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

About the ONLP

The ONLP is an initiative of the Nutrition Society of Australia in partnership with the Nutrition Society of New Zealand and the Pacific islands.

The aim of the ONLP is to develop, inspire and connect a new generation of innovative leaders with foresight and broad vision of the integrative role of nutrition, who are working in the field of nutrition throughout Oceanic countries from different sectors including Academia, Research, Industry and Government and are committed to working collaboratively towards food and nutrition security for Oceania.

This aim will be realised through delivering a biennial 7-day leadership course for early- and mid-career individuals working in nutrition related fields within Oceanic countries (the ONLP course); and by building a strong and active network comprised of ONLP course alumni (the ONLP alumni network or ONLPAN).


Purpose and Background

The ONLP is an initiative of the Nutrition Society of Australia in partnership with the Nutrition Society of New Zealand and the Pacific Islands. The idea of a nutrition leadership program (NLP) was born more than 20 years ago when a group of European food and nutrition visionaries identified the need for leadership skills, communication and networking among early- and mid-career nutrition professionals. The ENLP was founded in 1997 and has been running annually ever since. Several other programs were subsequently established modelled on ENLP and their demonstrated success.

ONLP forms part of a Global Nutrition Leadership Platform (GNLP) also encompassing established leadership programs in Europe (ENLP), Africa (ANLP), South-East Asia (SEA-NLP), the Middle-East (MENLP) and Latin-America (LANLP).

Dr. Sandra Iuliano (PhD)

“We came to ONLP as emerging nutritionists, each making an impact in our chosen area of the field, but wanting to go the next step, and lead the profession into the future. What we needed were the tools and guidance to do so. The ONLP provided these foundation tools to learn about leadership, the opportunity to engage in many facets of leadership, and also the time to self-reflect about ourselves as leaders. This honest examination of our strengths and weaknesses was the first step in our growth, and combined with the knowledge gained from the ONLP content and facilitator, it is with confidence that the participants will move forward to take their places as our future nutrition leaders.”


Prof Anna Lartey, 2002 ANLP participant, Director Nutrition FAO and President of the International Union of Nutritional Sciences (IUNS)

“The ANLP seminar opened my eyes that I have leader qualities”.

Danielle Schoenaker, PhD Candidate, Research Officer Australian Longitudinal Study on Women’s Health The University of Queensland

“The European Nutrition Leadership Program (ENLP) has been a unique experience and helped me to better understand myself as an individual, a team member and a leader. The supportive and inspiring environment during the course has given me more confidence in my vision and abilities as a leading nutrition scientist. The ENLP course and network have provided insights and tools that I will continue to practice and re-visit in the years to come. The Nutrition Leadership Program is a must for those dedicated to advance leadership and to make real impact to the field of nutrition!”

Dr Megan Rossi, Research Associate King's College London, Diabetes and Nutritional Sciences Division, Faculty of Life Sciences & Medicine

“If I had to describe my ENLP experience in two words they would be ‘life changing’. I’ve attend several leadership courses before but nothing comes close to the my ENLP experience. The retreat drew on mental, physical and emotional vulnerabilities to transform not only the way I lead but how I perceive myself as a leader. The impact of my experience has positively influenced my whole team- that is the power of ENLP.“

DR. KIM BELL-ANDERSON, Senior Lecturer Charles Perkins Centre, Faculty of Science, School of Life and Environmental Sciences THE UNIVERSITY OF SYDNEY

“The ENLP was much more impactful that I had anticipated. It was a truly transformative experience as it taught me leadership skills critical for any potential leader. The program also provided a safe and supportive environment for practising those skills. Increasing my network in nutrition was an added bonus, and I have made connections that will last a lifetime.“

The common themes of these programs are training in leadership, team building and communication and establishment of a network of leaders in nutrition to ensure strong impact on community nutrition and health.

ENLP has recently initiated the GNLP which will be an umbrella group that brings all NLP’s together in order to play a role in nutrition leadership at a global level.

Rationale for ONLP

Working towards food and nutrition security in the face of major environmental, social and economic changes and challenges will be a major undertaking. Current and future nutritionists will need a new set of paradigms to achieve this vision. The ability to connect, collaborate, communicate and to influence are critical leadership skills needed to build a strong nutrition workforce that will make a difference to food and nutrition security, and ensure health and wellbeing for all.