ABOUT US

Who are we?

Parents’ Voice is an online network of parents who are interested in improving the food and activity environments of Australian children. Formally known as The Parents’ Jury, Parents’ Voice was formed in 2004 and now represents thousands of Australian parents.

Parents’ Voice is supported by Diabetes Victoria, VicHealth and YMCA Victoria.

Stay in touch with the work of Parents’ Voice by Joining Us and over on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

Digital media guru Alice is passionate about supporting parents to make positive change. Formerly Deputy Mayor at Moreland City Council, Alice is a seasoned champion of community rights and has previously worked in digital communications. Mum to Charlie (8) and Annabel (4), Alice gets that parents are always learning and loves exchanging tips and advice with Parents' Voice online community.

Alice Pryor

Campaigns Manager

Got a parenting story, blog idea or tips for others trying to make healthy changes to the lives of Australian kids? Contact Rebecca at Parents’ Voice to share your tips and advice. Rebecca was previously the Nurse Coordinator of the Weight Management Service at the Royal Children's Hospital. She holds degrees in Primary Education, Health Promotion and is driven by a passion to promote kids health.

Rebecca Hall

Communications and Projects Officer

Parents’ Voice Steering Committee

Our work is guided by a Steering Committee, with representation from our partners and parent members. The Steering Committee is responsible for strategic & policy direction, with the day to day operation managed by a small team.

Ariana is YMCA Victoria’s Advocacy Manager, responsible for leading organisational policy, advocacy and research aimed at improving health and well-being. Ari is an Honorary Fellow of Deakin Uni for her work creating healthy food environments in YMCA's across Victoria, and advocating to governments at all levels. She lives with her husband in Melbourne and is the proud mum of an active and tenacious four-year-old.

Ari Kurzeme

Chair - Parents' Voice | Advocacy Manager - YMCA Victoria

Professor Colin Bell is Head of the School of Health and Social Development at Deakin University and a Co-Director of the Global Obesity Centre. He is a long-time advocate for environmental change that make it easier for children to eat wholesome foods and be active. He holds degrees in nutrition and public health.

Professor Colin Bell

Head of the School of Health and Social Development, Deakin University | Co-Director, Global Obesity Centre

Mother of three , Kylie has 18 years of experience in health research around understanding what influences children’s weight status, physical activity and sedentary behaviour. By working with families around practical strategies that can be incorporated into busy routines, she seeks to help parents provide their children with a healthy start to life.

Kylie Hesketh

Australian Research Council Future Fellow, Deakin University’s Centre for Physical Activity and Nutrition Research (C-PAN)

Craig is a health economist by training and a Fellow of the Australasian College of Health Service Management. He has held senior management positions in both the private and public health care sectors in Australia and overseas. He has also worked for an international consulting firm and as an academic economist. His research interests include cost-effectiveness studies and the evidence-base for clinical practice.

Adjunct Professor Craig Bennett

Chief Executive Officer, Diabetes Victoria

Craig Sinclair is the Director of the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Collaborative Centre for UV Radiation and Head of Cancer Prevention at the Cancer Council Victoria, Australia. At the Cancer Council Victoria, Craig is responsible for the development and delivery of cancer prevention and screening programs. He also chair’s the Public Health committee for Cancer Council Australia.

Craig Sinclair

Director - Cancer Prevention Centre, Cancer Council Victoria

Wendy has qualifications in Chemistry and Nutrition and enjoys volunteering to utilise her advocacy skills. Her work uses research and advocacy to improve the food environment, including protecting children from food marketing and better food labelling. She is currently the Nutrition Program Manager at Cancer Council NSW.

Wendy Watson

Nutrition Program Manager - Cancer Prevention and Advocacy Division, Cancer Council NSW

Rebecca is a busy mum of three who is determined to leave her children a world that is a little bit better than the one we live in today. She has worked in health promotion for 20 years, has a Masters of Public Health, and runs her own consultancy business from home while juggling family life.

