By Us, For Us:
Targeted programs, events and services for public health early career academics & higher degree research students

The CAPHIA Early Career Committee comprise members from across Australasia and works to develop and deliver programs, events and services to support early-career academics (ECA) postgraduate and higher degree research (HDR) students in public health and early career public health professionals. 


2023-2024 Early Career Academic Committee members are:

  • Dr Nathan Dawes, James Cook University (Chair)
  • Dr Vivian Romero, Central Queensland University (Deputy Chair)
  • Dr Helen Scudamore, University of Melbourne (Secretary)
  • Dr Sheik Alif, Federation University
  • Dr Holly Wild, Monash University
  • Dr Sam Cassar, University of Melbourne
  • Dr Elise Rivera, Central Queensland University
  • Dr Mikaela Wheeler, University of Queensland



  • To inform their Program of work, the refreshed ECA Committee ran a needs assessment
  • The Committee are also trailing a monthly virtual catch up as a drop in networking event for early career professionals in public health. Subscribe here
  • In 2024, the Committee will commence a Blog to share career pathways of both early career and experience public health professionals


ECAPS ran a 4-part Professional Development Series and a COVID Reflections on Public Health Education Seminar.