CAPHIA is the peak body that represents public health in universities that offer undergraduate and postgraduate programs and research and workforce development in public health throughout Australasia. Our 38 members across Australia, New Zealand, Fiji and Papua New Guinea includes universities and affiliate organisations that closely align with CAPHIA’s vision, mission and objectives.


The Council will advance public health education and research and to lead and represent public health in universities throughout the Australasian region.


To improve the public's health by advancing public health education, research and workforce development.


  • Supporting capacity building and skills development;.
  • Advancing excellence in academic standards in the education and development of public health practitioners and researchers; and
  • Advocating for public health teaching, learning and research.

CAPHIA Governance

On 10 May 2022, the CAPHIA Constitution was accepted at the Special General Meeting. Combined with a robust governance structure, CAPHIA is guided by the Constitution to represent the collective views of our members.

Development and execution of CAPHIA’s strategy is led by the Board of Directors. Board membership is guided by the Constitution, which emphasises representation and diversity of our Australasian makeup.

In addition to the Board of Directors, a number of operational groups and subgroups exist to progress the 2021-2024 Strategic Plan, including:

  1. Academic Development Working Group
  2. Advocacy in Action Consultation Group
    • Centre for Disease Control Review Subgroup
    • Public Health Workforce Subgroup
  3. Early Career and Postgraduate Subcommittee (ECAPS)
  4. Education Quality and Standards Working Group
    • Competencies Renewal Subgroup
    • Consultation Subgroup
    • Teaching and Learning Resources Subgroup
  5. Mentoring Reference Group
  6. Teaching and Learning Forum Steering Committee

Activities and impact of these groups can be found in the regular member newsletter. For a detailed overview of achievements and progression of the strategic plan, refer to the 2021-2022 Annual Report.

Board of Directors

In accordance with the CAPHIA Constitution and Rules the CAPHIA Board of Directors was recently refreshed after requesting nominations from Heads of Schools of CAPHIA member institutions in November, 2023.

CAPHIA Director and Chair

Professor Rebecca Ivers
Head, School of Population Health
University of New South Wales

Director and Aboriginal Health Director

Associate Professor Courtney Ryder
Discipline Lead for Injury Studies in the College of Medicine and Public Health
Flinders University

Director and Chair, Audit and Risk Committee

Professor Nancy Baxter
Head, Melbourne School of Population and Global Health
University of Melbourne

Deputy Chair

Dr Julie Saunders
Deputy Head of School (Education), School of Population and Global Health
University of Western Australia

Ass prof Katherine Baldock

Board Member

Associate Professor Katherine Baldock
Associate Director, Teaching and Innovation Unit
University of South Australia

Board Member

Professor Aziz Rahman
Research Advisor and Discipline Leader of Public Health
Federation University Australia

Board Member

Dr Daniel Demant
Senior Lecturer, School of Public Health
University of Technology Sydney


The Board of Directors meets approximately once every six weeks.



Executive Director

Holly Donaldson

Casey Yates

Advocacy and Membership Coordinator

Casey Yates 

Strategic Plan

Following extensive consultation with Heads of Schools, the Board of Directors ratified the four year strategic plan for the organisation. The 2021-2024 Strategic Plan was brand-refreshed and updated to reflect the new CAPHIA Constitution adopted in May 2022. 

View a PDF of the 2021-2024 Strategic Plan

CAPHIA is also pleased to provide significant benefits for our members as illustrated by our Year in Review documents, released each year after the Annual General Meeting.

Our Annual Reports details progress against our 2021-2024 Strategic Plan and other relevant information for CAPHIA members.