Asthma Australia is a for-purpose, consumer organisation with a history of improving the lives of people with asthma since 1962.

We work across Australia to deliver evidence-based prevention and health strategies to more than half a million people each year.

Our expert staff and valued volunteers are leaders in their field and we want to work with other authorities on asthma.

Asthma Australia created a Professional Advisory Council (PAC) as a formal mechanism to engage with the professional asthma community.

The purpose of the PAC is to support Asthma Australia to better meet the diverse needs of people with asthma and those who care for them by:

  •       providing expert advice on medical, research and other technical or professional matters
  •       assisting with advocacy and policy development
  •       facilitating Asthma Australia’s achievement of its strategic priorities in relation to medical, scientific and health related matters
  •       advising Asthma Australia on relevant medical and health related developments
  •       advising and support Asthma Australia in the translation of research outcomes to policy and practice

Who are our Professional Advisory Councillors?

Chairperson

Rosemary Calder

Rosemary Calder is a leading health and social policy expert and is Professor of Health Policy at the Mitchell Institute, Victoria University.  She leads the Australian Health Policy Collaboration, a national network of collaborating organisations and experts focussed on population health improvement through translation of evidence to policy and practice.

She has held positions as a senior executive in health policy and administration in both State and Commonwealth Departments of Health and was head of the Office for the Status of Women in the Commonwealth Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet from 2000 to 2003. She has also served as Chief of Staff to a Victorian Minister for Health.

Rosemary has extensive experience in policy and organisational management and board governance in the not for profit sector. She is a sociologist and began her career as a journalist.

 

Adjunct Associate Professor Pharmacy Kingsley Coulthard

Professor Kingsley Coulthard is a nationally recognised advocate for equity of access, for children, to safe and effective medicines. His major interests have been respiratory disease, especially asthma and cystic fibrosis.

He commenced his pharmacy career at the Adelaide Children’s Hospital in 1971, working in paediatrics in Australia and overseas until his retirement as Director of Pharmacy at the Adelaide Women’s and Children’s Hospital in 2010.

He remains involved with the practice of pharmacy by doing country locums and also in teaching undergraduate and postgraduate health professionals. He has a long-standing relationship with Asthma Australia and also delivers asthma updates on behalf of National Asthma Council and Pharmacy organisations. 

 

Professor Anne-Marie Feyer

Professor Anne-Marie Feyer is an expert in health and social care research, practice and policy who has worked across academia, the private sector and in consultancy.

As a senior academic, Anne-Marie successfully established a nationally and internationally recognised centre of excellence in research and its sustainable funding base. 

Professor Feyer was a senior partner in a global professional services firm and led the development of a national health advisory business, to become the first global thought leadership Board member based in the Asia-Pacific region.

As a non-executive director, Anne-Marie chairs the Governance and Nominations Committee for a metropolitan Primary Health Network. 

 

Dr Juliet Foster

Dr Juliet Foster is a Research Psychologist with a special interest in the patient’s perspective on chronic disease and self-management.

Her research interests include the disease beliefs, treatment attitudes and lived experience of people with asthma, COPD and cystic fibrosis. Dr Foster also has publications on medication adherence, on treatment side effects, health professional management of asthma and health professional-patient communication.

Dr Foster is an experienced crisis counsellor and a training specialist in health communication skills for facilitating disease self-management.

She serves on the scientific and education committees of the European Society for Patient Adherence (ESPACOMP), Compliance and Persistence and is outgoing Convener for the Primary Care Special Interest Group for the Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand (TSANZ).

 

Professor Peter Gibson

Professor Peter Gibson is as a doctor who cares for people with respiratory diseases and is a clinical scientist investigating the mechanisms and treatment of asthma, COPD, cough, and other airway disorders.

He is a concept leader who has developed innovative approaches around inflammatory subtypes of asthma and cough; airway biomarkers; neurogenic mechanisms, laryngeal dysfunction and related treatments for refractory cough; multidimensional assessment and management of complex airway disorders such as severe asthma, airways diseases in the elderly, and asthma in pregnant women.

His peers have awarded Peter several research medals and elected him as the president of the Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand (2015-2016).

His research and clinical practice serve to bring research developments into focus as effective health care interventions that improve the health of people suffering from breathing disorders.

 

Melinda Gray

Melinda is a Clinical Nurse Consultant, Paediatric Asthma, who has worked at Sydney Children’s Hospital Randwick since 2000.

In this role, she co-coordinates the NSW Aiming for Asthma Improvement in Children Program, a collaborative program working with key stakeholders facilitating state-wide continuity and consistency of care for the child with asthma.

