Our structure and governance

The Prevention Centre is a collaboration in which the research is co-produced by academic researchers, systems practitioners and policy makers across Australia.

To ensure our research is of the highest quality and meets the needs of the system, we have established a structure and governance built around six main components:

Governance Authority

As the group to which the Centre Director is 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.

Meeting biennially, current membership of this group includes: Professor Diane Finegood (Professor at Simon Fraser University, BC, Canada); Professor Mike Kelly (Institute of Public Health, University of Cambridge, UK); Professor Garry Jennings (University of Sydney) and Professor Ray Ison (Open University, UK and Monash University).

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.

Director and Deputy Director

The Prevention Centre Director, Professor Andrew Wilson and the Deputy Director have overall responsibility for strategic leadership, accountability for Centre performance and ensuring the program of research meets the needs of, and is valued by, funding partners and other stakeholders.

Coordinating Centre

A team based at the Sax Institute 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.