Christine (Chris) Morris (MPH, FPHAA, CF) was awarded her Churchill Fellowship and travelled in 1997 to the Massachusetts Tobacco Control Program, USA, and the Ontario Ministry of Health, Canada. The purpose of the visit was to investigate peer leadership and advocacy programs for young people in the area of tobacco control, to determine how they may be introduced to South Australia to reduce the uptake of smoking among young people.

Chris will talk about her findings, the history of tobacco control over the time since 1997, and explore the latest trend of e-cigarette use by young people in South Australia.

Chris has worked in health promotion and public health across a range of settings including tobacco control, oral health, advocacy, consumer engagement and LGBTIQ+.

She is the Manager Prevention and Advocacy at Cancer Council SA with a strong passion for reducing inequities. The team is currently working on reducing tobacco use in vulnerable communities, advocating for changes to e-cigarette regulations, raising awareness on the importance of screening in vulnerable communities and SunSmart initiatives and reducing junk food advertising.

In the mid 1990-early 2000s she worked at the Cancer Council of SA and WA as the Senior Project Officer in Tobacco Control. Since then, her roles have included Director of Health Promotion at SA Dental Service and Rainbow Tick Coordinator at Eldercare. She is a Fellow of the Public Health Association of Australia and a long serving Committee Member and Life Member of the Churchill Fellows Association of SA.

View Chris’ project here

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