The Head of The University of Western Australia’s School of Population Health, Professor Colleen Fisher, has been appointed the new President, and Chairperson of the National Executive, for the Council of Academic Public Health Institutions Australia (CAPHIA).
As the peak body for public health teaching and research training in Australia, CAPHIA works to identify and promote national issues that impact on tertiary public health education, research and service; maintain standards in the education and development of the public health workforce, practitioners and researchers; lead public health education in the tertiary sector; and advocate for the development of public health professionals and researchers.
Its members include 28 universities across Australia as well as the Australasian Faculty of Public Health Medicine as an affiliated member. CAPHIA is also a Regional Member of the World Federation of Public Health Associations enabling international information exchange and participation in international activities.
The CAPHIA National Executive includes senior representatives from seven Australian universities across five States and the Public Health Association of Australia.
Deputy Head of UWA’s School of Public Health Professor David Preen said Colleen’s appointment was “a testament to her tireless efforts” over many years and her national standing in the area of public health education and training.
“I have no doubt that it will also raise the profile of the UWA School of Population Health across the country and further establish our reputation as a leader in public health teaching and research training,” Professor Preen said.
David Stacey (UWA Media and Public Relations Manager) (+61 8) 6488 3229 / (+61 4) 32 637 716