Latest news

Bigger than the both of us: Obesity is best tackled at a community level

24 April
The worth of community-level, community-led interventions in addressing obesity was emphasised by Professor Stephen Simpson and Professor Rosemary Calder, Mitchell Institute for Health Director at Victoria University in a co-written article published in the Sydney Morning Herald. Read the article

Student blog: Dietititan's Day

Three student dietitians

13 March
This year, Friday 13 March is ‘Dietitians Day’ in Australia. Now in its second year, Dietitians Day is an opportunity to celebrate dietetics and promote research and education in nutrition.

So, dietitians…who are they? Dietitians, or more accurately, Accredited Practising Dietitians (APDs) are the experts in food and nutrition. APDs integrate multiple human nutrition and social sciences to provide advice on dietary choices for good health and disease prevention, counsel individuals on management of disease with therapeutic diets (especially diabetes and cardiovascular disease), implement and manage nutrition services and programs, develop nutrition programs and policies, and undertake research. APDs are credentialed by the Dietitians Association of Australia – the peak body for dietetic and nutrition professionals in Australia, which represents more than 5,800
members. Continue reading

Diet key to lifespan and fertility

2 March
It may be possible to live longer and increase fertility by manipulating diet, according to world-first research in mice from the University of Sydney's Charles Perkins Centre and ANZAC Research Institute.

Researchers showed for the first time in mammals that there is an ideal balance of macronutrients (protein, carbohydrates and fat) for reproduction and another, different ideal balance for increasing lifespan. Read more

Stop drinking the kool-aid: health benefits of alcohol a myth

11 February
Drinkers have long toasted the health benefits of moderate alcohol consumption, but a new study published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ) today pours doubt over the protective effects of alcohol.

The study challenges the prevailing claims moderate drinking is good for your health and reveals any protective benefits from moderate alcohol consumption have been overestimated or exaggerated by previous research.

One of the authors of the study, Associate Professor Emmanuel Stamatakis from the University of Sydney, said the research had important public health implications given alcohol consumption for Australians across all ages is still very high. Read more

Listen to Professor Stamatakis interview of ABC's PM
Read Sydney Morning Herald report 'Alcohol benefits might be too good to be true.'