Tackling the increase in obesity, heart disease and diabetes in Australia by improving food and nutrition labelling will be the focus of a conference in Sydney next week.

Hosted by the United States Studies Centre and the Charles Perkins Centre at the University of Sydney, and supported by NSW Trade & Investment, the event will bring together international and Australian experts to discuss how to promote healthier choices among consumers by delivering critical information at the point of sale.

The one-day conference on Wednesday 3 July will examine the most up-to-date research on the effectiveness of food labeling and provide options to empower consumers and improve health outcomes. It will also examine the role of government regulation and explore responsible business practices on nutritional information.

International speakers available for interview are;

  • Dr Cynthia Ogden: Epidemiologist at the National Center for Health Statistics, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention based in Atlanta, Georgia — a leading expert on obesity in America.
  • Professor Marion Hetherington: Professor of Biopsychology, University of Leeds — looking at the short-term influences on food intake and overeating in children.

The conference will also feature panel discussions with a number of Australian experts from the NSW Government, the University of Sydney, the Public Health Association of Australia, Choice and the George Institute for Global Health. A draft program is available to download here.

What: Food and Nutrition Labelling Conference When: Wednesday 3 July 9am–3:30pm Where: Ballroom 1, Sheraton on the Park, 161 Elizabeth St, Sydney

The event is free but media registration is essential.


Max Halden, US Studies Centre — T 0420 354 699 E

Rachel Gleeson, Charles Perkin Centre - T 0481 004 782 E rachel.gleeson@sydney.edu.au