CAPHIA is the peak body that represents public health in universities that offer undergraduate and postgraduate programs and research and community service activity in public health throughout Australasia. Our 39 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

CAPHIA is guided by a Constitution and a robust governance structure to represent the collective views of our members.

Development and execution of CAPHIA's strategy is led by the Executive Committee. The Committee membership is guided by the Constitution which emphasises representation and diversity of our Australasian makeup.

In addition to the Executive Committee a number of governing and operational groups exist to progress the 2021-2024 Strategic Plan:

  1. The Early Career and Postgraduate Subcommittee ("ECAPS")
  2. Education Standards and Quality Working Group
  3. Academic Development Working Group
  4. Advocacy in Action Working Group.
  5. Teaching and Learning Forum Steering Group and Scientific Committee.

Activities and impact of these groups can be found in the regular member newsletter as well as in the 2020-2021 Year in Review.

The CAPHIA Constitution was accepted at the Special General Meeting on May 10th 2022.

Both full membership and affiliated membership is available. Full Membership is open to Universities in the Australasian region which offer degree programs and research in public health.

Affiliated Membership is open to associations and organisations which support the aims and objectives of the Council and are involved in public health training, but do not qualify for full membership. 

CAPHIA Executive Committee & Staff

In accordance with the CAPHIA Constitution and Rules, as amended at the Annual General Meeting on 22 January 2020, states the CAPHIA Executive Committee was recently refreshed after requesting nominations from Heads of Schools of CAPHIA Member Institutions.

Executive Member

Prof Janaki Amin
Head, Department of Health Systems and Populations
Macquarie University

Executive Member

Mr Terry Slevin
CEO, Public Health Association Australia

Executive Member

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

Ass prof Katherine Baldock

Executive Member

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

Ms Litia Makutu

Executive Member

Ms Litia Makutu
Lecturer at Fiji School of Medicine
Fiji National University

Etu Buka

Executive Member

Etu Baku
Lecturer, School of Medical and Health Sciences
University of Papua New Guinea


The Executive Committee meets approximately once every six weeks.

Strategic Plan

Following extensive consultation with Heads of Schools, the Executive Committee ratified the four year strategic plan for the organisation.

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

The Year in Review reports progress against our 2021-2024 Strategic Plan and other relevant information for CAPHIA members.

CAPHIA Newsletter

Keep up to date with what is happening at CAPHIA and our member institutions with the CAPHIA Newsletter.

Welcome to 2022 at CAPHIA, February Newsletter contents:

  1. 2021 Achievements
  2. 2022 at CAPHIA
  3. Welcome to a new Executive Director

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2021 Newsletters