DEA - Doctors for the environment


DEA Management Committee


Professor Kingsley Faulkner


David Shearman, SA


Hakan Yaman, WA


Peter Brooks, VIC 

Rohan Church, TAS

George Crisp, WA

Eugenie Kayak, VIC

David King, QLD

Tim Senior, NSW

John Willoughby

Kate Wheldrake, National Student Representative


Correspondent members:

Kristen Pearson, VIC 

Declan Scragg, National Student Representative Elect


Profiles of DEA Committee Members:

Kingsley Faulkner AM MBBS FRACS was President of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons 2001-2003; Head of General Surgery, Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital; Head of General Surgery, St John of Gold Health Care Clinic, Subiaco and Clinical Professor within the Department of Surgery of the University of Western Australia. He is a Professor within the School of Medicine, Fremantle of the University of Notre Dame Australia.  He was formerly Chairman, Australian Council on Smoking and Health.  He is committed to address the major challenges of environmental degradation and its many consequences. 

Peter Brooks

Rohan Church is a junior doctor working at the North-West Regional Hospital in Tasmania. Rohan is a keen gardener, enjoying the rich soils of North West Tasmania and the spoils that it brings, and is a regular bike commuter. Rohan was the DEA National Student Representative in 2011-12 and as well as his Tasmanian roles is still assisting the student body of DEA in a mentoring capacity.

George Crisp is a GP in a small practice in Perth, Western Australia. He believes that medical practitioners can and should play a central role in educating decision-makers and the public on how social and environmental factors relate to health. George co-conceived and co-founded "GreenPractice" a model to assist GPs in greening their practices to take advantage of the health co-benefits arising from environmental actions, as well as encouraging them to be advocates for health and role models in their communities. He has also been active in local community organisations, promoting healthy urban design and planning. In his spare time he is plays soccer and keyboards in a rock band.

Eugenie Kayak is a Melbourne based anaesthetist. She feels the health sector should be leading industry groups when it comes to decreasing ecological footprints, the subsequent limiting of contributions to environmental degradation and the prevention of associated adverse health effects. She has a young family and believes health professionals have both a role and a responsibility to ensure healthy, stable environments exist for future generations.

David King is an academic general practitioner with the University of Queensland. A keen cyclist and bushwalker, he has converted many of his academic colleagues to cycle commuting. His house has gradually been modified with energy saving features and photovoltaic cells. He has coordinated a bush regeneration project since 1993, and enjoys using the chainsaw (on introduced weed species!). He briefly experienced the Terania Creek forestry blockade, northern NSW, in the early 1980's.

Kristen Pearson FRACP is a Geriatrician based in Melbourne, working clinically as well as in Quality and Clinical Risk management. She views environmental issues as strongly related to both risk management and health outcomes. She is a member of the Environment committee at her health service. She has been involved with DEA for several years and sees DEA as a trusted source of information and advocacy.

Declan Scragg is a third year medical student at the University of Wollongong and a Medical Science graduate from Flinders University. He believes that climate change is the single most important issue of this generation and that climate change deniers will someday be held in the same regard as those who believe that the world is flat, that lemmings engage in mass suicide, and that Justin Bieber is an ‘artist’. While not professing to be an expert on the shape of the world, lemmings, or popular music, he just hopes that one day he’ll be able to tell his two young kids that he contributed more to the solution than he did to the problem.

Tim Senior  is a GP in New South Wales. He works at the Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Service in South West Sydney and for the RACGP as the Medical Advisor in the National Faculty of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health. He trained in the UK and has worked in the Northern Territory and in the Torres Strait. He has worked as a Medical Educator in the GP Training Program and as a Senior Lecturer at the University of Western Sydney School of Medicine. He writes on general practice and the social determinants of health, including climate and health for the British Journal of General Practice and Croakey, the online health blog, as well as other bits and pieces. He is active on social media, especially on Twitter ( and has presented on behalf of DEA at the PAC for the Liverpool Plains mine and advised on the development of the Active Learning Module for GPs at iDEA15. He won the inaugural Gavin Mooney Memorial Essay Prize for an essay on climate change and equity available here: 

David Shearman is Emeritus Professor of Medicine, University of Adelaide, and Visiting Research Fellow in the Department of Geography and Environmental Sciences. He was Senior Lecturer in Therapeutics University of Edinburgh and then Hon Associate Professor of Medicine Yale University Medical School. He has contributed to reports Three and Four of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. He has a lifelong involvement in environmental issues and is a former President of the Conservation Council of South Australia and has written many articles and books on environmental and health issues.

