Keynote Speakers

  • Associate Professor Peter Bragge

    Associate Professor Peter Bragge

    Associate Professor Peter Bragge specialises in translating research evidence into practice and policy to address challenges faced in health and sustainable development. This involves identifying, appraising and cataloguing research evidence; exploring practice through analysis of behaviours and their context; consulting with practitioners and policymakers to design tailored behaviour change interventions; and evaluating their effectiveness.

    Peter is Director of Health Programs for BehaviourWorks Australia. He manages BWA’s partnerships with a number of government and other agencies including WorkSafe Victoria, the Department of Premier and Cabinet, Department of Health and Human Services, Victorian Managed Insurance Authority and the Victorian Transport Accident Commission. 

    Many of these partnerships have drawn upon McMaster’s Forum method of evidence review and facilitated dialogues. Peter led the development of this methodology in Australia and has conducted over 25 Forums utilising this approach since 2012. The Forum method has underpinned state-wide trials to optimise immunisation in Victoria, a mass media campaign to promote appropriate use of the Victorian emergency ambulance service (Save Lives. Save 000 for Emergencies) and a trial which improves management of urinary incontinence following spinal cord injury.

    From 2019, Peter is leading Monash Sustainable Development Institute’s collaboration with McMaster University in Canada to build the world’s largest evidence resource for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) – Social Systems Evidence. This will draw upon the established and successful Forum approach by applying it to social and other policy areas outside of health to aid governments around the world in achieving the SDGs.

    Peter has published over 60 peer-reviewed journal articles covering methods and application of research translation theory, encompassing academic journals including The Lancet, Lancet Neurology, Implementation Science and Public Administration Review. He recently published his first book, From Roadside to Recovery: The Story of the Victorian State Trauma System and has written over 75 reports for government. He has served on the board of the Spinal Cord Injury Network, consults regularly with healthcare, government and other organisations and regularly appears in the media to discuss behaviour change science.

    Prior to his full-time research career, Peter worked for 10 years as a physiotherapist in public and private practice settings, including one year in the United Kingdom. He also holds a Licentiate from Trinity College London in piano performance (1991) and continues to play and perform jazz and grooves.

  • Dr David Hansen

    Dr David Hansen
    CEO, Australian e-Health Research Centre, CSIRO Health and Biosecurity

    David Hansen is CEO of the Australian e-Health Research Centre, a joint venture between the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) and Queensland Health and CSIRO’s national digital health research program. David leads a research program of over 100 scientists and engineers developing information and communication technologies to improve the safety, quality and efficiency of healthcare. The e-Health research program tackles the challenges of the healthcare system across Data, Diagnosis and Services.

    David is also the Chair of the Health Informatics Society of Australia (HISA).

    David is passionate about the role of information and communication technologies in health care and the role of Health Informatics professionals in developing a safe, high quality efficient and sustainable healthcare system in Australia.

  • Dr Judy Fleiter

    Dr Judy Fleiter
    Global Manager, Global Road Safety Partnership

    Dr Judy Fleiter is Global Manager with the Global Road Safety Partnership, based within the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies in Switzerland where she manages a Road Policing Capacity Building Program, a Road Safety Advocacy Grants Program, and together with Johns Hopkins University colleagues, co-hosts and delivers the Global Road Safety Leadership Course twice yearly. She contributes technical support to these and many other road safety initiatives in a wide range of low and middle-income countries. She has a PhD in Psychology (Road User Behaviour) and worked in an Australian University-based road safety research centre for 15 years, conducting behavioural-based research in speeding, speed management, and drink driving enforcement, focussing primarily on psychological and behaviour change principles to improve road safety.

  • Dr Lisa Studdert

    Dr Lisa Studdert
    Deputy Secretary, Department of Health

    Lisa joined the Department of Health in June 2013 as a First Assistant Secretary in the Therapeutic Goods Administration, and has gone on to lead the Population Health, Sport and Aged Care Royal Commission Taskforce Group. 

    She worked in the office of Minister Greg Hunt and prior to that, as Chief of Staff to former Health Minister, Sussan Ley.

    In 2011, Lisa was a member of the senior leadership team at the Australian National Preventative Health Agency and she also has a background working in population and preventative health policy and programs in Australia and internationally.

    Lisa is a PhD graduate of Cornell University.

  • Frederick P. Rivara

    Frederick P. Rivara
    University of Washington

    Frederick P. Rivara MD, MPH – Dr. Rivara is the holder of the Seattle Children’s Guild Association Endowed Chair in Pediatrics, Vice chair and Professor of Pediatrics and adjunct Professor of Epidemiology at the University of Washington. Dr. Rivara earned a bachelor’s degree at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA and received his MD from the University of Pennsylvania and an MPH from the University of Washington. He completed residencies at the Children’s Hospital Medical Center in Boston and the University of Washington and was a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar at the University of Washington. He is editor-in-chief of JAMA Network Open.

