Lesley Hughes is Professor Emerita in Biology and Pro-Chancellor at Macquarie University.
Her principal research interests have been the impacts of climate change on species and ecosystems and the implications for conservation.
She is a former Lead Author for the IPCC’s 4 th and 5 th Assessment Report, a former federal Climate Commissioner, a member of the Wentworth Group of Concerned Scientists, a Councillor with the Biodiversity Council of Australia, a Director of the Environmental Defenders Office, a member of the Climate Change Authority, and a Councillor and Director of the Climate Council of Australia.
Distinguished Laureate Professor Nicholas J. Talley AC
Nick Talley is a Board Director for Doctors for the Environment Australia. He is a gastroenterologist and public health physician, researcher and educator.
Nick is a Past President of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians where he became very active in advocating about the serious health impacts of climate change, and promoting adaptation and mitigation by the health system and the community. Nick continued this work when Editor-in-Chief of the Medical Journal of Australia from 2015 to 2023.
Nick is currently the Director of the NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence in Digestive Health at the University of Newcastle, Australia and an NHMRC Leadership 3 Fellow. He currently serves on the NHMRC Council. He is a Senior Staff Specialist at the John Hunter Hospital and Distinguished Laureate Professor at the University of Newcastle.
Nick is a highly cited researcher and has a major research interest in low-grade gastrointestinal inflammation, small intestinal immune activation and the microbiome in unexplained GI diseases and disorders of gut-brain interactions.
He is the co-author of Talley and O’Connor’s Clinical Examination and Examination Medicine.
Nick was previously Pro-Vice Chancellor and Acting Deputy Vice-Chancellor at the University of Newcastle, and Chair of the Department of Medicine at Mayo Clinic Florida.
Nick’s awards include the Gastroenterological Society of Australia Distinguished Research Prize, American Gastroenterological Association Distinguished Educator Award, Companion of the Order of Australia (AC), NSW Scientist of the Year, and the Peter Wills Medal from Research Australia.
Anita Vandyke is a qualified rocket scientist (graduated with a Bachelor of Engineering – Aeronautical Space), Medical Doctor - GP registrar (Doctor of Medicine) and runs a successful Instagram account (@rocket_science) about zero waste living.
She was born in Guangzhou China, raised in Australia and currently lives in Sydney, Australia. She regularly blogs about her passions of zero waste switches, minimalism and all things green living.
Anita's first best-selling book A Zero Waste Life: a thirty day guide is published by Penguin Random House, Australia is available at all good book stores. Her second book is A Zero Waste Family is available now.
Paddy Manning is an investigative journalist and author of six books including Body Count: How Climate Change is Killing Us (Simon and Schuster, 2020), winner of the non-fiction category of the Victorian Premier's Literary Awards 2021.
He is currently completing a doctoral thesis at Macquarie University, on the history of News Corporation in Australia.
Executive Director, Rewiring the Nation
Gloria Chan is an Executive Director and leads the program management aspects of the Rewiring the Nation funding at the Clean Energy Finance Corporation.
She previously co-led the large-scale solar business in support of Australia’s growing renewable energy sector and led the Future Grid business at the CEFC.
Gloria has near 20 years of institutional banking experience, spanning project and corporate finance as well as credit. Gloria was previously a Director at the Commonwealth Bank of Australia, financing projects and corporates across a variety of industries, including renewables, utilities, mining and mining infrastructure, and oil and gas.
Gloria has a Bachelor of Commerce (Finance)/ Bachelor of Law (BCom/ LLB) from the University of New South Wales and is also admitted as a solicitor to the Supreme Court of New South Wales.
CEO of GetUp!
Larissa is a proud Widjabul Wia-bal woman from the Bundjalung Nations and comes from a long-line of political activists and was brought up in the fight for land rights, climate justice, First Nations justice and cultural heritage, building strong relationships in communities and across civil society over decades.
Larissa has dedicated her life to a more fair Australia and as the CEO at GetUp, leads an independent movement of more than one million people working to build a progressive Australia and put people back into politics.
