Welcome to ONLP

Working together towards sustainable food and nutrition security for Oceania by developing, inspiring and connecting a new generation of visionary leaders in nutrition.
Working Hours
Monday - Friday 09:00AM - 5:00PM
Saturday - Sunday CLOSED

7 Day Course

The ONLP course is a 7 day course aimed at leadership development for early- and mid-career individuals working in nutrition related fields within Oceanic countries.

Do you have what it takes to be a leader and make a difference in the field of nutrition?

Are you early- or mid-career and working / planning to work in nutrition related fields in Australia, New Zealand or Pacific Islands? If yes, then you should apply!

Outcomes of 7-day ONLP course

After completing the ONLP course participants will have:

  • A solid foundation in key leadership concepts and skills that will empower them to lead from where they are;
  • Developed skills and knowledge to build high performing teams underpinned by shared values and goals;
  • Developed skills to effectively communicate, influence, motivate, advocate and negotiate;
  • An enhanced understanding of the broad integrative and critical role of nutrition across the food supply and in the face of major environmental, economic and social changes;
  • An enhanced awareness of all types and modes of information available to us in an increasingly digitally connected world;
  • An enhanced ability to build networks, to collaborate across different sectors and countries and to connect with others using modern information technology platforms;
  • An increased awareness of their social responsibility as leaders in nutrition;
  • Become active members of an influential network of leaders in nutrition across Oceanic Countries committed to collaboration in order to achieve impact through improved food and nutrition security, health and wellbeing.
  • Become part of a global network of leaders in nutrition.


2-10 October


Arthur and Yvonne Boyd Education Centre
Riversdale, Bundanon, NSW

Who should apply?

Application is through a competitive process and participant selection is made by an independent selection committee. The aim is to enrol a diverse group of participants in each course; spread over different sectors (academia, research institutes, national and international authorities, industry, NGOs), countries/ states/ regions/ institutions, gender and career level (early- and mid-career) in order to enhance network building and growth and development of individuals.

ONLP will enrol 20 participants in the 1st ONLP course with the aim to increase this number to 30 participants in subsequent years. At least 2 positions will be allocated/guaranteed for candidates working in Pacific Island to ensure inclusion of Pacific Island nutrition leaders.

Early- and mid-career individuals working/studying in nutrition related fields within Oceanic countries, including Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands who aspire to make a difference in the field of nutrition. Preference will be given to applicants with advanced degrees, postdoctoral fellows and candidates with comparable working experience. Candidates have to be proficient in English.

Eligibility Criteria


Early- and mid-career individuals with either: Advanced degrees (i.e postgraduate qualifications such as Graduate Diploma/Masters degree) and work experience in nutrition or a nutrition-related field,



Early career is defined as up to 5 years (FTE) post-highest qualification.
Mid-career is defined as 5-15 years (FTE) post-highest qualification.
PhD candidates should have submitted their PhD/dissertation by the time of application.


Qualifications or work experience in nutrition or a field related to nutrition.


Candidates currently working or intending to work in Oceanic countries (Australia, New Zealand and Pacific islands).


Candidates have to be proficient in English.

Selection criteria - Relative to Opportunity

Scoring and ranking of application will be on the basis of the following.


Previous professional experience relevant to nutrition:

  • Qualifications
  • Professional and work experience
  • Experience in Australia, NZ and Pacific Islands


Personal achievement – may include:

  • Recognition through prizes, scholarships and awards and other peer recognition


Professional Contribution – may include:

  • Contribution to the field of nutrition or other related fields
  • Influence on policy or practice and broader community engagement
  • Teaching contributions
  • Research track record including publications and grants


Evidence of potential leadership capability and potential for further career development.



Deadline for applications is 29 April 2016.
Candidates will be informed of the decision of the
selection committee by 17 June 2016.

Course Fee

$2,290.Includes leadership training, course materials and full board & lodging.
A 10% deposit ($229) is required when successful applicants accept their offer no later than the 30th of June


Financial assistance is available.
Candidates can apply for financial assistance for travel
and/or course fee costs through the online application process.

Program structure & outline

The following topics will be covered in an integrated approach over the 7-day course.


The context of leadership, current theories of leadership and your leadership style; Management vs. leadership; Leadership requires effective followership; Leadership and national culture, power, gender; Leading teams; Crisis leadership; Building leadership capacity in your organisation; Planning your leadership journey.

