Expert Committee on Tobacco (ECT)

Latest update: 13 October 2011

The role of the ECT is to assist and advise on the Agency’s policy and program directions where requested, to support the Agency’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO) in providing advice to health ministers where necessary, and any other advice requested by the CEO on tobacco related issues. The Committee’s advice and recommendations may include more than one option for consideration where the ECT is unable to agree on a single outcome or model for best practice.

Committee Terms of Reference

Specifically, the ECT will:
  • provide advice to the CEO on the development of robust, evidence based, defensible public policy on community based interventions that reinforce the benefits of quitting for those who smoke and to discourage non-smokers from taking it up, particularly in areas of disadvantage and among groups where there is a high prevalence of smoking
  • provide advice on the development, implementation and evaluation of comprehensive and effective social marketing, education and community awareness programs that reinforce the benefits of quitting for those who smoke and to discourage non-smokers from taking it up, and
  • any other function relating to preventive health that the CEO may request advice on tobacco related chronic disease.

The ECT may also, at its discretion, bring to the Agency’s attention any matters which it deems to be necessary, relevant or current.

Composition of the Committee

The chair and members of the ECT will be appointed by the CEO and will consist of 6-8 members with knowledge and/or skills in the following areas:
  • an understanding of broader community level issues relating to chronic disease connected to the use of tobacco
  • technical experts, researchers and/or academics in the area of chronic disease connected to the use of tobacco
  • an understanding of issues relating to chronic disease connected to the use of tobacco in specific population groups including particular attention for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, and
  • a sound understanding of social marketing processes and techniques that influence knowledge, attitudes and behaviours that will support people to make informed choices about their health.

The members appointed to the committee are listed below.
Member
Contributing Expertise
Professor Melanie Wakefield - ChairTobacco control policy and program evaluation
Dr Tom CalmaNational Coordinator for Tackling Indigenous Smoking
Professor Simon ChapmanTobacco based public health and public health research
Ms Trish CotterCommunication and Social Marketing
Professor Mike DaubePublic health promotion and tobacco prevention
Ms Caroline MillerTobacco program evaluation
Ms Kate PurcellChronic disease prevention and health advancement
Ms Denise SullivanChronic disease prevention
Ms Louise Sylvan
CEO ANPHA
Ex officio

Contact

For enquiries relating to the Expert Committee on Tobacco, please contact the Committee Secretariat my emailing anpha@apha.gov.au