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Professor Amanda Lee

Professor Lee is a Senior Adviser with The Australian Prevention Partnership Centre. She is Adjunct Professor at Curtin University, Griffith University and the Queensland University of Technology and Nutrition Consultant for Nganampa Health Council.

She has more than 35 years’ experience as a practitioner and academic in nutrition, obesity and chronic disease prevention, Indigenous health and public health policy.

Professor Lee was the chair of the NHMRC Dietary Guidelines Working Committee, is current Chair of Food Standards Australia New Zealand’s Consumer and Public Health Dialogue, and a member of the Australian Academy of Science’s Nutrition Committee.

With the people of Minjilang, she demonstrated that marked, rapid, affordable improvements in objective indicators of nutrition and health status are possible in remote Aboriginal communities. For over a decade, she led the development of a strategic approach to tackle poor diet and obesity for Queensland Health. Among recent national projects, Professor Lee scoped the new national nutrition policy, finalised the Healthy Weight Guide website, assessed evidence to prioritise obesity policy actions in state jurisdictions, and developed the Healthy Diets ASAP (Australian Standardised Affordability and Pricing) methods.

Globally, she leads the food price and affordability domain of the International Network for Food and Obesity/non-communicable diseases Research, Monitoring and Action Support (INFORMAS).

Read more about Professor Lee’s work

2017

The Sydney Morning Herald: How garbage food became normal

Professor Lee’s presentation at the Dietitians Association of Australian national conference in May 2017 generated widespread media interest, including:

2016

The Conversation: A healthy diet is cheaper than junk food but a good diet is still too expensive for some

2015

Prevention Centre news: Putting a price on food: is price a barrier to healthy eating?