Professor Christine Professor Bennett was appointed to the role of Professor and Dean, School of Medicine, Sydney, The University of Notre Dame Australia in May 2011. She led the team in developing the Little People Big Lives report.
Professor Bennett is a specialist paediatrician and has over 30 years of health industry experience in clinical care, strategic planning, business operations and senior management in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors.
In reflecting on the report's findings, Professor Bennet said, "To combat the emerging threats facing Aussie kids including obesity, type 2 diabetes and mental health issues, we need to take a wholistic view on our health. It's not about 'quick fix solutions', but rather going back to basics. Healthy eating and physical activity are important, but there's more we need for a healthy start to life."
"Spending time without technology - making time to eat together as a family, as well as play, sing, dance and read, are all critical to childhood. I think many parents will be interested to know these simple activities have the potential to be powerful contributors to their child's physical health and emotional wellbeing."
Professor Bennett is currently the Chair of Sydney Children’s Hospitals Network and HETI Academic Board. She sits on the boards of Regis Healthcare Limited; Capital Markets CRC, Digital Health CRC and Lorica Health.
In February 2008, Professor Bennett was appointed as Chair of the National Health and Hospitals Reform Commission providing advice on a long term blue print for the future of the Australian health system and aged care. The Commission’s final report was presented to the Government in June 2009.
Professor Bennett was awarded an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) in the Australia Day 2014 Honours List.