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Communicating Health brings together academics from, social marketing, consumer psychology, and nutrition to create best practice guidelines for nutrition professions to help them communicate with young adults.

This is a joint project of Monash University, RMIT University, Victorian Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation, Victorian Department of Health and Human Services, Cancer Council Victoria, Nutrition Australia, VicHealth, Prof Moria Dean, David Menzies & Janette Kendall Consulting.


  • Tracy McCaffrey

    Senior Lecturer of Nutrition at Monash University

    Lecturer in Nutrition Science and avid science communicator Tracy is passionate about ensuring messages about nutrition are clear and specifically targeted to their audience.

  • Helen Truby

    Professor & Chair in Human Nutrition at University of Queensland

    Helen is a researcher, dietitian and educator. She is interested in communication and engagement with the public about food and health.

  • Mike Reid

    Professor at RMIT University

    Mike is a professor in RMIT’s School of Economics, Finance & Marketing and works in product innovation and is interested in how social marketing can drive behavioural change.

  • Linda Brennan

    Professor of Media and Communications at RMIT University

    Linda has expertise in social marketing and media and works with government, not for profit and educational institutes. She is interested in the influence of marketing communications.

  • Claire Palermo

    Associate Professor of Nutrition at Monash University

    An Associate Professor and Accredited Practising Dietitian, Claire brings a passion for educating health officials and research experience in working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities to the Communicating Health project.

  • Megan Lim

    Deputy Program Director, Behaviours and Health Risks at Burnet Institute

    Public health researcher Megan is new to nutrition but has significant experience examining how new communications technologies influence young people's behaviour around sex, alcohol and mental health.

  • Catherine Lombard (dec)

    We wish to acknowledge the contribution of Associate Professor Catherine Lombard (dec) for the planning and conceptualisation of the Communicating Health project. Catherine was a researcher and Accredited Practicing Dietitian (APD) with experience in public health nutrition, clinical nutrition, preventive health, randomised controlled trials, and translation. Cate's research focused on the prevention of obesity, including young women, pregnant women and in rural communities.

Research Team

  • Shinyi Chin

    PhD Candidate & Research Assistant at RMIT University

    Shinyi has research and teaching expertise in advertising, marketing communication and branding. She is interested in digital health and narratology.

  • Annika Molenaar

    Research Assistant at Monash University

    Annika is a Nutrition Scientist with experience in research and an interest in health promotion and the delivery of appropriate and engaging messages about nutrition and health.

  • Troy Walker

    Research Officer at Monash University

    Proud Yorta Yorta man Troy is a Practising Chiropractor currently completing a Master's degree in Human Nutrition. He is passionate about using his skills and knowledge to give back to his local and broader Aboriginal community.

  • Kim Rounsefell

    PhD Candidate & Accredited Practising Dietitian

    Kim has experience working in Eating Disorder Recovery and has both a research and professional interest in supporting positive body image.