DEA Management Committee

Michael Kidd

David Shearman, SA

Hakan Yaman, WA 

Grant Blashki, VIC

Eugenie Kayak, VIC

David King, QLD

Zoe Ling, TAS

Gilles Rohan, ACT

Peter Tait, NT

Ben Ticehurst, NSW

Jane Maxwell, Co-oped Student Representative, VIC

Profiles of DEA Committee Members

Grant Blashki MD MBBS FRACGP is a practising GP and Senior Research Fellow at Monash University, University of Melbourne and Kings College London working in primary mental health care research, teaching and policy. He was one of the founding members of DEA and is very passionate about the practical simple changes that doctors can implement to improve the current environmental situation. He also believes that the medical profession has a key leadership role in changing the community attitudes towards environmental issues.

Eugenie Kayak is a Melbourne based anaesthetist. She feels the health sector should be leading industry groups when it comes to decreasing ecological footprints, the subsequent limiting of contributions to environmental degradation and the prevention of associated adverse health effects. She has a young family and believes health professionals have both a role and a responsibility to ensure healthy, stable environments exist for future generations.

Michael Kidd AM is Executive Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences at Flinders University and an Honorary Professor with the School of Medicine at The University of Sydney. He was President of The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners from 2002-2006 and during this time developed an enduring partnership between the RACGP and Doctors for the Environment Australia. He is an elected member of the executive committee of The World Organization of Family Doctors and is their liaison person with the World Health Organization. He works as a general practitioner in Adelaide and Alice Springs.

David King is an academic general practitioner with the University of Queensland. A keen cyclist and bushwalker, he has converted many of his academic colleagues to cycle commuting. His house has gradually been modified with energy saving features and photovoltaic cells. He has coordinated a bush regeneration project since 1993, and enjoys using the chainsaw (on introduced weed species!). He briefly experienced the Terania Creek forestry blockade, northern NSW, in the early 1980's.

Zoe Ling is an RMO in Tasmania who has a keen interest in the environment, public health and paediatrics. She is currently studying a Masters of Public Health & Tropical Medicine through James Cook University and believes more importance must be placed on the intimate relationship between the natural environment and our health.

Gilles Rohan has worked as a general practitioner in Australia and overseas, and currently works mainly in occupational health. He has a graduate diploma in resource and environmental management.

David Shearman is Emeritus Professor of Medicine, University of Adelaide, and Visiting Research Fellow in the Department of Geography and Environmental Sciences and in the Law School. He was involved in the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Third Assessment Report and will be an Expert Assessor for the Fourth Assessment Report. At present his research is on the legal aspects of Climate change. He has a lifelong involvement is environmental issues and is a former President of the Conservation Council of South Australia.

Peter Tait MBBS DipRACOG FRACGP MPHAA is a general practitioner who has worked in Alice Springs since 1981. He is involved in clinical work, public health and teaching, holding an Adjunct Lecturer position with Flinders University. He has had a long involvement in the environment and peace movement. He was awarded the RACGP General Practitioner of the Year in 2007. Currently he is completing a Masters of Climate Change at the Australian National University.

Benjamin Ticehurst is a GP from Sydney and senior lecturer in the School of Medicine, University of Notre Dame Australia. He expects to complete a Master of Public Health (JCU) in 2010 within which he has studied the links between human health and ecological threats. In 2007-8, Ben and his wife spent two years working as doctors on a remote island (Badu) in the Torres Strait. Through this experience, he developed a love for the people and the natural environment of the fragile maritime landscape of the Strait. Particular interests include biodiversity & health, questioning conventional growth-based economics, harnessing medical student passion for the environment, and supporting revitalisation of endangered indigenous languages.

Hakan Yaman is an emergency physician and general practitioner with a masters degree in Public Health. His interests include sustainable development, the relationship between social inequalities and health outcomes and the impacts of trade agreements on the availability of generic medications in resource poor countries. He is also an avid bike rider and public transport user and would like to see priority given to these forms of commuting in State plans.

Jane Maxwell is a final year medical student from The University of Melbourne, with many years involvement in social and environmental projects and committees. As head of Ormond College conservation committee, she worked to engage the college on environmental issues, to adopt green power and to implement an environmental audit. In 2008 Jane completed Monash Sustainability Institute’s GreenSteps course in sustainable development and organizational change; subsequently working for NT Airports Co. and Oxfam Community Aid Abroad in policy development and environmental impacts assessment. She studied with the Nossal Institute in 2006 conducting research into pesticide use in a rural South India, and its socio-political, health and environmental context. Jane is particularly passionate about social justice in the impacts and adaptation to climate change; and sustainable development and capacity building in resource poor settings.


Mariann Lloyd-Smith is the Coordinator of the National Toxics Network Inc (NTN), a public interest non government organisation which is the Australian focal point for the International POPs Elimination Network (IPEN). Marian has a PhD from the Faculty of Law at the University of Technology (UTS), Sydney. She has worked in the area of chemical and waste management for over two decades, including co-authoring Australia's national management plans for persistent organic pollutants (POPs), developing information systems to support environmentally sound chemical management and representing the community sector in a range of technical advisory groups and regional/international chemical negotiations.