Step Back Think welcomes Anna O’Halloran as our new CEO

Anna O’Halloran steps into the CEO position on Tuesday 9th June, with an extensive background in public health policy and promotion. Anna hopes to lead Step Back Think into a future where social violence is no longer socially acceptable in the Australian community.

Anna’s passion for leadership, social justice and health stem from her work with Women’s Health Victoria, The University of Melbourne and REACH, a student-driven health initiative. Anna is also an active member of the Future Health Leaders Council, which represents students and early-career professionals across multiple health disciplines.

Anna graduated as Valedictorian from a Master of Public Health at the University of Melbourne in 2013. Her studies focused on public health leadership, gender and health and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health. In a research capacity, Anna has collaboratively published several papers on HIV prevention, cancer epidemiology and women’s health.

Anna brings an abundance of experience from professional and non-governmental organisational environments and looks forward to leading Step Back Think into a period of rapid organisational growth, awareness and success.

Following her appointment as CEO, Anna said, “The work of Step Back Think is vital to stopping violence in our community and complements the broader work being done to prevent all kinds of violence. I am excited to work with a dedicated and experienced team and to use the three strategic pillars of Research, Education and Awareness as a strong foundation from which to build Step Back Think into a leader in its field.”

Step Back Think Chairman, Brett Murphy added, “We are incredibly excited to have someone with such grounded knowledge in public health, policy and organisational vision to be leading the Step Back Think team. This marks an important moment in the organisation’s history and I am confident places us one step closer to ending social violence in Australia.”

Anna joins Step Back Think at a significant time with the organisation less than a week out from launching the country-wide Lace Up Against Social Violence Campaign. The Campaign will see over 28,000 people Lace Up in Step Back Think orange shoelaces in support of the organisation’s commitment to end social violence in our communities.

For more information on Anna’s appointment, Step Back Think or the Lace Up campaign please contact Anna or Miriam Pape, Head of Awareness, details below.


Anna O’Halloran

CEO Step Back Think



Miriam Pape

Head of Awareness at Step Back Think

M: 0400 889 746


About Step Back Think:

Step Back Think is a movement that aims to create and drive the change that ends social violence. It was formed by a group of young people in reaction to life changing injuries sustained to their friend, James Macready-Bryan, in October 2006. Felled by a single punch in Melbourne’s CBD, Macready-Bryan suffered catastrophic brain damage from which he will never recover. From day one, Step Back Think’s aim has been to act as a mechanism to end this type of violence and to prevent others going through what James, his family and his friends are faced with each day. Step Back Think has a focused approach to achieve a nation free from social violence through education, awareness and research. The organisation does this through directly educating students via its education program, collating research into social violence and its impact, and creating broader societal awareness through campaigns like Lace Up.



Twitter: @stepbackthink