Photo- The WHO CC Sydney based team, from left to right; Joseph Alvin Santos, Claire Johnson, Clare Farrand, Jacqui Webster, Kathy Trieu and Briar McKenzie
Associate Professor Jacqui Webster
Head of Advocacy and Policy Impact and Director of WHO CC Salt Reduction
Associate Professor, Faculty of Medicine, UNSW and Honorary Associate Professor, Sydney Medical School, University of Sydney
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Jacqui is responsible for the establishment of a new program on global advocacy and research impact at the George Institute and is an Associate Professor at the University of New South Wales and Sydney University.
She is also Director of the World Health Organization Collaborating Centre on Population Salt Reduction at the George Institute with a remit is to support countries to achieve the new global targets to reduce salt by 30% by 2025 including through providing direct support to countries, producing and disseminating resources and extending the evidence base.
Jacqui’s primary research interests are implementation science, public health advocacy, stakeholder engagement and evaluation of salt reduction interventions. She has extensive experience of implementing complex public health interventions including in the UK, The Netherlands, The Pacific Islands, Mongolia, Vietnam and Australia. Her current focus is translating her experience of implementing effective salt reduction programs globally to broader food and health programs. Jacqui was awarded her PhD from Sydney Medical School at University of Sydney in 2011 and currently supervises a number of students there and provides guest lectures on public health advocacy and food to the School of Public Health and Nutrition and Dietetics students.
Jacqui is currently supported by a National Health and Medical Research Council Career Development Fellowship and a Heart Foundation Future Leaders Award on international strategies to reduce salt. She receives additional funding from the National Health and Medical Research Council, the National Heart Foundation, the Victorian Health Promotion Foundation and the World Health Organization for work in this field.
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Dr Claire Johnson
Post-doctoral Research Fellow
Claire works with the World Health Organization Collaborating Centre on Population Salt Reduction Division at the George Institute, Australia which has a remit is to support countries to achieve the new global targets to reduce salt by 30% by 2025 including through providing direct support to countries, producing and disseminating resources and extending the evidence base.
Claire has expertise in conducting population-based research in low-and-middle income settings and her PhD consolidated baseline data on dietary salt intake to propose a national salt reduction strategy for India.
Claire’s primary research interests are in nutritional epidemiology with a focus on the prevention of NCDs in low and middle income countries. She currently holds a Heart Foundation Post-doctoral Fellowship aimed at monitoring the effect of food policy on diet-related NCDs in the Pacific region.
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Senior Project Manager, WHO CC Salt Reduction
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Clare Farrand is a Public Health Nutritionist and the Senior Project Manager for Salt Reduction at the World Health Organisation Collaborating Centre on Population Salt Reduction supporting countries to develop and implement salt reduction strategies to achieve the global target to reduce salt by 30% by 2025.
Clare has over 9 years’ experience working in public health on the primary prevention of nutrition related illness. Clare previously worked in the UK for the Food Standards Agency’s Nutrition Strategy Division on their successful salt reduction programme before going on to lead the International Salt Reduction Programme at World Action on Salt and Health. Clare has extensive experience in public health advocacy, stakeholder engagement and translating research in to public health action; influencing public health policies at the national and international level, supporting countries to implement effective salt reduction programmes and working with the food industry on reformulation of food products to contain less salt, fat and sugar. Clare’s primary interest is reducing the growing burden of food, nutrition and diet related noncommunicable disease through effective food and nutrition related policies.
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Kathy Trieu is a PhD student and research associate at The George Institute for Global Health.
Her work involves supporting the activities of the World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Population Salt Reduction (WHO CC SALT) in relation to the research, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of salt reduction strategies. In mid-2015, Kathy commenced a PhD at The University of Sydney, School of Public Health focusing on evaluating and understanding the effectiveness of interventions and policies to reduce population salt intake for the prevention of hypertension and cardiovascular diseases.
Kathy holds a bachelor in Nutrition combined with Exercise and Sport Science and a Master of Public Health from The University of Sydney.
Her research aspirations involve undertaking strong-quality research that can usefully inform the development of effective strategies and policies to improve population-wide health and nutrition for the prevention of NCDs.
Joseph Alvin Santos
PhD Student and Research Assistant
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Joseph Alvin Santos is a PhD student at the University of New South Wales (UNSW). He also works as a research assistant to the World Health Organisation Collaborating Centre on Population Salt Reduction (WHO CC SALT), Office of the Chief Scientist at The George Institute for Global Health.
He completed his undergraduate in Nursing at the University of the Philippines in 2009, and his Masters Degree in Philosophy at the University of Sydney in 2018. In between, he worked as a staff nurse at the largest tertiary hospital in the Philippines from 2010 to 2013, and completed the coursework for the Masters Degree in Epidemiology at the University of the Philippines from 2012 to 2014.
His work involves providing support with data analysis and supporting the research and advocacy work of the Collaborating Centre. He commenced his PhD at UNSW in March 2018, focusing on the link between national, household, and individual-level salt-related factors and cardiometabolic disease risk in low and middle-income countries.
His research aspirations involve undertaking quality research to expand the evidence base for measuring disease risk factors in various settings.
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Briar McKenzie is a PhD candidate and research assistant within The George Institute for Global Health’s Office of the Chief Scientist.
Her work involves supporting research activities within the Public Health Advocacy and Policy Impact team and the World Health Organization Collaborating Centre on Population Salt Reduction. At the start of 2018 Briar commenced a PhD through the University of New South Wales, as a recipient of a Scientia PhD Scholarship. Her PhD focuses on assessing gender disparities in dietary intake and non-communicable disease risk factors and outcomes.
