Tragic loss and untimely death of CAHA board member, Assoc Professor Erica Bell

Tuesday 29 July 2014

The CAHA Committee of Management and Membership is shocked and saddened by the untimely death of Committee of Management member and Expert Advisory Committee member Associate Professor Erica Bell, who died on Saturday following a massive stroke early last week. Erica has been a tireless supporter of the Climate and Health Alliance (CAHA), attending its inaugural meeting in 2010, serving on its Committee of Management and Expert Advisory group since its establishment, amid an incredibly demanding role at University of Tasmania, previously as Deputy Director, University Department of Rural Health, and more recently in the Translational Health Services Group in the Wicking Dementia Research and Education Centre. Erica championed and led the development of the CAHA expert advisory group, which has been pivotal to the organisation's credibility and reputation. Erica was influential in building support for CAHA particularly in the rural and remote education sector, and her innovative approaches to community engagement in climate and health research and emphasis on rural and remote health, as well as her insights into integrating policy and research, were extremely valuable and will influence research for decades to come. Erica was much admired in the CAHA community and her support of CAHA and its work deeply appreciated.