Board

Our Board is comprised of members who are dedicated to the values and mission, ‘protecting health through care of the environment’, of Doctors for the Environment Australia.

Providing expertise in a variety of fields, they govern the organisation and work with the Executive Director to ensure the organisation is equipped to meet its goals.

Please use the Contact Us page if you would like to contact any of our Board Members, Scientific Advisory Committee or Administrative Staff.

John Van Der Kallen

John Van Der Kallen

Chair

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John Van Der Kallen FRACP is a Rheumatologist in Newcastle. John grew up in Sydney and graduated from the University of NSW. He spent time training in many rural areas of NSW as well as completing his rheumatology training in Leiden in the Netherlands where it was obvious that the community is healthier without being dependent on cars. He has lived in the Hunter for over 18 years and has seen the Hunter Valley change dramatically with the increase in coal mining. He previously set up the Fracture Liaison Service in the Hunter New England Area Health Service but is now focused on the impacts of climate change on our health. John believes that one of the solutions to climate change is for all of us to reduce our individual emissions to zero or below. Consequently, his wife Jane and himself have a timber plantation, solar panels at home and at work and commute on their bikes as much as possible.

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Kimberly Humphrey

Kimberly Humphrey

Deputy Chair

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Kimberly is an Emergency Physician from Adelaide with a Master of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, and is a passionate member and current Chair of the SA DEA Committee. She is a Clinical Senior Lecturer at the University of Adelaide, and holds numerous committee roles within the Australasian College For Emergency Medicine, including many years on the ACEM Public Health and Disaster Committee.

Her particular interests within climate action are the intersection of the social determinants of health with climate change and emergency medicine, heat health, waste management and greening healthcare, and the integration of climate and planetary health into university and post graduate medical curriculum and teaching.

In her spare time she enjoys reading, hiking and parenting two very exuberant small children.

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Kristof Wing

Kristof Wing

Treasurer

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Kristof Wing MBBS BMedSci(Hons) is a physician trainee in Darwin who has previously worked in Tasmania and Timor-Leste. He is concerned about the pivotal impact our changing climate is having on food security and the potential for altered communicable disease epidemiology. Having recently moved to the Top End he is currently exploring the impact that dispossession of nature through environmental degradation is having on indigenous and non-indigenous patients alike.

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Marion Carey

Marion Carey

Member

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Marion Carey MBBS (Hons) MPH FAFPHM is a public health physician with a broad range of experience in government, academia and health organisations. She developed a passion for environmental health working in remote Indigenous communities early in her career. As a senior government adviser in Victoria, she witnessed the health impacts of the 2009 Melbourne heatwave and the Black Saturday bushfires, and helped lead development of climate change and health policy there. As a VicHealth Fellow at Monash University, she pursued interests in the health impacts of climate change and biodiversity loss. She is a Fellow of the Public Health Association of Australia and an adjunct associate professor at the School of Medicine, University of Notre Dame, Sydney. In recent years she has worked as an editor for medical and epidemiology journals. Marion has been involved with DEA since its early years, serving on the management and other committees. Her career has been driven a belief in the importance of “healthy planet, healthy people”. She finds inspiration in the wild places of the earth and in working with like-minded colleagues in DEA. She loves bushwalking, gardening and spending time with family including her beloved border collie..

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Rose Pham

National Student Representative

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Rose is the Chair of DEA’s National Students Committee (NSC). A international medical student at the University of New South Wales, she has been part of the NSC for the last 3 years and excited to be part of the board.
At the age of 10, Rose’s life was completely changed when she was first introduced to the concept of climate change at school. Since then, she has continued to further explore the history and politics of climate change, and encouraging people to examine their relationship with nature. 
Rose loves getting lost in nature and appreciating its beauty.

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Kate Wylie

Member

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Dr Kate Wylie is a GP who is passionate about climate action and who believes that as a doctor it is her duty to advocate for a health based response to the climate health emergency. Based in Adelaide (Kaurna Yerta), Dr Wylie chairs the RACGP’s Climate and Environmental Specific Interest Group. Her work with Doctors for the Environment Australia includes facilitating our After Hours webinar series and the 2021 DEA annual conference “iDEA2021: Planet, Health and Hope.”  

Dr Wylie knows that climate change is a health issue and believes that when we frame it as such, we invite the concept of treating it. She believes that doctors have a key role to play in shaping the communities response to the climate crisis, as we are in every community across the country and are embedded in the communities we serve. By showing leadership on climate, doctors can show our communities the importance of climate action to protect the health of humanity and the planet upon which we rely.

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Sonia Chanchlani

Member

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Sonia’s unique perspective on healthcare delivery includes training in Canada and Ireland, prior to diverse clinical and medical administration experiences in hospital and community medicine across Western Australia, New South Wales, Queensland and Victoria. Completing a dual Masters of Health Management and Public Health enhanced her awareness of social determinants and the impact on health equity and equality. Her clinical and corporate governance experience was strengthened through training with the Royal Australasian College of Medical Administrators. Sonia’s has been involved in local and national DEA committees determined to drive systems change across the health sector to achieve social and environmental justice while empowering clinicians and communities.

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Georgia Behrens

Georgia Behrens

Member

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Georgia is a postgraduate medical student with a passion for global & planetary health. Georgia has led various student groups at a university and national level, and represented the International Federation of Medical Students’ Associations at United Nations climate change negotiations. Georgia has published work with the Lancet Countdown on Climate Change & Health and the Lancet Planetary Health, and contributed to a textbook chapter on climate change in medical education.

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Stefanie Pidcock

Member

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Dr Stefanie Pidcock commenced on the DEA Board in October 2020. She has been a member of DEA since commencing her medical studies in 2017, and has served as Secretary and Chair of the ACT Branch of DEA. She brings a wealth of expertise and experience in environmental policy and management, as well as organisational financial and staffing management.

Before commencing her medical career, she spent 15 years working in the environment sector across a range of areas. As a science researcher, she studied the ecological impacts of reduced rabbit numbers following the accidental release of rabbit calicivirus. In the Australian Public Service, she worked in policy development and program management in ecological science research, protected area management, regional forest agreements and climate change. Notably, she led teams in the management of the $750 million Green Army Program, and the development of the first National Coastal Vulnerability Assessment to Climate Change.

As a senior consultant in a major Australian consulting firm, she led stakeholder engagement and international convention compliance as part of a team in an Australian Aid project to clean up Persistent Organic Pollutants from 13 Pacific Island Countries, including safe transport by ship to Australia for final destruction.

Her previous board experience comes from two years on the Board of Directors for an ACT Key Arts Organisation, the Watson Arts Centre.

Stefanie has a husband, two children aged 10 and 13, and a dog. She enjoys getting out into nature when she can.

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John Iser

Member

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John Iser MBBS FRACP retired 4 years ago after working as a physician and gastroenterologist in Melbourne’s eastern suburbs. In addition, having come from regional Victoria where “the bush” was only a bike-ride away, he gladly accepted the positions of visiting proceduralist at Alexandra and Foster for over 20 years. While at Alexandra he was attracted to the notion of restoring land which had been cleared inappropriately. However, after setting-up a sustainable cottage, the dream of land restoration might have to be fulfilled by the next generations. John joined DEA about 8 years ago and was Victorian Chair for 4 years. For decades John has been aware of the power of big business and government to brush aside environmental concerns in the interests of profits and expediency, so it is heartening to see the attitudinal shift that is now occurring. However, he believes that DEA can accelerate this change through continued engagement with all sectors and at all levels.

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