Prior to GetUp, Larissa co founded Seed, Australia’s first Indigenous youth climate network, after working internationally and becoming a respected campaign strategist and messaging expert.
Larissa she has spent extensive periods of time in the Northern Territory working directly with Traditional Owners and communities and is the Director of Research for Passing the Message Stick, a research project that looks at the importance of persuasive messaging to build widespread support for transformative change, like treaties, truth-telling and representation, beyond the referendum.
Larissa is an expert on gas policy and fracking on traditional owner land. She’s also undertaken extensive research and policy campaign work on gas supply, the gas industry and its impacts on climate change and fossil fuel emissions.
Allegra Spender is the Independent Member for Wentworth.
She was elected in May 2022 on a platform climate action, political integrity, future-focused economic reform, gender equity and decency.
Allegra went to Ascham School in Edgecliff, has an Economics degree from Cambridge University, an MSc from the University of London, and has completed business courses at Harvard and Dartmouth College. Before parliament, Allegra worked as a business analyst at McKinsey, a policy analyst with UK Treasury and was later the Managing Director at Carla Zampatti Pty Ltd. Allegra was also the chair of the Sydney Renewable Power Company and CEO of the Australian Business and Community Network, which addresses educational disadvantage by partnering low socio-economic schools with leading Australian businesses.
As an MP, Allegra has taken a leading role within the crossbench on climate action. This has included through the legislation of targets for reducing Australia's CO2 emissions, strengthened reforms to the safeguard mechanism, and investment in electrifying and decarbonizing households. Allegra has also been driving future-focused economic reform, by initiating her own tax review process and putting forward a citizens’ assembly to break the political impasse on housing policy. Allegra has also successfully advocated for the establishment of a National Anti-Corruption Commission, greater investment in women’s economic empowerment, and a more humane approach to the treatment of refugees and people seeking asylum.
Allegra is a member of the House Standing Committee on Economics and the Joint Standing Committee on Migration. She is also co-chair of the Parliamentary Friends of Uluru Statement from the Heart, the Parliamentary Friends of Entrepreneurs, Small and Medium Business, and the Parliamentary Friends of International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA).
Allegra is married with three children and in her spare time is a keen runner.
Member for Hornsby and NSW Shadow Minister for Health
Matt Kean entered Parliament in 2011 and spent his early years advocating for stronger mental health policy.
Elevated to the NSW Cabinet in 2017, he was appointed Minister for Innovation and Better Regulation and following the 2019 NSW election, he was appointed Minister for Energy and Environment.
During his time as Environment Minister, he added substantial expanses of land to the NSW National Parks’ estate, an increase of nearly 600,000 additional hectares (or 5%).
He championed a modern set of energy and climate policies in the Liberal Party, he has argued that the centre of Australian politics needs to be reclaimed in the political debate.
Matt has been a leading voice for modernizing the State’s energy system. In 2020, he delivered the biggest renewable energy plan in the Nation’s history, to deliver NSW some of the cheapest and most reliable energy anywhere in the world.
In October 2021, Matt Kean was appointed Treasurer in the Perrottet Government and the following the March 2023 election Matt Kean was appointed Shadow Health Minister. He has shown that when politicians make a concerted effort to find common ground and put aside tribal and ideological differences, real and lasting reform can be achieved.
Shane is an elected member for Kurrajong and the leader of the ACT Greens.
Shane Rattenbury currently holds Ministerial responsibility in the ACT for Water, Energy and Emissions Reduction, Minister for Gaming and Minister for Consumer Affairs, and is the ACT Attorney-General.
Shane became an environmental advocate at a young age, inspired by campaigns to prevent ozone depletion, protect Antarctica and stop logging of native forests. Prior to entering politics Shane worked for Greenpeace as head of their global oceans campaign, leading an expedition of ships to Antarctica to confront the Japanese whaling fleet.
Through his time in the ACT Assembly, Shane and the Greens MLAs have held the balance of power in the Assembly, and through successive Parliamentary Agreements, he and his team have achieved a wide range of positive Green policy outcomes.
