Reshaping the food system: providing healthy, affordable and sustainable diets to children and adolescents

Wednesday 16 October 2019 at 6pm

Event details

Hosted by Deakin University's School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences and the Institute for Physical Activity and Nutrition (IPAN), Dr Sandro Domaio will launch the 2019 UNICEF State of the World's Children Report: Food Systems for Children and Adolescents.

'In many parts of the world, most children and adolescents do not receive the diets they need – in quantity, frequency and quality – to survive, grow, and develop to their full potential. Poor dietary diversity, inadequate dietary patterns, and frequent consumption of poor quality foods contribute to this reality. Poor quality diets cut across all age groups from infancy through school-age years and adolescence, as well as across regions and countries, with consequences for undernutrition, overweight and non-communicable diseases.'

On World Food Day 2019, Sandro will launch this internationally significant report on behalf of UNICEF Australia and you will have the opportunity to consider and discuss the issues with colleagues, friends and Deakin Alumni.

To reserve your place, please ensure you RSVP as soon as possible, as seating is limited. This event is invitation only – please email the events team if you wish to nominate a colleague to attend.

Keynote speaker

Dr Sandro Demaio smiling.

Sandro trained and worked as a medical doctor at The Alfred Hospital in Australia. While practising as a doctor he completed a Master in Public Health including fieldwork in Cambodia.

Learn more about Dr Sandro Demaio

In 2010, he relocated to Denmark where he completed a PhD with the University of Copenhagen, focusing on non-communicable diseases. His doctoral research was based in Mongolia, working with the Ministry of Health. He designed, led and reported a national epidemiological survey, sampling more than 3500 households.

Sandro held a Postdoctoral Fellowship at Harvard Medical School from 2013 to 2015, and was Assistant Professor and Course Director in Global Health at the Copenhagen School of Global Health, in Denmark. He also established and led the PLOS blog Global Health.
From 2015 until 2018, Sandro was Medical Officer for non-communicable conditions and nutrition with the Department of Nutrition for Health and Development at the global headquarters of the World Health Organization.

Since 2018, Sandro has been Chief Executive Office of EAT: the science-based, global platform for food systems transformation.

In his pro bono work, Dr Demaio co-founded NCDFREE, a global social movement against non-communicable diseases using social media, short film and leadership events – reaching more than 2.5 million people in its first 18 months. In 2015, he founded festival21, assembling and leading a team of knowledge leaders in staging a massive and unprecedented, free celebration of community, food, culture and future in his hometown Melbourne. Then in 2018 and funded through his media work with ABC TV and Pan MacMillan publishers, Sandro established an independent, not-for-profit foundation focused on improving the health and nutrition of Australians.

Dr Demaio currently co-hosts the ABC television show Ask the Doctor – an innovative and exploratory factual medical series broadcasting weekly across Australia, and around the world on Netflix.

To date, he has published 30 scientific papers and more than 90 articles. He is also the author of the Doctor’s Diet, a cookbook based on science and inspired by a love of good food.

Sandro is fascinated by systems-innovation and leadership; public health entrepreneurialism; and solving externality-driven disease.

Sandro has recently been appointed as CEO of VicHealth.

About the School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences and IPAN

Ranked #3 sport science school in the world, the School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences is a leader in its field. We are the only school in Australia that brings both nutrition and physical activity together in both its teaching and research.

There's a broad spectrum of research conducted in the School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences: exercise science, sport and physical activity, nutrition and dietetics and food science.
The ability to conduct research that brings these areas together is part of what makes Deakin unique.

The School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences hosts the Institute for Physical Activity and Nutrition (IPAN). The majority of our school's research is conducted through IPAN, and our course content is heavily influenced by research from the institute.

The Institute for Physical Activity and Nutrition (IPAN) is a world-leading research institute committed to improving health and quality of life. We focus on reducing the rates of chronic disease through nutrition and physical activity research excellence while fostering the next generation of research stars.

We conduct world-leading research into disadvantaged communities, children's health, dietary patterns, food policy and consumer food choices.

Our research is solutions focused and used in the development of nutrition- and physical activity-related policy as well as new programs.

The Institute conducts research across four domains and comprises a number of research groups:

  • Biology of health and disease
  • Preventing and managing chronic conditions
  • Healthy active living
  • Food, nutrition and health

IPAN is Co-Directed by Alfred Deakin Professor David Crawford and Alfred Deakin Professor Jo Salmon.

Alfred Deakin Professor David Crawford, AM

Alfred Deakin Professor David Crawford, AM profile picture.

IPAN Co-Director

A highly awarded and recognised leader in health research and obesity prevention, Alfred Deakin Professor David Crawford has forged a 37 year career finding solutions to health challenges.

David's awareness of the implications of a society that eats more and moves less than at any other time in history led him to jointly establish the Institute for Physical Activity and Nutrition at Deakin University – an organisation dedicated to using its quality research to achieve better health outcomes.

As Head of the School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences at Deakin, David leads the highest ranked school in Australia and third highest in the world in sports science (Academic Ranking of World Universities).

Alfred Deakin Professor Jo Salmon

Alfred Deakin Professor Jo Salmon profile picture

IPAN Co-Director

Through her research, Alfred Deakin Professor Jo Salmon has made a significant contribution to public health physical activity initiatives both in Australia and around the world, securing around $20 million to further her research.

She is a co-founder and Co-Director of the world-renowned IPAN. Jo is an engaging speaker and media spokesperson, and is able to translate complex messages to communicate with a broad audience.

Jo led the research and design of Transform-Us!, a ground-breaking initiative being offered, with funding from NHMRC, VicHealth and support from the Department of Education and Training and 14 other stakeholder organisations, to all Victorian primary schools to promote children's physical activity and reduce prolonged sitting.

Dr Rebecca Lindberg

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Dr Lindberg is a committed nutrition practitioner with many years of experience in Australian policy, programs, applied and academic research. She has previously led research on household food insecurity in Australia and investigated the role of the charitable food sector in responding to this growing nutrition issue. Dr Lindberg has also contributed to research projects on environmental sustainability, food waste, and health policy.

Dr Lindberg joined IPAN’s Early-Mid Careers Research Program in 2017 after leading a national collaboration which monitors Australia's progress on preventing chronic diseases.
She previously worked at SecondBite and is currently the Co-Convenor of The Right to Food Coalition and a Director of The Community Grocer.

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Key information

Date and time

Wednesday 16 October 2019


Melbourne Museum
11 Nicholson Street
Victoria 3053

Supported by

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