Professor Amanda Lee
Professor Lee is a Senior Adviser with The Australian Prevention Partnership Centre. She is Adjunct Professor at the University of Queensland, 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, a member of the Australian Academy of Science’s Nutrition Committee and Co-convenor of the Food and Nutrition Special Interest Group of the Public Health Association of Australia.
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).
ABC Health and Wellbeing: The magic pill: how do the health claims in Pete Evans’ paleo diet doco stack up?
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:
- Fairfax Media: A healthy diet is cheaper, but we’re still spending big on junk foods
- 9 News: Research reveals Aussies spend half their food budget on ‘junk food’
- Plus interviews with ABC News
Prevention Centre news: Putting a price on food: is price a barrier to healthy eating?