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Ros Sambell

Ros Sambell

Ros has worked in the private sector running her own business for 25 years as a corporate nutritionist. For the last five years she has worked as an academic at Edith Cowan University and is currently the Course Coordinator for the Masters of Public Health and lectures in Community Nutrition and Public Health Nutrition Program in the School of Medical and Health Science, at ECU

Ros was recruited predominantly as an educator and trainer, to develop training material and resources and as a board or committee member. The focus of education programs was to improve either personal and/or organisational nutrition. Ros is the co-author of two books and two websites. Models of delivery were customised to participants needs and strategies for contextualisation were developed from organisational collaboration and focus groups.

As current Course Coordinator of Master of Public Health, Edith Cowan University and a registered Public Health Nutritionist, Ros is aware of the healthcare issues, including nutritional impact associated with current and projected population demographics. Her industry contacts provide opportunities for Ros, professional colleagues and postgraduate students to respond to industry research requirements and share recommendations with key stakeholders to ensure best practice.

Ros is highly motivated to improve population health with a values based business strategy.
 

Qualifications:

2013 Master in Public Health - ECU, 2012 Graduate Diploma in Public Health - ECU, 1994 Cert IV Training, 1987 Bachelor of Applied Science (nutrition major) – Curtin University.

 


Dr Amanda Devine

Amanda DevineDr Amanda Devine, Associate Professor, has been involved in research in the area of bone and calcium disorders since 1990 and she has co-authored more than 70 peer reviewed articles, 2 book chapters, 2 cookbooks and 5 websites that translate nutrition research into practice and build communities of practice. She has co-authored more than 148 abstracts of which many she has presented at State, National and International meetings. These publications and presentations have been in the area of public health nutrition, nutrition education, and nutritional aspects of ageing, musculoskeletal, cardiovascular, cognitive health and metabolism.

Amanda has a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Food Science, a Bachelor Education (Honours) and a PhD in Nutritional aspects of bone disease.

Amanda is an Associate Professor in the Nutrition and Dietetics Program in the School of Medical and Health Science, at ECU.  She is an Accredited Nutritionist with the Dietitians Association of Australia and Registered Public Health Nutritionist with the Nutrition Society of Australia. She was the Director of Nutrition Australia (WA Division) for more than a decade (2004-2015).

Amanda has extensive nutrition and dietetics experience and has been a CI or AI on more than 50 nutrition related research projects over the last 20 years with a total worth over $4.2m and including funding from NHMRC, Healthway, Australian and WA government. Amanda has significant experience in qualitative and quantitative research design, participant recruitment, data collection, analysis, and report preparation. Currently, Amanda is working on a large protein and exercise intervention study, collaborative tender projects within Edith Cowan University to deliver and evaluate nutrition education across WA school children and in the early years sector

She is passionate about nutrition and eager to improve health outcomes for all Australians through understanding food choice and food variety.

Qualifications:

1998 PhD, UWA “Nutritional Aspects of Osteoperosis”, 1992 B Education (Honours) , 1989 Grad Dip Ed, 1985 B App Sc

 

 


 

Christopher Robin SkinnerDr Christopher Robin Skinner

Dr Chris Skinner, Associate Professor, Chair Professional and Personal Development, Medical School, Notre Dame University is responsible for the development and coordination of professional programmes, research and consultancy activities.

He has extensive qualifications in the fields of education, psychology and health management and in 2002 completed his doctoral studies. Chris has worked in a wide range of educational and health positions, working in both a clinical and managerial capacity.

His main research interests are in the link between emotional intelligence and health leadership behaviour and effectiveness, the transition of individuals in the work context and the evaluation and impact of management development programmes.

This research complements his consultancy interests, having recently been involved with metropolitan and country health service planning, and the development and implementation of new approaches to the delivery of emotional intelligence in health leadership.Chris Skinner has worked extensively at the national and international levels of health management development and training, with seminars and workshops being conducted in New South Wales, Tasmania, Malaysia, Indonesia and the United Kingdom.

 

Qualifications:

2001 PhD, UWA Title “Role of Empathy in Leadership Behaviour and Organizational Effectiveness”, 1984 Masters in Business Administration UWA,
1978 Masters of Psychology, UWA 1976 Bachelor of Psychology, UWA, 1972 Dip Education, UWA, 1971 Bachelor of Arts, UWA

 