Rebecca Zosel

Parent Member

Jenna is an active mother of two young boys and she understands the importance of creating a healthy lifestyle for her family. She is excited to promote children’s health and increase support for families to make the healthiest choice. She holds degrees in education and human movement and is passionate about teaching health to high school students.

Jenna Smith

Parent Member

A long term advocate for effective policy approaches for prevention of risk factors in alcohol and obesity prevention, Jane currently leads the Obesity Policy Coalition which provides high level policy and regulatory advice around food policy issues. She holds a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) at University of Western Australia and a Masters in Public Health at Monash University. She has a teenage son and a daughter in her early twenties.

Jane Martin

Executive Manager, Obesity Policy Coalition

Kirstan is the Executive Manager of the Programs Group at VicHealth. She has over 16 years of experience in health promotion, most recently as Alfred Health’s Lead for Population Health and Health Promotion. Kirstan is passionate about promoting health in sport, education, healthcare and community settings. Kirstan has a background in physiotherapy and Masters Degrees in health promotion and organisational leadership.

Kirstan Corben

Executive Manager, Programs Group | VicHealth

Nicole is a passionate health advocate, spokesperson, business owner, Exercise Physiologist and mother of two small boys. She joined Parents' Voice in an effort to be a part of the solution that could directly impact on the likelihood of children developing lifestyle-based chronic diseases later in life. She works closely with a number of non-profit organisations such as Diabetes Victoria and the Girls Uniform Agenda in an effort to increase levels of physical activity.

Nicole French

Parent Member

Bianca Caputi holds qualifications in Health Science and Public Health and is passionate about helping to drive social change for positive community outcomes.
Her current role as Prevention and Health Promotion Manager at Diabetes Victoria allows her to oversee delivery of one of the largest high risk diabetes and cardiovascular disease prevention programs in Australia.

Bianca Caputi

Prevention and Health Promotion Manager, Diabetes Victoria

Kristy brings a background in health promotion and public health, both at a community level and policy level. Most recently Kristy founded Zockmelon (www.zockmelon.com.au), a health promotion and social media consulting business to help public health organisations use social media effectively. Kristy is a proud mum of two funny and clever boys aged eight and five years.

Kristy Schirmer

Parent Member

Growing up with food allergies, Rachel has long been interested in food and nutrition. A Masters in Nutrition led to her current role as a food/nutrition journalist for CHOICE. As a mother of three young children she feels it's more complex than ever navigating the labels, claims and marketing for food, and believes Parents' Voice plays a vital role in informing and empowering parents to make healthier choices.

Rachel Clemons

Parent Member

VicHealth works in partnership to promote good health for all Victorians and recognises that the places we live, work and play influence what we eat. It works to create environments where healthy eating is an easy and desirable choice.

Jenny Reimers

VicHealth

Cat is a busy working mum of two boys. She has worked as a nutritionist advocating for healthy choices in mining, education and hospitals, as well delivering various health and wellness programs helping people to make positive behaviour changes. She is just as passionate about fighting for healthy choices for children and families. She has a degree in Human Movement and holds a post grad in Human Nutrition.

Cat Walker

Parent Member

As YMCA Victoria’s Advocacy Manager, Alethea leads organisational policy, research and advocacy aimed at improving community health and wellbeing. As mum of two primary-school aged girls, Alethea is especially interested in creating environments that support parents to help their children lead healthy, active lives. Alethea holds degrees in Social and Health Sciences and is completing a Masters in Health Promotion.

Alethea Jerebine

Advocacy Manager | YMCA Victoria

Jane has over 20 years working in public health and population nutrition in Australia and the UK. As a trained dietitian, Jane is passionate about creating healthier food cultures and environments to encourage better nutrition. Jane has a particular interest in working with communities to co-design efforts that promote good nutrition, particularly those communities most likely to experience with-related poor health.

Jane Potter

Principal Program Officer - Healthy Eating | VicHealth