Dr Jacqui Webster

Head of World Health Organization Collaborating Centre on Population Salt Reduction, Food Policy Division, The George Institute for Global Health
Senior Lecture, Public Health, The University of Sydney

Telephone +61 2 9993 4520
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Biographical details

Jacqui Webster’s primary research interests are salt reduction, working with the food industry to reformulate foods and implementing effective food monitoring strategies. She previously established and implemented the UK Government’s salt reduction strategy and currently leads the work of the World Health Organization Collaborating Centre on Population Salt Reduction (WHO CC SALT) at the George Institute for Global Health. The Centre has a remit to support countries to achieve the new WHO targets for salt reduction through facilitating the exchange of information and providing support and advice on strategy development, monitoring and evaluation. Jacqui is an investigator on the Global Alliance for Chronic Diseases funded programs of work on salt reduction in the Pacific Islands and India. Jacqui obtained her Ph.D. from Sydney Medical School evaluating the impact of salt reduction strategies for Australia. She has authored several international reviews of salt reduction initiatives and regularly contributes to national and international policy development. Jacqui is currently supported in her work by a National Heart Foundation and Stroke Foundation postdoctoral research fellowship.

Research interests

Main research interests are food policy and advocacy including salt reduction strategies, monitoring the food supply and changing consumer behaviour.

Teaching and supervision

I regularprovide guest lectures including to the University of Sydney, University of Wollongong and overses.

Current projects

Director of WHO Collaborating Centre on Population Salt Reduction

Project Managing NHMRC partnership project on developing a salt reduction strategy for Australia

CIA on NHMRC funded research on cost effectiveness of salt reduction in the Pacific Islands

CIB on NHMR funded research project on developing a salt reduction strategy for India

CIC on randomised controlled trial to test the impact of different front of pack labelling schemes on salt reduction in Australia

Leading Partnership on salt reduction with the Victorian Health Promotion Agency

Leading series of WHO funded projects to facilitate salt reduction strategies including in Vietnam, Cambodia and the Pacific Islands

Partipating in partnership with Menzies Institute, Darwinon salt reduction in Indigenous Communities

Associate Investigator on George Institute NHMRC Program grant on novel approaches to preventing cardiovascular diseases

Associate Investigator on Centre for Research Excellence on Obesity and Food Policy Systems

Associations

High Blood Pressure Research Association

Global Alliance for Chronic Diseases

Health Promotion Australia

Nutrition Society of Australia

Selected grants

2014

  • A large-scale randomised trial to define the optimal front-of-pack labelling system for Australian foods; Neal B, Pettigrew S, Webster J, Sacks G; National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC)/Partnership Projects.

2012

  • Is legislation the only effective way to get the food industry to improve the nutritional composition of foods?; Webster J, Webster J; Heart Foundation of Australia/Postdoctoral Fellowships (Biomedical, Clinical, Public Health).
  • Cost effectiveness of salt reduction interventions in Pacific Islands; Webster J, Snowdon W, Neal B, Moodie M; National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC)/Strategic Awards: Global Alliance for Chronic Diseases.