Kate Wheldrake is in her final year of medicine at Flinders University. Before she "saw the light" and began studying Medicine, she completed degrees in Law and Arts at Flinders University. She has worked as a research assistant to a legal academic, a human rights advocate for Amnesty International, and a state and federal public servant, for the Office for Women and the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, respectively. She is completing her third year in Hamilton, Vic, through the Parallel Rural Community Curriculum.

John Willoughby is a neuroscientist and honorary neurologist at Flinders University and Medical Centre. As a young neurologist, he examined communities of first nation peoples possibly exposed to industrial mercury contamination of lakes and rivers in northern Quebec - the idea that humans were prepared to damage the environment was made clear to him at that time. He has been concerned about the likelihood of climate change since the 80s, minimising his own environmental impact at that time. However, the impacts of environmental damage and climate change on the lives of recently-arrived, remote offspring (two F2s), justified serious action – leading him to join DEA. 

Hakan Yaman is an emergency physician and general practitioner with a masters degree in Public Health. His interests include sustainable development, the relationship between social inequalities and health outcomes and the impacts of trade agreements on the availability of generic medications in resource poor countries. He is also an avid bike rider and public transport user and would like to see priority given to these forms of commuting in State plans.



Mariann Lloyd-Smith is the Coordinator of the National Toxics Network Inc (NTN), a public interest non government organisation which is the Australian focal point for the International POPs Elimination Network (IPEN). Marian has a PhD from the Faculty of Law at the University of Technology (UTS), Sydney. She has worked in the area of chemical and waste management for over two decades, including co-authoring Australia's national management plans for persistent organic pollutants (POPs), developing information systems to support environmentally sound chemical management and representing the community sector in a range of technical advisory groups and regional/international chemical negotiations.


DEA National Student Committee

All committee members are contactable via


National Representative

Kate Wheldrake (see profile above - DEA Management Committee)


Declan Scragg (see profile above - DEA Management Committee)


Amanda Zhou is a 5th year Medicine/Arts student at UNSW. She has always been passionate about social justice, but it wasn't until first-year Medicine that she realised the inextricable link between a healthy environment and a socially just world (thanks to a very special Code Green video) and turned to the green side. Beyond turning electricals off at the powerpoint, Amanda has been fighting for climate justice through Oxfam and DEA ever since. She was NSW State Co-Rep in 2014, Promotions Officer for iDEA15, and trained by Al Gore as a Climate Reality Leader. Being part of the People's Climate March in New York City ranks amongst the top moments (including snow, deer and hiking) from her exchange last year at McGill University. This year, Amanda can be found, DEA keepcup in hand, undertaking research in paediatric trauma at St George Hospital and trying to incorporate puns into all things DEA.

Website Manager


Beau Frigault is a second year medical student at the University of Queensland and this is his second year as a member of DEA. Prior to this, he was a member of several environmental awareness groups in Canada (where he is from) and completed a Sustainability Leadership Certificate from Ithaca College in New York. Having been an environmental advocate for quite some time, he particularly enjoys educating and engaging young people in sustainability issues. He is looking forward to working with the team in Queensland to put together a truly multifaceted, thoughtful and empowering conference for 2016!

