Dr Mi Kyung Lee
BSc, GradDipHSc, MA, PhD

Senior Lecturer

About me

I came to Australia with my parents from (South) Korea when I was 17.  It was a new beginning and I loved learning all about Australia, everything  from Kangaroo paws to kookaburras.  I enjoy living in Perth and in a multicultural society where different cultural values are appreciated.

I have worked at Murdoch University since 2002.  I returned from six months working at Cambridge University as a visiting researcher in 2002 and visited a friend who was working at Murdoch.  Learning that the Chiropractic course had been established at Murdoch I became interested in the newly developed School of Health Sciences (later became a Faculty and then the School of Health Professions).  I assisted the Dean to develop other courses within the Health Sciences and became involved with developing Japanese Chiropractic Programs and subsequently managed these offshore programs as a project manager during 2004-2010. I have been teaching the nutrition units within the School since 2004 (initially within the Japanese programs and later onshore programs).

Prior to joining the University sector, I worked for the Commonwealth Department of Health and Ageing in Canberra in the areas of nutrition and aged care.  My work included developing nutrition policies and dietary guidelines, evaluation of aged care and assessment of  projects for funding.  I was also seconded to work for the Department of Tourism at the Taejon Expo ’93 in Korea for the Australian Pavillion as the only bilingual administrator.  This administrative experience at a world Expo has enhanced my communication, negotiation and crisis management skills.

As a health professional I feel passionate about raising awareness of healthy living and improving the long term health of the disadvantaged in our society and in our region.  Undertaking studies in nutritional science and public health nutrition has taught me the importance of adopting healthy eating habits and a healthy lifestyle for myself and in the community.  My work involves teaching students to think for themselves, based on the available scientific evidence, and to know where to find necessary resources to assist their clients in their chosen health profession.

My academic administrative responsibility within the School includes the accreditation of the Chiropractic course as an accreditation committee member.

I love animals and children and my hobbies include travelling, mountain trekking, swimming and reading.  I have two dogs (all cared for at Murdoch Veterinary Clinic).

Teaching area

I teach Human Nutrition:

  • CHI100 Food, Nutrition and Health (online unit)
  • Nutrition component in Year 4 and Year 5, Clinical Chiropractic units

Research areas

Nutrition and public health

Current projects

My research projects revolve around my interests in public health nutrition and multicultural issues in education.  Current projects include:

  • Joint research on ‘Dietary Guidelines in the Asia-Pacific region’ (Australia, China, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Singapore, Papua New Guniea) and reviewing ‘Dietary Supplements within the Asia-Pacific region’.
  • Continued collaboration in research in infant nutrition in our region


Awards and grants

The awards and scholarships I have received include:

  • Postgraduate summer residential program in Korean Culture at the Academy of Korean Studies, 1995
  • Australia-Korea Foundation scholarship and a travel grant, 1997
  • Asia Pacific Academic Consortium for Public Health (APACPH) scholarship, 1997
  • Australian Postgraduate Research Awards (APRA) to undertake PhD studies at Curtin University, 1997-2000
  • Received Vice Chancellor’s commendation at the graduation for high quality PhD thesis (the top 5%) in 2000
  • Curtin postgraduate scholarship to attend an international conference in 2001


Events and speaking engagements

Events in 2017 include:

  • 10th Asia-Pacific Conference on Clinical incorporating the joint Annual Scientific Meeting of the Nutrition Society of Australia (NSA) and the Nutrition Society of New Zealand (26-29 November, Adelaide):
  • Invitation to be a panel of the Australian session at the Asia-Pacific-Australia Conference on Science and Technology, organised by the KASEA (Korean Academy of Scientists and Engineers in Australasia) and supported by the Korean Government, 23-25 November 2017, Singapore
  • Continue collaborative research on nutrition with colleagues at other universities in WA and in the Asia-Pacific Region.

Professional and community service

  • Nutrition Society of Australia (NSA): a committee member of the WA Group
  • Korean Academy of Scientists and Engineers in Australasia (KASEA): Chairperson of the WA Chapter; Council member & Executive Secretary of the National group
  • Registered as an external  expert with the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA)

Doctoral and masters supervisions

None is currently supervised.



  • Binns, C., Lee, M., (2012),The New WHO Growth Reference in the First 6 Months of Life and Breastfeeding,In: Handbook of Growth and Growth Monitoring in Health and Disease, Springer, pages 587 to 595.


  • Binns, C., Lee, M., (2017), The Developmental Origins of Health and Disease (DOHaD) hypothesis: relevance for community nursing, Australian Journal of Child and Family Health Nursing, 14, 1, pages 6 - 8.
  • Binns, C., Lee, M., Kagawa, M., (2017), Ethical Challenges in Infant Feeding Research, Nutrients, 9, 1, pages 59 -.
  • Binns, C., Lee, M., Kagawa, M., Low, W., Liqian, Q., Guidan, G., Hokama, T., Nanishi, K., Oy, S., Tang, L., Zerfas, A., (2017), Dietary Guidelines for the Asia Pacific Region, Asia Pacific Journal of Public Health, 29, 2, pages 98 - 101.
  • Binns, C., Lee, M., Low, W., (2016), The Long-Term Public Health Benefits of Breastfeeding, Asia Pacific Journal of Public Health, 28, 1, pages 7 - 14.
  • Binns, C., Lee, M., (2015), Health for All: A Fundamental Goal of Public Health in Our Region, Asia Pacific Journal of Public Health, 27, 1, pages 11 - 14.
  • Lee, M., (2015), Progress in the health and nutrition of girls in the Asia-Pacific Region, Asia Pacific Journal of Public Health, 27, 1, pages 19 - 23.
  • Binns, C., Lee, M., (2014), Exclusive breastfeeding for six months: the WHO six months recommendation in the Asia Pacific Region, Asia Pacific Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 23, 3, pages 344 - 350.
  • Binns, C., Lee, M., (2014), Progress and challenges in infant nutrition and public health, Annals of the Institute of Nutrition Sciences, 20, , pages 61 - 65.
  • Binns, C., Low, W., Lee, M., (2013), Breast cancer: An increasing public health problem in the Asia Pacific region, Asia-Pacific Journal of Public Health, 25, 5, pages 364 - 367.
  • Binns, C., Lee, M., Tang, L., Yu, C., Hokama, T., Lee, A., (2012), Ethical Issues in Infant Feeding After Disasters, Asia-Pacific Journal of Public Health, 24, 4, pages 672 - 680.
  • Binns, C., Lee, M., (2012), Will introducing the new World Health Organization growth reference to Australia reduce breastfeeding rates: Why not a randomised controlled trial first?, Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health, 48, 4, pages 347 - 349.
  • Lee, M., Binns, C., Zhao, Y., Scott, J., Oddy, W., (2012), Nutritional supplements during breastfeeding, Current Pediatric Reviews, 8, 4, pages 292 - 298.
  • Binns, C., Lee, M., (2010), The use of Probiotics to Prevent Diarrhea in Young Children Attending Child Care Centers: A Review, Journal of Experimental and Clinical Medicine, 2, 6, pages 269 - 273.
  • Binns, C., James, J., Lee, M., (2008), Why the new WHO growth charts are dangerous to breastfeeding, Breastfeeding Review, 16, 3, pages 5 - 7.
  • Aikawa, R., Jimba, M., Nguen, K., Zhao, Y., Binns, C., Lee, M., (2006), Why do adult women in Vietnam take iron tablets?, BMC Public Health, 6, , pages 1 - 8.


  • Binns, C., Lee, M., Xu, R., (2014),The role of early life nutrition in obesity prevention,In: 45th Asia Pacific Academic Consortium for Public Health.