Dr Christine Walker is currently CEO of the Chronic Illness Alliance Inc., a peak body representing fifty consumer and advocacy organisations for people with chronic illness. The aim of the Alliance is to build a better focus in health policy and health services for all people with chronic illness.
The Chronic Illness Alliance collaborates with a number of other organisations, including universities and hospitals, in research that improves the lives of people with chronic illnesses. The Alliance also consults with consumers and consumer groups to establish what is important to them and to provide a voice for them.
Christine completed a PhD thesis in 1995 which explored the growth of government intervention in the hospital system in Victoria. She has experience in qualitative and quantitative social research, and has published a book on chronic illness as well as many journal articles. Her two most recent edited books are on social issues in epilepsy.
She is a member of the Committee of Management of the Epilepsy Foundation Victoria, a Board member of Consumers Health Forum, a member of Melbourne Genomics Health Alliance community Advisory Group, and is on the Advisory Group of UNSW Research Centre for Primary Health Care and Equity.