Iodine Global Network (IGN)


MUIC* (µg/L): 175 (2011-12) National, SAC (5-11 years)
* MUIC, median urinary iodine concentration
SAC: school-age children / WRA: women of reproductive age / PW: pregnant women / NPNLW: Non-Pregnant Non-Lactating Women


22. October 2017

Nearly half of all Aussie women deficient in mineral vital for baby's brain health

More than 40 percent of Australian women are deficient in iodine, a vital mineral in developing healthy brains in babies. The finding from the Westmead Institute of Medical Research will cause concern,...

26. June 2017

Ironing out Iodine Deficiency

When Professor Creswell Eastman visited a remote, mountainous region of Tibet in the 1980s, he was shocked by what he found. While researching the extent of iodine deficiency disorders, he came across...

23. May 2017

Is your diet putting you at risk of iodine deficiency?

When you go to a cafe and order a coffee, do you avoid dairy and order soy milk or even almond milk instead? Or, do you avoid bread perhaps? Because you're trying not to eat too many carbs? Or because you...

16. December 2016

Why has Australia fallen behind Kazakhstan in school performance?

By Cres Eastman for the Sydney Morning Herald When will we ever learn? After the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Studies and the Progress in International Reading Literacy Study results...

29. June 2016

Australia: Mandatory double-fortification of bread brings significant health benefits

A new study has found the mandatory introduction of folic acid and iodine to bread has brought significant health benefits to Australians. The rates of spina bifida and other neural birth defects in...

02. December 2015

How Creswell Eastman saved a million brains

Endocrinologist Creswell Eastman does crucial work around the world, preventing birth defects caused by Iodine Deficiency Disorders. Professor Creswell (Cres) Eastman has led projects to abolish Iodine...

12. June 2015

Half of pregnant women in Australia may be iodine deficient

In the not so distant past babies born to mothers with low thyroid function which could be due to low levels of iodine had terrible birth defects. It's the defect officially known as cretinism. While for...

25. November 2013

Women in Australia not adequately informed about the need for iodine supplementation during pregnancy

Pregnant women in Australia are not being adequately informed about the need for iodine supplementation to prevent irreversible neurodevelopmental defects in children, Australian experts believe. A...


Dietary Iodine Intake of the Australian Population after Introduction of a Mandatory Iodine Fortification Programme (PDFAchtung Link öffnet sich in einem neuen Fenster)
Karen Charlton, Yasmine Probst, and Gabriella Kiene
Nutrients 2017, 9(1), 7


Podcast: an episode of Life Matters, with Amanda Smith on RN (Radio National) in Australia. Amanda interviews Creswell Eastman (Professor of Medicine Sydney Medical School, Principal at the Sydney Thyroid Clinic, Consultant Emeritus, Westmead Hospital) and Karen Charlton (Nutritional epidemiologist at the University of Wollongong's School of Medicine)

Regional Coordinator

Edward Otico

National Coordinator

Creswell J. Eastman
Sydney, Australia