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Dr Sally Fawkes Senior Lecturer, Public Health, Public Health

Sally Fawkes is Senior Lecturer in Public Health. She coordinates the Doctor of Public Health program and until recently, the Master of Health Science health promotion major and Graduate Certificate in Health Promotion. Sally has coordinated and taught into numerous postgraduate subjects related to health promotion, health policy and public health and a 3rd year subject in law and management.

Sally holds a Bachelor of Science, Graduate Diploma in Health Education, Master of Business Administration (Health major), and Doctor of Philosophy. Her MBA thesis examined the role of an amalgamated group of hospitals in prevention and health promotion from business and public health perspectives. Her PhD thesis interrogated the field of foresight/futures studies and its use in public health policy. It produced international policy case studies; proposed a system-level foresight model for national application; 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 research in UK and Europe, and was based at University College London Department of Epidemiology & Public Health led by Professor Sir Michael Marmot.
Based on this research, Sally has led a range of activities in the 'health futures' niche over the last 15 years, including convening a full scientific stream at the 2004 IUHPE World Conference, collaborating on a major foresight research initiative for the safety, recovery and rehabilitation sector in Victoria, and providing expert input to a WHO strategic ‘health futures’ dialogues initiative in the Asia Pacific region.

In addition to research in the field of health and foresight, Sally has led and contributed to teams undertaking research projects related to Healthy Cities and urban health, leadership development, regional (Western Pacific) and national (Timor-Leste) health promotion strategies, national health promotion capacity mapping, people-centred health care, bowel cancer prevention, smoking cessation, quality systems in health care, complexity & systems thinking in health, health literacy, and health promotion in the UN Sustainable Development Goals and Universal Health Coverage.

Sally’s strong record of service roles recognise her research, teaching and professional leadership. She was appointed by the Minister for Health to the Board of Victorian Health Promotion Foundation Board in 2016 to contribute public health expertise to Board strategy and decisions. She is currently Deputy Chair and held the role of Acting Chair on two occasions (12/2018-7/2019 and 2/2020-4/2020). Sally was first elected to the Governance Board of the WHO-initiated International Network of Health Promoting Hospitals and Health Services in 2010, and has served four terms in an honorary capacity, two as Vice Chair. Sally recently completed two terms as elected Executive Committee member of Council of Academic Public Health Institutions Australasia (CAPHIA), representing La Trobe University.

In the early stage of her career, Sally established and/or led centres for health promotion innovation in major teaching hospitals in Victoria (Box Hill, Alfred, Royal Melbourne), worked for Victorian Healthcare Association as national director of National Health Promoting Hospitals Project, coordinated Deakin University’s first MPH program and undertook an internship at WHO Europe. She has worked for, and undertaken a range of roles for, WHO in Western Pacific, South East Asia, Eastern Mediterranean and European regions since 1994.


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