Managing Director for 350.org Pacific.
Joseph Sikulu is a Tongan man from Ha’apai and Vaini in Tongatapu and grew up on Dharug country, Western Sydney.
He is an Environmental, Cultural and Queer activist who has work over that last 10 years to build a movement of strong Pacific Climate Warriors across Pacific communities both on island and in the diaspora.
He is a Climate Change campaigner and advocate, the Managing Director for 350.org Pacific, serves on the Secretariat for the Pacific Climate Warriors and is a Pacific Champion for the Fossil Fuel Nonproliferation Treaty.
Associate Professor in the School of Natural Sciences at Macquarie University in Sydney
Paul is the Director of the MJA-Lancet Countdown on health and climate change in Australia, which has recently evolved to be the Lancet Countdown Oceania Regional Centre. An environmental health scientist with a background in biological and climate sciences, he is an international authority on the impacts of climate change on allergens and allergic diseases. He previously won the Eureka Prize for Medical Research for his ground-breaking work in this area, and in 2023 he and the MJA-Lancet Countdown authorship team were presented with the Public Health Association of Australia Tony McMichael Public Health Ecology and Environment Award. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Meteorological Society in 2023.
Emma Bacon is the Founder and Executive Director of Sweltering Cities. Since the beginning of 2020 Sweltering Cities has connected with thousands of people around the country, working directly with communities in our hottest suburbs to campaign and advocate for more liveable, equitable and sustainable cities.
Emma is a passionate organiser, campaigner and activist. She has worked across movements for social and environmental justice for over 12 years on campaigns including an international asbestos ban, 10 cent deposits on bottles and cans, and union campaigns with shopping centre cleaners. She has run successful political campaigns and been part of winning significant outcomes for progressive change at local to international levels.
Emma is committed to building a broad movement for climate justice.
Emma lives and works on the land of the Wurundjeri Woi wurrung people.
Shark scientist & shark conservation lead at the Australian Marine Conservation Society.
Sharks have fascinated Leo all his life. Growing up he always dreamt of one day becoming a marine biologist.
In 2016 he completed a PhD at Monash University investigating the effects of commercial fishing on shark and ray populations – specifically, how the stress of capture affected their survival, behaviour, and reproduction.
During this PhD he co-founded an eNGO and through collective experiences developed a deep appreciation of the power of science, communication and community empowerment.
As of August 2018, Leo was appointed to lead the “Shark Champions” campaign with AMCS. We are inspired by his expertise and can see that he is deeply committed to the conservation of sharks and rays.
Leo is looking forward to working with the broader Australian community to deliver conservation outcomes that protect our sharks, rays, and the oceans we all depend on.
Program Director, Greenpeace
Kate has been an environmental advocate for nearly twenty years between Australia and the United States. She has fought for the protection of nature and action on climate change as a grassroots organiser, campaigner and organisational leader. Kate is passionate about harnessing the power of people and movements to win real action on climate change.
Dr Kate Charlesworth (MBBS(Hons), MPH, FAFPHM, PhD)
Kate is a public health physician in Sydney and Medical Director of the Climate Risk & Net Zero Unit at NSW Health.
Kate initially worked as a hospital doctor in Perth and Sydney, before undertaking much of her public health medicine training in the UK.
In England, she worked in the Greener NHS program, the leading healthcare decarbonisation program in the world.
Kate has worked in sustainability roles across NSW Health since 2018 and also has a PhD in low-carbon healthcare.
Sonia is a Board Director for Doctors for the Environment Australia, chair of the Medical Education Committee and a member of the Sustainable Healthcare Special Interest Group.
Balancing a clinical role at the Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine alongside academic and research roles in leadership and sustainable healthcare at the University of Melbourne, Sonia is determined to drive systems change across the health sector to achieve social and environmental justice while empowering clinicians and communities.
