Professor Wendy Hoy
Centre for Chronic Disease & NHMRC CRE in Chronic Kidney Disease, School of Clinical Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, The University of Queensland

Professor (Dr) Hoy is Director of the Centre for Chronic Disease at The University of Queensland, and the NHMRC Centre for Research Excellence in Chronic Kidney Disease.  She is qualified in internal medicine and renal medicine and has research experience in epidemiology, population health, health services and health policy, targeting chronic disease generally, and chronic kidney disease (CKD) specifically, and with a special emphasis on high risk populations.  She has done extensive work on the health of remote-living Australian Aboriginal people, and leads the longest, most detailed research program ever conducted on a remote Aboriginal community, now known as the Tiwi Kidney Study.  She has consultant roles in CKD of unknown aetiology, in both Sri Lanka and Central America, collaborating with WHO and PAHO respectively. She received the AO for her services to chronic disease, and is an elected Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science.  

Dr Nina Lansbury Hall
School of Public Health, The University of Queensland

Dr Nina Lansbury Hall is an environmental health researcher within The University of Queensland’s (UQ) School of Public Health. She conducts research and teaching on responses to complex issues around the sustainable and integrated development, including management and use of water and energy resources with social, environmental and economic considerations. She currently examines the implementation of challenges and opportunities for the UN Sustainable Development Goals, sustainable provision and evaluation of water, sanitation and hygiene in development, including in remote Indigenous communities on both mainland Australia and in the Torres Strait. As lead author on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (WG II, AR6) she investigates the impacts of climate change on human and environmental health. Previously, she has held senior research positions at the CSIRO, the UTS Institute for Sustainable Futures, and the Mineral Policy Institute; been manager of the UQ Sustainable Water program; and director of the Climate Action Network Australia.

Dr Christine Jeffries-Stokes
University of Western Australia, WA Rural Clinical School /Western Desert Kidney Health Project

Dr Christine Jeffries-Stokes is a Paediatrician who has been working in clinical practice and research in the Goldfields of Western Australia for more than 20 years. She has a PhD and a Masters in Public Health. Along with senior Wongutha woman, Annette Stokes, Christine is a Chief Investigator for the Western Desert Kidney Health Project (WDKHP), which has demonstrated new and innovative methods of community engagement. The WDKHP has drawn attention to environmental contaminants as a potentially significant contributor to chronic disease. She has a strong record of collaborative research with the Aboriginal community and has established strong community networks.

Annette Stokes AM
Wongutha Birni Aboriginal Corporation and University of Western Australia, WA Rural Clinical School /Western Desert Kidney Health Project

Annette Stokes is a senior woman of the Wongutha Tribe of the Eastern Goldfields. Annette spent her early life around the Goldfields with her family and learning the language and culture of her people. She has a background in early childhood education and has completed Aboriginal health worker training.  She has been integral to several major health and research projects in the Goldfields region and her contribution to medicine was recognised in 2004 when she was awarded the Fiona Stanley medal and in 2017 when she was made a Member of the Order of Australia. Annette is a gifted musician and artist. She has combined all her amazing talents as a chief investigator for the Western Desert Kidney Health Project, running 30 research and arts residencies in 11 remote towns and communities over three years.

Professor Richard Banati
The Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO); University of Sydney

Professor Richard Banati is an internationally recognised biomedical scientist. He joined the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO) as a Distinguished Research Fellow to develop new nuclear technology applications in the study of biological material. His research, has applications such as the measurement of naturally occurring isotopes (‘isotopic signatures’) as well as the detection of the bio-accumulation of hazardous, anthropogenic, trace contaminants in water, food and aerosols. This work has the potential to identify contaminants’ pathways into the human body and their health impact. Richard is Foundation Chair/Director of Medical Radiation Sciences at the University of Sydney, the Ramaciotti Centre for Brain Imaging at the Brain & Mind Research Institute (BMRI), and University of Sydney/ANSTO National Imaging Facility Node. He is a member of the ANSTO Executive Team, supporting strategic research and national and international collaborations and partnerships

Wendy Anders
NATSIWA (National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Women’s Alliance)

Wendy Anders is the Senior Policy Advisor and Projects Manager of the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Women’s Alliance, which was established by the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet in 2009 to empower Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Women to have a strong and effective voice in the domestic and international policy advocacy process. Previously, Wendy spent ten years as a senior lecturer at the Institute of Koorie Education, Deakin University. Wendy is from the Arrente nation.

Dr Claire E Brolan (PhD (UQ), MA (SOAS), LLB (Hons) (Bond), BA)
Centre for Policy Futures, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, The University of Queensland

Claire’s research focuses on the formulation and implementation of the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) agenda in the Australia and Asia-Pacific region, in particular focusing on health goal roll-out and participatory governance. Claire is a trained lawyer and her academic work serves to promote health equity, good-governance and robust and accountable policy and planning for the right to health of marginalised and discriminated populations. With some 60 peer-reviewed and other publications behind her, as well as engagement in several international health research projects, Claire tackles multidimensional health and development complexities by applying a mix of interdisciplinary research techniques and analytic approaches that draw on her international law, global health policy, social science, biomedical, as well as health and human rights education, training, and in–the-field experience. Claire joined UQ’s Centre for Policy Futures in mid-2018 after completing her post-doctorate at the University of Toronto supervised by Professor Lisa Forman, the Canada Research Chair in Human Rights and Global Health Equity.

