Whole of Government approaches to obesity prevention – lessons from Canberra and New York

Date & time

12.30–1.30pm 11 March 2015


Bob Douglas Lecture Theatre, Building 62 NCEPH


Dr Paul Kelly, Chief Health Officer, ACT Health


 Matthew Kelly

Dr Paul Kelly is a public health physician, epidemiologist and health service executive. He is currently Chief Health Officer for the Australian Capital Territory and Deputy Director General of Population Health in the ACT Government Health Directorate. He is also Adjunct Professor at the ANU Medical School.

Dr Kelly has 25 years experience and has published over 90 peer reviewed journal articles and book chapters. He has previously worked in research, health systems development, post-graduate teaching and as a health service executive in five countries on four continents. His research and professional interests include infectious diseases, in particular influenza and tuberculosis, and more recently systems approaches to the prevention of non-communicable diseases, in particular obesity and diabetes.


Obesity is a so called “wicked problem” which requires innovative multi-facetted solution. These solutions cannot be solely found in Health Departments. Early results from a comparison study in two very contrasting settings will be presented.

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