Sonia’s unique perspective on healthcare delivery includes medical training in Canada and Ireland, prior to diverse clinical and medical executive experiences in hospital and community medicine across Western Australia, New South Wales, Queensland and Victoria.
Sonia’s clinical and corporate governance experience is strengthened through training with the Royal Australasian College of Medical Administrators. She has held leadership roles in medical education, trainee advocacy, digital health, and published research on clinician wellbeing.
Managing Lawyer (Safe Climate - Corporate & Commercial) and Acting Managing Lawyer (Safe Climate - Coal & Human Rights)
Kirsty is an experienced climate lawyer and litigator, having been involved in representing and advising clients on a range of environmental law issues. She also has considerable experience in regulatory investigations, prosecutions and civil enforcement cases, particularly in the environmental and consumer law area.
She has recently worked in senior Government enforcement roles, including as the Director of the Water Enforcement Taskforce with the NSW Natural Access Resources Regulator (NRAR), Director of Compliance and Investigations at the NSW Department of Planning and Environment (DPE) and Director of Enforcement Group (NSW) for Australian Competition and Consumer Commission.
She previously worked as Principal Solicitor at EDO NSW and EDO NQ where she worked on a number of important early climate law cases. She also worked early in her career at the Australian Government Solicitor as well as in Attorney-General’s Department in Samoa and the Public Solicitor’s Office in Solomon Islands.
Kirsty holds degrees in law and arts from the Australian National University.
Professor Ollie Jay is Director of the Heat and Health Research Incubator in the Faculty of Medicine and Health at the University of Sydney, and currently holds a National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Investigator grant.
He has led several large-scale projects that have directly influenced international public health heatwave policies internationally. He has also led extreme heat policy development for Sports Medicine Australia, Tennis Australia (Australian Open), and Cricket Australia. In 2021, he co-led the first-ever Series on Heat and Health in The Lancet.
To date, Ollie has published >180 peer-reviewed publications in journals such as Lancet, JAMA, Annals of Internal Medicine, Lancet Planetary Health, and Nature Communications. He has received >$14M in funding as chief investigator from organisations such as the NHMRC, Wellcome Trust (UK), and the NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment, as well as various industry partners.
Program Manager (Plastics & Packaging), Australian Marine Conservation Society.
After years of hands-on experience within the waste industry, Tara has a comprehensive understanding of issues facing the waste industry, and the impacts of waste on our environment.
Tara has significant experience in waste education development and delivery, and behaviour change programs.
Having spent thousands of hours sorting through garbage and recycling at various landfills and recycling centres around Australia, she has an intimate knowledge of waste disposal behaviours and waste composition.
In her current role as Program Manager (Plastics & Packaging) at the Australian Marine Conservation Society, she has led Australia's first independent audit of plastic packaging in supermarkets, and is advocating for strong regulations for the packaging industry in Australia.
Clare is a co-founder of IdleOff Australia, a program that aims to reduce children’s exposure to vehicle emissions and accelerate the decarbonisation of transport.
Clare originally trained as a clinical pharmacist specialised in oncology.
Working with lung cancer patients sparked an interest in air pollution.
Since 2014, Clare has been involved in various research and advocacy initiatives focused on air pollution affected communities, policy experts, government departments, health professionals, academics, and NGOs.
She is currently undertaking a PhD through the school of public health at the University of Queensland examining the health impacts of air pollution and how Australian research may be positioned to achieve policy traction.
Clare is an honorary research fellow at University of Melbourne (Melbourne Climate Futures) and works as an advocacy and policy specialist at CAHA.
Anna is founder and CEO of Environmental Leadership Australia, founded in 2019 in partnership with The Myer Foundation to reach outside the traditional environment movement and support leadership that would lay the groundwork for bipartisan progress towards climate solutions.
Anna’s background is in community engagement, including leading Earth Hour working with councils, schools and small business.
Anna is a Director of Farmers for Climate Action, a Governor of WWF-Australia, a former lecturer and at the Australian National University and a former associate at Melbourne University Sustainable Society Institute.
