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Designing active play technologies with families

The aim of this project is to design and study digital technologies that enable and support active play in families with young children.To promote healthy growth and development, children aged 1-5 years should be physically active for at least three hours each day. This may include running, jumping and playful activities. With the current COVID-19 pandemic, many playgrounds, childcare facilities, and sports clubs are closed, which means that families look for alternatives to stay active.In this project you'll explore:how parents …

Study level
PhD, Master of Philosophy, Honours
Faculty
Science and Engineering Faculty
School
School of Computer Science
Research centre(s)

Nutrition interventions to improve outcomes in people with kidney dIsease

Dietary interventions are cornerstone treatment in chronic kidney disease. Our research focuses on the shift away from nutrient monitoring, and towards a whole food approach to improving diet quality and reduce disease progression. We have expertise in nutritional epidemiology and dietary intervention trials, and work directly with clinicians in patient care.We currently have projects investigating:Plant based diets to reduce resistant proteinuriaIntensive weight loss to slow progression of kidney diseaseThe impact of dietary patterns on cardiovascular disease risk in chronic kidney …

Study level
PhD, Master of Philosophy
Faculty
Faculty of Health
School
School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences
Research centre(s)

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander food and nutrition projects

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples suffer disproportionally from diet-related conditions in Australia. Much current research is deficit based, however this body of work aims to be strengths based. Research projects could include, but are not limited to:a descriptive/explorative of food literacy among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people using an assets based framework exploring positive deviants.a food sovereignty project to describe Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander foodways. This could be applied to a particular nation group. It could be …

Study level
PhD, Master of Philosophy, Honours
Faculty
Faculty of Health
School
School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences
Research centre(s)

Community and Public Health Nutrition Workforce

The training of a specialised community and public health nutrition (CPHN) workforce assumes they are optimally placed to address food and nutrition issues at a population and community level. However, concomitant with the rise of diet as the leading risk factor contributing to the burden of disease in Australia, has been a dramatic disinvestment in this workforce. Permanent, full time nutritionist positions embedded in communities or population settings are few. If an organisation invests in a nutrition intervention it is …

Study level
PhD, Master of Philosophy, Honours
Faculty
Faculty of Health
School
School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences
Research centre(s)

Food literacy and children

The term food literacy has been empirically for adults, but not for children. It is likely that the definition would differ for children (including adolescents). Possible research projects in this area include but are not limited to:Investigating children's role in feeding themselves, in particular the variables that impact on this; and diet quality and food choice pathways that children use, the impact of economic disadvantage, culture, gender, age, geographyDefining and conceptualising food literacy for childrenConceptualising food literacy by those developing …

Study level
PhD, Master of Philosophy, Honours
Faculty
Faculty of Health
School
School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences
Research centre(s)

Food literacy projects (see description for options)

Food Literacy is a collection of knowledge, skills and behaviours required to plan, manage, select, prepare and eat foods to meet needs and determine food intake. It is the scaffolding that empowers individuals, households, communities or nations to protect diet quality through change and strengthen dietary resilience over time. Areas for further research include, but are not limited to:identifying models to integrated food literacy into dietetic practice e.g. through the Nutrition Care Processdevelop population level indicators for food literacy that …

Study level
PhD, Master of Philosophy, Honours
Faculty
Faculty of Health
School
School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences
Research centre(s)

Performance in the heat: influence of female hormonal variation

Project code:ENS02Area of research:Environmental HealthProject aims and objectives:The thermoregulatory system in females is unique. It has been thoroughly identified in early sex comparison studies and more recent review papers that the anthropometric characteristics typically observed in females, alter their heat storage and heat exchange efficiency. Females’ menstrual cycle and reproductive hormones are also known to further influence temperature regulation. To date the research undertaken on female thermoregulatory autonomic and behavioural responses has been limited and also produced conflicting results, primarily …

Study level
Vacation research experience scheme
Faculty
Faculty of Health
School
School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences
Research centre(s)

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