Professor David Hill - AO
BA (1964), MA (1975), Ph.D. - Arts (1985)
" I bring to the Alumni Council my experience as a behavioural researcher and as CEO of a large non-government organization, the Cancer Council Victoria (2002-2011). I am particularly interested in researching alumni perspectives to create high levels of engagement. "
Professor David Hill began his career at the (then) Anti-Cancer Council of Victoria, leading its public education and prevention programs. In 1986 he founded the Centre for Behavioural Research in Cancer (CBRC). In this role, he applied psychological research and theory to development and testing of communications designed to help people reduce cancer risk, including quit smoking, sun smart and cancer screening communications. David was later appointed Professorial Fellow in recognition of his research achievements and ongoing connection with the University.
In the 1990's, David led the federal government's National Tobacco Campaign, which restored the downward trends in smoking prevalence. He has also served on the Health Advisory and Research Committees of the National Health and Medical Research Council. He served for six years on the Board of the Geneva-based Union for International Cancer Control, including two years as President.
David is a Fellow of the Australian Psychological Society, and has received an MD (honoris causa) from the University of Newcastle. He was made an Officer in the Order of Australia in 2009.