Nutrition and Dietetics

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Dietetics includes the study of the food that people eat and its effects on wellbeing and on prevention and management of disease.

Through our undergraduate teaching in nutrition and postgraduate teaching in nutrition and dietetics we seek to educate students in the complex food and nutrition systems that contribute to some of the major global food challenges such as food security and health problems including obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease and cancer.

Areas of active research include nutritional epidemiology to determine diet and disease relationships and to monitor the intake of the Australian population, especially at risk groups such as adolescents, young adults and the elderly. Through careful systematic review of the existing nutrition literature, we formulate dietary recommendations and translate them into behavioural nutrition interventions. Core capabilities of the group are the design and validation of instruments and technologies to assess food intakes and interpretation of dietary intake data. In addition the design of mobile Health nutrition interventions are a strength of the group.

Dietetics App

Research themes

Dietary Intake Assessment

Our group has extensive experience in assessing and monitoring food and nutrient consumption of the population, including core foods groups (meat, fruit, vegetables, dairy products, grains, water), discretionary foods (fast foods, sugary beverages), portion sizes consumed, energy density of diets, diet quality and nutritional adequacy.

Nutritional Epidemiology across the lifecycle

The group has special interests in the diets of young adults and the elderly and is conducting two cohort studies. Young adults gain the most weight of any age group that will lead to obesity and chronic disease. The elderly are the growing demographic and good nutrition may be the key to longevity.

Use of new technologies in nutrition

The group is actively involved in collaborative research designing Smartphone applications and on-line tools for monitoring dietary intakes. The efficacy and cost efficacy of phone coaching, text messaging, apps and social media to deliver individualized nutrition and lifestyle interventions for young adults, prevention of diabetes and for people with type 2 diabetes are active areas of research.