Change and Health Promotion at The George Institute for Global Health. She specialises in behavioural  psychology and its application to a wide range of health and social issues, including active and motorised transport.

Dr Brett Shannon

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Registrar  |  Research Assistant

Brett is an advanced registrar with the Australasian Faculty of Occupational and Environmental medicine (AFOEM) training through the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP). He is currently working at LIME Medicolegal and Phoenix Occupational Medicine in Brisbane and has undertaken occupational and environmental medicine work with clients in the mining, construction and aviation industries.

In 2021 he was a national finalist in the Outstanding Achievement in Return-to-Work Award for ARPA associates and stakeholders for his work in injury management. In 2021 he was also the recipient of a John Monash foundation scholarship to undertake a PhD in Occupational and Environmental Health Sciences with the University of Illinois - Chicago specifically to improve data systems, clinical management, and workforce capacity in Occupational Health in Australia.

His research is currently with the Occupational Health Surveillance grant and the Mining Education and Research Centre at UIC. He is currently a member of the editorial board of the BMJ Injury Prevention Journal. Brett is the immediate past Chair of the Brisbane Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community Health service where he was a director for 9 years.

Brett is the first known Aboriginal trainee in Occupational medicine and has specific interest in Indigenous health and the impact of excess morbidity and mortality, along with the disparities in social and economic indicators that contribute towards much lower workforce participation rates and productivity loss. 

First Nations Injury Prevention - Antoinette Braybrook

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CEO - Djirra

Antoinette Braybrook is an Aboriginal woman who was born on Wurundjeri country. Her grandfather and mother’s line is through the Kuku Yalanji. Antoinette is the CEO of Djirra, a position she has held since the service was established in 2002.  Antoinette is also Co-Chair of Change the Record, Australia’s only national First Nations led justice coalition of legal, health and family violence prevention experts.

 

Antoinette seeks to give voice and visibility to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who experience family violence. She is a strong advocate for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community control and self-determination.

 

Antoinette’s leadership and contribution have been recognised through numerous awards, including being honoured on the UN Gender Justice Legacy Wall in 2017, inducted into the Victorian Honour Roll of Women in 2020, and awarded Melburnian of the Year 2022.

First Nations Injury Prevention - Mareta Hunt

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Director | Safekids Aotearoa & Starship Digital and Community Engagement

Mareta Hunt is Māori (New Zealand Indigenous person). Her tribal affiliations are Tūhoe, Ngāti Awa, Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngāti Maniapoto and Kai Tahu. Mareta is the Director of Safekids Aotearoa & Starship Digital and Community Engagement.

 

Mareta has successfully contributed to the remodel of Safekids Aotearoa with Kawa Haumaru: A mātauranga Māori approach to child safety in Aotearoa. She is an executive member of the Australasian Injury Prevention Network and a member of the Power to Protect Advisory Group. She co-inaugurated with Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi the ‘bespoke Māori language’ programme currently delivered throughout public health regions across New Zealand. And, has developed initiatives to support the Indigenous language revitalisation efforts in Health specifically to build workforce capability and engagement with Indigenous peoples.


Mareta is an avid ‘Indigenous-approach’ thought leader committed to family-led and empowered initiatives, interventions and messaging. She is committed to supporting the realisation of Indigenous knowledge and stories as tools to safely and effectively deliver health promotion and injury prevention strategies to families. 


Mareta has completed an undergraduate degree in Psychology and Māori at Massey University as a Te Rau Puawai Bursar and was awarded the Henry Rongomau Bennett, Kia Ora Hauora and Ko Awatea scholarships.

First Nations Injury Prevention - Trish Meekins

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Nikaanaganaa Counselling & Learning Centre

Trish Nadjiwon Meekins is an Anishnaabe woman from Chippewas of Nawash, also known as Neyaashiinigmiing and a member of the Saugeen Ojibway Nation.  

 

Trish has been a therapist and a teacher of First Nations history for over 25 years and currently has a private practice in downtown Owen Sound.  Trish holds a Master’s in Social Work based in Indigenous Knowledge from Wilfrid Laurier University.  A wholistic practitioner, with a focus on the spirit, who works with people from all walks of life.  

 

Trish has fine-tuned her skills in assisting people with finding their true path in life, using a variety of traditional and wholistic methodologies.