State Representatives:-


Emily Jenkins


Dan Lack is a second year medical student at the University of Queensland, and is embarking on his second career. Until recently Dan was a faculty member at the University of Colorado and the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) researching the climate and air quality impacts of atmospheric particles. He spent 10 years sampling the atmosphere from research ships and aircraft from the Caribbean to the North Pole. During his time in Colorado he was also a mission leader for the local mountain rescue team, spending way too much time with the team picking up broken climbers and mountaineers. The experience of rescue pushed him to change careers and he looks forward to combining the old and new careers in a way that helps our fragile planet.


Carmen Hayward is a final year medical student at Flinders University in Adelaide and juggles this with motherhood. She has been passionate about primary health care and public health since undertaking her undergraduate degree in Health Sciences. She joined the SA subcommittee of DEA last year and has enjoyed being an advocate for environmental health issues within DEA since then.


Natasha Abeysekera is a first year medical student at the University of Tasmania currently based at their clinical school in Hobart. She became passionate about the environment in high school through her involvement with the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority and the Australian Youth Climate Coalition. She has since been the 2014 Tasmania State representative for DEA, the 2014 Environmental Officer for the global health society at UTas and the internal coordinator of the Climate Change & Health Campaign. She is very excited to continue in the role of Tasmania Student Rep this year. 


Raimah Ahmed is a final year medical student at Monash University. She has been passionate about global health and the environment for many years. She came to know about DEA in 2013 through her local university global health group and has been actively involved since. Raimah was the 2014 Monash University representative for DEA and is excited to move into the role of Victorian Student representative this year. She believes universities have a key role in instilling a sense of advocacy in future medical practitioners and is dedicated to engage students from all Victorian medical schools this year.


Danielle Malatzky is a 5th year medical student at the University of Western Australia, in Perth. Danielle is a keen advocate on many issues. Along side the environment, she is particularly passionate about the health of our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. She grew up in a country town 300kms south of Perth and it was there her appreciation for the beautiful country we live in began to grow. She believes that as health professionals, we have a duty to ensure the health of our patients and subsequently, the health of the
environment that we live in.



DEA Scientific Committee

Below is a list of names of Scientific Committee Members followed by brief profiles for each Committee Member.

  • Stephen Boyden

  • Peter Doherty

  • Dave Griggs

  • Michael Kidd

  • David de Kretser

  • Steve Leeder

  • Ian Lowe

  • Robyn McDermott

  • Peter Newman

  • Sir Gustav Nossal

  • Hugh Possingham

  • Lawrie Powell

  • Fiona Stanley

  • Rosemary Stanton

  • Norman Swan

Profiles of DEA Scientific Committee Members:

From 1949 to 1965 Professor Stephen Boyden carried out research in bacteriology and immunology in Cambridge (UK), New York, Paris, Copenhagen and Canberra.  From 1965 to his retirement at the end of 1990 he pioneered work at the Australian National University on human ecology and biohistory.  He has published several books on these themes.  Since retirement he has been involved in the establishment and activities of the Nature and Society Forum (of which he is at present Co-ordinator) - a community-based organization committed to improving understanding, across the community, of the processes of life and human and ecological health.

Professor Peter Doherty AC, FRS, FAA is Laureate Professor of the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at the University of Melbourne, Michael F. Tamer Chair of Biomedical Research at St Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital and Nobel Laureate for Physiology or Medicine. He received the Nobel Prize in 1996 and was Australian of the Year in 1997. Recognising the importance of the issue, Professor Doherty has written on climate change and his recent book "A Light History of Hot Air" published by Melbourne University Press has a sub-text promoting this message to a wide readership.

Professor Dave Griggs is Professor of Sustainable Development at Monash University in Australia and Warwick University in the UK. From 2007 to 2015 Professor Griggs was Director of the Monash Sustainability Institute (MSI) which aims to deliver solutions to key sustainability challenges. In November 2008 he also became CEO of the newly created ClimateWorks Australia (CWA), an independent research-based non-profit organisation committed to catalysing greenhouse gas emissions reductions. Previous positions he has held include UK Met Office Deputy Chief Scientist, Director of the Hadley Centre for Climate Change, and Head of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) scientific assessment unit. Professor Griggs is a past vice-chair of the World Climate Research Programme and member of the Victorian Ministerial Reference Council on Climate Change Adaptation. He is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (ATSE), a member of the Australian Council of Environmental Deans and Directors and the Climate Institute Strategic Council. He was awarded the Vilho Vaisala award (World Meteorological Organization) in 1992 and a 2014 WME Leaders List Award which honours individuals who have provided extraordinary environment leadership.

