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Dr Julia McCartan is an Accredited Practising Dietitian and lecturer in the Department of Nutrition, Dietetics and Food, Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences (MNHS). Julia co-designed and teaches a compulsory undergraduate unit NUT3006: Food Sustainability Systems and she represents Nutrition, Dietetics and Food on the MNHS Indigenous Engagement Committee.

Julia is also a research fellow for the Monash Centre for Scholarship in Health Education. She works in partnership with the Monash Gukwonderuk Indigenous Health Unit to support research and evaluation of Indigenous health equity curriculum across the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences. She is also applying critical methodological and pedagogical approaches in health professions and health sciences education, with a particular research interest in fostering critical reflexivity and critical allyship skills in health professions educators, students and graduates.

Julia began at Monash University in 2013 as a research officer for a three-year longitudinal study of food cost across Victorian communities. She brings practice experience in public health nutrition, health promotion project management and food systems research. Over her career which spans nearly two decades, she has worked in the community health, local government, non-government and higher education sectors in metropolitan and regional Victoria, Central Australia, Sydney and the Kingdom of Tonga.

Julia's doctoral research utilised critical methodology to investigate non-Indigenous people's positioning in Indigenous contexts, illustrating examples from academia, policymaking, the food industry and health professional practice.

Research interests

Julia's diverse research interests include: 

  • Critical pedagogy and methodology 
  • Settler colonialism and anti-racism
  • Food system sustainability
  • Health equity 
  • Health professions education 
  • Household food insecurity 
  • Food cost and affordability 

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 1 - No Poverty
  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action

Education/Academic qualification

Faculty of Medicine Nursing and Health Sciences Education Portfolio, Doctor of Philosophy, Monash University

15 Feb 201924 Jan 2023

Award Date: 1 Feb 2023

Research area keywords

  • Public health nutrition
  • Food security
  • Food systems
  • Food cost monitoring
  • Indigenous health equity
  • Qualitative Research Methodologies
  • Critical Discourse Analysis
  • Systematic Literature Reviews
  • Critical Race Studies and Post Colonialism
  • Sustainability
  • Case study research
  • Critical dietetics


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