DEA - Doctors for the environment


DEA Management Committee


Professor Kingsley Faulkner


David Shearman, SA


Hakan Yaman, WA


Sujata Allan, NSW

Peter Brooks, VIC 

Rohan Church, TAS

George Crisp, WA

Eugenie Kayak, VIC

David King, QLD

John Willoughby, SA

Kate Wheldrake, National Student Representative


Correspondent members:

Kristen Pearson, VIC 

Declan Scragg, National Student Representative Elect

John Van Der Kallen


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. 

Sujata Allan

Peter Brooks AM MD FRACP is currently a Professorial Fellow at the Centre for Health Policy- School of Population and Global Health University of Melbourne. Peter Brooks has held previous posts as Executive Dean of Health Sciences at the University of Queensland, as Professor of Medicine at St. Vincent’s Hospital, Sydney (University of New South Wales) and was the Foundation Professor of Rheumatology at the Royal North Shore Hospital and the University of Sydney. He completed his medical training at Monash University in Melbourne and then studied rheumatology under Professor Watson Buchanan in Glasgow. His first academic post in Australia was at the University of Tasmania in 1976. Professor Brooks is a rheumatologist/public health/health policy practitioner with a major research interest in the treatment and epidemiology of rheumatic diseases and health workforce/ health policy/ patient engagement. Over the past decade he has developed a major interest in health workforce reform in particular new models of care and established the Australian Healthworkforce Institute at University of Melbourne to assist developing an evidence base for Health Workforce policy and innovation. Growing up in Tasmania he understands the pristine nature of our planet and all its frailty and is determined to assist in saving it for future generations. He joined the Management Committee of Doctors for the Environment Australia earlier this year and in and is a member of the Climate Change Committee. 

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.

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.

John Van Der Kallen

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 in her penultimate year of the long and occasionally arduous Arts (Adv French) / Medicine degree at UNSW. Climate justice, and the inextricable link between a healthy environment and a socially just world lie at the heart of her involvement in DEA, Oxfam, Divest McGill and all things green. She was DEA NSW State Co-Rep in 2014, Promotions Officer for iDEA15, and trained by Al Gore as a Climate Reality Leader. Hobbies include hiking, pretending to speak French, retracing her keepcup on hospital wards, and finding new puns for environment-related posters. 

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:-


Brittany Cash is a second graduate year medical student at the University of Notre Dame Sydney. Her passion for the environment was initially instilled by hippy, home-schooling parents and watching the documentary ‘The Cove’ at a young age. Determined to fight the good fight, she attained her undergrad degree and spent a few years working for NGOs around Asia and Africa, focusing on conservation and wildlife. After attending iDEA, being Code Green Rep and her university's Global Health prez - she is determined to see our generation stand up and fight for climate change through whatever means possible - from protests to policies.


Alex Borecki is a final year medical student from our nation’s great capital – Canberra! He is new to environmental advocacy and was inspired by the work of DEA to become the ACT student representative in 2016. As a future health professional, Alex recognises the ethical importance of issues like climate change, fossil fuel use and growth economics on a finite planet, and their impact on human health and the success or failure of future generations. He is excited to be involved with DEA this year!


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.


Maud Taylor 


Bec Tuma


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. 


Jess Shipley is a third-year graduate medical student at Melbourne University primarily based at the Royal Melbourne Hospital. Prior to the MD, she completed a Bachelor of Biomedicine and Diploma of Modern Languages in French. She’s committed to advocating for environmental sustainability and promoting the significant co-benefits to health.


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

  • Lidia Morawska

  • 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 AM 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 nine books on these themes.  Since retirement he has been involved in the establishment and activities of the Nature and Society Forum (now called the Frank Fenner Foundation), which is a community-based organization committed to improving understanding, across the community, of the processes of life and human and ecological health. He is at present Patron of the Foundation. His latest book, The story of life and the future of humanity, is in the press.

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 aspects of climate change in his popular books (Melbourne University Publishing)   "A Light History of Hot Air”, “Sentinel Chickens: what birds tell us about our health and the world” and “The Knowledge Wars”. He gives many public talks on the need to engage with evidence based reality in everything from his own research area of infectious disease to global warming.

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), 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 a general practitioner and Matthew Flinders Distinguished Professor and Executive Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences at Flinders University.  He is a past president of The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners and the current president of the World Organization of Family Doctors (WONCA). He is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences and a member of the Council of the National Health and Medical Research Council.

Professor David de Kretser AC, FAA 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.

Stephen Leeder AO is a Professor Emeritus of public health and community medicine at the University of Sydney.  He is currently Chair of the Western Sydney Local Health District Board, and Director, Research Network, Western Sydney Local Health District. He has a long history of involvement in public health research, educational development and policy. His research interests as a clinical epidemiologist have been mainly asthma and cardiovascular disease. His interest in public health was stimulated by spending 1968 in the highlands of Papua New Guinea. In 2003-04, Professor Leeder worked at Columbia University, New York, in the Earth Institute and Mailman School of Public Health, developing a substantial report, based on research data and scientific interpretation, of the economic consequences of cardiovascular disease (CVD) in developing economies. The report, A Race against Time: the challenge of cardiovascular disease in developing economies, concentrated upon the macroeconomic consequences of CVD, and especially on the fact that one-third of CVD deaths in many developing countries were occurring among people of working age. In recent years, Professor Leeder has directed the development of the Menzies Centre for Health Policy, a collaborative centre between The Australian National University and the University of Sydney.

