City Health International 2019 Speakers
Julie Bates (Australia)Julie is the principal of Urban Realists, a town planning, health and safety consultancy providing advice and support to non government organisations representing sex workers and people who use drugs illicitly. She provides specialist advice to the NSW sex industry and other stakeholders on various aspects of legislation and local government regulation, health promotion, harm reduction and research needs. Over the years she has also participated in a number of social research and evaluation projects including investigating community development needs for sex workers, evaluation of health promotion resource materials for organisations representing sex workers and people who use drugs illicitly.
Geoff Gallop (Australia)Emeritus Professor Geoff Gallop AC was a Member of the Western Australian Parliament for 20 years including 10 years as party leader and 5 years as State Premier. From 2006 until 2015 Geoff was the Director of Sydney University’s Graduate School of Government. He is currently a patron of City Health International, and an advocate for Harm Reduction Australia.
Fiona Patten (Australia)Fiona Patten is the founder and leader of REASON, and a Member of the Victorian Legislative Council for the Northern Metropolitan region. She came to politics after 20 years of lobbying for the rights of organisations involved in the sexual rights movement – including small businesses, sex workers, HIV/AIDS organisations, adult media and online anti-censorship groups.
David Sweanor (Canada)David Sweanor is an adjunct professor, Faculty of Law, and chair of the advisory board of the Centre for Health Law, Policy & Ethics at the University of Ottawa and has been actively involved in tobacco and health policy issues since the beginning of the 1980s. He has worked globally, and with numerous groups, including the International Union Against Cancer, World Health Organization, World Bank and the Pan American Health Organization and played a key role in achieving many global precedents in tobacco policy. He currently focuses much of his tobacco and nicotine related efforts on risk reduction strategies.
Alex Wodak (Australia)Dr Alex Wodak AM is a retired physician who is now President of the Australian Drug Law Reform Foundation. he works full time on drug law reform as a volunteer. Together with colleagues, he started the first needle syringe programme (1986) and the first medically supervised injecting centre (1999) in Australia when both were pre-legal. Dr Wodak was President of the International Harm Reduction Association (1996-2004). He has been interested in tobacco harm reduction since 1992 but only active in THR in recent years. Dr Wodak helped to start the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre (1987).