Emma Slaytor

Ms Slaytor, the Prevention Centre’s Program Manager, worked for more than 10 years in public health as an epidemiologist and biostatistician.

Following her research in obstetric morbidity and mortality, she undertook a law degree to pursue her interest in medical negligence. She then worked for five years as a lawyer representing practitioners and hospitals in medical defence litigation.

Ms Slaytor returns to public health bringing her legal and epidemiological skills together in her position at the Prevention Centre.

Program Manager
The Australian Prevention Partnership Centre

August 2014

Emma Slaytor

Describe your role in one or two sentences: My role as Program Manager is to administer all research activities, ensure budgets and milestones are on target, liaise with universities and researchers, and pre-empt the Deputy Director’s every request.

The most challenging part is … coming back to public health after five years working as a medical lawyer in the corporate world. Researchers and universities need more flexibility.

The best part of my role is … having the time to think through challenging issues without having to bill every six minutes.

I like working for the Prevention Centre because … in the current political climate where preventive health has been put last on the list of health priorities, we have a chance to shine.

At work I am always learning that … my wonderful colleagues are the most important people around me.

Before my current position, my most memorable role was … singing in the Australian Opera with Dame Joan Sutherland in the Merry Widow.

Most people don’t know that … when I left school, I spent a year as a jillaroo on a 120,000 acre sheep property at Tilpa on the Darling River between Bourke and Cobar in far-west NSW. Oh, and my first publication was in the British Medical Journal – sadly it’s been all downhill since then!

When I’m not working, I enjoy … spending time with my daughters Isabella and Marlena (not always reciprocated by my gorgeous teenagers).

I would tell my 16-year-old self … to learn as many musical instruments and languages as possible before you’re 21.

The person I would most like to meet is … jazz pianist Chick Corea because I only ever see him on the Concert Hall stage and that’s too far away. What a brilliant musician.

The talent I would most like to have is … to be able to play the piano and sing duets with Vince Jones at the Basement.

My motto is … it feels good to be lost in the right direction.

I try to stay healthy by … not drinking too much, walking to work and swimming at Manly with the Bold and the Beautiful Swim Squad as often as I can.