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 Lidia Morawska is a Professor at the Science and Engineering Faculty, Queensland University of Technology (QUT) in Brisbane and the Director of the International Laboratory for Air Quality and Health (ILAQH) at QUT, which is a Collaborating Centre of the World Health Organization on Research and Training in the field of Air Quality and Health. She is a co-director of the Australia-China Centre for Air Quality Science and Management. She conducts fundamental and applied research in the interdisciplinary field of air quality and its impact on human health and the environment, with a specific focus on science of airborne particulate matter (ultrafine and nanoparticles). Professor Morawska is a physicist and received her doctorate at the Jagiellonian University, Krakow, Poland for research on radon and its progeny. She is an author of over four hundred and fifty journal papers, book chapters and refereed conference papers. She has also been involved at the executive level with a number of relevant national and international professional bodies and has been acting as an advisor to the World Health Organization. She is a past President of the International Society of Indoor Air Quality and Climate.

Professor Peter Newman AO is the Professor of Sustainability at Curtin University. He has written 16 books and over 300 papers. His books include ‘The End of Automobile Dependence’ (2015), ‘Green Urbanism in Asia’ (2013) and 'Sustainability and Cities: Overcoming Automobile Dependence' which was launched in the White House in 1999. Peter was a Fulbright Senior Scholar at the University of Virginia Charlottesville and was on the IPCC for their 5th Assessment Report. In 2014 he was awarded an Order of Australia for his contributions to urban design and sustainable transport. He is a Fellow of the Academy of Technological and Engineering Sciences Australia. Peter has worked in local government as an elected councillor, in state government as an advisor to three Premiers and in the Australian Government on the Board of Infrastructure Australia.

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); and Chairman of the Victorian Health Promotion Foundation (1987-1996).He has also served as 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 appointed Australian of the Year in 2000, and received the Centenary Medal for distinguished service to the study of antibody formation and immunological tolerance in 2001. The Nossal Institute for Global Health at the University of Melbourne and the Nossal High School at Monash University are both named in his honour. 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, Monash University Lifetime Achievement Award and over 120 named lectureships in ten countries.

Aside from his day job, Professor Hugh Possingham FAA has a variety of broader public roles advising policy makers and managers by sitting on 11 committees and boards outside the University including: The Wentworth Group of Concerned Scientists (founding member), Founding Editor of Conservation Letters (an international scientific journal), Queensland Rhodes Scholars selection committee and several Environmental NGO scientific advisory committees. He and Dr Barry Traill wrote “The Brigalow Declaration”, used by Premier Beattie to stop land clearing in Queensland thereby stopping 10% of Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions and saving an area the size of Portugal from conversion into farmland.  The Possingham lab developed the most widely used conservation planning software in the world. Hugh coauthored two scientific consensus statements that supported Australia’s new marine reserve system, that is a quarter the size of Europe.  He is an advocate of wise decision-making and an informal advisor to several governments. He currently directs two research centres.

Professor Lawrie Powell AC is currently Director of Research at the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital and Professor Emeritus, The University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia.  He has made significant contributions to the understanding of inherited liver disease and cirrhosis especially haemochromatosis.  In 1990 Professor Powell was appointed Director of The Queensland Institute of Medical Research (QIMR).  Professor Powell was instrumental in the successful development and planning of the new Comprehensive Cancer Research Centre at QIMR and the UQCCR on the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital site which was opened in 2008. Professor Powell has received numerous national and international awards in recognition of his research contributions including a Gold Medal from the Canadian Liver Foundation “for outstanding life time contributions to hepatology” and the Companion of the Order of Australia (AC) in 1990.  He was elected President of the International Association for the Study of the Liver (1986 to 1988) and elected an Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians in London in 1990.  In 1991 he was awarded the Marcel Simon Prize by the Société Francaise de Hémochromatose in recognition of scientific achievements in the field of genetic iron overload diseases.  Professor Powell was awarded Alumnus of the Year for 1999 by The University of Queensland, the Premier’s Millennium Award for Excellence in Health for 2000, named a “Queensland Great” in the Premier’s awards 2002, and awarded a Centenary Medal by the Commonwealth of Australia, 2003. His most recent accolade was the 2008 Distinguished Achievement Award by the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases, the only Australian and only the third person outside North America to have received this award. 

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.

Dr Rosemary Stanton OAM is a nutritionist whose work over the last 50 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, and 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 peer-reviewed scientific papers, Rosemary has authored over 30 books on food and nutrition, including several textbooks, and writes on nutrition for both the public and the medical profession. She was also a member of the NHMRC's committee that developed the most recent dietary guidelines and infant feeding guidelines. Her current interests focus on the interrelationships between healthy diets and environmental factors and she is working to ensure this gains greater prominence in future dietary guidelines.

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.