Where are They Now? C2E2 Alumni Cameron Willis tells his story

I was a Visiting Postdoctoral Fellow at C2E2 from late 2011 to early 2014, working primarily with Allan Best and Craig Mitton. My work at C2E2 focused on large system transformation – understanding how to create and sustain large scale cultural change in the organizations and institutions that support good health.  After leaving Vancouver, I worked as a Scientist at the Propel Centre for Population Health Impact, and in March 2016 took up my current role as Principal Research Fellow at the Menzies Centre for Health Policy (University of Sydney) and the Australian Prevention Partnership Centre. Our work examines the systems that both support and hinder efforts to prevent chronic diseases such as cancer, heart disease and diabetes. We work with those across research, policy and practice to better understand what resources and opportunities exist within systems to improve prevention, and how those resources can be best accessed, used and shared. This work builds on previous projects that have examined the structures, functions and impacts of multi-sectoral partnerships in chronic disease prevention, including work with the Public Health Agency of Canada’s Centre for Chronic Disease Prevention. In June 2017 I am moving on from academic research to take up a new role with the Movember Foundation- a leading organization for raising the awareness of men’s health issues as well as funding a global network of research focused on prostate cancer, testicular cancer and suicide prevention. And thankfully, I have a good few months to get growing my ‘mo….i’ll need it.