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Tracy is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Nutrition, Dietetics and Food at Monash University. She is a Registered Nutritionist (UK) with a research focus in Public Health Nutrition. Her research has evolved from dietary assessment and consumer understanding of portion size to the use of marketing techniques to improve health professional’s ability to communicate on social media.

At Monash, she leads the research stream on Dietary Assessment Methodologies to provide specialist analysis and advice on suitable methods to assess dietary intake. She has advised government departments in Australia, New Zealand, UK and Ireland on the assessment of dietary intakes and consumer understanding of portion size. 

Dr McCaffrey is currently co-chair of the Melbourne group and International Liasion Officer for the Nutrition Society of Australia and Trustee of the Australian Nutrition Trust Fund.

Tracy is co-investigator and project co-ordinator on Communicating Health. Communicating Health (CommHealth) is an NHMRC funded project, led by the late Dr Cate Lombard. The team would like to acknowledge Cate’s passion and advocacy in Public Health Nutrition. We honour Cate's memory by continuing the work she started in CommHealth. The study design of CommHealth aims to understand how and why young adults use social media to talk about their health. Our findings will be presented as a ‘toolbox’ to assist health professionals in communicating with young adults on the ever-evolving social media platforms.

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

Research area keywords

  • Nutrition
  • Dietary Intake
  • Health Communication
  • Social Media


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