Anna is the author of the book "Madlands: A Journey to Change the Mind of a Climate Sceptic" (MUP, 2012), based on a journey with former Finance Minister Nick Minchin that was also turned into a broadcast documentary.
She is a Churchill Fellow, a former Myer Foundation Innovation Fellow, was named one of the Australian Financial Review/Westpac’s 100 Women of Influence and is a member of Chief Executive Women.
Anna has a combined Bachelor in Arts and Law with first class honours from the University of Sydney.
Emily Watkins is a senior media advisor with the Climate Media Centre, where she draws on her 14 years of experience as a journalist and editor in Australian newsrooms to support and advise the CMC's spokespeople.
She has previously worked for Crikey, Media Watch, news.com.au, NT News and more, and lives in Sydney.
The Climate Media Centre is a not-for-profit PR agency and spokesperson bureau that connects the media with stories that matter from real people on the ground in Australia experiencing climate change. The CMC supports and advises its spokespeople and the climate movement on media strategy, tactics, messaging and more.
Dr Thomas Longden is a Senior Researcher at Western Sydney University's Urban Transformations Research Centre.
His work on temperature-related mortality and temperature-related energy insecurity has been published in Nature Energy, Climatic Change, and The Lancet Planetary Health. This includes the first study to assess temperature-related mortality across the whole of Australia.
Thomas holds a PhD from the University of New South Wales (UNSW).
He is the Secretary of the NSW Branch of the Economic Society of Australia and a member of the ACT Climate Change Council.
He was a Contributing Author on the AR5 WGIII Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report titled Mitigation of Climate Change.
His main areas of research interest are applied econometrics, environmental economics, energy economics and health economics.
Dr Arnagretta Hunter is a physician and academic working across healthcare and public policy.
She has worked in cardiology and medicine for several decades and has particular interest in health and climate change. As a doctor she has worked across urban, regional and rural locations in Australia.
She is involved in Policy and Advocacy with the Royal Australasian College of Physicians and is a member of the Professional Standards Review panel for the Department of Health. In 2019 she received a Bob and June Prickett Churchill Fellowship with a project to assess the skills of narrative in medicine
Dr Hunter has worked on the health impacts of climate change for some years. In 2020 she co-chaired the Bushfire Impact Working Group for the College of Health and Medicine Australian National University, a group that won the Sidney Sax Medal for Public Health in 2020.
Her work in climate change is wide-ranging including participation in the ANU Institute for Climate Energy and Disaster Solutions and the ACT Climate Change Council. She cohosts the ANU Crawford School of Public Policy Policy Forum Podcast on public policy.
Dr Georgia Behrens is Assistant Director in the National Health, Sustainability and Climate Unit in the Australian Government Department of Health and Aged Care, where she leads the Unit’s adaptation workstream.
After training and working in clinical medicine, she undertook postgraduate study in environmental health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine as a General Sir John Monash Scholar.
Georgia has held a number of national leadership roles across human health and climate change, and is passionate about bringing insights from the frontlines of the health system to drive policy reform.
Chief Strategy Officer - Environmental Leadership Australia
Stephanie is an experienced corporate affairs, communications and stakeholder engagement professional and a senior policy adviser.
She has experience in the energy sector having worked for Snowy Hydro Limited. Stephanie led Snowy Hydro’s Corporate Affairs Team during the development and early construction years of Snowy 2.0, Australia’s largest renewable energy project.
Stephanie has held a number of senior policy positions in the former Federal Coalition Government, working in the portfolio areas of energy, environment, industry, science and skills. She has worked for a Prime Minister and a number of Cabinet Ministers. She has also worked at a number of Australian Government Departments and the National Farmers’ Federation.
Stephanie holds both a Masters and an undergraduate degree in communication disciples from the University of Canberra.
Ben Dunne is a Thoracic Surgeon at Royal Melbourne Hospital.
He is Co-Convenor for the Doctors for the Environment Australia Sustainable Healthcare Special Interest Group, a member of the RACS Environmental Sustainability in Surgical Practice Working Party, and is the Chair of the University of Melbourne Environmentally Sustainable Surgery Network.
