Associated Centres and Institutes

Dietitians Association of Australia

The Australian Dietetic Council of the Dietitians Association of Australia (DAA) is the professional organisation which oversees the accreditation of the Master of Nutrition and Dietetics Program. Student membership of the DAA is encouraged.

Charles Perkins Centre

The Master of Nutrition and Dietetics Academic Staff are based at the Charles Perkins Centre and are involved in many of the Centre’s Research Nodes, listed below.

Bias in research

Producing unbiased evidence and promoting evidence-based decision making is particularly important for the prevention and treatment of conditions such as obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease because they are the result of a complex mix of biological, social, cultural and other factors. Research projects in this node will use quantitative and qualitative methods to examine how these factors influence the design, conduct and publication of research.

Brain and body

Diseases of the brain are often researched independently of the brain’s connection with the body. The Brain and Body project node's alternative approach is to see the brain in the context of total body health or disease.

Healthier workplaces

The nature of modern work is increasingly sedentary with occupations and workplaces having become less physically active over the past 50 years. This has real implications for the risk of chronic diseases. Exemplifying the Charles Perkins Centre’s goal of encouraging and facilitating cross-disciplinary collaboration, the Healthier Workplaces project node brings together experts from a diverse range of fields including physical activity, sedentary behaviour, business and architecture with the aim of generating new knowledge to better inform company wellness policy and the establishment of activity-promoting workplaces.

Healthy Food Systems

Good food and nutrition are fundamental to individual wellbeing and healthy communities. Delivering sufficient, safe and nutritious food in a sustainable manner to meet the requirements of a growing human population is one of the world’s greatest challenges. This project node focuses on good nutrition and the interrelationships between farmers, traders, regulators, consumers and policy makers to determine policies and food systems that deliver appropriate, sustainable, diverse, safe and nutritious diets in Australia and globally.

Nutrition and Cardiovascular Health

It is generally recognized that eating a “healthy” diet can lower a person’s risk of developing heart disease. But what constitutes a heart healthy diet? And does this differ from person to person?This new project node will seek to identify the nutrient profile, whole foods and dietary patterns that will prevent heart disease, in the context of the Australian population, with a particular focus on identifying whether dietary advice should be personalised.

Population analysis of human diet and nutrition

Experiments on human nutrition – which typically involve varying a single dietary factor while keeping others constant – have suggested that a range of dietary factors might influence human health. However, human nutrient intake occurs not in the simplified setting of a laboratory but within a complex environment where multiple variables interact to influence eating habits and health. A new cross-disciplinary research group established by the Charles Perkins Centre will take this context into account as it investigates how geographic, temporal, social and ethnic variations influence nutrient intake, health and disease.

Virtual Reality

Virtual reality allows users to experience an environment they can’t experience in the real world, either because it is too far away, too dangerous, or because it doesn’t exist. For example, virtual reality users can experience aspects of what it feels like to cycle through a new city or scuba dive without physically being there.Collaborating with the ‘positive computing for health’ project node, the ‘virtual reality in health systems’ project node is exploring design strategies for virtual reality environments that will positively impact people’s wellbeing.

Wireless wellbeing and personalised health

Due to on-going technological developments, we are beginning to see an increase in mobile phone applications and sensing devices designed to measure food intake and monitor physical activity of those looking to get healthy.The Wireless Wellbeing node will explore how wireless sensing and communications can empower individuals to self-monitor and positively influence their decisions and behaviour around nutrition, physical activity and sleep. These behavioural outcomes will help to improve quality of life and prevent obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease.