ELNC Committee

PSANZ Early Life Nutrition sub-committee members include: 


Australian Diabetes Educators Association; Australian Diabetes Society; Caring and Living as Neighbours; University of Queensland; Developmental Origins of Health and Disease Society Australia and New Zealand; Dietitians Association of Australia; Healthy Start Workforce Project; The Liggins Institute; Menzies Institute for Medical Research; Murdoch Children’s Research Institute; Pharmaceutical Society of Australia; United Way Australia; and the University of Auckland.

  • Eleanor Loudon 0012 Clare Wall

    Clare Wall

    Associate Professor Clare Wall is the Head of the Discipline of Nutrition and Dietetics at The University of Auckland, Medical School and Director of the MHSc Nutrition and Dietetic Programme After qualifying as a dietitian in the UK in 1984, she specialised in paediatric dietetics, working in both the UK and Australia. She has had many years of practical experience assisting parents, children and adolescents with nutrition advice and support. Clare is an active member of the nutrition community in New Zealand and serves on a number of national review panels and committees in the infant and childhood nutrition area 

    Claire’s main research focus is the interrelationship between the determinants of nutritional status and health outcomes in the paediatric population. She is currently a collaborator on a number of research projects in pregnancy and early life including:  Growing up in New Zealand; the Auckland Birthweight Collaborative Study; the SCOPE study; the HUMBA study and the Growing up Milk lite study.

    The University of Auckland, Department of Nutrition

    The University of Auckland is home to high quality nutrition research and teaching. The Discipline of Nutrition is integral to this, with distinguished researchers undertaking vital research in nutrigenomics, functional foods, prostate cancer, inflammatory bowel disease and paediatric nutrition.

  • Eleanor Loudon 0011 Emily Cormack

    Emily Cormack

    Emily leads United Way Australia’s special program initiatives to overcome social disadvantage, with a focus on innovation and incubation of new approaches to targeting specific issues. With more than 15 years’ experience in community development and community engagement, Emily has worked internationally, leading the Australian Government’s Pacific Islands technical assistance program in the North Pacific, Samoa and Tonga with a focus on Health and Education. Emily has also worked in Australia with national and local governments to tackle complex issues and with communities to mobilise networks for a common purpose. 

    Emily brings her expertise and technical knowledge to managing projects at United Way Australia focusing on children aged 0-5 years. Emily has a Bachelor of Arts (Social Sciences) and a Masters of Arts in Development Studies.

    United Way Australia

    OUR VISION is that every Australian community thrives. 

    OUR PURPOSE is to unite community, business, philanthropy, government, and social purpose organisations in collaborative action to improve education, employment, health and housing outcomes in communities experiencing disadvantage.

    WE BELIEVE that the postcode people are born in should not determine their destiny, that the causes of entrenched community disadvantage in Australia are complex and that no single organisation can solve these issues alone. We need to work together to achieve change.

  • Eleanor Loudon 0010 Frank Bloomfield

    Frank Bloomfield

    Frank is Director of the Liggins Institute, University of Auckland, and immediate Past- President of PSANZ.  He also has been President of the Perinatal Society of New Zealand between 2010 and 2014 and is a current council member of the Perinatal Research Society of the USA.  Frank’s research covers basic science through to clinical trials in neonatal nutrition, growth and development, and he serves on the Ministry of Health National Maternity Monitoring Group and the Clinical Governance Board of the National Intestinal Failure Service.

    The Liggins Institute, University of Auckland

    The Liggins Institute was the University of Auckland’s first large-scale research institute. Its vision is 'a healthy start for a healthy life' and mission is to improve life-long health through excellent research into the long-term consequences of early life events.

  • Eleanor Loudon 0009 Jacinta Sherlock

    Jacinta Sherlock

    Jacinta Sherlock is an Accredited Practicing Dietitian and an Accredited Nutritionist who graduated with her Masters in Dietetics from La Trobe University.

    Jacinta is the former co-chair and Nutrition and Dietetics Representative, on the Future Health Leaders Council, having completed the Leadership Victoria Health Sector Leadership program in 2016. 

