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Australia- Annual Report

“Australian Academy of Science”
National Committee for Nutrition (Australia)

2009 Membership:

  • 2009 Membership
  • Professor Jennie Brand-Miller (Chair)
  • Professor Frank Dunshea
  • Professor Mike Gidley
  • Dr Jonathan Hodgson
  • Associate Professor Maria Makrides
  • Professor Caryl Nowson
  • Professor Kerin O’Dea
  • Professor Andrew Sinclair

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Term of membership
Four year rotational basis

Year established

Activity Report 2008
The Committee focussed on the sharp rise in iodine deficiency in Australia with ‘A Call to Action’ ( published early in 2008.  The consequences of iodine deficiency include a fall in Australia’s average IQ, a rise in learning difficulties and a fall in the number of gifted individuals.

To draw attention to the problem, the Committee organised a one-day symposium at the Shine Dome in May, 2008 in conjunction with the Nutrition Society of Australia and the International Life Sciences Institute Australasia. Although we cannot claim all the credit, Food Standards Australia New Zealand announced mandatory addition of iodised salt in bread shortly afterwards! However, this move alone is unlikely to be sufficient to protect the most vulnerable section of the population: pregnant women and their offspring. The Committee will therefore focus further efforts on the need for population-based nutrition monitoring in Australia.

The Committee is also working on the formation of a leadership program in nutrition for young and middle career nutritionists in Australia and New Zealand.  Over the past year, one member of the Committee, Associate Professor Maria Makrides has liaised with Professor Ricardo Uauy, the President of the International Union of Nutritional Science (IUNS).