Our Experts

Our spokespeople can speak on a range of health and wellbeing topics including nutrition and diet, physical activity, weight stigma, sedentary behaviour, prevention and health promotion. 

For all media enquiries and interview requests, please contact the Health and Wellbeing Queensland media team.

Email: media@hw.qld.gov.au

Phone: 0439 599 210 (7am to 6pm, AEST, Monday to Friday)

Social media: Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn

Dr Robyn Littlewood
Chief Executive Officer

Dr Robyn Littlewood is the CEO of Health and Wellbeing Queensland, the state’s prevention agency committed to fostering a healthier and more equitable Queensland. 

With over 25 years of experience in clinical care, research and education, Dr Littlewood has made significant contributions to paediatric healthcare. Dr Littlewood is a published author with over 100 publications and has trained hundreds of students over two decades of frontline service. 

Dr Littlewood continues to drive research and data outcomes in the area of health and wellbeing, and leads a dedicated team focused on making healthy happen for all Queenslanders, with a particular focus on improving health outcomes for our next generation. 

Dr Littlewood holds a raft of formal qualifications including a Bachelor of Science and Postgraduate Diploma in Nutrition and Dietetics, a Master of Medical Science, a Masters of Business Administration and a PhD.  

Dr Littlewood has also completed a number of postgraduate qualifications in executive leadership and is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Dr Littlewood holds Adjunct Professor appointments from UQ, QUT and Griffith universities, has been awarded Fellow of Dietitians Australia, the Barbara Chester Award and QUT Health Alumni of the year in recognition of her outstanding contribution to the dietetics profession. 

Areas of expertise: Obesity, weight stigma, nutrition and diet, fruit and vegetable consumption, healthy eating for kids, fitness, physical activity, sedentary behaviour, healthy ageing, and health legacy 2032.  

Mr Mathew Dick

Mathew Dick is the Public Health Nutrition Lead at Health and Wellbeing Queensland. Mathew has over 20 years’ experience working on public policy and program initiatives for obesity prevention and public health nutrition at state, community and local government levels. He has qualifications in nutrition and dietetics with specialisation through a Master of Public Health. Mat is very aware of how our opportunities for good health are determined by the social, economic, political and commercial factors in the places where we live and is passionate about trying to change these environments to support better health outcomes. You will find him thinking, writing and communicating in all possible ways to help realise this better future. 

Areas of expertise: Obesity, weight stigma, nutrition and diet, fruit and vegetable consumption, healthy eating for kids, food and nutrition policy, and dietary guidelines.

Ms Fiona Nave

Fiona Nave is a Senior Public Health Nutritionist at Health and Wellbeing Queensland and an Accredited Practicing Dietitian, specialising in paediatric dietetics. 

With over 20 years’ experience working across a variety of health and community services in both Australia and the UK, Fiona has extensive experience in supporting children and families to eat well, whilst considering their unique family environment and other social impacts, such as the cost-of-living crisis.  

Fiona is currently leading embedding prevention into the First 2,000 Days, to support Queensland children and their families towards better health from the beginning and up to school age. 

Areas of expertise: Obesity, weight stigma, general nutrition and diet, fruit and vegetable consumption, healthy eating for kids, fussy eating in children, snacking (general) and specifically in children, breastfeeding and infant formula, healthy eating in neurodiversity, and prevention in the first 2000 days. 

Ms Renae Earle

Renae Earle is a Senior Public Health Nutritionist at Health and Wellbeing Queensland and Dietitian.   

Renae works closely with community, industry and sectors in Far North Queensland and in other remote part of Queensland to reduce the health inequities caused by food insecurity and other factors. Her work mostly focuses on partnership with remote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. She is working towards better food equity throughout Queensland by addressing barriers to healthy eating (such as the high cost of living) and advocates for community-led solutions.  

Renae has completed a Bachelor of Exercise and Nutrition Science and Masters of Dietetics from The University of Queensland. She is currently undertaking a PhD at the University of Queensland in adolescent nutrition and empowerment.

Areas of expertise: Food security, health equity, rural and remote health, obesity, weight stigma, nutrition and diet, fruit and vegetable consumption, healthy eating for kids and teens, snacking, and healthy relationship with food.

Ms Amy Wakem

Amy Wakem is a Public Health Nutritionist at Health and Wellbeing Queensland with a focus on creating healthier food environments for Queenslanders. 

Amy has extensive experience and is particularly passionate about working to improve the food environments of settings where Australian children and young people live, learn, and play. 

