Globally renowned public health expert and advocate Dr Sandro Demaio will be a guest speaker at the Gippsland Primary Health Network’s annual general meeting and 2023 Gippsland Primary Health Awards on Wednesday, November 15.

VicHealth Chief Executive Dr Demaio originally trained and worked as a medical doctor at The Alfred Hospital in Melbourne before taking his role at VicHealth.

He was chief executive of the EAT Foundation in Norway and a medical officer for the United Nations World Health Organisation in Switzerland.

Renowned public health expert Dr Sandro Demaio will speak at the Gippsland Primary Health Network’s annual meeting. Photo: Contributed

Gippsland PHN Acting Chief Executive Angela Jacob said Dr Demaio had a passion for public health, including issues around nutrition and obesity.

“He has had an extraordinary career that has taken him all over the world, and we are thrilled to have him as our special guest,” Ms Jacob said.

At VicHealth, Dr Demaio oversees more than 70 staff and a multi-million-dollar budget for direct health promotion, sports and community grants and health research.

He also holds a master’s degree in public health, a PhD in non-communicable diseases and has held fellowships at Harvard Medical School, Copenhagen School of Global Health, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and the University of Melbourne.

To date, he has published more than 40 scientific papers, including coordinating the 2019 Lancet series on nutrition. He is also the author of The Doctor’s Diet and is a regular television presenter.

The event will be held in the Traralgon Little Theatre at 6pm with a special performance by a group of young Indigenous dancers from Ramahyuck in Sale.

Register here.