Selected publications

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Journals

  • Webster, J., Dunford, E., Kennington, S., Neal, B., Chapman, S. (2014). Drop the Salt! Assessing the impact of a public health advocacy strategy on Australian government policy on salt. Public Health Nutrition, 17(1), 212-218. [More Information]
  • Land, M., Jeffery, P., Webster, J., Crino, M., Chalmers, J., Woodward, M., Nowson,, C., Smith, W., Flood, V., Neal, B. (2014). Protocol for the implementation and evaluation of a community-based intervention seeking to reduce dietary salt intake in Lithgow, Australia. BMC Public Health, 14(1), 1-7. [More Information]
  • Land, M., Webster, J., Christofolou, A., Praveen, D., Jeffery, P., Chalmers, J., Smith, W., Woodward, M., Barzi, F., Nowson,, C., Neal, B., et al (2014). Salt intake assessed by 24 h urinary sodium excretion in a random and opportunistic sample in Australia. BMJ Open, 4(2), 1-7. [More Information]
  • Trevena, H., Dunford, E., Neal, B., Webster, J. (2014). The Australian Food and Health Dialogue - the implications of the sodium recommendation for pasta sauces. Public Health Nutrition, 17(7), 1647-1653. [More Information]
  • Eyles, H., Webster, J., Jebb, S., Capelin, C., Neal, B., Mhurchu, C. (2013). Impact of the UK voluntary sodium reduction targets on the sodium content of processed foods from 2006 to 2011: analysis of household consumer panel data. Preventive Medicine, 57(5), 555-560. [More Information]
  • Land, M., Christoforou, A., Downs, S., Webster, J., Billot, L., Li, M., Pena-Rosas, J., Neal, B. (2013). Iodine fortification of foods and condiments, other than salt, for preventing iodine deficiency disorders (Protocol). Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, 2013 (9), 1-15. [More Information]
  • Neal, B., Sacks, G., Swinburn, B., Vandevijvere, S., Dunford, E., Snowdon, W., Webster, J., Barquera, S., Friel, S., Hawkes, C., et al (2013). Monitoring the levels of important nutrients in the food supply. Obesity Reviews, 14(Suppl 1), 49-58. [More Information]
  • Dunford, E., Webster, J., Blanco-Metzler, A., Czernichow, S., Mhurchu, C., Wolmarans, P., Snowdon, W., L'Abbe, M., Li, N., Maulik, P., Neal, B., et al (2012). International collaborative project to compare and monitor the nutritional composition of processed foods. European Journal of Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation, 19(6), 1326-1332. [More Information]
  • Hawkes, C., Webster, J. (2012). National Approaches to Monitoring Population Salt Intake: A Trade-Off between Accuracy and Practicality? PLoS One, 7(10), 1-8. [More Information]
  • Dunford, E., Webster, J., Woodward, M., Czernichow, S., Yuan, W., Jenner, K., Mhurchu, C., Jacobson, M., Campbell, N., Neal, B. (2012). The variability of reported salt levels in fast foods across six countries: opportunities for salt reduction. CMAJ - Canadian Medical Association Journal, 184(9), 1023-1028. [More Information]
  • Dunford, E., Eyles, H., Ni Mhurchu, C., Webster, J., Neal, B. (2011). Changes in the sodium content of bread in Australia and New Zealand between 2007 and 2010: implications for policy. Medical Journal of Australia, 195(6), 346-349. [More Information]
  • Webster, J., Dunford, E., Hawkes, C., Neal, B. (2011). Salt reduction initiatives around the world. Journal of Hypertension, 29(6), 1043-1050. [More Information]
  • Mhurchu, C., Capelin, C., Dunford, E., Webster, J., Neal, B., Jebb, S. (2011). Sodium content of processed foods in the United Kingdom: analysis of 44,000 foods purchased by 21,000 households. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 93(3), 594-600. [More Information]
  • Webster, J., Dunford, E., Neal, B. (2010). A systematic survey of the sodium contents of processed foods. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 91(2), 413-420. [More Information]
  • Webster, J., Li, N., Dunford, E., Nowson, C., Neal, B. (2010). Consumer awareness and self-reported behaviours related to salt consumption in Australia. Asia Pacific Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 19(4), 550-554. [More Information]
  • Webster, J., Dunford, E., Barzi, F., Neal, B. (2010). Just add a pinch of salt!--current directions for the use of salt in recipes in Australian magazines. European Journal of Public Health, 20(1), 96-99. [More Information]
  • Dunford, E., Webster, J., Barzi, F., Neal, B. (2010). Nutrient content of products served by leading Australian fast food chains. Appetite, 55(3), 484-489. [More Information]

