Researcher biography

Amanda Lee is Professor Public Health Policy in the School of Public Health within the Faculty of Medicine, where she leads the Division of Health Promotion and Equity. She has expertise in preventative health, public health nutrition, health policy, food systems and Indigenous health. Her major area of research is the development, implementation and evaluation of public health policy actions to prevent and help manage non-communicable disease (NCD), with a focus on regulatory policy responses targeting obesity, poor diet and food insecurity, in both developed and low- and middle-income countries. Her work takes a strong systems focus, underscored by the three pillars of: health and wellbeing; equity; and environmental sustainability.

Amanda's leadership skills are exemplified by appointments such as: Chair of the National Health and Medical Research Council's (NHMRC) Dietary Guidelines Working Committee and Infant Feeding Guidelines Sub-Committee (2008-2013); Senior Advisor for The Australian Prevention Partnership Centre at The Sax Institute; Member of the NHMRC's Nutrient Reference Values Steering Group Advisory Committee (current); Member of the Australian Academy of Science's Nutrition Committee (current); Chair of Food Standards Australia and New Zealand's Consumer and Public Health Dialogue (2014-19); and Member of the interim Board of Health and Wellbeing Queensland. She has worked in government, not-for profit, Aboriginal community-controlled, consultancy and academic sectors. With the people of Minjilang, she demonstrated using objective measures, that rapid and sustained improvements in diet, nutrition and health are possible. Among recent projects, Amanda: led scoping of a new National Nutrition Policy; conducted a systematic review on fats and oils, and two systematic reviews of Discretionary Foods and synonyms for the NHMRC; finalised the national Healthy Weight Website; conducted a rapid review of portion sizes for the Healthy Food Partnership; consults to several Indigenous health organisations; and is assessing evidence to help prioritize jurisdictional obesity and nutrition policy actions in two jurisdictions. She developed the Healthy Diets ASAP (Australian Standardised Affordability and Pricing) methods and, globally, leads the food price and affordability domain of the International Network for Food and Obesity/Non-communicable Diseases Research, Monitoring and Action Support (INFORMAS). She has contributed to three scoping reviews on dietary patterns and health for the World Health Oranization, is expert advisor to Canada, PR China and other countries on dietary guidance, and is a member of the Scientific and Technical Advisory Network of World Obesity, Policy and Prevention.

Amanda is currently a Chief Investigator (CI) on research programs totaling over $A22 Million, including: two Medical Research Future Fund projects as lead CI (Diet and chronic disease prevention: supporting implementation of priority actions in the food and nutrition system; and Improving Aboriginal Food Security); the NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence in Food Retail Environments for Health (RE-FRESH); a project under NHMRC Special call- Giving Aboriginal and Torres STRait Islander children the best start in life: improving healthy food availability and food security in remote Australia; and the NHMRC Partnership Centres for Better Health-The Partnership Centre on Systems Perspectives on Preventing Lifestyle-Related Chronic Health Problems, also known as The Australian Prevention Partnership Centre (TAPPC).