    Jacinta is a passionate advocate for chronic disease prevention, healthy eating behaviours and positive body image, embracing a person centered approach to healthy weight management throughout the life course  Jacinta is currently undertaking her Honours in Nutrition, exploring the impact of smartphone technology, social media and celebrity nutrition advice, on the eating behaviour and food choices in pregnant women.

    Future Health Leaders

    Future Health Leaders was established in 2011 to ensure ongoing engagement of students and early-career health professionals in the health reform process.  Future Health Leaders is the first multi-professional organisation in Australia for both student and early career health professionals to work together in shaping tomorrow, today!

    We believe that every student and early career health professional can make a significant contribution to improve the health of all Australians regardless of their location, background or discipline.  We aim inspire and empower new ideas on current health issues in Australia and overseas, and ensure that tomorrow's health leaders are engaged in solving the problems that they will likely inherit.

  • Eleanor Loudon 0008 Jeff Craig

    Jeff Craig

    Associate Professor Jeff Craig leads the Early Life Epigenetics team within the Environmental and Genetic Epidemiology Research Group at the MCRI and is an Honorary Associate Professor within the Department of Paediatrics, University of Melbourne.

    His work focuses on epigenetics, the musicians that play the symphony of life on our genes. He studies the role of epigenetics in mediating the link between environmental factors, development and disease, in particular cardiovascular and neurodevelopmental disorders. He aims to develop epigenetic biomarkers predicting future disease risk.

    Dr Craig is also an internationally-recognised expert on twins and, Deputy Director of the Australian Twin Registry and Chief Investigator on the NHMRC Centre for Research Excellence on Twin Research.

     He is a keen science communicator, regular panellist on 3RRR's science show Einstein A-GoGo, and helped establish the MCRI Blog.

    Murdoch Childrens Research Institute

    Murdoch Childrens Research Institute (MCRI) is the largest child health research institute in Australia and one of the top five worldwide. Our team of more than 1900 talented researchers is dedicated to making discoveries to prevent and treat childhood conditions. 

    Many of our researchers are also clinicians at the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne, where the Institute is based. Their research is informed by the problems facing their patients but it also means when a discovery is made, this is quickly transformed into practical treatments for children in the hospita

  • Eleanor Loudon 0007 Joey Calandra

    Joey Calandra

    Joey Calandra is the Director of Strategic Partnerships and Engagement for PSA where he works with state and commonwealth government, pharmaceutical industry and consumer organisations to empower educational and practice support programs for pharmacists to improve the health of Australians through excellence in pharmacist care.

    Joey is also a board director of the Victorian Pharmacy Authority and has been involved in a consultant role both in Australian and in Great Britain with the Royal Australasian College of General Practice, Bayside Medicare Local, Australian Health Practitioner Registration Authority, National Asthma Council of Australia, Heart Foundation of Australia, Wandsworth Primary Care Trust and the Hammersmith and Fulham Primary Care Trust.

    Joey has also had extensive educator roles including Dispensary Assistant’s Course with the Pharmacy Guild, Pharmacy Interns with Monash University and Pharmacists by the provision of continuing professional development specialising in sexual health with the PSA.

    Joey’s pharmacy experience spans 16 years with experience in community pharmacy in Sydney, Melbourne and London. Joey is currently completing his executive MBA to further develop his skills as a leader in the healthcare industry both globally and in Australia. 

    Pharmaceutical Society of Australia

    PSA is the peak national professional pharmacy organisation representing Australia’s 29,000 pharmacists working in all sectors and across all locations.

    The core business of PSA is practice improvement in pharmacy by providing continuing professional development and practice support, in order to improve the health of Australians.

    PSA provides an extensive program of education and professional development activities across Australia, including the PSA Intern Training Program.

  • Eleanor Loudon 0006 Mark Vickers

    Mark Vickers

    Professor Mark Vickers is based at the Liggins Institute at The University of Auckland. Dr Vickers’ research focus is on the effect of alterations in early life nutrition on the later health and wellbeing of offspring with a particular focus on the development of obesity and the metabolic syndrome. Dr Vickers has established a number of preclinical models utilizing the paradigm of altered early-life nutrition (including maternal obesity) to examine the mechanistic basis of programming during critical periods of developmental plasticity.

    Dr Vickers also investigates the potential for reversibility of developmental programming via both nutritional and pharmacologic interventions and was one of the first to show that developmental programming was potentially reversible with interventions in the early life period. Dr Vickers original work on developmental programming was named the most cited paper of the decade in the American Journal of Physiology: Endocrinology and Metabolism for 2001-11. He has published over 120 peer-reviewed papers and 12 book chapters in the field of early life origins of adult disease and is on the Editorial Board of a number of journals in this area.

    Dr Vickers has established a number of international collaborations including the University of Cambridge, University of Southampton, Singapore Institute for Clinical Sciences and National University of Singapore, University of Western Australia and McGill and McMaster Universities in Canada. His major grant funding sources include: the Health Research Council of NZ (HRC); Marsden Fund of the Royal Society of New Zealand; the Auckland Medical Research Foundation (AMRF) andMinistry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE).

    Professor Vickers synthesized his research vision in this quote, “Few other aspects of nutrient supply and metabolism are of greater biological importance than the feeding of mothers during pregnancy and lactation. Our research aims to develop platforms to examine nutrition during these critical windows and optimize the health of mothers and offspring to reduce risk of adult diseases such as obesity and diabetes in adult life.”

    The Liggins Institute, University of Auckland

    The Liggins Institute was the University of Auckland’s first large-scale research institute. Its vision is 'a healthy start for a healthy life' and mission is to improve life-long health through excellent research into the long-term consequences of early life events.

  • Eleanor Loudon 0005 Melanie McGrice

    Melanie McGrice

    Melanie McGrice is an Advanced Accredited Practising Dietitian with a Masters degree in Dietetics. She is passionate about working with women to improve their nutrition, one bite at a time.

    Melanie was awarded the ‘excellence in dietetics’ award in 2012 for her outstanding contribution to the field of nutrition.  She has co-authored several papers published in peer-reviewed scientific journals, predominantly with a focus on weight and fertility.



  • Eleanor Loudon 0003 Peter Davies

    Peter Davies

    Professor Davies is the Director of the Children’s Nutrition Research Centre and the Children’s Health Research Centre at the University of Queensland.

    Peter Davies holds a Professorial Fellowship in Children’s Health Research Centre within the University of Queensland and is the Director of the Children’s Nutrition Research Centre (CNRC). He took this Fellowship in 2013 having previously been Deputy Head of UQ’s Medical School as well Director of Research for the School of Medicine.

    He has published over 450 articles and papers in the field of nutrition, growth, energy metabolism and body composition in both health and disease in infants and children over a number of years.

    He is a past member of the NHMRC Dietary Guidelines Working Committee and the NHMRC Infant Feeding Committee and he also a member of the Food Standards Australia New Zealand, Infant and Young Child Scientific Advisory Group. He was made a Fellow of the Nutrition Society of Australia in 2015 

    University of Queensland Child Health Research Centre

    Established in 2015, the UQ Child Health Research Centre (UQ-CHRC) within the Faculty of Medicine brings together some of UQ’s leading researchers to tackle global challenges in child and adolescent health.

    With research in nutrition and growth, respiratory disease, allied health, environmental health, burns, infectious diseases, cerebral palsy, rehabilitation and more, the centre is making a difference to the health of children everywhere.

    The UQ-CHRC is co-located with research centres from Children’s Health Queensland and Queensland University of Technology (QUT) in the recently completed Centre for Children’s Health Research CCHR), a $134 million purpose-built research facility adjacent to the Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital.

    Information relating to the activities of CHRC may be found at https://child-health-research.centre.uq.edu.au/.

  • Eleanor Loudon 0002 Rachel Freeman

    Rachel Freeman

    After attaining a Bachelor of Health Science (Nutrition and Dietetics) at the University of Newcastle in 2002, Rachel spent 3 years working in Inpatient/Outpatient Service roles within various locations in New South Wales and Victoria within the public health system. This work experience provided Rachel with clear insight into the needs of patients with diabetes and a desire to develop a meaningful career in this field.

    In 2007, Rachel obtained a Graduate Certificate (Diabetes Education), as well as establishing a private dietetics and diabetes education consultation practice in Perth of which she was the Director until 2011.

    From 2011-2013 Rachel continued clinical work as a Diabetes Dietitian and Diabetes Educator for NSW Health. During this time, Rachel was also involved in national policy reviews and national guideline development for various projects relating to people with diabetes.

