Maria Duggan

Maria Duggan is a policy advisor with the AHPC and a health policy analyst with an extensive track record in health policy development and implementation in the UK, Germany and the USA, as well as in Australia. In a long career she has been a practitioner, service manager and an academic, and was a mental health policy adviser to the UK Government from 1998 to 2007. Maria was the Director of Policy at the UK Public Health Association until its closure in 2010.
Policy report

Improving brain and body health: linking dementia and chronic disease prevention

The evidence cited in this paper makes a strong case for a new approach to risk reduction. Science is increasingly clarifying the pathways through which brain and body interactions take place and shedding light on the impacts of disease on the brain and other organs...
Technical report

Australia's mental health and physical health tracker: technical paper

This is the first Australian study to quantify the risks of physical health conditions contributing to a wide range of mental health conditions, including anxiety and depression. The latest national report card reveals the strong links between chronic physical ill health and mental ill health.

The state of self care in Australia

This resource presents a review of the ways in which Australia is attempting to encourage and enable individuals to look after their own health and wellbeing. The role of 'self care' in effective health management and treatment is one of the major gaps in Australia's...
Policy report

Active school travel: pathways to a healthy future

This policy paper is the work of a national collaboration of leading experts, researchers and practitioners working in health, education, transport, public health and policy.
Technical report

Heart health: the first step to getting Australia's health on track

This resource provides an implementation map for one of the ten priority policy actions proposed in AHPC’s Getting Australia’s Health on Track 2016.