Food & Nutrition SIG

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The objectives of the Food and Nutrition Special Interest Group are to: Provide a focal point for discussion of and action on public health food and nutrition issues; Provide a formal vehicle for networking, advocacy and collaboration in public health nutrition; Promote development of a framework for education and professional development of public health workers interested in public health nutrition, and; Ensure that public health nutrition is represented in the affairs of the Public Health Association of Australia.

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Food & Nutrition SIG Committee 


Co-Convenor: Bronwyn Ashton

Bronwyn has been a public health nutritionist for more than 30 years. She has worked in the academic, government and non-government sectors. She has expertise in state and national food and nutrition policy, including food regulatory policy, and experience in advocating for policies that are more supportive of preventing nutrition-related, chronic disease. She has been a member of the FANSIG executive committee for 15 years and has been co-convenor for three years.


Co-Convenor: Damian Maganja

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Damian is a Research Fellow at The George Institute for Global Health. His work focusses on policy, regulation and governance to counter the influence of harmful industries and improve the healthiness of food environments. He joined the academic sector after working in health policy and programs with various government and non-government organisations.

2024 Committee:

  • VIC: Damian Maganja, Gary Sacks, Kathryn Backholer, Adyya Gupta, Cherie Russell
  • QLD: Bronwyn Ashton, Katherine Cullerton, Kelly D'cunha
  • NSW: Helen Tran, Catharine Fleming
  • WA: Claire Pulker, Rachelle Pretorius, Clare Whitton
  • SA: John Coveney

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