Sandra Creamer
NATSIWA (National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Women’s Alliance)

Sandra is the Interim CEO of The National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Women’s Alliance (NATSIWA), and holds a Bachelor of Laws degree, Deakin University.  She works as an advocate for the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women at the national and international level, and seeks to work with them to define potential and concrete barriers in this field, and to identify effective solutions. She has well established relationships with Australian internal and external stakeholders, as well as international stakeholders. Safe drinking water, water security and their relationship to the health of remote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities is one of her priority work areas. Sandra has previously held positions as a lecturer in law and co-chair of the Global Indigenous Women’s Caucus at the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII); and in 2011, received the Individual Award for Contribution to Leadership Community Engagement, Faculty of Business and Law, Deakin University.

Dr Annette Davison, BSc (Hons), MEnvLGovLaw, PhD, GAICD, PMAWA
Risk Edge Pty Ltd, D2K Information Pty Ltd

Dr Annette Davison is a sought-after risk and auditing expert, with about 30 years’ experience in the water and environment industries, in the private, academic and public sectors. Annette holds a Higher National Diploma and BSc (Hons), a Masters in Environmental and Local Government Law and a PhD in environmental microbiology and biochemistry. She is also a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and Professional Member of the Australian Water Association (AWA). Annette lead-authored the World Health Organisation’s first Water Safety Plan (WSP) initiative in 2004-5 and was instrumental in achieving inclusion of risk management within the Australian Drinking Water Guidelines in 2004. Annette has continued to work in and publish on the implementation of WSPs and Integrated Water Cycle Management approaches nationally and globally including the development and implementation of WSPs in Bangladesh, the application of HACCP to large water supply basins and the implementation of Drinking Water Management Systems in NSW. Director, Principal and Founder, Risk Edge Pty Ltd, Director and Co-founder, D2K Information Pty Ltd.

Daniel Drew, MSc.
Optimus Solutions, D2K Information Pty Ltd, Global Environment Corporation

Daniel Drew is a chemist, company director and environment management consultant.  He is an acknowledged expert in chemical analysis, testing and monitoring of water, wastewater and environmental discharges.  He has extensive experience in chemical research, process development, manufacturing methods and pollution abatement within the minerals, metals, plastics, food, agriculture, chemicals and other industries.  Daniel is a leading exponent of Cleaner Production technology and presented the post graduate degree course “Cleaner Production Strategies” at RMIT University.  He has worked on industrial technology and environmental projects in a number of countries including NZ, USA, UK, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Singapore, Hong Kong and China and has lectured extensively in Australia and Asian countries on the subjects of cleaner production, waste minimisation, risk management and Environmental Management. He is Technical Director of the Optimos Group, founder and director of D2K Information Pty Ltd and a founder and Director of Global Environment Corporation   

Phillip Krasnostein
Optimos Solutions, D2K Information

Phil graduated in chemical engineering, with honours, in 1970.  He has 26 years' experience in Australian process industries, and an additonal 20 years' experience in technology development and innovation, including 12 years in various aspects of the Australian water industry.  In 2004, as a co-founder of Nubian Water Systems, he acquired the I.P. in a locally invented bio-filtration technology, and subsequently led the development of a range of automated, remotely monitored greywater treatment systems, and achieved a large number of domestic and commercial installations. Regulatory approval was achieved for these systems, throughout Australia, and Phil was invited to participate in the development of a U.S. standard for domestic and commercial greywater recycling systems. In 2011 he formed Optimos Solutions, a company focused on remote real-time monitoring of water quality. In 2017, he co-founded D2K Information, which has already developed QualitEye, the first of a series of purpose specific remote real-time water quality monitoring systems, coupled with D2K’s proprietary data visualisation and analytics technology, known as Information Engine.

Dr Jay Rajapakse
Queensland University of Technology, Science and Engineering Faculty, Civil Engineering and Built Environment; Chartered Institution of Water & Environmental Management (CIWEM)

Dr Jay Rajapakse is a Fellow of CIWEM, and Lecturer at Queensland University of Technology (QUT), with over 25 years’ experience in water treatment in the UK, PNG, Sri Lanka and Australia. Gaining a doctoral degree (water treatment) from University College London (UCL), he worked as a post-doctoral researcher at UCL and at Imperial College (Alton Water Treatment Works) before moving to PNG. He was a Lecturer, Senior Lecturer and Associate Professor at PNG University of Technology (1997-2008).  Subsequently Jay undertook research on new filter media for water treatment, gaining an MPhil from Cambridge University before joining QUT in 2010. Jay won international awards for his contribution to knowledge in filtration: two from UNESCO-Daimler Chrysler for remote community water treatment (Berlin 2005, India 2007), another from the World Bank for Innovations in water and sanitation (Washington DC, 2006).  Jay has led DFAT funded training programmes for water professionals from Sri Lanka and Solomon Islands in 2012 and 2015.  

Dr Ian Stewart
Queensland Alliance for Environmental Health Sciences (QEAHS) , Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences, The University of Queensland

Ian Stewart completed doctoral studies in 2004 on the toxicology and epidemiology of toxic cyanobacteria in water. He has since worked on natural toxins in water and seafood as a research toxicologist, studying ciguatera toxins, toxic metals and eukaryotic marine microalgal toxins, as well as continuing investigations into public health exigencies of freshwater and brackish water cyanotoxins. Ian has an adjunct appointment at the Queensland Alliance for Environmental Health Sciences, through The University of Queensland, and he operates a consultancy, Food and Water Toxicology Consulting.  Peer-reviewed papers, book chapters and research reports.

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