In consultation with the Australian Government Department of Health and the New Zealand Ministry of Health, NHMRC has established three committees to provide guidance and advice on Phase One of the review of Nutrient Reference Values for Australia and New Zealand Including Recommended Dietary Intakes (NRVs).

Appointment process for committees

Three committees have been established to guide the review of the Nutrient Reference Values for Australia and New Zealand Including Recommended Dietary Intakes.

The Steering Group Advisory Committee, Sodium Expert Working Group and Iodine Expert Working Group are advisory committees established by a CEO delegate, under section 39 of the National Health and Medical Research Council Act 1992.

The Steering Group Advisory Committee was selected to ensure appropriate expertise in nutrition, micronutrients, end user needs, toxicology, public health, research, chronic disease and macronutrients/total diet.

The Sodium Expert Working Group and the Iodine Expert Working Group were selected to ensure appropriate expertise in the specific nutrient, general nutrition and dietetics, nutrient deficiency and toxicity, statistics and modelling, monitoring nutritional status and setting and implementing NRVs.

Terms of reference - see downloads

Terms of reference for each of the Phase One committees are provided below:

  • Steering Group Advisory Committee
  • Sodium Exert Working Group
  • Iodine Expert Working Group

Member information and disclosure of interests - see downloads

NHMRC asked each committee member to document their interests, as part of the process of establishing committees. Members were asked to consider perceived interests as well as real interests. A summary of the interests declared by each member is provided below:

  • Steering Group Advisory Committee Disclosure of Interests
  • Sodium Expert Working Group Disclosure of Interests
  • Iodine Expert Working Group Disclosure of Interests

Steering Group Advisory Committee Membership

Role Name Institution Relevant experience
Chair Honorary Professor Samir Samman School of Life and Environmental Sciences, University of Sydney

Nutrition; micronutrients; nutrient deficiency/toxicity; public health and research.

Member

Emeritus Professor Murray Skeaff

University of Otago Nutrition; public health and research.
Member

Professor Amanda Lee

The Australian Prevention Partnership Centre, The Sax Institute and University of Queensland Nutrition; end user needs; public health; research; chronic disease and macronutrients/total diet.

 

Sodium Expert Working Group Membership

Role Name Institution Relevant experience
Chair Senior Professor Linda Tapsell School of Medicine, University of Wollongong

Nutrition; setting NRVs; public health and research and chronic disease in relation to foods, nutrients and dietary patterns.

Member

Professor Vicki Flood

Faculty of Health Science, University of Sydney Nutrition; setting NRVs and sodium.
Member

Dr Rachael McLean

Department of Preventive and Social Medicine, University of Otago

Nutrition; setting NRVs; sodium; nutrient deficiency/toxicity and monitoring nutritional status in population groups.
Member

Professor Caryl Nowson

School of Exercise and Nutrition Science, Deakin University Nutrition; setting NRVs; sodium and ageing.
Member

Dr Yasmine Probst

School of Medicine, University of Wollongong

Nutrition; dietary assessment methodology for children; modelling and end user.
Member

Dr Carley Grimes

School of Exercise and Nutrition Science, Deakin University Nutrition; sodium; child nutrition and monitoring nutritional status in population groups.

 

Iodine Expert Working Group Membership

Role Name Institution Relevant experience
Chair Associate Professor Karen Charlton

School of Medicine, University of Wollongong

Nutrition; iodine; diet and lifestyle interventions across the lifespan; nutrient deficiency/toxicity; monitoring nutritional status in population groups and group/project management.

Member

Associate Professor Sheila Skeaff

Department of Human Nutrition, University of Otago

Nutrition; setting NRVs; iodine; children and pregnancy and research.

Member

Ms Judy Seal

Public Health Nutrition, Tasmanian Department of Health and Human Services

Nutrition; iodine; end user; nutrient deficiency/toxicity; monitoring nutritional status in population groups and implementation of NRVs into relevant public health policy.

Member

Dr Emma Beckett

School of Medicine and Public Health, University of Newcastle

Nutrition; end user and nutrient deficiency/toxicity.

Member

Dr Nick Fletcher

Risk Assessment, Chemical Safety and Nutrition, Food Standards Australia New Zealand

Nutrient deficiency/toxicity.

Member

Dr Shao (Jo) Zhou

School of Agriculture, Food and Wine, University of Adelaide

Nutrition; iodine; pregnancy and early childhood and end user

 

Contact the NHMRC team

Postal Address:

Nutrition Team

National Health and Medical Research Council

GPO Box 1421

Canberra ACT 2601

Email address:

dietaryguidelines@nhmrc.gov.au