Professor Michael Kidd AM is Executive Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences at Flinders University. He is an Honorary Professor with the School of Medicine at The University of Sydney and was President of The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners from 2002-2006. He has research and education interests in primary care, ehealth, medical education, safety and quality in primary care, and the management of HIV and hepatitis C. He is an elected member of the executive committee of The World Organization of Family Doctors and is their liaison person with the World Health Organization. He also works as a general practitioner in Adelaide and Alice Springs.

Professor David de Kretser AC is a reproductive endocrinologist whose academic career at Monash University has included appointments as Professor of Anatomy, the founding Director of the Monash Institute of Medical Research and the Associate Dean for Biotechnology Development.  In 2003, he was named a Sir John Monash Distinguished Professor.  He served as the 28th Governor of Victoria from 2006 to 2011 and is a companion of the Order of Australia.  He resumed his research career at Monash University in April 2011.  He has served on the Human Reproduction Program at the World Health Organisation.  David has expressed dismay at the state of the climate change debate and supports efforts to provide people with clear and factual information on its impact and ways of addressing it.

Professor Steve Leeder is Professor of Public Health and Community Medicine and Director of the Australian Health Policy Institute at the University of Sydney. He was the Dean of the Faculty of Medicine from 1998-2002. His background includes clinical medicine and epidemiological research and policy development. He has had a long standing interest in the interplay between health and the physical and social environment and has been President of both the Australasian Epidemiological Association and the Public Health Association of Australia. For 18 months from 2003 Steve worked as Visiting Senior Research Scientist at Columbia University’s Earth Institute.

Professor Ian Lowe AO is emeritus professor of science, technology and society at  Griffith University in Brisbane and holds adjunct appointments at three other universities. His research concerns the influence of policy decisions on use of science and technology, especially in the fields of energy and environment. He directed Australia's Commission for the Future in 1988 and chaired the advisory council that produced the first national report on the state of the environment in 1996. He was named Australian Humanist of the Year in 1988. In 2000 he received the Queensland Premier's Millennium Award for Excellence in Science and the Australian Prime Minster's Environmental Award for Outstanding Individual Achievement. He chairs Brisbane's Urban Environment Advisory Committee and is a member of the national Environmental Health Council. He has written a weekly column for New Scientist since 1992 and received the 2002 Eureka Prize for Promotion of Science.

Professor Robyn McDermott is a public health physician who has worked as a clinician, health service manager and epidemiologist in rural Australia, South East Asia and the Pacific. She has served as President of the Australasian Faculty of Public Health Medicine in 2002-04 and as Pro Vice Chancellor of the Division of Health Sciences at the University of South Australia from 2004-9. She has undertaken consultancies with WHO, World Bank, AusAID and State and Commonwealth Departments of Health in the areas of primary health care, chronic disease prevention and management. Her research interests are in the determinants of health in disadvantaged and Indigenous populations, health system improvement and sustainability.

Professor Peter Newman is the Director of the Sustainability Policy Unit in the Department of Premier and Cabinet on secondment from being Professor of City Policy at Murdoch University. He is currently co-ordinating the development of a Sustainability Strategy for Western Australia. He has been an elected councillor with the City of Fremantle and is best known for his work in rebuilding the Perth's rail system.  Peter also works on an international level where he studies global cities and is a Visiting Professor with the University of Pennsylvania. His book with Jeff Kenworthy 'Sustainability and Cities: Overcoming Automobile Dependence' was launched in the White House in 1999 and his 2001 co-authored book is called 'Back on Track: Rethinking Australian and New Zealand Transport.' His 1989 book with Jeff Kenworthy 'Cities and Automobile Dependence: An International Sourcebook' was the first to define and compare how cities around the world were building themselves around car transport.

