Professor Frances Baum AO

Health equity advocate

2024 SA Senior Australian of the Year Nominee

Professor Frances (Fran) Baum AO has spent her professional life working to create healthy, equitable and sustainable societies.  

The public health social scientist is a past national president and life member of the Public Health Association of Australia and a member of numerous boards and committees, including the board of Cancer Council SA. 

Fran is a powerful ambassador for social determinants for health: non-medical factors that influence health outcomes such as distribution of income and wealth, education, employment and housing.   

She served as co-chair of the Global Steering Council of the People’s Health Movement, a global network of health activists addressing determinants of health. 

Her five-year NHMRC Investigator Fellowship, ‘Restoring the Fair Go’, is providing strong evidence for policies that reduce inequality. 

An author of numerous books and papers, Fran was made an Officer of the Order of Australia in 2016 for her service to the community and public health.