How A Doctor Can (Help) Fix The Food System


“Suboptimal diet is responsible for more deaths than any other risks globally,” and “improvement of diet could potentially prevent one in every five deaths globally” (Lancet, 2019).

The food industry has curated a highly obesogenic environment for patients, which has effectively laid down the foundations for an epidemic of non-communicable disease in Australia. This industry provides an abundance of cheap, convenient and nutritionally deplete food products for consumers, with little regard given to their detrimental effects on human health. This session will teach future doctors the skills needed to improve our food system and give you the chance to apply them throughout each step in the consumption chain; from production and agriculture, through to education, marketing, packaging, display and consumption.


Dr Edward Cliff

Eddie is a medical registrar and Fulbright Scholar with interests in medical research, public health policy, innovation and music. An aspiring clinician-scientist, Eddie completed his Bachelor of Medical Science as a visiting student at the University of Oxford, where he researched the physiology of neonatal diabetes. Currently working as a registrar at the Royal Melbourne Hospital, Eddie also has a passion for public health, especially obesity, non-communicable diseases, and food policy. Eddie is the Australian Policy Coordinator for NCDFree and helped to organise two iterations of festival21, which is a massive celebration of community, food, culture and future, attended by more than 5000 people.