Amy works with sporting clubs and facilities to implement A Better Choice (ABC) Food and Drink Supply Strategy for Queensland Sport and Recreation Facilities, which encourages organisations to offer healthy and affordable food and drink options. Amy is also the project lead for Health and Wellbeing Queensland’s free, play-based wellbeing program for children aged 5-12 years and their families, Podsquad, that builds healthy habits by exploring nutrition, physical activity, and sleep in the magical world of Imago.  

Amy has completed a Masters Degree in both Public Health and Dietetics at the University of Queensland.  

Areas of expertise: Obesity, weight stigma, nutrition and diet, fruit and vegetable consumption, healthy eating for kids, fussy eating, and snacking.  

Ms Judy Nean
Senior Director of Health Promotion 

Judy Nean is a public health expert with over 30 years of experience spanning state, regional, and local government. As the Senior Director of Health Promotion at Health and Wellbeing Queensland, she oversees the Prevention Systems team in championing a comprehensive prevention agenda across the health and education systems.

She led the consultation and development of Making Healthy Happen 2032, the Queensland government’s long-term strategy to support all Queenslanders in maintaining a healthy weight. 

Judy holds a Master of Medical Science (Research) from The University of Queensland, a Graduate Diploma in Nutrition and Dietetics, and a Bachelor of Applied Science from Queensland University of Technology. Her career has consistently focused on strategic planning, policy development, program management, and social marketing campaigns. Her work aims to improve food and physical activity systems, create healthier communities, provide equitable access to effective prevention and supportive healthcare, and promote positive, inclusive and respectful health and weight-related messaging. 

Driven by her passion for preventive health and creating systemic change, Judy is committed to making a lasting impact on public health. Outside of her professional life, she enjoys pickleball, pilates, baking sourdough, and spending time on or near the water. 

Areas of expertise: Obesity, weight stigma, nutrition and diet, fruit and vegetable consumption, and healthy ageing.  

Dr Simone Nalatu
Director of Equity and Communities 

Dr Simone Nalatu is the Director of Equity and Communities at Health and Wellbeing Queensland. Dr Nalatu has over 20 years’ experience working in public health, health promotion and prevention of chronic disease. Her career has spanned across the academic, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community Controlled and government sectors. Dr Nalatu completed her PhD at Giffith University through the NHMRC funded Centre for Clinical Research Excellence based at Queensland Aboriginal Islander Health Council in 2011.  

Dr Nalatu’s team lead the implementation of two of Health and Wellbeing Queensland’s priorities including – 1) Gather + Grow to address food insecurity in remote First Nations communities and 2) Making Healthy Happy, Queensland’s comprehensive and forward-thinking response to the National Obesity Strategy 2022–2032 focusing on creating supportive, sustainable, and healthy environments, empowering individuals to stay healthy, and enabling access to prevention, early intervention, and supportive healthcare. 

Areas of expertise: Fitness, physical activity, sedentary behaviour, food security, and health equity.  

Ms Kristen Clark
Exercise physiologist 

Kristen Clark is a Senior Health Promotion Officer at Health and Wellbeing Queensland with a focus on increasing physical activity participation. She has 20 years’ experience working in promoting health and wellbeing across a range of sectors including private, government and the non-for-profit sector. 

Kristen is passionate about improving the health and wellbeing of all Australians through building a strong and equitable preventative health system, specifically from a physical activity perspective.   

Kristen has a Master of Health Science (Health Promotion major) from the Queensland University of Technology, and a Bachelor of Applied Science in Human Movement Studies (Exercise Science) from the University of Queensland.   

Areas of expertise: Physical activity, active transport, and obesity prevention. 

Dr Kora Uhlmann 
Senior research and development officer

Dr Kora Uhlmann is a Senior Research and Development Officer at Health and Wellbeing Queensland. Her research focus under Gather+Grow is on healthy, sustainable and resilient remote food systems to reduce food insecurity in remote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. 

Dr Uhlmann is passionate about applying her experience in health, environmental and agri-food systems so that all Queenslanders have equitable access to healthy foods. Her research is collaborative and transdisciplinary in nature, empowering lived experience and two-way learning with priority groups, to lead systemic transformation towards health enabling environments and policy.  

Having worked in research and education (secondary and tertiary level), Dr Uhlmann combined her passions and completed a PhD at The University of Queensland on adolescent food environments, nature relatedness, health attitudes and behaviours. She is a published author, research grant recipient and invited speaker on relevant areas of expertise, as well as a member of the Australian Health Promotion Association. 

Areas of expertise: Australian food system, food security, fruit and vegetable consumption, healthy relationship with food, healthy foodscapes, youth empowerment, healthy communities, research and evaluation. 

Last updated 5 June 2024