We endeavour to provide Queensland members with local professional development, networking events and activities, and advocate on behalf of issues that affect the health of Queenslanders.

Our Committee

Paul is the President of the Public Health Association Queensland Branch (2014-current), has been a member of the QLD Branch Executive since 2009 and was on the steering committee for 2009 and 2010 (Convenor) PHAA Queensland State Conferences.  Paul is currently working as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow with the School of Population Health at the University of Queensland investigating the health of older people and developing programs to improve healthy lifestyles with that population. He has 15 years experience in biomedical, clinical and public health research across a number of fields including gerontology, stillbirth, parenting programs, drugs and alcohol, and chronic conditions.
is the current Treasurer of the Queensland Branch. She has previously served as Branch Vice-President (2014-2016), Branch Secretary (2012-2014) and Branch President (2008-2009) and has been involved with PHAA since 2005.  Danette was awarded her PhD in 2011 and is a NHMRC Research Fellow with the School of Medicine at the University of Queensland undertaking research in psycho-oncology, supportive care and eHealth.
is a member of the PHAA-Qld committee and was previously Branch Secretary (2014-2016). Kyoko has been a member of PHAA since 2008 and is a research officer at Queensland Institute of Medical Research (QIMR) in the Cancer and Population Studies Group. She is also a registered nutritionist. Kyoko completed her PhD in the area of socioeconomic inequalities in health, diet as one contributing factor in the relationship.  Her current research interests are epidemiology and nutritional contributions to the development of skin cancer; and socioeconomic differences in overweight/obesity and chronic disease.
has been a member of the PHAA-Qld Branch committee since 2008.  Letitia is currently a Lecturer with the School of Nursing and Midwifery at Griffith University and a PhD candidate with Griffith University's Menzies Health Institute Queensland, her PhD research is focussed on the work of a learning community for health promotion in the Logan Beaudesert region.
Georgina has been a member of PHAA since 2010. She is a public health program manager at Abt Associates, an international health and social sector research and implementation company, where she coordinates community health partnership programs operating in Papua New Guinea. She has worked in international health and development for over 10 years and prior to this worked in health promotion and social work at Queensland Health. Georgina has postgraduate qualifications in public health and applied epidemiology.
Amy-Nicole has been a member of PHAA since early 2016. Amy is the Manager of Communications and Training at the Queensland Alliance for Mental Health. In this role, she works with the community managed mental health sector providing advocacy, health promotion and education and training opportunities. Amy sits on the Workability Qld State Advisory Group contributing to the Qld workforce strategy in preparation for the NDIS. Amy is currently working with the Qld Mental Health Commission to deliver Qld Mental Health Week 2016 across the state. Amy has experience working as a Rehabilitation Worker in a group psychosocial setting and sits on the journal editorial group for production of newparadigm, the Australian Journal on Psychosocial Rehabilitation.  Amy holds a Bachelor Degree of Humanitarian and Community Studies among other qualifications in finance, project management and training.Amy has a passion for mental health, community development and humanitarian aid.
Mohammad is a Sessional Academic at Griffith University. Mohammad is also a member of Menzies Health Institute Queensland. Mohammad is passionate about health behaviour change. Mohammad has worked on handwashing, usages of drinking water technologies and walking behaviour change using Social Marketing technique. Previously, Mohammad has served Griffith University Bangladesh Association, Griffith University Muslim Students Association and Griffith University Postgraduate Students Association as Vice-President, Secretary and Treasurer respectively. 
Frances has been a member of the Public Health Association of Australia since 2000. Her involvement in the communicable diseases field dates back to 1988. Frances spent two years as a specialist nurse at the Queen’s Memorial Infectious Diseases Hospital (Fairfield, Victoria) and 10 years as an Infection Control Consultant in both specialist and general hospital settings in Victoria and Queensland. Frances has post graduate degrees in public health (University of Queensland, graduating in 1999) and applied epidemiology (Australian National University, graduating in 2002). She has worked as a communicable disease epidemiologist for the last 10 years and currently focuses on seasonal and pandemic influenza and communicable disease surveillance methods. She was a visiting fellow at the Queensland University of Technology School of Public Health for two years and has been a guest lecturer in communicable disease control, outbreak management and surveillance methods at the University of Queensland’s School of Public Health since 2011.
Keren (BPH Nutrition Hons I) is a PhD candidate at the National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health at the Australian National University (ANU) and is a visiting student at the QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute. For her PhD research, Keren is investigating the determinants of type 2 diabetes mellitus in Thailand’s health-risk transition. Keren’s research interests and expertise include assessing the effect of diet and lifestyle factors on non-communicable diseases, global health, the nutrition and epidemiological transitions, and longitudinal cohort studies. Alongside her studies, Keren works as a sessional academic at the Australian Catholic University.
Rimante Ronto is a PhD candidate at School of Medicine, Public Health, Griffith University (anticipated submission October, 2016). Her research focus is on the role of food literacy in shaping adolescents’ dietary behaviours. She is also a sessional academic at Griffith and Australian Catholic Universities, and a research assistant at Social Marketing @ Griffith. She has experience and interest in public health, nutrition, eating behaviours, food literacy, and obesity prevention. Rimante has published several systematic reviews and findings from original research projects. Twitter: @RimanteRonto