He is passionate about transitioning healthcare to renewable energy sources, engaging clinicians in sustainable healthcare initiatives, reducing our dependence on single-use/disposable equipment and increasing our focus on value-based healthcare.
Dr Cybele Dey is a Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist and Staff Specialist at The Sydney Children’s Hospital Network, Australia, both locally and via telehealth to rural and remote areas of NSW.
She is a conjoint lecturer at UNSW Discipline of Psychiatry and Mental Health and PhD candidate in climate change and mental health.
Dr Dey co-leads the UNSW Sustainable Healthcare + Environmental Health theme cluster medicine curriculum redesign.
She is a clinical lead in sustainable healthcare at Sydney Children Hospital Network and chairs the Climate and Mental Health Committee.
She has published and presented at local, national and international levels on climate change and mental health. She is dual qualified as a Paediatrician.
She is a member of Doctors for the Environment, Australia (DEA) and former Co-Chair of the Mental Health Special Interest Group.
Dr Dey represents the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatry at the global collaboration on psychological resilience as part of climate resilience, COP² https://www.cop2.org/.
She is a member of Psychology for a Safe Climate and the Climate and Health Alliance and co-chairs the NSW Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists Branch Climate Psychiatry group.
Dr Ewald B. Med, PhD is a GP in Newcastle and taught epidemiology with the University of Newcastle for many years.
He has authored over 40 publications in peer reviewed journals on topics ranging across diagnostic test evaluation, health effects of physical activity, cycling safety, air pollution impacts and policy. He loves to use the methods of epidemiology to answer the questions arising in general practice. He is an author for the Handbook of Non Drug Interventions for the RACGP, and convenor of the Air Pollution Special Interest Group for Doctors for the Environment Australia.
Dr Kate Wylie is a GP and the executive director of Doctors for the Environment Australia (DEA). Based in Adelaide, Dr Wylie’s work centres on the need for emissions reduction and the protection of biodiversity in order to protect human health and on the need for sustainability in health care.
A skilled media commentator, Dr Wylie has spoken on television and radio and provided comment for written media on the health impacts of climate change and what we can do to protect ourselves from harm.
Dr Wylie is the immediate past chair of the RACGP’s Climate and Environmental Medicine Specific Interest Group, elevating the need for climate action with GPs across Australia.
She is a previous chair of DEA and is the founder of Climate Medicine, an advocacy project whereby she presents to community groups on the health effects of climate change.
In all her work, Dr Wylie applies a medical model to the climate crisis and as such offers a treatment plan for climate change. She seeks to activate her audience so they can help create the paradigm shift that we need to combat the climate crisis. “Our planet is worth saving, and so are we.”
Dr Nicholas Williams is a Neonatologist in Sydney and current DEA NSW co-chair and iDEA 2024 co-convenor.
Originally hailing from North Queensland, he has completed medical training in both Australia and Canada. His research interests focus on improving outcomes for Extremely Preterm Infants and he currently holds an Implementation Science Academy Fellowship with Sydney Health Partners and is completing a higher degree by research through the University of Sydney.
Environmental advocacy has been a part of Nicholas’ life for as long as he can remember, with strong family influences. Nicholas has been a member of DEA for the past 7 years and looks forward to welcoming you at iDEA 2024 in Sydney!
Alison is an addiction psychiatrist working in community drug and alcohol treatment at Royal North Shore Hospital and a clinical lecturer with the Uni of Sydney.
She is the current NSW DEA secretary, the D&A rep for the Northern Sydney LHD Net Zero Clinical Group and a member of her local council's community sustainability group.
Her particular interests are reducing plastic water bottle use in hospitals, marine conservation and defending the reputation of the much-maligned brush turkeys.
Dr Fiona Foo is a Clinical and Interventional Cardiologist with Sydney Cardiology Group and MQ Health Cardiology.
