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:

  • Apply leadership concepts and skills to lead from where they are.
  • Implement skills to build high performing teams underpinned by shared values and goals.
  • Apply skills to effectively communicate, influence, motivate, advocate and negotiate for sustainable and scalable solutions towards food and nutrition security
  • Apply new paradigms of leadership to foster collaboration between industry and public health sectors to work together towards sustainable food and nutrition security.
  • Apply their social and ethical responsibility as leaders in nutrition.
  • Collaborate and support the nurturing of leadership across different sectors and countries through acquired leadership knowledge and broadened networks including the ONLP Alumni Network (ONLPAN) and the Global Nutrition Leadership Platform (GNLP).


1-8 July


Genazzano Retreat
Lake Tinaroo, Qld

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 30 participants in the 2nd ONLP course. At least 2 positions will be guaranteed for eligible candidates identifying as Pacific Islander. At least 2 positions will be guaranteed for eligible candidates identifying as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander. At least 1 position will be guaranteed for eligible candidates identifying as Māori.

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

a) Candidates currently working or intending to work in Oceanic countries (Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands comprising Melanesia, Micronesia and Polynesia)

b) Qualifications in nutrition or a field related to nutrition.

c) Early- and mid-career individuals with either:

Advanced degrees (i.e. postgraduate qualifications such as Graduate Diploma, Masters or PhD)


Significant experience working in nutrition or a nutrition-related field, including working as a leader in nutrition or nutrition-related field

d) Candidates have to be proficient in English.

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.

Career disruptions and full-time equivalence (FTE) will be considered in calculations of eligibility.

Selection Criteria - Relative to Opportunity


Previous professional experience relevant to nutrition

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

Professional Contribution – may include:

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


Applications will close on the 31st of October 2017.
Candidates will be informed of the decision of the
selection committee by 22 December 2017.

Course Fee

AUD 4,000.Includes leadership training, course materials and full board & lodging.
A 10% deposit ($400) is required when successful applicants accept their offer


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

A feature of the ONLP course is the experiential learning opportunities, case-studies and real life experiences shared by established nutrition leaders in Oceania. Group exercises, discussion and self-reflection allow for participants to establish their leadership style.

Built upon a leadership model used successfully by ENLP for more than 20 years and adopted by the other leadership programs, ONLP aims to establish an environment that promote leadership development and growth. ONLP fosters relationships, networking and provides opportunity to apply leadership skills through activities in which participants work in teams to carry out tasks and meet deadlines amidst the ongoing training program. Through this teamwork participants fulfil different roles and functions, 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 also 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.

Successful applicants are expected to attend and stay at the course venue for the full 7 days of the course.

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

Program Outline

Program outline 2017

Leadership Workshop

Leading with Insight: ONLP course participants will learn how to lead with insight. The course will review transformational, management, technical, and adaptive styles of leadership so that participants can identify the type of leadership required in their context. Participants will learn how to adapt their leadership style to the needs of their team/stakeholders. Participants will also become self-aware of their strengths and development areas, their blind spots and unconscious biases.
Leading with Influence: ONLP course participants will learn how to lead and influence with the brain in mind to create a safe socio-emotive environment to enable paradigm shift, change, collaboration and innovation. Participants will learn how to lead high performing teams and collaborative endeavours through harnessing a coaching mindset and tools. Participants will also garner a better understanding of their social style preferences and how to adapt to those of others.
Leading with Intent: ONLP course participants will develop their leadership purpose, ‘brand’ and presence through action planning and establishing their leadership commitments.

Team Building Workshop

ONLP course participants will engage in fun team building activities in a relaxed and supportive environment to gain an understanding and appreciation of the different roles individuals play within a team. Participants will build relationships between team members, identify challenges faced by the team, conduct self-assessments, reflections and receive and provide constructive peer feedback.

Communication Workshop

ONLP course participants will develop the ability to communicate on the basis of self-concept, to use creative and visual communication to inform, to reflect, and to encourage others, as well as interpret and communicate complex data for public audiences in different media channels. Participants will learn how to contribute expertise effectively to policy development, to assess competing priorities and negotiate skilfully to achieve successful outcomes, and to provide, receive and reflect on feedback constructively.

Industry – Public Health Workshop

ONLP course participant’s awareness of the priorities and perspectives of food industry and public health policy makers will be enhanced. Participants will have a better understanding of the role industry and public health sectors play independently and collaboratively in shaping the food environment and understand how nutrition leaders can work with each of these sectors to facilitate positive nutrition outcomes.

Social Responsibility Workshop

ONLP course participants will leave with a greater awareness of the social responsibility associated with nutrition leadership and the relevant dilemmas faced by nutrition leaders.

Declaration workshop

ONLP course participants will, as a group, develop a declaration of intent which outlines their commitment to nutrition in Oceania.

Influencing Nutrition Policy Workshop

ONLP course participants will have a better understanding of the nutrition policy landscape in order to influence policy changes and mobilise diverse stakeholders to action.

ONLP Alumni Network (ONLPAN) Workshop

ONLP course participants will develop strategies to form a strong foundation for ongoing networking and collaboration beyond the ONLP course for all participants.

Kate Bowles

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

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.

Yda Gray

YDA GRAY – Leadership

I am known as an insightful and adaptive leadership development facilitator and executive coach. I find it very rewarding to help individuals gain self-insight and make meaning of their world so that they can fulfil their true purpose and potential. I have a special interest in evaluating the impact of leadership development on individual, team and organisational performance.

My strengths are my creative, yet strategic approach to learning design and facilitation coupled with empathy, flexibility and loads of energy and drive. My experience in facilitating strategy at senior and executive level has infused my facilitation with a pragmatic style.

I have been privileged to work with teams and leaders up to executive and Board level and gained an in-depth insight into the challenges of leading in the complex, highly competitive and ever changing world of science, technology, academia and applied research for clients such as CSIRO, the University of Adelaide, the University of Melbourne, the Robinson Research Institute, the University of South Australia, etc. I have gained a deep insight into the challenges that individuals in ’high-knowledge’ environments face with regards to influencing, navigating change and managing complexity and ambiguity as they endeavour to translate insights into impact to effect system-wide change through cross-sector, inter-disciplinary collaboration and innovation.

I have worked in the field of education, training and development for over twenty years and have had the privilege of working with corporate and not-for-profit organisations in Australia, The Pacific (for participants from Fiji, PNG, Kiribati, Vanuatu, Samoa, East Timor), South Africa, the UK and the Netherlands across a vast range of industries and sectors.

I have a Master’s Degree in Multicultural Education with a thesis in Multiculturally-sensitive Learning and Development and gained first-hand experience in managing highly talented individuals at a tertiary learning institution in South Africa before entering the world of organisational learning and development in 1999.

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Professor Amanda Lee - Social Responsibility

Professor Amanda Lee is Senior Advisor, The Australian Prevention Partnership Centre at the Sax Institute. As a Public Health Nutritionist and ‘pracademic’ she has expertise in chronic disease prevention, Indigenous health, and food, nutrition and public health policy. Amanda was Chair of the National Health and Medical Research Council’s Dietary Guidelines Working Committee. She serves on several national committees including as Chair of Food Standards Australian and New Zealand’s Consumer and Public Health Dialogue, Co-convenor of the Food and Nutrition Special Interest Group of the Public Health Association of Australia and as a member of the Australian Academy of Science’s Nutrition Committee. Amongst recent projects, Amanda led the scoping study for a new national nutrition policy 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).