About

The No Advertising Please Team

Dr Justin Coleman

GP & President of the Australasian Medical Writers Association


Justin conceived of this campaign and gathered 25 like-minded supporters, including Professors Paul Glasziou, Chris del Mar, Ken Harvey and Martin Tattersall. Justin is a GP and educator at Inala Indigenous Health Service, a senior lecturer at Griffith University and University of Queensland, and RACGP rep on the NPS MedicineWise Choosing Wisely campaign and the Medicines Australia Transparency Working Group. He is President of the Australasian Medical Writers Association and writes about overdiagnosis, over-treatment and transparency in his Naked Doctor blog at Croakey.com

Dr David Chessor

Chair of General Practice Registrars Australia and a GP on the Mid North Coast of NSW


A new fellow of RACGP, David recently completed a Master of Public Health and Tropical Medicine at James Cook University. David works as an adjunct senior lecturer at the University of New South Wales where he teaches undergraduate medical students, and as part of the medical education team at North Coast GP Training where he is involved in both PGPPP and registrar teaching. In 2013, David was awarded the GPET Registrar of the Year Award, and the RACGP National Rural Faculty Rural Registrar of the Year Award.

Prof Chris Del Mar

Professor of Public Health at Bond University


Chris an academic general practitioner, currently Professor of Public Health at Bond University and formerly, Pro-Vice Chancellor (Research) and Dean of Health Sciences and Medicine at Bond University, and Professor of General Practice at the University of Queensland. He is a well-known EBM expert, led EBM workshops for the last 20 years, written 3 books on evidence-based practice, and is Co-ordinating Editor of one of the Cochrane groups. His research helps bring evidence to clinicians and their patients.

Prof Jenny Doust

Professor of Clinical Epidemiology, Centre for Research in Evidence Based Practice at Bond University


Professor Doust is Professor of Clinical Epidemiology in the Centre for Research in Evidence Based Practice in Bond University and works half-time as a general practitioner in Brisbane. Her main research areas of interest are diagnosis and overdiagnosis, screening and monitoring tests in general practice. She gave up seeing drug reps when she asked a drug rep about a new study that showed harms from the drug and the rep was unable to answer any of her questions.

Prof Paul Glasziou

Professor of Evidence-Based Medicine at Bond University


Paul Glasziou FRACGP, PhD is Professor of Evidence-Based Medicine at Bond University was a part-time General Practitioner for many years, and the Director of the Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine in Oxford from 2003-2010. His key interests include identifying and removing the barriers to using high quality research in everyday clinical practice.

Dr Andrew Gunn

GP & Senior Lecturer, School of Medicine, University of Queensland


Andrew is a Brisbane based GP and Senior Lecturer, School of Medicine, UQ, who in 2008 was told by UQ administrators to apologise to a drug company for raising questions about marketing http://www.abc.net.au/7.30/content/2007/s2246224.htm

A/Prof Ken Harvey

Adjunct Associate Professor, School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine. Monash University


A health activist and a consumer representative, Dr. Harvey was a member of the expert group that drafted the World Health Organization “Ethical Criteria for Medicinal Drug Promotion”. He has also been a member of the Commonwealth Pharmaceutical Health and Rational use of Medicines (PHARM) Committee that formulated the Quality Use of Medicines (QUM) pillar of Australian medicines policy. Dr. Harvey currently holds the position of Adjunct Associate Professor in the School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, Monash University. He has been awarded life membership of Choice (the Australia Consumer’s Association) for services to the consumer movement.

A/Prof Tammy Hoffmann

A/Professor of Clinical Epidemiology in the Centre for Research in Evidence-Based Practice at Bond University


Tammy conducts research and training in evidence-based and shared decision making and is particularly interested in helping both clinicians and patients to have understandable, evidence-based information about the benefits and harms of interventions so that they can make informed decisions.

Dr Warren Jennings

Brisbane GP working in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health. Adjunct Lecturer, UQ School of Medicine Rural Clinical School / Discipline of General Practice


Warren is a recently fellowed GP, working in Indigenous Health in Brisbane, and a Lecturer at UQ School of Medicine. He studies Public Health and lectures on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health General Practice (to medical students), and Evidence Based Medicine (to Brisbane GP registrars). He is a strong advocate for 'prescribing on evidence, not marketing', and is a much happier, better rested and better informed GP since stopping seeing drug reps. He encourages other GP's to reclaim their lunch breaks too!

Prof Jon Jureidini

Head, Department of Psychological Medicine, Women's and Children's Hospital, Adelaide


Jon is a child psychiatrist at the Women's and Children's Hospital, Adelaide and Professor in the Disciplines of Psychiatry and Paediatrics at the University of Adelaide, where he heads the Paediatric Mental Health Training Unit. He has also trained in philosophy (PhD, Flinders University), critical appraisal (University of British Columbia) and psychotherapy (Tavistock Clinic), and is spokesman for Healthy Skepticism, which aims to counter misleading drug promotion. Jon is chair of the Australian-Palestinian Partnerships for Education and Health, and on the board of Siblings Australia.