Ms Gray has a diverse paediatric nursing background in Paediatric Tertiary Referral Hospitals in Australia and the United Kingdom. She has recently served on the NSW Network of Community Activities Board and continually contributes to a number of research and quality improvement projects. She is also lead co- author on many free innovative education resources for carers of children with asthma which include the published Asthma in Your Child and Schools Asthma First Aid EBooks

She is passionate about working alongside clinicians and key stakeholders to support policy change and promote the advocacy of children with asthma at both State and National level. 

 

Dr Tracey-Lea Laba

Associate Professor Tracey-Lea Laba, is a health systems researcher and NHMRC Early Career Fellow at the Centre for Health Economics Research and Evaluation, UTS Business School Sydney.

She has expertise in health economics, drug utilisation and policy research. Her research broadly focuses on value and equity in access to medicines. She is the first person to sit on both the Drug Utilisation and the Economics sub-committees to the Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee. As a registered pharmacist, she also trained in hospital and community pharmacy as well as pharmaceutical industry.

Dr Laba is passionate about improving health and wellness. Her ambition is to shape the way Australians with chronic diseases, such as asthma, can more readily and equitably access high-value, affordable healthcare that will help them live the best life they can.

 

Professor Sharyn Rundle-Thiele

Professor Sharyn Rundle-Thiele is a social marketer and behavioural scientist. She is the Founding Director of Social Marketing @ Griffith, which is the largest university based group of social marketers in the world. She is Founding Co-Editor of the Journal of Social Marketing, one of the worlds’ leading behaviour change journals.

She has led projects that have changed behaviours for 10,000’s of people in areas including health, the environment and for complex social issues. Sharyn has led programs that have increased healthy eating, changed adolescent attitudes to alcohol drinking, reduced food waste, increased dog’s abilities to avoid koalas, and many more. 

She has published more than 150 books, book chapters and journal papers. Awards and appointments including The Philip Kotler Social Marketing Distinguished Service Award, Australian New Zealand Marketing Academy Fellow acknowledge her innovative, high-quality practice and science and her leadership. 

 

Dr Tim Senior

Dr Tim Senior works as a General Practitioner at the Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Service in South West Sydney, and is a clinical senior lecturer at Western Sydney University.

He is the Medical Advisor of the RACGP Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health and founded the Environmental Impacts in General Practice network in the RACGP NFSI.

He writes on General Practice, the social causes of ill health and successfully crowdfunded Wonky Health, a column on the Croakey health website, on the health effects of policy decisions.

He won the Gavin Mooney memorial essay prize for an article on the language used in climate change campaigning.

 

Paul Sinclair AM

Paul Sinclair is a community pharmacist and pharmacy-business operator with more than three decades of experience in the sector.

Paul Sinclair is a Past President of the Pharmacy Guild of Australia, NSW Branch, Past National Vice President of the Pharmacy Guild of Australia and past Board member of Asthma Foundation Queensland and New South Wales. Paul Sinclair is also a past Chair and board member of the Australian Association of Consultant Pharmacy and has had a long involvement with a number of community based not-for-profit organisations.

He is a strong advocate for community pharmacy and for the full utilisation of pharmacists in primary health care.

 

Dr Louisa Owens

Louisa Owens is a Consultant Respiratory Paediatrician at Sydney Children’s Hospital with a special interest in asthma management and the epidemiology of respiratory health of children. She is also a conjoint lecturer at the University of New South Wales.

She gained scholarships from both the University of Western Australia and the Asthma Foundation of Western Australia for her Doctor of Philosophy thesis, “The impact of early life factors versus lifestyle on the respiratory health of young adults”.

Dr Owens attained her medical degree at Trinity College Dublin, before completing paediatric training in Ireland. She undertook a Fellowship in Respiratory medicine at Princess Margaret Hospital for Children in Perth, Western Australia.

 

Adjunct Associate Professor David Armstrong

Adjunct Associate Professor David Armstrong is the Head of Respiratory Medicine at Monash Children’s Hospital and Adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Paediatrics at Monash University.

He attained his medical degrees from the University of Auckland School of Medicine in 1985, before obtaining his Royal Australasian College of Physicians qualifications in paediatrics in 1992. He then trained in paediatric respiratory medicine at the Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne and completed his MD thesis (Longitudinal Study of Lower Airway Infection and Inflammation in Cystic Fibrosis Infants) at the University of Melbourne in 1999.

His clinical interest is the management of children with severe asthma, and all aspects of cystic fibrosis. His research interest is the pathogenesis and treatment of early lung disease in cystic fibrosis.