2014

  • Webster, J., Dunford, E., Kennington, S., Neal, B., Chapman, S. (2014). Drop the Salt! Assessing the impact of a public health advocacy strategy on Australian government policy on salt. Public Health Nutrition, 17(1), 212-218. [More Information]
  • Land, M., Jeffery, P., Webster, J., Crino, M., Chalmers, J., Woodward, M., Nowson,, C., Smith, W., Flood, V., Neal, B. (2014). Protocol for the implementation and evaluation of a community-based intervention seeking to reduce dietary salt intake in Lithgow, Australia. BMC Public Health, 14(1), 1-7. [More Information]
  • Land, M., Webster, J., Christofolou, A., Praveen, D., Jeffery, P., Chalmers, J., Smith, W., Woodward, M., Barzi, F., Nowson,, C., Neal, B., et al (2014). Salt intake assessed by 24 h urinary sodium excretion in a random and opportunistic sample in Australia. BMJ Open, 4(2), 1-7. [More Information]
  • Trevena, H., Dunford, E., Neal, B., Webster, J. (2014). The Australian Food and Health Dialogue - the implications of the sodium recommendation for pasta sauces. Public Health Nutrition, 17(7), 1647-1653. [More Information]

2013

  • Eyles, H., Webster, J., Jebb, S., Capelin, C., Neal, B., Mhurchu, C. (2013). Impact of the UK voluntary sodium reduction targets on the sodium content of processed foods from 2006 to 2011: analysis of household consumer panel data. Preventive Medicine, 57(5), 555-560. [More Information]
  • Land, M., Christoforou, A., Downs, S., Webster, J., Billot, L., Li, M., Pena-Rosas, J., Neal, B. (2013). Iodine fortification of foods and condiments, other than salt, for preventing iodine deficiency disorders (Protocol). Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, 2013 (9), 1-15. [More Information]
  • Neal, B., Sacks, G., Swinburn, B., Vandevijvere, S., Dunford, E., Snowdon, W., Webster, J., Barquera, S., Friel, S., Hawkes, C., et al (2013). Monitoring the levels of important nutrients in the food supply. Obesity Reviews, 14(Suppl 1), 49-58. [More Information]

2012

  • Dunford, E., Webster, J., Blanco-Metzler, A., Czernichow, S., Mhurchu, C., Wolmarans, P., Snowdon, W., L'Abbe, M., Li, N., Maulik, P., Neal, B., et al (2012). International collaborative project to compare and monitor the nutritional composition of processed foods. European Journal of Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation, 19(6), 1326-1332. [More Information]
  • Hawkes, C., Webster, J. (2012). National Approaches to Monitoring Population Salt Intake: A Trade-Off between Accuracy and Practicality? PLoS One, 7(10), 1-8. [More Information]
  • Dunford, E., Webster, J., Woodward, M., Czernichow, S., Yuan, W., Jenner, K., Mhurchu, C., Jacobson, M., Campbell, N., Neal, B. (2012). The variability of reported salt levels in fast foods across six countries: opportunities for salt reduction. CMAJ - Canadian Medical Association Journal, 184(9), 1023-1028. [More Information]

2011

  • Dunford, E., Eyles, H., Ni Mhurchu, C., Webster, J., Neal, B. (2011). Changes in the sodium content of bread in Australia and New Zealand between 2007 and 2010: implications for policy. Medical Journal of Australia, 195(6), 346-349. [More Information]
  • Webster, J., Dunford, E., Hawkes, C., Neal, B. (2011). Salt reduction initiatives around the world. Journal of Hypertension, 29(6), 1043-1050. [More Information]
  • Mhurchu, C., Capelin, C., Dunford, E., Webster, J., Neal, B., Jebb, S. (2011). Sodium content of processed foods in the United Kingdom: analysis of 44,000 foods purchased by 21,000 households. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 93(3), 594-600. [More Information]

2010

  • Webster, J., Dunford, E., Neal, B. (2010). A systematic survey of the sodium contents of processed foods. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 91(2), 413-420. [More Information]
  • Webster, J., Li, N., Dunford, E., Nowson, C., Neal, B. (2010). Consumer awareness and self-reported behaviours related to salt consumption in Australia. Asia Pacific Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 19(4), 550-554. [More Information]
  • Webster, J., Dunford, E., Barzi, F., Neal, B. (2010). Just add a pinch of salt!--current directions for the use of salt in recipes in Australian magazines. European Journal of Public Health, 20(1), 96-99. [More Information]
  • Dunford, E., Webster, J., Barzi, F., Neal, B. (2010). Nutrient content of products served by leading Australian fast food chains. Appetite, 55(3), 484-489. [More Information]

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