A/Prof Ian Kerridge

Director & Associate Professor in Bioethics at the Centre for Values, Ethics and the Law in Medicine at the University of Sydney and Staff Haematologist/Bone Marrow Transplant physician at Royal North Shore Hospital


Ian Kerridge is Director and Associate Professor in Bioethics at the Centre for Values, Ethics and the Law in Medicine at the University of Sydney and Staff Haematologist/Bone Marrow Transplant physician at Royal North Shore Hospital, Sydney. He is the author of over 250 papers in peer-reviewed journals and five textbooks of ethics, most recently Ethics and Law for the Health Professions (Federation Press, 2013) He is a member of the Australian Health Ethics Committee (AHEC), Chair of the Australian Bone Marrow Donor Registry Research Committee and a member of the NSW Health Department’s Clinical Ethics Advisory Panel. His current research interests in ethics include the philosophy of medicine, conflict of interest, stem cells, drug policy, end-of-life care, synthetic genomics, public health and organ donation.

Alison Marcus

Consumer Representative, Consumers Health Forum of Australia


Alison Marcus has been an active member of the Consumers Health Forum (CHF) of Australia since 2003. She has represented consumer interests for CHF on a wide range of committees concerning the safe use of medicines and improving access to medicines information. Alison was the Consumer Advocate on the Natural Therapy Review Advisory Committee (Department of Health), the Medicines Australia Transparency Working Group, and the TGA Advisory Committee on Safety of Medicines.

Mark Metherell

Communications Director, Consumers Health Forum of Australia


Mark Metherell joined the Consumers Health Forum of Australia as Communications Manager in February 2013. Previously he was the Canberra based health correspondent for the Sydney Morning Herald, a position he held since 1999. He was also medical reporter for the Age in the 1980s. In a newspaper career spanning 40 years, he has held a variety of other posts including news editor and defence and foreign affairs correspondent.

A/Prof Brett Montgomery

GP & Associate Professor at the University of Western Australia


Brett Montgomery is a GP who divides his working life between seeing patient and working in a university, where he teaches medical students. He has done research on drug promotion and has been trying to avoid drug reps for some years.

Priyanka Rai

Policy and Communications, Consumers Health Forum of Australia


Priyanka works for the CHF policy team and advocates for consumer-centred healthcare in the areas on medicine, e-health, health regulations and health financing.

Dr Tim Senior

GP & author of Wonky Health


Tim Senior works as a GP at an Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Service and is involved in teaching medical students and GP registrars, and is active in policy development and advocacy in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health. He writes on General Practice and Public Health, and successfully crowdfunded a column on the health effects of policy for Croakey, the Crikey healh blog.. He is active on social media in all these spheres, and tries to base his clinical work and his writing on the best available evidence, rather than the best available marketing.

Dr Geoffrey Spurling

GP & Senior Lecturer at the University of Queensland


Dr Spurling is a Senior lecturer at the University of Queensland. He is a General Practitioner at Inala Indigenous Health Service as well as at the Inala Primary Care (Spanish Clinic). Geoff has been involved in Junior Hospital jobs in regional QLD, UK. He spent 12 months on a project, Chagas disease, at Médecins Sans Frontières, Honduras, Central America, 2001. Geoff's special interests include Indigenous health, social determinants of health, general practice teaching and the quality use of Medicines. Memberships include CSQTC Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health training advisory committee, National Prescribing Service (PIEAG), the RACGP (research foundation) and he is a member of AAAPC and RACGP. He is currently studying a PhD on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health in the community where he works.

Martin Tattersall

Professor of Cancer Medicine, Central Clinical School, Sydney Medical School & clinical academic at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital.


Martin Tattersall graduated from Cambridge University in Natural Sciences, and was a medical student in London. He trained in Internal Medicine and Oncology at the Royal Postgraduate Medical School and the Institute of Cancer Research in London, and at Harvard Medical School in Boston. He was a Consultant Medical Oncologist at Charing Cross Hospital in London from 1975. In 1977, he moved to Australia as Professor of Cancer Medicine at the University of Sydney, and a medical oncologist at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital. He has published more than 400 peer-reviewed papers including several on conflicts of interest in medicine, and has supervised many research students. He has been involved in medical student cancer education for many years.

Dave Townsend

Medical Student & Designer


Before a career change into medicine, Dave had an extensive career in advertising and media. Now in his fourth year of medicine at the University of New England, Dave is the immediate past Chair of the GPSN and worked with GPRA in 2013 to develop the highly successful #ScrapTheCap social media campaign which was recently awarded the Best Digital & New Media Campaign at the Australian Government Relations Awards.

Dr Agnes Vitry

Pharmacist and Senior research fellow at the Quality Use of Medicines and Pharmacy Research Centre at the University of South Australia


Agnes has a strong research interest in the quality use of medicines including pharmaco-epidemiological studies, quality of information for health professionals and consumers, quality of drug promotion and impact on medicines use, medicines policy and regulation. In 1995 she came from France to Australia to work with Medical Lobby for Appropriate Marketing (MaLAM) which then changed its name to Healthy Skepticism. This organisation aimed to improve health by reducing harm from inappropriate, misleading or unethical marketing of health products or services, especially misleading pharmaceutical promotion. Then Agnes worked as an editor for the Australian Medicines Handbook. In France, Agnes was the managing editor of Prescrire International, the English version of Prescrire, an independent medical journal in France. In 1990, Prescrire invited its readers to do ‘A year without sales reps’. It also started a sales representatives monitoring network and, after 15 years of monitoring, came to one simple conclusion: don’t expect sales representatives to help improve healthcare quality. Agnes has also strong links with health consumer organisations. She is a member of Health Action International and a member of the executive committee of Cancer Voices SA.