MedConnect: Food on the front line of health

Wed 27 July 2022, 6-7pm AEST

Despite major campaigns and a mass of evidence linking good diets with better health, more than 20,000 Australians annually die preventable deaths due to unhealthy dietary choices. As the social and economic costs of Australia’s diet-linked poor health continue to mount, this by UNSW Medicine and Health-organised webinar asks: What can be done?

Join host, ABC journalist Tegan Taylor, in conversation with Professor Jason Wu, UNSW Professor and Head of Nutrition Science at The George Institute for Global Health, and Vanessa Matthijssen, Deloitte Asia-Pacific ‘Future of Food’ lead.

Together, they’ll take a fascinating look into how the power of nutrition can be harnessed to revolutionise health and wellbeing.

Register for the webinar

The webinar will take place between 6 and 7pm AEST on Wednesday 27 July 2022.

All those who register will receive a link on the event day of the event, enabling them to watch the livestream.

An on-demand recording will be available after the fact to those who registered.

To register for the event, click here.

Professor Jason Wu, Program Head of Nutrition Science at The George Institute for Global Health. Credit: The George Institute

About the speakers

Jason Wu is a professor in UNSW’s School of Population Health, part of the Faculty of Medicine & Health, and Head of the Nutrition Science Program at The George Institute for Global Health. His research focuses on improving health and wellbeing through developing innovative ‘food as medicine’ programs, evaluating population-level food policies and figuring out how dietary factors can drive or prevent diseases. Professor Wu’s research has shaped nutrition guidelines and policies in Australia and globally. His findings have been published in the British Medical Journal and American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. He lives in Redfern, Sydney and is a happy husband and dad.

Vanessa Matthijssen has 20 years’ consulting experience across Europe and the Asia-Pacific region. She is a senior strategy partner at Monitor Deloitte Australia and leads the company’s Consumer Products division. Matthijssen’s life mission is ‘to fuel the revolution of food’, shaping a healthier, more sustainable future. She works with agriculture, food and beverage, and grocery firms and is a Faculty member at SingularityU Australia. She’s also the lead author of Deloitte’s Future of Food series, which explores societal trends, issues and technological advancements that provide commercial opportunities to food businesses while allowing them to advance society and the planet.

Tegan Taylor is a health and science reporter for the ABC and co-host of the ABC’s multi-award-winning Coronacast. She also co-hosts ABC Radio National’s Health Report and hosts the live event series and radio/podcast Ockham’s Razor.

About the MedConnect digital series

This event is part of is a digital series known as MedConnect, hosted by UNSW Medicine & Health. The series explores ‘some of the biggest challenges facing healthcare today and into the future’. It is available on the UNSW YouTube channel.’

Lead image: Organic vegetables, fresh from the paddock. Credit: Shutterstock