Professor Hal Swerissen is Emeritus Professor of Public Health at La Trobe University and a non executive director of the Bendigo Kangan Institute and the Murray PHN. He has an extensive and distinguished record of achievement in health policy research and analysis. He has held senior executive positions as Pro Vice Chancellor (Regional) and Executive Dean of Health Sciences at La Trobe University. He has been a fellow at the Grattan Institute and he has been a senior advisor to Commonwealth and State governments and has conducted a range of policy and research studies and inquiries. He has published more than 100 academic papers and research reports. He consults with industry and government on health, human services and education.