To ensure the Public Health Study Tour meets the needs of member universities and has rigorous academic standards, ACICIS has convened an Advisory Panel to assist with the development of the PHST. The panel, chaired by ACICIS Consortium Director, Mr Liam Prince, is composed of qualified academics and relevant personnel from a range of ACICIS member universities.
The following academics are members of the ACICIS Public Health Study Tour Advisory Panel. ACICIS would like to thank them for their contribution to the program.
Dr Nick Cooling
Dr Nick Cooling is the Director of Electives & Internationalisation & Senior Lecturer in Medical Practice at the School of Medicine, University of Tasmania. He has worked in medical education for over 15 yrs, including as Director of Training of the GP Training Program in Tasmania for 8 yrs. His work career has included pharmacology research (metabolism of drugs by the cytochrome P450 system) , clinical dietetics, general practice in both international, rural and urban settings . His research interests include allergy, global health, internationalisation of the curriculum, student mobility, academic detailing, clinical reasoning, behaviour change for doctors and their patients, intercultural communication and consulting skills. He currently a part time general practitioner specialising in allergy in Hobart and full time academic at the University of Tasmania.
Dr Katie Attwell
Dr Katie Attwell is the Capstone Coordinator of the Sir Walter Murdoch School of Public Policy and International Affairs (SWMS), Murdoch University. A political scientist, she has several years of involvement in the public health discipline through her research focus on vaccine hesitancy – exploring why parents don’t want to vaccinate their children and developing strategies to tackle this problem. She has developed Workplace Integrated Learning units Masters students, is a member of her University’s WIL network, and is a key member of academic staff in the new Health Policy Masters run by SWMS.
Ms Adriana Milazzo
Ms Adriana Milazzo is a lecturer in public health at the School of Public Health (SPH) at The University of Adelaide. She is the current Honours Coordinator, and is currently developing a new level 1 public heath course focusing on environmental health and infectious diseases. She is also the Chair of the SPH Learning and Teaching Committee and has previous experience in coordinating Public Health Internships, both locally and internationally. Adriana was involved in the Australian Leadership Award Fellowship funded by AusAID, where she participated in a two week study tour to East Kalimantan. In 2010 she was awarded the Faculty of Health Sciences Executive Dean’s Prizes for Excellence in Teaching (Early Career Teacher), and in 2014 she was successful in receiving a university Beacon Set Up Grant for New Study Tours to establish a public health study tour to Shandong, China for 2015. In 2015 Adriana received a Commendation for Excellence in Support of the Students Experience (Curriculum Design, Assessment and Feedback). She is also part of a team that successfully applied for New Colombo Plan funding ($33,000) for a public health study tour to China in 2015 and was also successful in obtaining New Colombo Plan multilevel funding ($198,000) to expand the study tour to China over three years to include research placements.
Dr Angela Dawson
Dr Angela Dawson is a Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Health at the University of Technology Sydney. She is a public health social scientist with expertise in maternal and reproductive health service delivery to vulnerable populations. She has undertaken research into women’s access to abortion in Australia and emergency contraceptive pills in Cambodia, as well as the management and referral of women who have experienced domestic violence. Angela has over 50 publications in peer-reviewed journals and she has written numerous reports and papers for governments and United Nations bodies. She has over 17 years experience in the areas of Indigenous Australian and international health, primary health care services, workforce development, health promotion and health communication. Angela was involved with the National Malaria Control Programme in five African countries, a Gates funded project with the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. She has also designed programmes to develop dialogue and debate between journalists and public health practitioners in Africa, Asia and the Caribbean.
Professor Colleen Fisher
Professor Colleen Fisher is Head of School, School of Population Health, at The University of Western Australia. Colleen has over 15 years’ experience in public health research including in a cross cultural context, specifically South Asia and the African continent. Colleen has supervised a range of higher degree by research students to completion, has developed public health curriculum, and taught public health at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Additionally she has been program director for Public Health Postgraduate Coursework at UWA, Director of Teaching within the School of Population Health, Chaired Teaching Executive and Teaching and Learning Committees and heavily involved in course development and evaluation.
Associate Professor Sharyn Burns
A/Prof Sharyn Burns is an Associate Professor, Health Promotion and a Co-Director of the Collaboration for Evidence, Research and Impact in Public Health in the School of Public Health, Curtin University. She writes, coordinates and teaches a range of undergraduate and postgraduate health promotion and public health units and supervises honours, Masters and PhD students. Sharyn has many years’ experience in the development of health promotion and public health curriculum materials and courses at a tertiary level. Dr Burns’ research focuses on measuring the impact of health promotion interventions with a focus on mental health promotion and prevention, alcohol and other drugs, sexual health and obesity prevention with a particular emphasis on children, adolescents, young adults and parents. Current research includes intervention based research focusing on bullying prevention in schools, alcohol interventions for adolescents and tertiary students, encouraging parents to support breastfeeding and evaluating health promotion interventions. Sharyn is lead CI on the Sexuality and Relationships Education Project focusing on training pre-service and practicing teachers.
Ms Angela Sheedy
Ms Angela Sheedy is a Registered Nurse and Lecturer in the School of Health at Charles Darwin University, a role supported by a Bachelor of Health Science in Nursing and Masters of Public Health. With a diverse range of clinical experience which compliments her academic interests in public health, chronic disease and Indigenous health care, Angela has also focused largely on the development of innovative on-line blended learning for students. Currently Angela coordinates public health focused theory units in the Bachelor of Nursing and Bachelor of Health Science. Recent projects have included curriculum development and transition for the Bachelor of Nursing, implementation of a virtual hospital on-line learning platform, forming a research group on Integrating socio-cultural health into curriculum and the establishment an on-line resource for student nurses to provide a portal for professional development sessions. As a member of the iScholar team at CDU, Angela is also focused on the integration of technology into innovative teaching and learning experiences and is currently researching the changing role of the lecturer in higher education.