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
(2 February 2021 – present)
Ms Janine Lewis Food Standards Australia New Zealand Nutrition; fortification of micronutrients; Public health; nutritional risk analysis
Member (2018 – 2021) Emeritus Professor Murray Skeaff University of Otago Nutrition; public health and research.
Member (2018 – 2021) 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.
Chair (2018–2020) Honorary Professor Samir Samman School of Life and Environmental Sciences, University of Sydney Nutrition; micronutrients; nutrient deficiency/ toxicity; public health and research.

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 Principal Toxicologist and Risk Assessor, WSP 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
Member (Commenced 23 February 2020) Professor Helena Teede Monash Centre for Health Research and Implementation, Monash University Senior clinical endocrinologist; epidemiology and healthcare improvement; guideline and evidence translation expertise
Member (Commenced 23 February 2020) Professor Mu Li Sydney School of Public Health, University of Sydney Clinical science research; Public health research; Nutrition; iodine; monitoring nutritional status in population groups and group; Public health program evaluation; policy translation

Contact

Postal Address
Nutrition Team
National Health and Medical Research Council
GPO Box 1421
Canberra ACT 2601
Email address
nrv@nhmrc.gov.au