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Sally Underdown

Sally Underdown has 20+ years of career experience spanning the public service and not-for-profit sectors. She has worked as an allied health clinician and held senior leader roles within several federal government departments as well as non-government organisations, including peak representative bodies.    

She is a strategic and innovative leader, who has developed and implemented a range of policies and programs with a focus on physical health, preventative health, social inequality, and Aboriginal affairs. She has extensive experience in the development of social policies, as well as national program development and delivery. Specifically, across the sporting sector, she has worked as an Exercise Physiologist within the Centre for Physical Activity in Ageing; as a Strength for Life Program Manager with COTA; and as an Assistant Director within the Australian Sports Commission. She has also held volunteering roles in several community sports organisations. 

She has a University of South Australia, Bachelor of Applied Science (Exercise Physiology & Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation); and a Graduate Certificate in Innovation and Entrepreneurship from Adelaide University.

Sally is currently the State Manager of SA & NT with the Alcohol and Drug Foundation, Australia’s leading evidence-based preventative health organisation in the AOD sector, which is a position she has held since 2018.  

Sally is currently a Board Member of the South Australian Network of Drug and Alcohol Services (SANDAS) a position she has held since 2019; and in 2022 she was recruited as a Member of the South Australian Suicide Prevention Council, as described within the State’s Suicide Prevention Act.