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2017 National conference - Home Economics without Borders

Keynote speakers

The HEIA 2017 national conference will welcome a number of outstanding presenters. Among them is a very talented and inspirational team of keynote speakers. Brief biographies of a number of them are outlined below but please stay tuned to hear about others who will be completing the team.

Josephine Cashman   Josephine Cashman
Josephine Cashman is a Worimi entrepreneur from New South Wales. She is a lawyer, business woman and social entrepreneur with more than 17 years experience working to create rapid business, social and economic growth for Indigenous communities around Australia. In 2013, Josephine was appointed by the Prime Minister to the Indigenous Advisory Council and serves as Chair of its Safe Communities Committee. She also sits on the Board of the Sydney Harbour Federation Trust. As a lawyer with a Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice, and a Bachelor of Laws and Communications (Journalism) from UTS, Josephine worked for more than nine years in the Australian courts, and has worked in consultancy and voluntary roles for a variety of private, public and non-profit sector organisations. As founder of Riverview Global Partners, Josephine identifies and nurtures key relationships that attract and drive economic opportunities into Indigenous communities as a means of creating a better Australia for all. Josephine is a lateral thinker. She is an innovator who focusses her expertise in business, negotiation and engagement on real outcomes that meet the diverse practical needs of Indigenous communities. She is passionate about encouraging the Indigenous youth of Australia to become future leaders.
 
Clementine Ford   Clementine Ford
Clementine Ford is a Melbourne-based writer, speaker and feminist thinker. She is a columnist for Fairfax's Daily Life and is a regular contributor to The Age and the Sydney Morning Herald. Clementine’s work has also appeared in the Guardian, Cosmopolitan, Girlfriend, CLEO, Sunday Life and The Big Issue. Clementine has been a guest on ABC’s Q and A, Channel Nine Mornings and is a frequent contributor to Channel Ten’s The Project. In late 2012, Clementine was voted one of Australia’s most influential female voices by Daily Life readers. In 2013 and 2014, those same readers voted her into Daily Life’s top 20 Women of the Year awards. Clementine’s number one mission is to speak openly and honestly about the state of the world as we live in it. She hopes to give other women the language and confidence to articulate their own feelings of frustration and anger.
 
Joel Gilmore   Dr Joel Gilmore
Dr Joel Gilmore is a physicist, renewable energy analyst, award winning science communicator, MC, and (most importantly) a lover of good food. He has a PhD in physics from the University of Queensland, and holds an honorary position there in the Faculty of Science. He regularly delivers public events on topics ranging from black holes to tackling climate change, but he is particularly passionate about understanding the science of the kitchen. He has presented sold-out food science talks since 2010, and featured on television programs such as Catalyst and SCOPE. In his spare time, he sings, dances, and has visited 49 countries.
 
Professor Mark Lawrence   Professor Mark Lawrence, Deakin University
Mark is a Professor in Public Health Nutrition at Deakin University. He has 33 years’ experience working in food policy at local, state, national and international levels. Mark’s research interests focus on the science and politics of evidence use in dietary guidelines, Nutrient Reference Values, food regulation and the promotion of healthy and sustainable food systems. He is an advisor to the World Health Organization, a member of the FSANZ Public Health Dialogue, a member of the Commonwealth Department of Health’s committee reviewing the Nutrient Reference Values and a former member of the NHMRC’s Dietary Guidelines Working Committee.
 
Jane Martin   Jane Martin, Executive Manager of the Obesity Policy Coalition (OPC)
Jane Martin, BA (Hons), MPH, is 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 WHO 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, first in tobacco control then in obesity prevention. Her interests lie in advocacy, policy oriented research 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.
 
