Debate speakers

Dr  Lauren Ball
GCertHigherEd, PhD, MNutrDiet, BAppSc, APD, AN

Senior Research Fellow, Menzies Health Institute Queensland, Griffith University

Dr Max Kamien

Emeritus Professor

Senior Honorary Research Fellow, Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, General Practice

University of Western Australia


Dr Ball’s vision is that all Australians are supported by a health care system that allows them to reach their full potential in life. This will be achieved by making nutrition a prominent part of the ongoing care they receive in general practice – the first point of contact with the health care system. She works with community members, health professionals, education providers and professional bodies to conduct research on how patients can be better supported in general practice to eat well. She implements interventions and programs to equip general practitioners, nurses, dietitians, nutritionists, pharmacists and other health professionals  in nutrition and help them develop the skills to best meet patients’ needs. Dr Ball also works with Primary Health Networks to better understand how primary care services can be reoriented to put nutrition and other lifestyle behaviours at the forefront of the health care system. Dr Ball has published over 100 peer-reviewed scientific articles and attracted over $1 million in research funding from government bodies, non-government organisations and philanthropic foundations. She is an NHMRC and Senior Research Fellow at Griffith University. She is an Executive Committee Member of the AAAPC and Associate Editor for the Australian Journal of Primary Health.

Max Kamien was once a third world doctor, then a psychiatrist, a physician, a rural GP and 16 years after graduation, the Foundation Professor of General Practice at The University of Western Australia from 1977 to 2003, the first Chair in Australia to be called General Practice. His main areas of interest have been in Aboriginal and rural health issues, general practice, medical education, sports medicine and medical history. He has been the first author of 150 publications on these topics. His most influential publications have been:

1. A book, ‘The Dark People of Bourke' exploring the concept of a doctor acting as an agent of social change. This research in now in its 50th year and it documents the successes and the difficulties that beset a community that nearly ‘Closed the Gap’ but widend it again.

2. The 1987, Western Australian Ministerial Inquiry Report into the recruitment and retention of country doctors. This was an early catalyst for much of the current national activity in this area.

3. Measuring the Social responsibility of medical schools. and other health professional disciplines. This has corrected the myopia of city based institutions charged with responsibility of providing health professionals for the whole of Australia.


Dr Lauralie Richard

Research Fellow, Dunedin School of Medicine, University of Otago
  Dr Lauralie Richard is a Research Fellow of the Elaine Gurr Chair of General Practice at the Department of General Practice and Rural Health, Dunedin School of Medicine, University of Otago (New Zealand). She holds a PhD in Nursing from Université de Montréal (Canada) and has completed a two-year postdoctoral fellowship in primary health care research at the University of Melbourne (Australia). Lauralie is developing a strong grant and publication track record in health service delivery and implementation research. She is leading a programme of work around her key research interests, including access to primary health care and service integration, models of care for people with high and complex needs, refugee and migrant health. Lauralie maintains strong collaborations within international research networks. She holds ongoing honorary appointments at the University of Melbourne (Research Fellow) and at Université de Montréal (Associate Professor of Nursing). She is an active member of the AAAPC Executive Committee.

Mr Timothy Kariotis
BSocSc(Psych), BNutrSc, MPH

PhD Candidate, Melbourne School of Engineering, University of Melbourne

Timothy is a Master of Public Health graduate from The University of Tasmania, and a current PhD candidate at The University of Melbourne, with a passion for mental health, health informatics, privacy, and user experience design. Being a carer has shaped Timothy's interests in access to mental health care, mental health information use, and people's experience of mental health care.

Timothy’s current research explores information continuity between mental health care, primary health care, and social care services, for people with a lived experience of a severe mental illness. Tim’s PhD aims to develop the knowledge base on how to design electronic health records for mental health contexts. Specifically, it aims to understand how we can design EHRs to meet people’s privacy needs. Outside of research Timothy coordinates the Australasia activities and contributes to policy and strategic planning for the international public health not-for-profit NCDFREE. He also works as a consultant on projects ranging from health promotion campaigns to eLearning for clinicians. 

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