Jane Martin, Executive Manager of the Obesity Policy Coalition (OPC) and Alcohol and Obesity Policy at Cancer Council Victoria


Jane will discuss some of the key policy initiatives that she has been advocating for adoption by Australian state and federal governments. She will outline some of the key foundations for successful advocacy and how the OPC has used these to enhance its work. She will reflect on the importance of research and partnerships to support advocacy for reforms, including timeliness and relevance.


Jane Martin, BA (Hons), MPH, is Executive Manager of the Obesity Policy Coalition (OPC) and of Alcohol and Obesity Policy at Cancer Council Victoria. She is an Honorary Fellow at Melbourne University and a Senior Fellow at Deakin University.

The OPC is a partnership between Cancer Council Victoria, Diabetes Victoria, the Victorian Health Promotion Foundation and the WHO Collaborating Centre for Obesity Prevention at Deakin University. In her role at OPC, Jane advocates for policy and regulatory reform to prevent overweight and obesity, with a focus on food marketing, labelling, and tax and pricing measures.

For over twenty-five years, Jane has worked extensively in public health advocacy, first in tobacco control then in obesity prevention. Her interests lie in advocacy, policy oriented research and knowledge dissemination to support for policy reform.

She has published a number of book chapters, papers on tobacco control and obesity prevention policy, articles in The Conversation and is active in the media and with other related advocacy. She is a member of the National Advisory Group for the Parents Voice, Vice President of the Australia New Zealand Obesity Society and on the Board of Family Planning Victoria.

Jane was awarded a Jack Brockhoff Foundation Churchill Fellowship to study advocacy strategies and travelled to the UK and USA in 2013. She is an alumnus of the Williamson Community Leadership Program.


Friday, 13 May 2016


1:00pm – 2.00pm  


Room 113, Public Health Building, Herston

Slimming Australia down: news from the advocacy battle front

Fri 13 May 2016 1:00pm


Room 113, Public Health Building, Herston