Structure and Governance

The NHMRC Centre for Research Excellence in Translating Early Prevention of Obesity in Childhood (CRE EPOCH-Translate) is administered by the Prevention Research Collaboration at the University of Sydney, with research streams based at University of Sydney, Flinders University, Deakin University, and the Sydney Local Health District.  Our governance structure is designed to ensure high quality collaborative research and translation to achieve the CRE vision.

Governance Structure

External Advisory Committee

The CRE EPOCH-Translate Advisory Committee is a policy and practice end-user based advisory mechanism to provide strategic advice and direction to the CRE Executive.  The Advisory Committee provides high level oversight to the CRE vision to improve children’s health and prevent obesity in the early years.  Specifically, it has a critical role in informing the CRE dissemination and translation strategies into policy and practice from a range of perspectives.


Dr Jo Mitchell (Chair)

Director, Policy By Proxy

Prof. Luke Wolfenden

Director, National Centre of Implementation Science; University of Newcastle

Ms Louise Wightman

Chair, Maternal Child and Family Health Nurses Australia (MCaFHNA)

Ms Judy Nean

Senior Director, Health and Wellbeing Queensland

Prof Katina D’Onise

Executive Director, Wellbeing SA

A/Prof Gina Ambrosini

Principal Policy Officer, Department of Health, WA

Ms Veronica Graham

Manager, Health Promotion and Planning, Western Public Health Unit, VIC

Ms Tracey Andrews

Director, Prevention & Wellbeing Policy Section, Australian Government Department of Health and Aged Care

Steering Committee

The Steering Committee comprises all the chief investigators and Stream leaders.  The Steering Committee meets regularly, usually quarterly, to assess the progress of the CRE objectives and provides direction for the CRE work plan, knowledge translation and capacity building strategies.


Executive Committee

The operation of the CRE is overseen by an Executive Committee comprising the Director, Deputy Director, the Knowledge Translation Coordinator, and the Administrative Officer. The Executive Committee oversees stream work plans, staff management, and budget and funding arrangements.


Prof Louise Baur

CRE Director and Chief Investigator, University of Sydney

Prof Rebecca Golley

CRE Deputy Director and Chief Investigator, Flinders University

Dr Konsita Kuswara

Knowledge Translation Coordinator, University of Sydney, and Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Deakin University

Mrs Catherine Kiernan

Administrative Officer, EPOCH Translate & Prevention Research Collaboration, University of Sydney

Stream Working Groups

The lead investigators of each stream form the Stream Working Group which includes chief and associate investigators, affiliates and research staff and students.


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