Staff Profile: Dr Kathy Trieu

Kathy Trieu is a Research Fellow with a background in public health nutrition at the George Institute for Global Health, where she leads policy-oriented research related to improving the nutrition of populations for the prevention of noncommunicable diseases. Kathy was recently awarded her PhD (January 2019) from the University of Sydney, Faculty of Medicine and […]

Potential use of salt substitutes to reduce blood pressure

Farrand et al published a commentary outlining the potential use of salt substitutes to complement existing salt reduction strategies. Salt substitutes offer an opportunity to further reduce population salt intake and also increase potassium intake, which will reduce population blood pressure and assist in preventing and managing hypertension. They recommend governments consider promoting and subsidising salt […]

Fact sheet and call to action on dietary sodium in Canada

Hypertension Canada released a ‘Fact sheet and call to action on dietary sodium’ in January, which received widespread support from Canadian health and scientific organizations. The fact sheet highlights the risk of high sodium intakes, the importance of population sodium reduction, and opportunities for sodium reduction in Canada. The call to action comprises 10 priority […]

Costa Ricans consuming almost twice the recommended amount of salt

Costa Ricans consume almost double the WHO salt recommendations. The Costa Rican Institute for Research and Education in Nutrition and Health (Incenses) have coordinated two international events to raise awareness of the issue. In February, a workshop “Application of social marketing in the creation of capacities and the reduction of salt intake in Latin America: […]

Sodium and Potassium Dietary Reference Intake Values Updates- US

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine recently reviewed evidence and updated dietary reference intake values for sodium and potassium. Adequate intake (AI) amounts have remained unchanged for 14-50 year olds, and increased slightly for adults over 51 years old. For most children’s age groups the AI has been reduced slightly. The tolerable upper […]

Mid-term evaluation of Malaysia’s National Salt Reduction Strategy

In November last year, with support from WHO, Kathy and Jacqui from the George Institute supported a Ministry of Health workshop in Malaysia to understand the progress of the national salt reduction strategy to date, with a view to providing recommendations for strengthening implementation and monitoring of the strategy in the next two years. The […]

Understanding Barriers and Enablers to State Action on Salt: Analysis of Stakeholder Perceptions of the VicHealth Salt Reduction Partnership

A study by McKenzie et al investigated stakeholder perceptions of the Victorian Salt Reduction Partnership. The Partnership consists of health and research organisations that came together in 2015 to develop an action plan for salt reduction interventions in Victoria, Australia. Fourteen stakeholders were interviewed (12 members of the partnership and two informal collaborators) at the mid-point […]