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Cancer Council Victoria Director announces retirement

Friday 12 March, 2010

Professor David Hill, AO, Director Cancer Council Victoria has announced he will be retiring in early 2011.

About Professor Hill, AO

Professor David Hill is an internationally respected behavioural scientist and was the founding Director of the Centre for Behavioural Research in Cancer (CBRC). Today, the CBRC enjoys a reputation as a centre for excellence in behavioural research.

A Professorial Fellow at the University of Melbourne, Professor Hill was made an Officer in the Order of Australia (AO) for 'service to public health, particularly through leadership roles in the promotion of cancer awareness and prevention programs' in 2009.

Professor Hill received his PhD in psychology from the University of Melbourne, and has authored or co-authored over 200 scientific articles and reports in the medical, public health and psychological literature. His published work includes research on the prevalence of adolescent and adult smoking, strategies for smoking cessation, reduction of smoking uptake, smoking regulation, behavioural aspects of screening mammography, management of primary operable breast cancer, efficacy of breast self-examination, monitoring trends in skin cancer prevention, and exploring determinants of behaviours related to skin cancer prevention.

When Professor Hill first started full-time at the then Anti-Cancer Council in 1966, half of Victoria's adult men and more than a quarter of Victorian women smoked. Cigarette advertising saturated television screens, magazines, newspapers, billboards and almost every other imaginable advertising venue. Premier sporting events in cricket, football, rugby, tennis were 'brought to you' by a tobacco company and smokefree public places were virtually unheard of-people could smoke on planes, in trains, buses, trams, at work-and even in hospitals.

There were no health warnings on cigarette packets, and advertising campaigns were a tool used by tobacco companies, not health groups. Sunbaking was also a popular weekend pastime for Australians.

In 2002, when Professor Hill took on the role of Director, the situation was vastly different, and Professor Hill's work as head of the Education Unit (now known as the Cancer Prevention Centre) and CBRC, as well as his focus on advocacy and working with governments at all levels, has been integral to many of these changes.

Most forms of tobacco advertising and sponsorship are banned. Less than one in five adult Victorians smoke. Many Victorians live, work and play in smokefree environments, and you'd be hard-pressed to find one among us who hasn't heard of SunSmart or the Slip!Slop!Slap! campaign.

As one of Australia's leading public health researchers, Professor Hill is widely regarded as a leading international expert in social marketing and public health campaigns and has held senior positions on major national committees of the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC).

In August 2008, Professor Hill commenced in his most recent leadership role in a two-year term as President of the UICC (International Union Against Cancer), which is based in Geneva.

The recruitment campaign

A public recruitment campaign is now underway to fill the position of Cancer Council Victoria's Chief Executive Officer.

Interested applicants can see the ad on the web-based recruitment site or download the advertisement below for application details. Applications close Monday 12 April 2010.

Media enquiries should be directed to Lisa Kuspira on (03) 9635 5517 or 0417 164 527.