Jane Martin   Jane Milburn
Jane Milburn grew up on a sheep farm and transformed her love of natural fibres into a consuming passion by creating Textile Beat as a social enterprise in 2013. Jane has a Bachelor of Agricultural Science and postgraduate leadership qualifications along with decades of experience in rural journalism and communications. She believes our clothing story runs parallel to our food story, because every day we eat and dress to survive and thrive. Jane now leads The Slow Clothing Project as a conversation about ways of dressing that are good for ourselves, society and planet. Through presentations and workshops, Jane’s goal is to inspire a more sustainable clothing culture. She is a member of Fashion Revolution Australia.
 
Dr Joanna McMillan   Dr Joanna McMillan
Dr Joanna McMillan is one of Australia’s favourite and most trusted health and wellbeing experts. She is a PhD-qualified nutrition scientist, Accredited Practising Dietitian and a former fitness instructor, giving her sound credentials to help us make heads or tails of the increasingly confusing nutrition and health messages in the media. Joanna is a regular on television, on radio and in print media, and is the founder of Get Lean, an online lifestyle change program. She is a proud ambassador for Diabetes Australia, the Skin & Cancer Foundation Inc. and Foodbank.
 
Dr Helena Popovic   Dr Helena Popovic
Dr Helena Popovic is a medical doctor, leading authority on how to improve brain function, international speaker and best-selling author. Since graduating from The University of Sydney in 1995 she has been paving the way for a new paradigm in peak health for peak performance. Helena is unique in that promoting optimal physical and mental health is not only her profession; it is her passion, her purpose and her personal way of life. Helena’s philosophy is that education is more powerful than medication and she believes in slow ageing despite fast living. Helena enables people to discover the power of their moment-by-moment choices in reigniting their zest and vitality for life and work.
 
Boyd Swinburn   Professor Boyd Swinburn MBChB, MD, FRACP, FNZCPHM
Boyd Swinburn is the Professor of Population Nutrition and Global Health at the University of Auckland and Alfred Deakin Professor and Co-Director of the World Health Organisation (WHO) Collaborating Centre for Obesity Prevention at Deakin University in Melbourne. He is also Co-Chair of World Obesity Policy & Prevention section (formerly International Obesity Task Force). Boyd trained as an endocrinologist and has conducted research in metabolic, clinical and public health aspects of obesity. His major research interests are centred on community and policy actions to prevent childhood and adolescent obesity, and reduce, what he has coined, ‘obesogenic’ environments. He is currently leading an initiative to monitor and benchmark food environments internationally. He has over 350 publications related to obesity, led two Lancet Series on Obesity and is co-chairs the Lancet Commission on Obesity. He has been an advisor on many government committees, WHO Consultations, and large scientific studies internationally.
 
Dr. Deb Ollis   Dr. Deb Ollis
Debbie Ollis is senior lecturer at Deakin University where she teaches and researches in the area of health and sexuality education. Debbie has worked in field for over 30 years as a health, home economics and physical education teacher, policy officer, curriculum consultant, curriculum writer, teacher educator and researcher. She has co-authored two national frameworks and written curriculum resources for state and federal governments. Most recently she has written a respectful relationships curriculum for Victorian secondary schools and coauthored a sexuality education monograph for Universities. Her research is focused on capacity building in sexuality education, teacher education, gender and violence education and young people’s experience of school-based sexuality education. Debbie is currently involved in number of projects in these areas, including an ARC linkage project researching young people’s experience and voice in sexuality education. She is also a managing trustee for the King and Amy O’Malley Home Economics Scholarships.
 
Luke Ablett   Luke Ablett
Luke is a former AFL player. He played 133 games with the Sydney Swans including the 2005 Premiership. Luke is passionate about promoting gender equity, preventing men’s violence and a broader idea of what it means to be a man, advocating a shift in the conversation from what women should do to stay safe, to men, and what they should do to not be violent. Luke designed, implemented and evaluated one of the first violence against women prevention programs that works with men in Vanuatu. He has appeared on Network 10’s, The Project and ABC News Breakfast, has been on ABC Radio, Triple R and SEN, and has written articles for the Sunday Herald Sun, The Age, The Guardian, and The Saturday Paper on gender equity and violence against women. Luke is a White Ribbon Ambassador.

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