Team building

To use fun team building activities in a relaxed and supportive environment in order to gain an understanding and appreciation of the different roles within a team; build relationships between team members; identify challenges faced by the team; conduct self-assessment, reflection and receive constructive peer feedback; and encourage collective ownership of team goals.


Ability to communicate on the basis of self-concept; ability to use mixed communication channels appropriately to motivate and encourage others, with the aim of influencing behaviour; to advocate for stakeholders and issues with the aim of achieving good policy outcomes; ability to understand and evaluate competing priorities and negotiate skilfully to achieve successful outcomes; ability to provide, receive and reflect on feedback constructively.

Broad Nutrition Vision

To develop a broad vision of the integrative role of nutrition across the food supply in the face of environmental, economic and social changes.

Social responsibility

To increase participant’s awareness of their social responsibility as leaders in nutrition. Participants will be presented with relevant dilemmas that nutrition leaders are often faced with which they will discuss in groups.

Declaration workshop

Participants will, as a group, develop a declaration of intent which outlines their commitment to nutrition in Oceania. The first ONLP cohort will also contribute to the development of a concept logo for ONLP.

ONLP network workshop

Participants will workshop how to achieve an active strong network of leaders in nutrition across Oceania that can support each other and work collaboratively to achieve food and nutrition security for Oceania.

Influencing Nutrition Policy

Understanding the nutrition policy landscape in order to influence policy changes.

Learning experiences will be enhanced by experiential learning opportunities, case-studies, real experiences shared by established nutrition leaders, group exercises and discussion and there will be plenty of opportunity for self-reflection and for participants to plan their own leadership journey.

The course is built on a leadership model that has been used successfully by ENLP for more than 20 years and has been adopted by the other leadership programs. The model aims to establish an environment that promote leadership development and growth and that fosters relationships and networking and provides opportunity to apply leadership skills. Participants are divided into teams and committees that have to carry out several tasks and meet deadlines amidst the ongoing training program.

Within these teams and committees participants get the opportunity to fulfil different roles and functions, they are exposed to new experiences and sometimes conflicting demands that all contribute to their growth, development and a greater self-awareness. These activities provide opportunity for self-reflection and peer feedback, which is critical for growth and development.

Throughout the course participants will be exposed to modern information technology platforms that will enhance their ability to connect with the ONLP network beyond the ONLP course.



A/Prof Ruth Nettle - Leadership

University of Melbourne

Associate Professor Ruth Nettle leads the Rural Innovation Research Group in the Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Science at the University of Melbourne and is Associate Dean of Engagement and Partnerships. In this role she oversees a team of social scientists in research, teaching and development for addressing critical issues of innovation and change in rural communities, farming systems and the management of human and natural resources. She has a great deal of experience teaching leadership to postgraduate students in Veterinary and Agricultural sciences.


Dr Kate Bowles - Communication

University of Wollongong

Dr Kate Bowles is an experienced university academic, researcher, curriculum developer, educational design unit manager and public writer. She is skilled in using narrative practices in research and professional development in education and healthcare settings. She is a specialist in online education, and the use of social media for professional networking and community building.


Lesley Knapp - Communication

Freelance Educational Designer

Lesley Knapp is an Educational Designer committed to excellence, access and equity in teaching and learning. She uses technology to enhance the learning experience and is committed to sound pedagogical practices.


Jim Birkett - Team Building

Education and Outreach Officer, Bundanon Trust

Jim is an accomplished artist with his work displayed in Public and Private Collections in Australia, UK, France and India. Jim has studied at the Carlisle College of Art, Exeter College of Art and Design, University of London Institute of Education and the Newcastle College of Advanced Education. He went on to teach and consult in Visual arts and has lectured at the Newcastle College of Advanced Education and the University of Sydney College of Education. Among his other positions Jim is now the Education and Outreach Officer at Bundanon Trust.


Prof Lynne Cobiac - Broad Nutrition Vision

CSIRO, Adelaide

Professor Lynne Cobiac has recently been appointed as Science Director of the CSIRO Food and Nutrition Flagship, a multidisciplinary science portfolio that focuses on the distinctive nexus of food, nutrition and lifestyle as major drivers of human health and wellness. The Flagship brings together science and technical staff with skills in genomics and molecular sciences, food structure, chemistry, process engineering and food safety, nutrition and metabolic health, clinical assessment and behavioural science, as well as environmental biotechnology. Professor Cobiac has a background in nutritional biochemistry and research coupled with an Advanced Masters of Business Administration (MBA) and business management experience.