    In 2015 Rachel completed a Master of Science (Diabetes) with a project to evaluate the ADEA mentoring program.

    As Professional Services Manager at ADEA, Rachel responds to all enquiries from members, health care professionals and the general public regarding professional matters. Her role includes liaising with stakeholders on various projects and programs to continually support ADEA members and to improve the health care of people with diabetes.

    Australian Diabetes Educators Association (ADEA)

    The Australian Diabetes Educators Association (ADEA) is the peak national organisation for multidisciplinary health professionals who are committed to the provision and excellence of quality, evidence-based diabetes education, care and management with over 2,100 members working in all sectors and across all locations.

    ADEA aims to improve the health and wellbeing of people with diabetes by:

    1. Assessing diabetes educators based on their qualifications, skills, knowledge and             experience through the credentialing program
    2. Supporting multidiscipline health professionals through its various programs, including mentoring, education and research
    3. Developing and updating relevant policies, standards of practice and clinical guidelines

    For more information, visit our website at www.adea.com.au.

  • Eleanor Loudon 0000 Wendy Oddy

    Wendy Oddy

    Professor Wendy Oddy is Professorial Research Fellow at the Menzies Institute for Medical Research in Nutritional Epidemiology, and continues as an Honorary Fellow at the Telethon Kids Institute, University of Western Australia in Perth, where she was based since 1995. She is a Registered Public Health Nutritionist and led the nutrition program of research on the West Australian Pregnancy Cohort (Raine) Study since 1995. 

    In 2010 Professor Oddy received an NHMRC Achievement Award and Fellowship to continue her program of nutritional epidemiological work. As the lead international investigator on a prestigious NHMRC-European Union collaboration titled Early Nutrition (2012-2017) Professor Oddy is investigating the impact of early nutrition on growth and later metabolic health. She continues this work at Menzies, exploring nutritional effects on long term health in population cohort studies.

    Menzies Institute for Medical Research

    The Menzies Institute for Medical Research is an institute of the University of Tasmania, one of Australia’s leading health and medical research institutes and recognised worldwide for its research excellence. The mission of Menzies is to perform internationally significant medical research leading to healthier, longer and better lives for Tasmanians.

    At Menzies we perform basic laboratory, clinical and population health research in themes that reflect the burden of disease in Tasmania. Menzies research is community focused taking a bench-to-bedside and disease prevention approach aimed at improving patient care and clinical outcomes by translating knowledge into clinical and policy actions.

     A key focus at Menzies is the training and education of future research scientists, clinicians and related health professionals.

     As Tasmania’s only medical research institute, Menzies has a unique role and profile benefitting from a relatively stable population base and an environment where there are substantial challenges to the provision of health care based on funding limitations and specific challenges relating to disadvantage

  • susan

    Susan Miller

    Susan is of Māori, English, Irish and Scottish descent and lives and works in Auckland, Aotearoa-New Zealand. She trained as a lawyer and is an accredited mediator and facilitator with experience in community and public health.

    Susan has a passion for communicating how powerful nutrition and physical activity are in becoming healthy and maintaining good health. She advocates that it's important that we "nourish to flourish" and to flourish she means mind, body and soul. Also advocating that a healthy start to life starts with all of us.

    The past 5 years she has lead a team delivering evidenced-based programmes to the maternal and child, nutrition, dietetic and exercise health professionals throughout New Zealand and also in Sydney, Australia called the Healthy Start Workforce Project.

    Healthy Start Workforce Project

    The project offers professional development courses to support the health workforce in their early-life science knowledge and adding to their skills tool-kit by adding behaviour change techniques so they matter better serve their clients and patients with reversing, reducing chronic disease.

    The programmes are complementary and include an online education programme which explores the science that shows how good nutrition and physical activity during early life can reduce health risks in adulthood.

    The other programme, Healthy Conversation Skills face-to-face workshop provides tools to enable health practitioners to better support clients to make lasting behaviour changes, especially in the area of nutrition and physical activity. 

    Susan is also a member of the Australasian Society of Lifestyle Medicine
    (ASLM) - they are a multidisciplinary society working towards improved prevention, management, and treatment of chronic, complex and lifestyle-related conditions.