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
Professor Jacqui Webster
Head of Advocacy and Policy Impact and Director of World Health Organization Collaborating Centre on Population Salt Reduction
Professor, Faculty of Medicine, UNSW
PHD IN PUBLIC HEALTH
MASTER OF INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT
BACHELOR OF SOCIOLOGY
Jacqui is Head of Advocacy and Policy Impact within the Food Policy team at the George Institute and Director of the World Health Organization Collaborating Centre on Population Salt Reduction at the George Institute. She is also a Professor at the University of New South Wales.
Jacqui’s primary research interests are food policy 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 Heart Foundation Future Leaders Level II Award on strengthening and monitoring food policies. 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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Dr Annet Hoek
Senior Research Fellow
PHD CONSUMER AND SENSORY RESEARCH
MASTERS OF MEDICAL SCIENCE (HUMAN NUTRITION)
MASTERS OF SCIENCE (BIOLOGY)
Annet Hoek is a Senior Research Fellow within The George Institute for Global Health’s Food Policy Division. Her research supports the Public Health Advocacy and Policy Impact team, and the World Health Organization Collaborating Centre on Population Salt Reduction.
Annet has extensive expertise in behavior change, food innovation, and food policy, and considers herself to be a ‘pracademic’ with a passion for real life impact. Over the past 18 years she worked in both academic and applied settings: food, health and aged care industries, governments and not-for-profit organisations. This is backed up by her qualifications in Consumer Research (PhD), Human Nutrition (MMEdSci), and Biology (MSc).
Her research interests include healthy and sustainable food behaviours and systems, as well as novel consumer research methods. She is keen to translate her expertise and insights from blue chip companies to improve food experiences and consumption of vulnerable groups. Annet is experienced with both qualitative and quantitative research methodologies, with a particular interest in what people actually do or feel; not just what they say.
Dr Kathy Trieu
PHD IN PUBLIC HEALTH
MASTERS OF PUBLIC HEALTH
Kathy Trieu is a research fellow within The George Institute for Global Health’s Food Policy Division. Her research supports the Public Health Advocacy and Policy Impact team, and the World Health Organization Collaborating Centre on Population Salt Reduction.
Kathy’s primary research activities include advancing the evidence of the impact of nutrition on health and designing, implementing, evaluating and adapting public health policies to improve nutrition for different local contexts worldwide. Her work supports the activities of the WHO Collaborating Centre for Salt Reduction, which aims to support countries achieve a 30% reduction in global salt intake by 2025, by producing evidence-informed guidance documents and administering training related to developing, implementing, monitoring and evaluating salt reduction strategies.
In January 2019, Kathy was awarded her PhD from the Faculty of Medicine and Health at The University of Sydney, which examined the implementation and the effectiveness of interventions to lower population salt intake worldwide. Building on her PhD, Kathy is currently supported by a National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Early Career Fellowship and a Heart Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship to examine population strategies to optimise both sodium and potassium intake for the prevention of hypertension and cardiovascular diseases. This involves evaluating nutrition policies, implementation science, dietary modelling and process and economic evaluations.
Joseph Alvin Santos
PhD Candidate and Research Assistant
MASTERS OF PHILOSOPHY
Joseph Alvin Santos is a PhD candidate at the University of New South Wales and a Research Assistant at The George Institute for Global Health’s Food Policy Division. His research supports the Public Health Advocacy and Policy Impact team and the World Health Organization Collaborating Centre on Population Salt Reduction.
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.
PhD Candidate and Research Assistant
MASTERS OF DIETETICS
BACHELOR OF SCIENCE (HUMAN NUTRITION)
Briar McKenzie is a PhD candidate and Research Assistant within The George Institute for Global Health’s Food Policy Division.
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 Candidate and Research Assistant
MASTERS OF NUTRITION AND DIETETICS
BACHELOR OF SCIENCE (PHYSIOLOGY)
Emalie Rosewarne is a PhD candidate and Research Assistant within The George Institute for Global Health’s Food Policy Division. 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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PhD Candidate and Research Fellow
MASTERS OF ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
BACHELOR OF ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH SCIENCE
Dejen is a PhD candidate and Research Fellow within The George Institute for Global Health’s Food Policy Division. He commenced his PhD at the University of New South Wales, faculty of medicine in February 18, 2019 focusing on food policy interventions to reduce the burden of NCDs in Africa.
Dejen works for the Public Health Advocacy and Policy Impact team involves supporting salt reduction research and advocacy activities, in Africa and globally. His research aspirations involve undertaking strong-quality research that can usefully inform the development of effective food-based strategies and policies to improve population-wide health and nutrition for the prevention of diet related NCDs.
Dejen holds an undergraduate degree in Environmental Health Sciences (BSc) and a master’s degree in Environmental Science and Technology from Jimma University, Ethiopia.
MASTER OF PUBLIC HEALTH
BACHELOR OF SCIENCE
Ashleigh Hart is a Research Assistant within The George Institute for Global Health’s Food Policy Division. Her research assistance supports the Public Health Advocacy and Policy Impact team, and the World Health Organization Collaborating Centre on Population Salt Reduction.
Ashleigh’s research interests are global noncommunicable disease prevention and reduction of climate change through population-level diet-related interventions. This includes transforming the food system and using regulatory and fiscal policies to create healthier and more equitable consumer environments where all people, regardless of socio-economic status, have access to and can afford to have a healthy diet and lifestyle.
Ashleigh holds a Master of Public Health from the University of Sydney and a Bachelor of Science from the University of New South Wales and is interested to progress to a PhD.
- 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. 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
Polly Huang is a PhD candidate working on the China Salt Substitute and Stroke Study (SSaSS), a randomized controlled trial looking at the effect of using reduced sodium added potassium on the risk of stroke. Polly also works as a data analyst in the Food Policy team.
Polly joined the George Institute for Global Health in 2010. She initiated the FoodSwitch China project during her master study between 2013-2015. After her master’s study, Polly worked in China for two years as a research fellow, and led and participated in a number of projects targeting at improving public health in China.
The experience of both working in China and Australia provides Polly a global perspective of public health and she would be interested in expanding her research beyond China and Australia.