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FSANZ biennial stakeholder forum - 5 March 2019



We are holding our inaugural biennial stakeholder forum: Fit for purpose - food regulation now and in the future in Sydney on 5 March 2019.

Experts representing our key stakeholders will explore topics relating to our food regulation system and will take a look into the future of food regulation, food safety and food science.

The one day event will be followed by a cocktail reception. 

Not to missed by anyone with an interest in our food regulation system, places are limited. Get your tickets now   

Speakers include:

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Dr Norman Swan

FRCP, DCH, MD (Hon Causa)

Dr Norman Swan hosts The Health Report on the ABC's Radio National, and Tonic on ABC News24 (Television). The Health Report is the world's longest running health programme in the English speaking world and Norman has won many awards for his work including Australia's top prize for journalism, the Gold Walkley. He was only the third person to be awarded the prestigious medal of the Australian Academy of Science and was given an honorary MD by the University of Sydney on its 150th anniversary.

Norman trained in medicine in Scotland and paediatrics in London and Sydney before joining the ABC and has hosted many other programmes on radio and television.
 He was the medical host on Channel Ten's Biggest Loser for six seasons and in September 2015 made a Four Corners on waste in the healthcare system. Norman created, wrote and narrated Invisible Enemies, a four part series on disease and civilisation for Channel 4 UK and broadcast in 27 countries.
He has consulted to the World Health Organisation and co chaired a global meeting of health ministers in Bamako West Africa focused on evidence based policy and priorities in health research. He has been the Australian correspondent for both the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) and the British Medical Journal (BMJ).

Norman is also co-founder of Tonic Health Media, an integrated health television channel and production company which has over 15 million viewers per month.


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Mr Alan Kirkland

Alan Kirkland is CEO of Choice. Before joining CHOICE in 2012 Alan was involved in campaigning on issues as diverse as education funding, homelessness and public transport. He has also worked on the other side of the fence, in government. As CEO of Legal Aid NSW during the global financial crisis, Alan saw the human impact of poor lending practices, which sparked his passion for consumer rights.

These days, Alan sees his job as making sure that CHOICE stays relevant to the needs of Australia's consumers, all while having a little fun along the way.


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​Dr Peter Abelson

Peter Abelson is a managing director at Applied Economics.

Peter has over 40 years of consulting experience in Australia and overseas, specializing in public economics and cost-benefit analysis. He also runs regular executive training courses for public servants. His recent work in Australia includes government pricing policy, major transport projects, evaluation of public health programs and hospitals, planning for infrastructure, and analyses of housing prices.

He has worked for international agencies in many countries including China, India, Thailand, Kenya, Nigeria, Egypt, Zambia, Bolivia and Papua New Guinea.

From 2001 to 2005, Peter held a Personal Chair at Macquarie University. From 2006 to 2012, Peter was a Visiting Scholar and taught public finance at the University of Sydney.

Peter is the author of Public Economics 3E (2012, published by McGraw-Hill), the leading Australian text in public finance and the role of government in the economy. .

From 2006, he has been a part-time economic advisor to the NSW Treasury. From 2012 to 2017, he was the first popularly elected Mayor of Mosman Council (Sydney).

Peter has a B.A. from Oxford University, M.Sc. (Economics) from the London School of Economics, and a Ph.D from London University.


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Tanya Barden

Tanya Barden is the Chief Executive Officer at the Australian Food and Grocery Council, which is Australia's peak industry body representing food, beverage and grocery manufacturers. Tanya brings tremendous experience and proven success at senior executive levels in both the public and private sectors, with a career spanning the public service and business. Previously the AFGC Director of Economics, Trade and Sustainability, Tanya has strong  experience with the $126 billion food and grocery sector, led the secretariat's work on  international market access and non-tariff barriers to international trade, as well as a range of issues relating to the competitiveness and environmental sustainability of the industry.

Tanya comes to the position with a strong background in competition, energy and economics policy and regulation having worked in various roles at the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission.  Subsequent to this she worked for energy retailer ActewAGL and ran her own on-line food retail business.

Tanya holds Bachelor of Economics/ Bachelor of Arts degrees and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.


Professor Tapsell

Professor Tapsell is a leading academic in the discipline of Nutrition and Dietetics. She holds an undergraduate qualification in Science (Biochemistry and Pharmacology), post graduate qualifications in Dietetics and in Medical Education and a PhD in Nutrition and Public Health. Previously she has served as Director the ARC Key Centre for Smart Foods and the National Centre of Excellence in Functional Foods; as well as a discipline expert for NHMRC grant review panels, the Australia India Strategic Research Fund, and the Medical and Health Sciences panel of Excellence in Research Australia (ERA). She has contributed significantly to nutrition research translation including a 2010 PMSEIC report, Australia and Food Security in a Changing World, and the NHMRC/DoHA Australian Dietary Guidelines 2012. She is now on the Advisory Committee currently reviewing the Nutrient Reference Values for Australians and continues to serve on several international science advisory committees. She is a long standing member of the American Society of Nutrition, a Fellow of the Dietitians Association of Australia and Editor / chief author of the textbook Food, Nutrition and Health (Oxford University Press).

Professor Tapsell experienced 15 years working in health services before becoming an academic, and is Editor in Chief of the Journal Nutrition and Dietetics. She has a strong track record in dietary trials addressing lifestyle and chronic disease risk and to date has supervised 18 successful PhD students. She has attracted over $15M in research funding including category 1 grants, and has over 170 publications in scientific journals.



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