Briar holds an undergraduate degree in Nutritional Science (BSc) and a Master’s of Dietetics (MDiet) from the University of Otago, New Zealand.
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PhD Student and Research Assistant
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Emalie Sparks is a PhD candidate and research assistant at The George Institute for Global Health. She is also an Accredited Practising Dietitian.
Emalie’s work for the World Health Organization Collaborating Centre on Population Salt Reduction and Public Health Advocacy and Policy Impact team involves supporting salt reduction research and advocacy activities, in Australia and globally. She commenced her PhD at The University of New South Wales in 2019 focusing on the impact of institutional nutrition policies on dietary intake.
Emalie holds a Bachelor of Science (BSc) and a Master of Nutrition and Dietetics (MNutrDiet) from The University of Sydney.
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- Dr Temo Waqanivalu, World Health Organization, Geneva
- Warrick Kim World Health Organization Western Pacific Regional Office
- Wendy Snowdon, World Health Organization Representative Office of the South Pacific
The local oversight group is comprised of individuals from the George Institute for Global Health and University of Sydney who meet once every six months to ensure that the Collaborating Centre is delivering upon its remit. These experts provide ad hoc operational support as required. Members include:
- Professor Rebecca Ivers, The George Institute for Global Health, University of Sydney
- Richard Mills, The George Institute for Global Health
- Professor Bruce Neal, The George Institute for Global Health, University of Sydney
- Professor Anushka Patel, The George Institute for Global Health, University of Sydney
- Professor Vlado Perkovic, The George Institute for Global Health, University of Sydney
- Mu Li, University of Sydney
Other team members
Dr Elizabeth Dunford
Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Elizabeth Dunford is a Research Fellow for The George Institute for Global Health’s Food Policy Division and a visiting Research Fellow at the Carolina Population Center at the University of North Carolina. She is also Project Coordinator for the Global Food Monitoring Group and for the FoodSwitch smartphone application globally.
Elizabeth has an undergraduate degree in Human Nutrition, a Masters degree in Public Health, and a PhD in Public Health from The University of Sydney. The work she has done through the Food Monitoring Group was instrumental in The George Institute’s Food Policy Division achieving World Health Organization Collaborating Center status in 2013.
Through the Food Monitoring Group Elizabeth liaises closely with collaborators from 30 countries. In 2014 she was awarded the World Obesity Federation’s New Investigator Award for her work in developing the FoodSwitch smartphone application. In the past 5 years she has presented at more than 45 national and international conferences.
In her short research career she has published more than 40 academic papers, has authored external documents for the World Health Organization and for the government of NSW, and she is an invited reviewer for more than 30 nutrition, medical and public health journals.
Ms. Michelle Crino
FoodSwitch Database Manager
Michelle Crino is a PhD student and FoodSwitch Database Manager at The George Institute for Global Health. Her work involves analyses and monitoring of food supply-based policies and nutritional composition of foods across countries.
In March 2014 Michelle commenced a PhD at the University of Sydney, School of Public Health. Collaborating with the NHMRC Centre for Research Excellence on Food and Obesity Systems, and the International Network for Food and Obesity/non-communicable Diseases Research, Monitoring and Action Support (INFORMAS), Michelle’s project will provide new evidence on the effects of food/obesity policies on nutritional composition of processed foods on an international scale.
Michelle also works on a variety of FoodSwitch-related projects. As FoodSwitch Database Manager, Michelle co-ordinates, trains and provides advice and support to countries looking to develop food composition databases as well as FoodSwitch smartphone-applications. Additionally her work extends to working with researchers, policy makers, regulatory bodies and the food industry to provide accurate, up-to-date, easy-to-interpret data to support consumers to healthier food choices.
Both Michelle’s PhD and FoodSwitch-related work aim to help direct future policy efforts in creating a healthier food supply.
Michelle has extensive food science/technology and nutrition experience, particularly in reformulation of food products and food legislation. Michelle holds a BFSHN (Hons) and MPH.
Dr Nicole Li
Nicole has a medical degree and a PhD in public health research. Her research interests include: nutrition and lifestyle interventions for the prevention of cardiovascular diseases; impact modeling and evaluation for different intervention strategies and health policy reforms on cardiovascular disease burden; interventions looking at bridging evidencepractice gap in cardiovascular disease risk managements; and health advocacy.
Nicole was awarded a Fogarty International Clinical Research Fellowship from the United States in 2009 and took up this fellowship at The George Institute, China for one year in July 2009. In 2010, she was awarded a NHMRC Australian-China Exchange Fellowship, which enables her to continue her work at The George Institute, China office for an additional two years. Nicole is due to leave The George Institute, China in November 2012 and continue her post-doctoral studies with The George Institute, Australia.
Ms. Alexandra Jones
Alexandra Jones is a lawyer leading the Food Policy Division’s program on regulatory strategies to prevent diet-related disease, with collaborators at the University of Sydney’s Faculty of Law, Charles Perkins Centre and Menzies Centre for Health Policy.
Alexandra’s current research interests include Australia’s interpretive front-of-pack Health Star Rating system, mandatory salt standards, government-led programs for reformulation of processed foods, and regulation of sugar-sweetened beverages.
Alexandra has previously worked on global tobacco control, and in health and human rights. Her primary interest is in the use of domestic and international law as a policy tool for prevention and control of non-communicable diseases. Ali holds a Masters of Global Health Law from Georgetown Law (Washington, D.C. USA), and a BA/LLB from the University of Sydney. Ali is currently undertaking a Ph.D. exploring nutrition labelling regulation worldwide.
Ms. Polly Huang