The 2014 NSW Food Forum held on 11 March in Sydney has helped to start a new conversation on how to create healthier food environments in our state.

Opened by the Minister for Healthy Lifestyles, the Hon. Kevin Humphries MP, and chaired by media personality Adam Spencer, the Forum bought together more than 250 stakeholders to discuss current initiatives and agree on opportunities for future action.

The audience comprised: community (20%), food industry (11%), NGOs (16%), academia (19%), NSW Health (28%) and other government (6%).

In addition to presentations by guest speakers (YouTube presentations available below), there were two Q&A sessions where audience members had the chance to raise issues and question the experts.

Feedback from the Forum was extremely positive, with Adam Spencer highly commended for bringing great energy to the room and asking thought-provoking questions to get the panel discussion going. .

Many participants called for frequent Food Forums in the future to report on annual progress. .

The Report of the NSW Food Forum is now available and a series of smaller stakeholder workshops will be held later in 2014 to help shape the response to the issues raised.

Quotable quotes

  • “I think the range of topics and perspectives was good. It's important to have that balance between industry, government, public health, research and was great to see them all represented”
  • “Very good. Great topics and audience”
  • “Congratulations - it was very thought provoking and hoping to see an annual NSW Food Forum emerge”

YouTube presentations

To watch all presentations view the complete YouTube playlist.

Individual presentations

The Hon. Kevin Humphries MP – Opening AddressNSW Food Forum - The Hon. Kevin Humphries MP, NSW Minister for Healthy Lifestyles, gives the opening address

The Hon. Kevin Humphries MP, NSW Minister for Healthy Lifestyles, gives the opening address for the 2014 NSW Food Forum.

Dr Jo Mitchell – HEALTH StrategyNSW Food Forum 2014 -Dr Jo Mitchell – HEALTH Strategy

Dr Jo Mitchell, Director, Centre for Population, NSW Health, talked about the NSW Government’s Healthy Eating and Active Living Strategy.

Dr Lisa Szabo - Kilojoule Menu LabellingNSW Food Forum 2014 - Dr Lisa Szabo

Dr Lisa Szabo, Chief Scientist, NSW Food Authority, talks about research showing kJ labelling is starting to work .

Mr Nur Rahman – Industry Case StudyNSW Food Forum 2014 - Mr Nur Rahman

Mr Nur Rahman, Group Technical Manager, Gloria Jean’s Coffees, talks about the practical implementation of kJ labelling.

Dr Kevin Buckett - Health Star Rating System NSW Food Forum 2014-Dr Kevin Buckett

Dr Kevin Buckett, Director, Public Health, South Australia Health, talks about the National Health Star Rating System.

Professor Bruce Neal - FoodSwitch AppNSW Food Forum 2014- Professor Bruce Neal

Professor Bruce Neal, Senior Director, The George Institute for Global Health, talks about the FoodSwitch app.

Dr Danny Wiggins - Councils and FoodNSW Food Forum 2014- Dr Danny Wiggins - Councils and Food

Dr Danny Wiggins, Premier’s Council for Active Living (PCAL), talks about tools councils can work with to create healthy food environments.

Vanessa John - Illawarra Food StrategyNSW Food Forum 2014- Vanessa John - Illawarra Food Strategy

Vanessa John, Wollongong City Council, talks about how a council can promote healthy food environments.

Kathy Dennis - Food and Health DialogueNSW Food Forum 2014- Kathy Dennis - Food and Health Dialogue

Kathy Dennis, Assistant Secretary in Population Health at the Commonwealth Department of Health, talks about the National Food and Health Dialogue.

Dr Ingrid Appelqvist - Nutrition ResearchNSW Food Forum 2014- Dr Ingrid Appelqvist

Dr Ingrid Appelqvist, CSIRO, talks about the National Food and Nutrition Research Strategy.

Julie Anne Mitchell – Heart Foundation TickNSW Food Forum 2014- Julie Anne Mitchell – Heart Foundation Tick

Julie Anne Mitchell, Director of Cardiovascular Health, Heart Foundation NSW, talks about the Heart Foundation Tick in food service.

Barbara Eden – Healthier OilsNSW Food Forum 2014- Barbara Eden – Healthier Oils

Barbara Eden, Senior Manager, Food Supply, Heart Foundation NSW, talks about encouraging food outlets to swap to healthier oils.

Dr Geoffrey Annison – Industry InitiativeNSW Food Forum 2014- Dr Geoffrey Annison – Industry Initiative

Dr Geoffrey Annison, Deputy Chief Executive, the Australian Food and Grocery Council, talks about the AFGC Healthier Australia Commitment.

Nilani Sritharan – Reformulating Breakfast CerealsNSW Food Forum 2014- Nilani Sritharan – Reformulating Breakfast Cereals

Nilani Sritharan, Regional Nutrition Manager, Cereal Partners Worldwide, talks about developing and reformulating breakfast cereals.

Dr Lukar Thornton – Retail EnvironmentsNSW Food Forum 2014- Dr Lukar Thornton – Retail Environments

Dr Lukar Thornton, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Centre for Physical Activity and Nutrition Research, Deakin University, talks about assessing the retail environment within Australian supermarkets.

Vanessa Hattersley - Coles Supermarkets Case StudyNSW Food Forum 2014- Vanessa Hattersley - Coles Supermarkets Case Study

Vanessa Hattersley, Nutrition and Wellbeing Manager for Coles Supermarkets, talks about initiatives to promote healthy eating.

Stevie Wring - Woolworths Case StudyNSW Food Forum 2014- Stevie Wring - Woolworths Case Study

Stevie Wring, nutrition manager for Woolworths, talks about initiatives to promote healthy eating.

Dr Jo Mitchell - Summing Up and Next StepsNSW Food Forum 2014- Dr Jo Mitchell - Summing Up and Next Steps

Dr Jo Mitchell, Director, Centre for Population, NSW Health, talks about the main issues raised at the Forum and next steps to formulate a response.

Page Updated: Tuesday 18 November 2014