DOHaD Society of Australia and New Zealand

The DOHaD Society of Australia and New Zealand (Developmental Origins of Health and Disease) is an initiative directly aligned with the global agenda to combat the devastation of non-communicable diseases (NCDs). The integrated cross-disciplinary approach will build on the inextricable link between maternal, perinatal and early childhood factors and the risk of developing NCDs in later life.

The mandate is for ‘disease prevention’ as the ultimate approach to reducing the burden of NCDs. Early life is a critical time of risk, but also a critical time of opportunity for promotion of health and prevention of future disease. The greatest potential for success lies in early intervention and there is already substantial evidence that initiatives to promote a ‘healthy start to life’ can reduce the risk of both early and later NCDs with wide social and economic benefits.

Common risk factors mean common solutions. All modern diseases are associated with modern lifestyle changes, suggesting common risk factors for many NCDs. These risks include unhealthy dietary patterns, reduced physical activity, altered patterns of microbial exposure, tobacco smoking, harmful use of alcohol, and other environmental pollutants. A coordinated interdisciplinary approach is imperative to mitigate the growing burden of a broad range of modern diseases, and to improve health in the new millennium.

Executive Members

PresidentA/Professor Beverley Muhlhausler
Vice PresidentDr Nicolette Hodyl
Past PresidentProfessor Susan L Prescott
SecretaryDr Hayley Dickinson
TreasurerProfessor Mark Vickers
NSW/ACT RepProfessor Ralph Nanan
VIC/TAS RepProfessor Mary Wlodek
SA RepDr Prabha Andraweera
NZ RepDr Clare Reynolds
NT RepDr Gurmeet Singh
WA RepDr Amy Wooldridge
ECR RepDr Erin McGillick
ECR RepDr Karen Best
Social MediaA/Professor Jeff Craig
MediaProfessor Margaret Morris
Trainee RepDr Amy Wooldridge

News Items

5th Annual Meeting 2018

Following on from the success of the 2017 meeting held in conjunction with the Perinatal Society of Australia & NZ (PSANZ) in Canberra, the DOHaD Society of ANZ is currently planning their 5th Annual Meeting in Sydney Australia in 2018. Look here for more details on this upcoming meeting.

Check out the NEW LOOK DOHaD Website

The DOHaD ANZ Council is happy to advise that it has taken on board the input of the membership and produced a new DOHaD ANZ website.  The new site is more interactive, easier to navigate and easier to find.


The site is now complete, and we look forward to working with our members allowing the website further to develop over time into a fully integrated site that reflects the broadness and scope of DOHaD research in our region!


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