Our structure and governance

The Australian Partnership Prevention Centre

Governance Authority

As the group to which the Centre’s Co-Directors are accountable, the Centre’s Governance Authority is responsible for approving the budget, projects and research priorities of the Centre. Meeting at least four times a year, its members are representatives from each of the Funding Partners.

Scientific Advisory Committee

The Scientific Advisory Committee serves as an external reference for the work of the Prevention Centre, to link it to the broader prevention, knowledge translation and implementation research environments, and to provide confidence to our funders that the work we conduct is of an internationally acceptable standard, contemporary and worthwhile. The group meets biennially.

  • Professor Diane Finegood
    Simon Fraser University, BC Canada
  • Professor Ray Ison
    Open University, UK
  • Professor Garry Jennings
    University of Sydney
  • Professor Mike Kelly
    Institute of Public Health, University of Cambridge, UK

Leadership Executive

The Leadership Executive meets regularly, usually fortnightly, and has responsibility for the overall performance of the Prevention Centre. In addition, it is responsible for the stewardship of the funding, providing technical expertise, integrating the project work and providing clarity around the Centre objectives and deliverables.


The Prevention Centre’s Co-Directors have overall responsibility for strategic leadership. This includes accountability for Prevention Centre performance and ensuring the program of research meets the needs of – and is valued by – funding partners and other stakeholders.

Coordinating Centre

The Coordinating Centre, based at the Sax Institute in Sydney, is responsible for ensuring Prevention Centre activities meet the highest ethical, scientific, regulatory and professional standards. This team ensures that projects are implemented, monitors and reports on Centre progress, provides capacity-building strategies, and supports the internal and external communications, engagement and learning of the Centre’s work.


The Prevention Centre is administered by the Sax Institute in Sydney.

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