Dr Mary Ann Augustin - Broad Nutrition Vision

CSIRO, Melbourne

Dr Mary Ann Augustin (FTSE) is currently Group Leader, Breakthrough Bioprocessing at CSIRO where she has been in various science leadership roles. Prior to joining CSIRO in 1988, she held University appointments in the UK and Malaysia. She was also a Professorial Fellow at Monash University (2005-2007). She is a chemist by training and has had a long association with the food industry. Throughout her career, Mary Ann has worked and promoted research within multidisciplinary teams, an essential requirement for success in innovation in the food industry. She is regarded as a valued mentor of other scientists, including both postgraduate students and early-mid career researchers. The research that she has conducted and led has been in the areas of dairy science and technology, milk powders, structure and function of milk proteins, interactions of food macromolecules, novel food grade antioxidants (Maillard reaction products), microencapsulation for the delivery of food bioactives and probiotics, and application of ultrasound technology for improved separation of oils. Her work within teams have involved all stages of the research process from concept to commercialisation and has led to the creation of commercially successful food ingredients, processes and products.


Professor Frank Dunshea - Broad Nutrition vision

Associate Dean - Research Director – ARC Food Value Chain Research Hub Faculty of Veterinary & Agricultural Sciences The University of Melbourne

Professor Dunshea has an extensive research career spanning 30 years in functional food and nutrition research, sensory and other quality characteristics of meat. He is a Fellow of the Nutrition Society of Australia and Chair of the Chair National Committee for Nutrition of the Australian Academy of Science. Professor Dunshea's research has an impressive breadth and quality with over 700 published journals, conferences, books, patents/technical articles.


Professor Barbara Burlingame - Policy

Massey University

Barbara Burlingame is a nutrition scientist and Professor at Massey University (NZ), with a joint appointment in the schools of Public Health and Food Science/Nutrition. In 2014 she retired as Deputy Director of the Nutrition Division at the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, which she joined in 1998. Prior to joining FAO, Dr Burlingame spent 11 years as Nutrition Programme Leader at the New Zealand Institute for Crop & Food Research. She is the author of hundreds of papers, book chapters, UN reports and policy documents in the areas of biodiversity for food and nutrition, sustainable diets and sustainable food systems, food composition, human nutrient requirements, and food regulation. Her qualifications include undergraduate degrees in Nutrition Science and Environmental Toxicology from the University of California, Davis, and a PhD from Massey University. Professor Burlingame is a scientific adviser/board member of several foundations and academies, Specialty Chief Editor of Frontiers in Nutrition and Environmental Sustainability, member of the Panel on Dietetic Products, Nutrition and Allergies of the European Food Safety Authority, and Adjunct Professor of Nutrition at Deakin University (Australia) and Food Studies at the American University of Rome.


Professor Amanda Lee – Social Responsibility

Queensland University of Technology

Amanda Lee is Professor of Nutrition and Public Health at Queensland University of Technology and holds several adjunct academic positions. Professor Lee was the chair of the NHMRC Dietary Guidelines Working Committee, is current Chair of Food Standards Australia New Zealand’s Consumer and Public Health Dialogue and a member of the Australian Academy of Science’s Nutrition Committee. With the people of Minjilang she demonstrated that marked, rapid, affordable improvements in objective indicators of nutrition and health status are possible in remote Aboriginal communities. For over a decade, she led the development of a strategic approach to tackle poor diet and obesity for Queensland Health. Among recent national projects, Professor Lee scoped the new national nutrition policy, finalised the Healthy Weight Guide website, assessed evidence to prioritise obesity policy actions in state jurisdictions and developed the Healthy Diets ASAP (Australian Standardised Affordability and Pricing) methods. Globally, she leads the food price and affordability domain of the International Network for Food and Obesity/non-communicable diseases Research, Monitoring and Action Support (INFORMAS). Amanda has more than 35 years’ experience as a practitioner and academic in nutrition, obesity and chronic disease prevention, Indigenous health and public health policy.


Dr Kim Bell-Anderson – Broad Nutrition Vision

University of Sydney

Kim is a senior lecturer in nutrition and metabolism in the Charles Perkins Centre at the University of Sydney. She developed and coordinates ‘Metabolic Cybernetics’, a senior unit of study which fuses interdisciplinary learning about obesity with big data analytics, creative coding and effective communication through visualisation of biomedical data. Kim was a recent participant in the European Nutrition Leadership Program (ENLP) and is the Chair of the ONLP Alumni Committee.