The Steering Group Advisory Committee (Advisory Committee) has been established to guide the review of the Nutrient Reference Values for Australia and New Zealand including Recommended Dietary Intakes.

Established by a CEO delegate under section 39 of the National Health and Medical Research Council Act 1992, the Advisory Committee provides advice to a Steering Group which is comprised of representatives from NHMRC, the Department of Health and the New Zealand Ministry of Health.

The Advisory Committee also guides the work of the nutrient-specific expert working groups:

Members were selected to ensure appropriate expertise in nutrition, micronutrients, end user needs, toxicology, public health, research, chronic disease and macronutrients/ total diet.

Terms of reference

In 2013, a scoping process was undertaken to prioritise 2006 Nutrient Reference Values (NRVs) requiring review.

In 2017, the Australian Government Department of Health (Health) and New Zealand Ministry of Health (NZMoH) published updates to some of the sodium and fluoride NRVs determined through the scoping process.

Through the provision of strategic advice, the Advisory Committee will contribute to the review and update of the following 2006 NRVs that were not reviewed as part of the 2017 process:

Sodium

  • Adequate intake (AI) for children and adolescents (1 to 18 years), adults (19+ years), pregnancy and lactation (14 to 50 years)
  • Suggested Dietary Target (SDT) for children and adolescents (1 to 18 years), adults (19+ years)
  • Upper Level of Intake (UL) for children and adolescents (1 to 18 years), adults (19+ years), pregnancy and lactation (14 to 50 years).

Iodine

  • Estimated Average Requirement (EAR) and Recommended Dietary Requirement (RDI) for children and adolescents (1 to 18 years), adults (19 years+), pregnancy and lactation (14 to 50 years)
  • UL for children and adolescents (1 tp 18 years), adults (19 years+), pregnancy and lactation (14 to 50 years)

Fluoride

  • UL and AI for children and adolescents (9 to 18 years), adults (19 years+), pregnancy and lactation (14 to 50 years)

AIs for infants

  • AIs for infants for all nutrients except fluoride, which was reviewed in 2017
  • UL for sodium and iodine for infants (0-12 months)

The Advisory Committee will provide advice to a Steering Group which is comprised of senior staff from the office of the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC), Health and NZMoH.

The Advisory Committee will:

  • provide expert advice to the Steering Group on priority nutrients for review
  • advise on additional required expertise for the nutrient Expert Working Groups
  • provide periodic advice and guidance to the Steering Group on review processes and NRV development as required, including advising on alignment with the Methodological framework for the review of Nutrient Reference Values*
  • review outcomes from the nutrient reviews
  • provide advice on any risks associated with draft NRV recommendations
  • provide advice on the outcomes of public consultation on any of the NRVs reviewed.

*Australian Government Department of Health. Methodological Framework for the Review of Nutrient Reference Values. Canberra. Commonwealth of Australia; 2015.

Appointments to the Steering Group Advisory Committee will conclude 31 December 2023.

Membership

Member information and disclosure of interests (declarations)

NHMRC asks all committee members to document their interests for consideration by a CEO delegate prior to being appointed to the committee. Members are asked to update their interests during the term of their appointment or as soon as practicable after becoming aware of the interest or that there has been a change in the nature or extent of the interest. Members are asked to consider perceived interests as well as actual interests. A summary of the interests declared by each member is provided within the declarations (below).

Chair,
Ms
Janine
Lewis

(2 February 2021 to present)
Food Standards Australia New Zealand

Relevant experience

  • Nutrition
  • Fortification of micronutrients
  • Public health
  • Nutritional risk analysis

Declaration

  • Principal Nutritionist at Food Standards Australia New Zealand
  • Leader of the Australian delegation to the Codex Committee on Nutrition and Foods for Special Dietary Uses (CCNFSDU) from 1998 to 2016
  • Author on various publications relating to nutrient reference values including:
    • Codex nutrient reference values (ISBN: 978-92-5-131957-4)
    • Establishing Nutrient Intake Values (IBSN: 9780128198421)

Emeritus Professor
Murray
Skeaff

(2018 to 2021)
University of Otago

Relevant experience

  • Nutrition
  • Public health and research

Declaration

  • Member of Nutrition Guidance Expert Advisory (NUGAG) Subgroup on Diet and Health, since 2010. The World Health Organization published in 2012 guidelines for 'Sodium intake for adults and children'. NUGAG advised WHO in the development of these guidelines.
  • Member of Technical Advisory Group for the Eating and Activity Guidelines, New Zealand Ministry of Health (2013 to 2016)
  • Referee for various scientific journals
  • Media about health and nutrition topics
  • Married to member of the Iodine Expert Working Group

Professor
Amanda
Lee

(2018 to 2021)
The Australian Prevention Partnership Centre, The Sax Institute and University of Queensland

Relevant experience

  • Nutrition
  • End user needs
  • Public health
  • Research
  • Chronic disease and macronutrients/ total diet

Declaration

  • Invited to provide peer review of draft evaluation report on fortification of food supply with folic acid and iodine for the Commonwealth Department of Health (July 2016)
  • Invited to provide independent advice on strategies to improve the nutritional health of the Australian population in a brief report to the Woolworths Board (March 2013)
  • Consultant to NHMRC on Discretionary Foods Project (July to November 2018)
  • Chair of the Food Standards Australia New Zealand Consumer and Public Health Dialogue (2013 to current)
  • Referee for various scientific journals
  • Media about health and nutrition topics

Honorary Professor
Samir
Samman

(2018 to 2020)
School of Life and Environmental Sciences, University of Sydney

Relevant experience

  • Nutrition
  • Micronutrients
  • Nutrient deficiency/ toxicity
  • Public health and research

Declaration

  • Associate Editor Asia Pacific Journal of Clinical Nutrition; Editorial Advisory Board Member British Nutrition Foundation Nutrition Bulletin
  • Associate investigator on a research grant from Meat & Livestock Australia (April 2014 to May 2015)
  • Immediate Past President, Nutrition Society of Australia (2018 to 2019)
  • Referee for various scientific journals