Public Health Nutrition Research

Public Health Nutrition is a research theme from the Department of Nutrition, Dietetics and Food

We’re a team of researchers working to make a difference at the intersection of community, innovation and policy.

Our research empowers community, industry and governments to create healthy and sustainable food environments for improved human and planetary health.

Our work with Indigenous Peoples, young adults, shift workers and other communities addresses inequities in food supply and food security. Working with communities, industry and governments, we inform local level and national policy to improve access to healthy, affordable and sustainable food. We are privileged to be linked with a number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities through projects that we lead and/or support.

This research theme is led by Associate Professor Julie Brimblecombe, who has an established profile in public health nutrition. She is an honorary fellow with Menzies School of Health Research. She leads an extensive body of research through a wide network of research collaborations in Australia and overseas.

Current research areas



Across our five research areas we provide undergraduate and post-graduate students with the opportunity to contribute to finding solutions to public health issues that impact the lives of different sub-groups of the population particularly those marginalised and of greatest need. We provide real-world experiences with world-class supervision and ensure that students are equipped with the research and public health practice knowledge and skills needed to advance their careers and contribute globally to public health nutrition. Through our extensive and established relationships with academics nationally and internationally and with a diverse and large group of stakeholders from multiple sectors across the globe, we connect and place students within real-world situations to offer a unique, meaningful and unforgettable research and public health nutrition experience.

We are always interested in taking on new Honours or PhD students.