About Us

Picking a product from a supermarket shelfThe Australian Division of World Action on Salt and Health (AWASH) is a growing network of individuals and organisations concerned with salt and its detrimental effects on health.

In May 2007, AWASH launched a 5-year salt reduction campaign. The Drop the Salt! campaign will unite health professionals, the food industry, government, scientists and consumer organisations in a commitment to action to reduce salt intake in Australia.

AWASH is the Australian arm of the global WASH group (World Action on Salt and Health).

Our Aims

man eating take awayThe mission of AWASH is to improve the health of Australians by achieving a gradual population-wide reduction in dietary salt consumption that will reduce cardiovascular diseases and other salt-related health problems.

The primary goal of AWASH is to reduce the average amount of salt consumed by Australians to 6g per day within the next five years.

This goal is set on the basis of national and international recommendations for salt consumption that would be both effective and achievable.

This goal will be achieved through four main strategies:

An average twenty-five percent reduction in the salt content of foods
An average twenty-five percent reduction in salt use by the catering industry
Increased population knowledge of the benefits of low salt diets
Clear labelling of foods that makes the salt content immediately apparent

AWASH will achieve this goal by promoting the benefits of salt reduction and engaging the participation of all sectors of the Australian community – this will include industry, schools, consumers, scientists, healthcare workers, governments, regulatory bodies and professional organisations. Regular monitoring of progress towards the goal and careful scrutiny of the development of each strategy will be undertaken throughout the campaign.

Coordinators

AWASH is coordinated by a group of individuals (the Secretariat) with broad scientific, policy, project management and communications expertise.

The Secretariat coordinates the day-to-day activities of AWASH and takes responsibility for its outputs.

Position Statements
Iodisation of Salt

Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) is proposing a new food standard for the the mandatory fortification of the food supply with iodine. In Draft Assessment, this proposal included the mandatory replacement of salt with iodised salt in breads, breakfast cereals and biscuits.

In response to the draft, AWASH made a submission to FSANZ with comments on the proposal and recommendations on the iodisation of the food supply.

AWASH Submission to FSANZ on Proposal P230 – Consideration of Mandatory Fortification with Iodine
AWASH Submission to FSANZ on Proposal P1003 – Mandatory Iodine Fortification for Australia

Obesity

The Australian House of Representatives Standing Committee on Health and Ageing is conducting an inquiry into obesity in Australia.AWASH made a submission to the inquiry

AWASH Submission to the Standing Committee on Health and Ageing Inquiry into Obesity in Australia

Australia 2020 Summit

The Australia 2020 Summit was held on 19 and 20 April 2008. The Summit was aimed at harnessing the best ideas for building a modern Australia ready for the challenges of the 21st century. One of the Summit topics was “Health – a long-term national health strategy – including the challenges of preventative health, workforce planning and the ageing population”. AWASH made a submission to the summit.

AWASH Submission to the Australia 2020 Summit

World Action on Salt and Health

woman eating burgerWorld Action on Salt and Health (WASH) is a global group with the mission to improve the health of populations throughout the world by achieving a gradual reduction in salt intake. WASH was established in 2005.

WASH encourages multi-national food companies to reduce salt in their products and works with governments in different countries to highlight the need for population salt reduction strategies.

The overall aim is to bring about a reduction in salt intake throughout the world by reducing the amount of salt in processed foods as well as salt added to cooking, and at the table.

So far WASH has 338 members from over 83 countries and the support of the World Health Organisation (WHO). Many members are experts in hypertension, while some have other interests and expertise. All have an interest in reducing salt intake in their individual countries.

AWASH is the Australian Division of WASH.

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