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Dr Sally Fawkes Senior Lecturer, Public Health, Public Health

Sally Fawkes is Senior Lecturer in Department of Public Health. She coordinates La Trobe's Professional Doctorate programs in public health and medicine, the health promotion stream of the Master of Health Sciences, and the Graduate Certificate in Health Promotion. Sally coordinates and teaches into several undergraduate and postgraduate subjects on a range of topics including public health policy and practice, health promotion theory and practice, and law and management in health.

Sally holds a BSc, Grad Dip Health Education, MBA (Health) and PhD (Health Policy). Her MBA thesis examined corporate and other strategic roles for an amalgamated group of hospitals in the fields of prevention and health promotion. Her PhD thesis (2010) interrogated the field of foresight and how it relates to public health policy, produced international health policy case studies on how and why national governments have used futures thinking; proposed a systematic foresight model for national applications; and reflected on methodological, administrative and political dimensions of 'long-termism'. This work was supervised by Professor Vivian Lin. Sally was awarded an inaugural British Council Researcher Exchange Program grant (awarded on a competitive basis to 70 scholars globally) to undertake interviews for this study in UK and Europe. She was based at University College London in the Department of Epidemiology & Public Health, led by Professor Michael Marmot.

Sally's academic interests reflect her diverse body of research and professional work. She founded and/or led health promotion centres in major teaching hospitals in Victoria (Box Hill, Alfred, Royal Melbourne), directed a national project on Health Promoting Hospitals for the Australian Government, coordinated and lectured in the first MPH program at Deakin University, and has undertaken professional and consulting roles with World Health Organization in European, Western Pacific, South East Asia and Eastern Mediterranean regions. Sally has contributed to milestone global and regional conferences and frontier initiatives related to Healthy Cities and urban health, leadership development, national health promotion policy and capacity mapping, quality systems in health care, complexity & systems thinking in health, and health promotion in SDGs and Universal Health Coverage.

Sally is currently Deputy Chair of Victorian Health Promotion Foundation Board (Acting Chair 12/2018 to 7/2019), contributing public health expertise to strategy and decisions. She is honorary Deputy Chair of the International Health Promoting Hospitals and Health Services Network - the knowledge/advocacy network originally established by WHO Europe and now based in Hamburg, Germany, that aims to strengthen hospitals' and health services' strategic functions in prevention, health promotion and public health. Sally serves as elected Executive Committee member of Council of Academic Public Health Institutions Australasia (CAPHIA), representing La Trobe University. Among other past governance roles, she served on Women's Health Victoria Board and was Chair of BreaCan.


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