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Biography

I lead the Healthy Lifestyle Research Program within the Monash Centre for Health Research and Implementation, Monash University. I am a research dietitian and Accredited Practicing Dietitian and an Affiliate staff member of the Robinson Research Institute at the University of Adelaide. I work in clinical and epidemiological nutrition research and clinical dietetics. My research skills include clinical trials, epidemiology and evidence-based medicine. My area of interest is optimising weight management and nutritional status in women of reproductive age with the aim of reducing the impact of obesity-related disease in women and their families. My specific areas of research within this field include infertility and polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) and key life stages for targeting lifestyle interventions including preconception, during pregnancy and post-partum. I specifically focus on clinically translatable interventions, reducing attrition, effective components within lifestyle interventions and mechanisms for action. By developing optimal obesity intervention methods for Australian women, I believe my research will result in a reduced risk of pregnancy complications, reduced side-effects of conditions such as PCOS including diabetes, heart disease and depression and provide a foundation to secure a healthier future for newborn children.

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 3 - Good Health and Well-being

Education/Academic qualification

G Dip Public Health, BSc (Hons), BND, PhD

Research area keywords

  • Polycystic ovary syndrome
  • Infertility
  • Lifestyle
  • Weight management
  • Women's health

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