Appendix 1: Terms of reference, membership of working party and expert reviewers

Terms of reference

The Working Party developed the NRVs with input from many expert reviewers, in keeping with the following terms of reference established by the NHMRC.

In developing a set of new recommendations for Australia and New Zealand, the Working Party will:

  • Oversee the review of the 1991 Recommended dietary intakes for use in Australia adopted as the current New Zealand RDIs;

  • Ensure that the recommendations are based on best available scientific evidence;

  • Base the review on a consideration of the processes and recommendations of the recent revision in the United States:Canadian Dietary Reference Intakes taking into account any unique aspects of the populations in Australia and New Zealand including environmental, geographical, physiological, ethnic and cultural factors of both countries.

  • Consider new scientific evidence and other recent recommendations from countries such as the UK, the European Union countries or FAO:WHO;

  • Follow processes and standards acceptable to the Commonwealth Department of Health and Ageing, the New Zealand Ministry of Health including its obligations under the Treaty of Waitangi and the National Health and Medical Research Council, including liaison with SIGNAL; and

  • Report to the Commonwealth Department of Health and Ageing (Population Health Division) and to the New Zealand Ministry of Health through the Health Advisory Committee and the National Health and Medical Research Council.

Members of the working party

Dr Katrine Baghurst (Chair)
CSIRO Health Sciences and Nutrition, Adelaide

Ms Elizabeth Aitken
Public Health Directorate, Ministry of Health, New Zealand

Ms Gayle Anderson (until September 2004 )
Food Policy Section, Population Health Division, Commonwealth Department of Health and Ageing

Professor Colin Binns
School of Public Health, Curtin University, WA

Professor Jennie Brand-Miller
Human Nutrition Unit, School of Molecular and Microbial Biosciences, University of Sydney

Professor Sandra Capra (from December 2003)
School of Health Sciences University of Newcastle, New South Wales and Dietitian's Association of Australia

Dr Ivor Dreosti
Australian Nutrition Trust

Ms Janine Lewis
Food Standards Australia New Zealand

Professor Paul Nestel
Baker Heart Research Institute, Melbourne

Dr David Roberts
Australian Food and Grocery Council

Associate Professor Christine Thomson
Department of Human Nutrition, University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand

Professor Stewart Truswell
Human Nutrition Unit, School of Molecular and Microbial Bio-Sciences, University of Sydney

Dr Peter Williams (until December 2003)
Department of Biomedical Science University of Wollongong and Dietitian's Association of Australia

Observers

Ms Letitia White (until December 2004)
Population Health Division, Commonwealth Department of Health and Ageing

Ms Bonnie Field (from January 2005)
Population Health Division, Commonwealth Department of Health and Ageing

Secretariat

Ms Kris Fisher (until August 2004)
Health Advisory Section, NHMRC

Ms Joanne Campbell (October-December 2004)
Health Advisory Section, NHMRC

Ms Julie Claydon (from January 2005)
Health Advisory Section, NHMRC

Ms Janine Keough (from January 2005)
Health Advisory Section, NHMRC

We are also grateful for the help of Ms Letitia White of Commonwealth Department of Health and Ageing and Dr Ruth Richards and Ms Mary-Louise Hannah of the NZ Ministry of Health during the process.

Expert reviewers

The following people undertook from one to three expert reviews of nutrients according to the pro-forma included in the Appendix. The expert reviews were used by the Working Party in their decision process but the Working Party takes final responsibility for the draft recommendations. We are very grateful for the input of the following reviewers:

Dr Jane Allen
James Fairfax Institute, The Children's Hospital at Westmead, Sydney

Mr Alan Barclay
Diabetes Australia, Sydney

Dr Marijka Batterham
Smart Foods Centre, University of Wollongong

Dr Trevor Beard
Menzies Centre for Population Health Research, Hobart

Dr John R Brotherhood
School of Exercise and Sport Science, University of Sydney

Dr Peter Clifton
CSIRO Health Sciences & Nutrition, Adelaide

Associate Professor Lynne Daniels
Public Health Nutrition Unit, Flinders University, Adelaide

Professor Cres Eastman
Australian Centre for Control of Iodine Deficiency Disorders (ACCIDD), Westmead Hospital, Sydney

Dr Chris Forbes-Ewan
Defence Food Science Centre, Scottsdale, Tasmania

Dr Michael Fenech
CSIRO Health Sciences & Nutrition, Adelaide

Dr Elaine Ferguson
Dept of Human Nutrition, University of Otago, Dunedin

Professor Rosalind Gibson
Dept of Human Nutrition, University of Otago, Dunedin

Dr Tim Green
Dept of Human Nutrition, University of Otago, Dunedin

Professor Peter Howe
University of Adelaide and University of South Australia

Dr Deborah Kerr
School of Public Health, Curtin University, Perth

Dr Dorothy Mackerras
Menzies School of Health Research, Darwin

Dr Maria Makrides
Child Nutrition Research Centre, Women's & Children's Hospital, Adelaide

Associate Professor John Mamo
School of Public Health, Curtin University, Perth

Professor Jim Mann
Dept of Human Nutrition, University of Otago, Dunedin

Dr Manny Noakes
CSIRO Health Sciences & Nutrition, Adelaide

Professor Chris Nordin
Institute of Medical and Veterinary Science, Adelaide

Dr Carol Nowson
School of Health Sciences, Deakin University, Melbourne

Ms Ingrid Rutishauser
Metung, Victoria

Associate Professor Samir Samman
Human Nutrition unit, School of Molecular and Microbial Bio-Sciences, University of Sydney

Associate Professor Murray Skeaff
Dept of Human Nutrition, University of Otago, Dunedin

Dr Cliff Tasman-Jones
St Heliers, Auckland

Associate Professor Campbell Thompson
Renal Unit, Flinders Medical Centre, Adelaide

Associate Professor Christine Thomson
Dept of Human Nutrition, University of Otago, Dunedin

Dr David Topping
CSIRO Health Sciences & Nutrition, Adelaide

Professor Stewart Truswell
Human Nutrition Unit, School of Molecular and Microbial Bio-Sciences, University of Sydney

Dr Bernard Venn
Dept of Human Nutrition, University of Otago, Dunedin

Dr Penny Warwick
School of Biological Sciences, University of New England, Armidale

Dr Carol Wham
Institute of Food, Nutrition and Human Health, Massey University, Albany

Dr Beverley Wood
Carlton, Victoria

Dr David Woodward
Department of Biochemistry, University of Tasmania

We are grateful to the New Zealand Government for funding and making available two expert reviews of selenium and iodine (Thomson & Patterson 2001, Thomson 2002) as part of the review process.

We are also grateful to the Australian Nutrition Trust for funding and making available three evidence-based reviews of the selenium, calcium and vitamin D recommendations from several overseas countries (Flight & Baghurst 2003a,b,c) and for funding the nutrient modelling exercise that was also used as a cross-check for the recommendations relating to the balance of macro- and micronutrients. We also thank Dr Peter Baghurst of the Women's and Children's Hospital, Adelaide and Ms Sally Record of CSIRO Health Sciences & Nutrition for assisting with the dietary modelling, Dr Jason Armfield of the University of Adelaide for additional assistance with the fluoride reference values and Dr Erika Turkstra and Dr Peter Abbott from FSANZ for specialist discussions on the ULs.