Professor Tom Calma AO is of Kungarakan and lwaidja heritage from the Darwin region. He is currently Chancellor of the University of Canberra, a Professor at the University of Sydney, National Coordinator for Tackling Indigenous Smoking and Co-chair of the Senior Advisory Group guiding the Indigenous Voice co-design process. He has served as Race Discrimination Commissioner (2004–09) and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner (2004–10). He was a senior diplomat (1995–2002) and senior adviser to the Minister for Immigration, Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs, and received an Order of Australia in 2012 in recognition of his advocacy work in human rights and social justice, and distinguished service to the Indigenous community.
Mary-Louise is Professor of Epidemiology, Hospital Infection and Infectious Diseases Control, and Deputy President of the Academic Board at UNSW. She joined the World Health Organization (WHO) Health Emergencies Program Experts Advisory Panel for Infection Control in February 2020 in response to COVID-19. Previously, she was the WHO Advisor to China and Malaysia for surveillance and an expert advisor to WHO on several global projects for many years. She has worked in the HIV pandemic, reviewed the response to the SARS 2003 outbreak in Hong Kong and Beijing and assisted the Australian preparedness for pandemic influenza. Outside pandemics she works in patient safety reducing the risk of infection in hospitalised patients. She has capacity-built surveillance, patient safety, and outbreak control programs in low- and middle-income countries.
Associate Professor Schirmer leads the Regional Wellbeing Survey, an annual survey examining the views of 13,000 rural and regional Australians about the liveability and resilience of their community, and their own wellbeing and resilience. It covers topics ranging from understanding how to support carers living in the bush, to identifying the impacts of poor internet connectivity, and understanding how events such as droughts, floods and environmental policy change affect rural communities. In addition to leading the Regional Wellbeing Survey, Jacki's personal research interests focus on understanding the social dimensions of natural resource management, particularly how people's access to and use of natural resources affects their health and wellbeing. Her work in recent years has focused on analysing the social impacts of changes in management of natural resources such as forests, fisheries and water on workers and rural communities, understanding the factors that drive conflict over natural resource management and which affect social acceptability of environmental policy and practice, and understanding how to achieve greater adoption of pro-environmental behaviours.
Associate Professor O’Neil is the Director of Heart and Mind Research at IMPACT and Deputy Director of the Food and Mood Centre. Her co-appointment is funded by the Heart Foundation, as part of a Future Leader Fellowship, and the Wilson Foundation. She is a behavioural scientist who has been researching the link between mental and cardiovascular health for over a decade. A key part of her work is investigating the role that lifestyle plays in the onset and outcomes of depression and cardiovascular disease, both respectively, in relation to each other and when they co-occur. She works with the team at the Food and Mood Centre to apply learnings from cardiology and other areas of chronic disease prevention and management to psychiatry. Adrienne completed her doctoral training at the School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, Monash University, and international postdoctoral training at Stanford University. Upon her return to Australia, she spent five years at the School of Population and Global Health, University of Melbourne. She has over 100 publications and has received more than 10 years of Category 1 personnel funding. Adrienne is passionate about sport and music.