Sir Gustav Nossal AC, CBE, FAA, FRS was Director of the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research (1965-1996) and Professor of Medical Biology at The University of Melbourne. His research is in fundamental immunology with five books and 530 scientific articles in this and related fields. He has been President (1986-1989) of the International Union of Immunological Societies; President of the Australian Academy of Science (1994-1998); a member of the Prime Minister's Science, Engineering and Innovation Council (1989 to 1998);.Chairman of the committee overseeing the World Health Organization's Vaccines and Biologicals Program (1993-2002) and Chairman of the Strategic Advisory Council of the Bill and Melinda Gates Children's Vaccine Program (1998-2003). He was knighted in 1977, made a Companion of the Order of Australia in 1989 and appointed Australian of the Year in 2000. Other honours include Fellow of The Royal Society of London, Foreign Associate of the US National Academy of Sciences, Member of the Academie des Sciences, France, the Robert Koch Gold Medal, the Albert Einstein World Award of Science, the Emil von Behring Prize, the Rabbi Shai Shacknai Prize, and over 120 named lectureships in ten countries.

Professor Hugh Possingham heads the Departments of Mathematics and Zoology, The University of Queensland and The Ecology Centre (and Centre for Conservation Biology). In 2000 he was winner of the Inaugural Fenner Medal for Plant and Animal Science (Australian Academy of Science) and in 2001 he received the Australian Mathematics Society Medal. Amongst his many interests in conservation biology, he has an interest in biodiversity and climate change. He is a member of the Wentworth Group of Australia's leading environmental scientists who advocate radical and fundamental reform to halt further degradation of Australia's landscapes.

Professor Lawrie Powell AC, a graduate of The University of Queensland Medical School, is a distinguished hepatologist who has made significant contributions to the understanding of inherited liver disease and cirrhosis. He has received numerous national and international awards in recognition of these contributions.   In 1990 he was appointed Director of The Queensland Institute of Medical Research which, over the next decade enlarged three-fold in size and funding. He was instrumental in the successful development and planning of the new Comprehensive Cancer Research Centre which opened in 2002. Currently, he is Director of Research at the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital, and Professor Emeritus, The University of Queensland, Brisbane.

Fiona Stanley AC is the founding Director of the Telethon Institute for Child Health Research that was established in Perth in 1990. The Institute is multidisciplinary and researches the prevention of major childhood illnesses. Her particular interests are in strategies to enhance health and well-being in populations; the causes and prevention of birth defects and major neurological disorders: the causes and lifelong consequences of low birth weight; patterns of maternal and child health in Aboriginal and Caucasian populations. She is also the Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth, a national organisation with an agenda to improve the health and well-being of young Australians. In 2003 Fiona Stanley was made Australian of the Year for her contribution to child health.

Rosemary Stanton OAM is a nutritionist whose work over the last 45 years has involved public health nutrition, education and consumer issues relating to nutrition. She is a Visiting Fellow in the School of Medical Sciences at the University of New South Wales, is involved with the Institute for Sustainable Futures at the University of Technology (Sydney) in their international work on sustainable use of resources in food production. As well as many scientific papers, Rosemary has authored over 30 books on food and nutrition and writes for newspapers and magazines for the public and the medical profession. Her current interests focus on the interrelationships between healthy diets and environmental factors.

Norman Swan qualified as a paediatrician but is best known for presenting and producing ABC Radio National programs: Health Report and Life Matters and hosting the ABC television program: Health Dimensions. He has contributed to many other radio and television programs. Norman has been Australian Producer of the Year and was awarded a Gold Citation in the United Nations Media Peace Prizes for his radio work. In 1988 he won the Australian Writers' Guild Award for best documentary - on scientific fraud. He has also won three Walkley National Awards for Australian Journalism including the Gold and Australia's top prize for Science Journalism, the Michael Daley Award, twice. In addition to his broadcasting Norman edits his own newsletter, The Health Reader.