Professor Fiona Bull, Director of The University of Western Australia's Centre for the Built Environment and Health, has been appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire in the UK Queen's Birthday Honours for 2014.
A leading expert and advisor to the World Health Organisation, Professor Bull was recognised for services to public health. She joins fourteen graduates and two staff members from UWA who received Queen's Birthday Honours in Australia last week.
Professor Bull led national policy development of the first national UK guidelines on physical activity - "Start Active Stay Active" which was launched in 2011 and the three year development process survived a change of British Government.
She also led the development of the Toronto Charter for Physical Activity and Health, the first of its kind to translate the science into a practical policy tool, as well as leading a Non Communicable Disease Prevention program used to inform the United Nation's meeting on NCD Prevention in 2011.
Other research includes leading the Global Burden of Disease International research project on physical activity, which produced the first estimates of global burden of disease attributable to physical inactivity.
Professor Bull's ongoing role as an expert advisor to the World Health Organisation on a global agenda for physical activity has involved working on national policies, most recently in the Middle East where she is senior advisor for physical activity to WHO's Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean, which covers North Africa, the Middle East and as far east as Pakistan.
David Stacey (UWA Public Affairs) (+61 8) 6488 3229 / (+61 4) 32 637 716