Philippe Boucher: Hello Denise. Nice to have you back for a rendez-vous since our previous cyber-interview took place on March 31, 1999. You are still very much involved in tobacco control. Can you update the professional information about yourself?
Denise Sullivan: Thank you
Philippe. I am pleased to say I am still very involved in tobacco
control, although now working in the non-government sector. In
August 2000, I took up the inaugural position of Director of The Cancer
Council Western Australia’s Tobacco Program (known then as ‘Target
Thank you Trish for taking the time to be with us today. May I ask you to introduce yourself?
Trish Cotter: My
first ever job after University (BSc) was with the Victorian Quit
Campaign (over 20 years ago). It was just being set up and I was the second
person to be employed. My first role was as a project assistant and I
expected to be at Quit Victoria for 12 months and then move on to something
else. Thirteen years later I finally moved on having had many
different roles and seen lots of exciting changes such as banning tobacco
advertising and the first well funded mass media campaigns.
Nota: I met with Mike Daube, Chief Executive Officer of the Cancer Foundation of Western Australia, Subiaco, Western Australia,
during the 11th world conference on
Tobacco or Health in Chicago. A slightly different version of this
interview was published in the daily journal of the conference (in the
August 8th issue).
Thank you Mike for accepting our rendez-vous. May I ask you to introduce yourself?
I was the first Director of Action on Smoking and
Health in the UK from 1973 to 1979. Then I worked with the University
of Edinburgh until I left for Perth where I joined the Government of
Western Australia in 1984.
Thank you Denise for accepting our " rendez-vous ". May I ask you to introduce yourself ?
My name is Denise Sullivan and I am Coordinator of the Smoking &
Health Program of the Health Department of Western Australia. I am a
graduate of Curtin University, with a BEd in literature and Graduate
Diploma in Library & Information Studies. I am currently studying towards an MPH at the University of Western Australia.
I have been involved in tobacco control for almost 4 years.
Thank you Judith for accepting our " rendez-vous ". May I ask you to introduce yourself ?
I have been working in tobacco control for ten years. I
started out as the first full-time co-ordinator of the UK's national No
Smoking Day campaign. After four years, I moved on to work on policy
issues in the Tobacco Program at the Health Education Authority in
London. For the last three and half years, I have been working in
Australia as the Executive Director of Quit in Victoria.
return to London next week for family reasons but I hope to keep in
touch with developments in tobacco control. As David Sweanor has been
known to say - it's alright for smokers, they can quit tobacco but
tobacco control advocates can't give it up!