    He has received numerous honors including the Charles C. Shepard Science Award from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the American Public Health Association, Injury Control and Emergency Health Services Section Distinguished Career Award, and the American Academy of Pediatrics, Section on Injury and Poison Prevention, Physician Achievement Award, the UW School of Public Health Distinguished Alumni Award, and the UW Medicine Minority faculty Mentoring Award. Rivara was elected to the Institute of Medicine (now National Academy of Medicine) in 2005. 

  • Ian Forsyth

    Ian Forsyth
    Managing Director, The Shannon Company

    Ian has more than 25 years’ experience in Behaviour Change injury prevention programs, beginning with the Victorian Transport Accident Commission’s very first road safety campaign in December 1989 (‘Drink, Drive, Bloody Idiot’).

    Prior to joining behavior change specialists, The Shannon Company, in 2013, as Deputy CEO and Executive Director, Health and Safety with WorkSafe Victoria he led the development and implementation of internationally recognised injury prevention programs that repositioned the organization and workplace safety as a community priority.

    At The Shannon Company Ian plays a strategic leadership role across a range of clients including EML, the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners, the Australian Physiotherapy Association, the Australian Psychological Society, the Victorian Managed Insurance Authority and Industry SuperAustralia.

    Ian is also on the boards of Ambulance Victoria and the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI).

  • Ian Pike

    Ian Pike
    Director, BC Injury Research and Prevention Unit (BCIRPU)

    Dr. Ian Pike is a Professor of Pediatrics at UBC; Investigator and Co-Lead of the Evidence to Innovation Research Theme at the Research Institute at BC Children’s Hospital; Director of the BC Injury Research and Prevention Unit, and Co-executive Director, The Community Against Preventable Injuries.  

    The BC Injury Research and Prevention Unit works directly with the BC Government, Health Authorities, and other organizations, with the goal to reduce the social and economic burden of injury in British Columbia.  In addition to its BC focus, the Unit participates in injury prevention research and initiatives across Canada and internationally.

    Dr. Pike’s research has been funded by CIHR, AUTO21, Transport Canada, and the Public Health Agency of Canada, where he has co-led three CIHR teams to conduct national projects to develop and validate injury indicators for Canadian children and youth; injury prevention among First Nations and Inuit children and youth; child passenger safety; risky play; and, the efficacy of social marketing to reduce preventable injuries.  He has given over 100 invited presentations, including 25 keynote talks.  In addition, he has given over 30 continuing education sessions to physicians, nurses, public health and safety professionals, and has over 60 peer-reviewed journal articles. 

    His current research is focused on the determinants of injury, including risky play; linkages between unintentional and inflicted injury as a means to creating a safety oriented culture; and, the efficacy of a social marketing campaign to reduce serious injury and death.

  • Jennifer Smith

    Jennifer Smith
    Research Manager, BC Injury Research and Prevention Unit, BC Children's Hospital

    Jennifer Smith is a Research Manager at the BC Injury Research and Prevention Unit at BC Children’s Hospital, and Senior Program Manager for the Community Against Preventable Injuries. She first joined BCIRPU in 2013 as a Highly Qualified Professional affiliated with the AUTO21 Networks of Centres of Excellence. Jennifer’s work with AUTO21 involved researching the epidemiology of child occupant and young driver fatalities. Her current work with BCIRPU and Preventable is focused on recreational boating safety and social marketing.

  • Professor Shanthi Ameratunga

    Professor Shanthi Ameratunga
    Professor, Epidemiology and Public Health, School of Population Health, University of Auckland

    Shanthi Ameratunga, MBChB PhD FRACP FAFPHM, is Professor of Epidemiology & Public Health at the School of Population Health, University of Auckland. She graduated from the School of Medicine, University of Otago and worked in clinical paediatrics before transitioning to a career in population health, undertaking postgraduate training at the Johns Hopkins University.

    Over the past 20 years, she has led a program of research in injury prevention, trauma outcomes and disability. Through interdisciplinary collaborations, funded by the Health Research Council of New Zealand, the Wellcome Trust, the Road Traffic Injury Research Network, National Health & Medical Research Council, and the Accident Compensation Corporation, she has contributed to injury control efforts in New Zealand, Australia, and the Asia-Pacific region. She has over 300 publications, received numerous honours including the Te Manaia Leadership Award from the Injury Prevention Network of Aotearoa New Zealand, and served on multiple international expert groups including the Lancet WHO UNICEF Commission on Child Wellbeing. She has an enduring commitment to addressing disparities in health, equity-focused health policies and coaching the next generation of scholar activists in injury control and public health.