Commissioner from Australia
Frances Baum is Head of Department and Professor of Public Health at Flinders University and Foundation Director of the South Australian Community Health Research Unit. She is a past National President of the Public Health Association of Australia. She is the regional representative for the People's Health Movement in Australia and the Pacific, and a member of its Global Steering Committee.
Professor Baum is one of Australia's leading researchers on the social and economic determinants of health. Currently, she is the Lead Investigator on a $2.4 million grant entitled the 'Australian Health Inequities Program' funded by the Australian National Health and Medical Research Council.
Professor Baum's numerous publications relate to social and economic determinants research and evaluation in community health, theories of health promotion, Healthy Cities, social capital and health promotion, and the political economy of health.