We are excited to announce that registrations are now open for enliven’s ‘Excellence in Health Promotion and Prevention Conference 2019’. The first event of it’s kind in our region, we have brought together a dynamic and engaging line-up of professionals, academics and change makers to guide you through a full day of presentations, case studies, masterclasses and panel discussions.

We invite anyone with an interest, passion, career or future-career in public health, health promotion and community health to come along. Professionals, volunteers and students will all benefit from the opportunities to enhance and inspire your knowledge, skills and practice in prevention and health promotion. The unique event also provides a rare opportunity to network, connect and learn from other local practitioners and professionals from across Victoria.

This event is proudly supported by the Australian Health Promotion Association (AHPA) Victoria/Tasmania Branch Committee.


When:       Thursday 25th July 2019, 8:15am to 5:00pm
Where:      Federation University, Building 903, 100 Clyde Road, Berwick, 3806
Cost:         Early Bird (enliven members / students) – $100 + GST      (non members) – $140 + GST  

                  Full registration (enliven members / students) – $135 + GST      (non members)  – $175 + GST


Key dates:

16 May 2019                      Registrations open

12 June 2019                     Early Bird registration closes

11 July 2019                      Full fee registration closes (unless sold out prior)


Master of Ceremonies, Rod Quantock OAM will guide us through this exciting program.  Rod is known first and foremost as a very funny man but his reach extends beyond comedy into political and social activism. A passionate environmental activist and advocate for social justice, Rod has received numerous awards over his 47 year career, but he’s perhaps most proud of his 2015 Order of Australia and his Honorary Associate Fellowship at the Institute of Sustainability at Melbourne University for his contribution to the environmental debate in this country.

Master Classes and keynote presenters include:

Gilbert Rochecouste – Founder and Managing Director, Village Well. Gilbert is recognised locally and Internationally as a leading voice in creating great places for people, and is a sought after speaker and facilitator for community engagement activities. He has successfully worked with over 1000 cities, towns, main streets, universities, property developers, government organisations and communities over the past 25 years; crafting a powerful integrated approach to creating vibrant, resilient and loved places. He is unique in how he blends commerce, culture, community and ecology to create magnetic destinations that are socially, culturally and commercially successful. Gilbert is a skilled facilitator and agent provocateur of positive change and inspiration. His bold ideas and projects have helped make Melbourne the most liveable city, and he is recognised as a leading global voice in Placemaking and City making. Gilbert co-founded the EPOCH Foundation promoting the adoption of business ethics. He has been on the boards of Ross House, Donkey Wheel House Trust and Hub Australia. Gilbert leads a multi-disciplinary team of Placemakers, researchers and designers – as the Founder and Managing Director of Australia’s Premier Placemakers: Village Well.

Dr Helen Keleher – Managing Director of Keleher Consulting, and Professor (Adjunct) in Health Science with Monash University. Helen has 25 years’ experience as a consultant for health and human services, working with all levels of government, community health and women’s health services, hospitals and non- government organisations including Primary Health Networks.  Helen has significant expertise in women’s health, population health training, data and strategy, as well as primary health and health promotion planning and evaluation. She has decades of research experience and is widely published. Helen is very familiar with the communities of South-East Metropolitan Melbourne. She is a resident of the Mornington Peninsula and was Chair of Women’s Health in the South-East until October 2016 following four years as a Board Member. Helen was Director of Population Health with the Frankston-Mornington Peninsula Medicare Local and Board member of South-East Melbourne Medicare Local until 2015. She is past President and Life Member of the Public Health Association of Australia and was Convenor for the 2017 World Congress on Public Health held in Melbourne.

Dr Shelley Bowen – Managing Director, Health Futures Australia. Shelley is a preventive and population health entrepreneur working to create a new platform and social market for health and wellbeing outcomes in Australia. She is a co-founder of Health Futures Australia, based in Victoria, a new not for profit company established to drive a health revolution for all through the building of action platforms, agile leadership, and changemaker teams to actively disrupt the existing system and power structures, and tip toward a new wellbeing economy whereby our prosperity as a nation is measured by our health and wellbeing. Shelley has been recognised by Westpac and the Financial Review as one of Australia’s most influential women, was the Senior Public Health Advisor for Victorian government, overseeing the trailblazing Healthy Together Victoria, and is currently a Westpac Social Change Fellow. She is passionate about tackling social inequalities in health in particular, and is inspired by social innovation methodology, presencing, and has a deep appreciation of complexity, and system learning and re-design.

Professor John Toumbourou – Chair in Health Psychology and a prominent researcher and health advocate. He has been influential internationally and nationally in assisting the development of research and practise in the fields of prevention science and health psychology. He has received international awards for his contributions in these areas and has been influential in reshaping Australian health policies to more effectively address adolescent alcohol misuse and related problems.

Dr Darshini Ayton – Monash Partners Fellow at Monash Partners Academic Health Science Centre. Dr Ayton currently holds a Monash Partners Health Services Research Fellowship to implement a consumer and community involvement framework within Monash Partners. Monash Partners is Australia’s largest accredited Academic Health Sciences Centre and includes ten independent providers of health services, health research and health education in South East Melbourne. She is also the senior research fellow at the School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine. Dr Ayton has expertise in quantitative and qualitative research, longitudinal cohort datasets and disease surveillance and registry projects. She has led the design and analysis of innovative qualitative projects. Dr Ayton adopts an applied approach to qualitative research and actively advocates for qualitative methods to be embedded within clinical registries, cohort studies, randomised controlled trials and program evaluations.  In addition to these research roles, Dr Ayton is the honours coordinator for the Bachelor of Health Science Honours degree and chief examiner for units in the Bachelor of Health Science and Master of Public Health. She teaches short courses on qualitative methods, survey design and optimising exercise for older adults.

Andrew Jones-Roberts – Australian Health Promotion Association Board Director Andrew has worked within the community, not for profit and acute health sectors for over 25 years. He is employed by Melbourne City Mission as the Manager – Portfolio Management Office. His role includes providing project management for new business start-ups, change management and service development projects. Andrew was President of the AHPA Victorian Branch between 2008 – 2013 and has been a Director on the AHPA National Board since 2009.

The conference will also include inspiring presentations from organisations in the south east of Melbourne showcasing a number of initiatives and discussing the issues and barriers encountered and how these were managed.

Register now to guarantee your seat and save with our Early Bird rate