Alison is a strong health generalist with a broad range of development practitioner skills in water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) and gender and inclusion, and a strong understanding of health systems and application of public health approaches. She previously led WaterAid Australia’s strategy, policy, research and programming on the intersection of WASH with human health in the Asia and Pacific regions and WaterAid’s global policy and practice on WASH in healthcare facilities and antimicrobial resistance.
Alison has focused on the environmental determinants of health, specifically WASH, and their interlinkages across broader human health and development. Her areas of expertise include antimicrobial resistance, quality of care, nutrition, maternal and newborn health, gender, disability inclusion and Universal Health Coverage. From 2015-2017 she was seconded to the World Health Organization in Geneva to establish and implement the first Global Action Plan on WASH in health care facilities, with a particular focus on policy, advocacy and leadership.
Her work has spanned across research to policy and practice. She is passionate about systems and cross-sectoral approaches to health and how they address the determinants of health.
Alison has a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science, La Trobe University and a Bachelor of Science (Honours) and Master of Public Health, University of Melbourne.
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