She is an accredited practitioner at Macquarie University Hospital and Sydney Adventist Hospital, and a Clinical Lecturer at Macquarie University. She is one of the first females of south east asian (Malaysian Chinese) descent to qualify as an interventional cardiologist in Australia, and one of <20 female interventional cardiologists in Australia.
Her interests include heart disease in women, sports cardiology, and non traditional risk factors for cardiovascular disease including pregnancy complications, inflammatory disorders such as psoriasis, mental health, and the environment. She has written and presented extensively on Climate Change and Cardiovascular Disease.
Fiona started the MQ Health/Macquarie University Hospital Sustainability Committee and is an active member of DEA NSW. For more than a decade, she has been providing interventional cardiology service and teaching to CWM hospital in fiji. She has also been involved in interventional cardiology services in Dhulikhel hospital Nepal.
She practices what she preaches, having a healthy, active and sustainable lifestyle and taking action on climate change. Her biggest motivation for action is her children.
Dr Foong is a Senior Emergency Staff Specialist based in Sydney who has a passion for Public Health and Disaster preparedness including COVID-19 preparedness, Climate change and health impacts, Indigenous Health, Domestic Violence advocacy and the social determinants of health.
She has additional training in Public Health, having obtained a Masters in Public Health from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore, MD, USA and is also a Sexual Assault/Forensic Examiner.
She is a champion for Indigenous health and health equity and recently her ED won the Al Spilman Cultural Safety Award and the Diversity and Inclusion Award from Australasian College for Emergency Medicine (ACEM). She was the Chair of the Expert Advisory Group to create ACEM’s
modules on Cultural Competency. She champions Diversity and Inclusion through the Anti Racism and Discrimination Committee in her Local Health District (LHD) and through
education, advocacy and leadership in this space.
Dr Foong has been active in Climate Advocacy for the last few years. She was a key contributor for the Environmental Strategy and Environmental Action Plan for ACEM. She is
a member of Doctors for the Environment Australia (DEA) and the Sustainability Lead in her Emergency Department (ED). She is working on Climate Action at various levels of
society, including community, workplace and advocacy at State and Federal level of government.
She is currently the Chair of the Public Health and Disaster Committee of ACEM, and a member of the Indigenous Health Committee. She was the Clinical Lead of the NSW ED
Community of Practice (CoP) in Covid-19 Response and led the response in Emergency Departments in New South Wales during the COVID-19 Pandemic and is now a Co-chair of
the Emergency Care Institute (ECI) CoP. She is a thought leader in domestic violence advocacy.
She is a Senior Conjoint Lecturer at the University of New South Wales and Western Sydney University. She has published papers on COVID-19 pandemic preparedness and impact, Climate change and health, Anti-racism in medicine in peer-reviewed journals. She has worked with humanitarian agencies including Medcines Sans Frontiers and American Red
Cross. She has also traveled to Vietnam, Pakistan, Cuba, Sri Lanka to teach emergency medicine. She studied Philosophy before medicine, and loves philosophical discussions and
can now combine both by being part of the Clinical Ethics Committee of her LHD.
She is a mother of two beautiful children, two cats and a dog and loves traveling with her children to different locations in the world, exploring cultures, sights and food. Her hobbies
include cooking, reading traveling, art (especially Indigenous Art) and music.
Dr Anthony Hull is an anaesthetist who works across Sydney, and is a Net-Zero Lead in anaesthesia with the Climate Risk and Net Zero Unit NSW.
He has worked in many developing nations, including Tuvalu and other South Pacific nations and has a keen understanding of the impacts of climate change on such communities and their under-resourced healthcare systems.
Anthony has a longstanding interest in healthcare and anaesthesia derived carbon pollution, it's effects on global warming, and ways to reduce our impacts as health professionals. He also has an interest in misinformation and disinformation and their role in stifling progress.
Anthony has significantly reduced his professional carbon footprint by changing the way he practices anaesthesia, and promotes the rapid reduction of our healthcare related greenhouse gas emissions in line with the declarations of a climate emergency by key professional medical bodies.