Dr Celia Wilkinson

Dr Celia Wilkinson


Dr Wilkinson has worked in the alcohol and other drug (AOD) and public health field for over 20 years and is a Senior Lecturer in Addiction Studies at Edith Cowan University (ECU), WA.
Prior to her employment at ECU she was the Manager of Workforce Development at the WA Drug and Alcohol Office, the State Government authority responsible for responding to alcohol and other drugs. She has previously worked as a research psychologist, a research associate, and a counsellor and as an educator and is also currently an Adjunct Senior Research Fellow at the National Drug Research Institute, Curtin University.
Dr Wilkinson’s PhD, which was completed in 2008, focused on alcohol use amongst older people. As a result of her expertise in the area of alcohol and ageing she was invited to:
  • Present a keynote address on this issue at the Alcohol Tobacco and Other Drugs Council National Conference in Hobart in 2010,
  • Has been a key witness to the Parliament of Victoria Drugs and Crime Prevention Committee Inquiry into Strategies to reduce Harmful Alcohol Consumption,
  • Was commissioned to write a chapter on alcohol use and older people for the revised Commonwealth Government publication: “Guidelines for the Treatment of Alcohol problems” (2009),
  • In 2014 presented a workshop and conference presentation on ageing at the WA Alcohol and other drugs symposium and delivered a keynote at the WA Alcohol and Ageing forum convened by Palmerston, COTA and the Centre for Cerebral Palsy.

In 2015, at the invitation of the Mental Health Commission, Dr Wilkinson delivered a number of professional education and training sessions to clinicians and service providers on substance use and seniors across WA. She also teaches into the Clinical Psychology program at ECU on AOD use and ageing. Finally, Dr Wilkinson has been the recipient of four research grants over the last three years related to ageing.

 

Qualifications:

1986 Bachelor of Arts (Honours 1 in Psychology) University of Newcastle, NSW, 1992 Master of Science (Health Science, School of Psychology, Addiction Studies), Curtin University, WA, 2001 Awarded Certificate IV In Assessment and Workplace Training, 2008 Awarded PhD from the National Drug Research Institute, Curtin University of Technology


 

 

Georgina Mitchell

Georgina Mitchell

Georgina (Geo.) is a certified Trainer and Assessor with a Teaching Qualification in Further Education. With over 16 years of training and teaching experience in the private and public sectors, she specialises in bespoke training courses to meet her client’s needs.
She has a proven track record in instructional design, development, and delivery of Training/Learning materials across a range of requirements including, but not limited to:
 - Behavioural Based Safety, Emergency Response and SYMOPS Training
 - Organisation Induction Programs
 - Soft Skills Training (i.e. Presentation, Facilitation, Leadership and Management)
 - Train the Trainer
 - Modular eLearning
Georgina provides Training & Development Consultancy Services through MITCHELLSKERRY Training & Development that includes instructional design and development of bespoke courses, from concept through to delivery implementation.

Qualifications:

BA in Tertiary Education with Teaching Qualification - Stirling University (UK)
Certificate IV Training & Assessment (TAE40110) - Training Services Australia

 

 

Dr Kim ClarkKim Clark


Kim Clark has worked in a variety of roles in the WA public health sector over a period of 30 years and is a Senior Lecturer in Public Health at Edith Cowan University (ECU), WA.
Prior to his employment at ECU, Kim was employed as an Evaluation Consultant at the Telethon Kids Institute. In this role, he evaluated a variety of government programs directed to promoting the health and wellbeing of children, with emphasis on those living in disadvantaged communities.
Kim has previously worked in policy, planning and evaluation roles in the WA health system. These roles included extensive experience planning and evaluating public, primary and acute healthcare programs and services.

 

Qualifications:

2013 PhD Edith Cowan University 1988 Graduate Diploma in Business, Edith Cowan University. 1983 Bachelor of Science, University of Western Australia.

 


 

 

Sandra Vale

Sandra Vale


Sandra is a public health nutritionist with 19 years experience. Sandra worked as the Heart Foundation Nutritionist for 5 years in Western Australia. Since leaving the Heart Foundation she has worked as a nutrition consultant for a variety of organisations including the Heart Foundation, WA Health Department, Nutrition Australia and the WA School Canteen Association.
Sandra has experience in public speaking, presenting to health professionals, school and childcare staff and the general community. Sandra has been contracted as a writer of resources including the WA Anaphylaxis Management Guidelines for schools the childcare as well as a number of nutrition training and education resources for schools and childcare.
Sandra also has an interest in food allergy and is currently contracted as the Education Project Officer for the Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy (ASCIA). She was a volunteer for Allergy & Anaphylaxis Australia for nearly 10 years of which she was Vice President for 6 years. Sandra was a member of the WA Anaphylaxis Expert Working Group and the WA Anaphylaxis Project Advisory Group, tasked with improving the management of anaphylaxis for children in Western Australia.
In recent years, Sandra has worked as a sessional staff member lecturing undergraduate students in nutrition at Edith Cowan University.
Sandra has spent the majority of her career in the development and delivery of education and training resources.
 

Qualifications:

Bachelor Science (Nutrition & Food Science) and Certificate IV Training & Assessment