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Swift study

Shifting weight in night shift workers

Thank you to everyone who has expressed interest in the SWIFt Study to date. Please note that we will be closing the recruitment phase of this trial at the end of 2021 and will not be taking new screening questionnaires past 31st December 2021. We express our gratitude to all our participants who have contributed to the success of this study.

About SWIFt

Do you work at night and want to lose weight?

You’re invited to be part of a world-first study trialling weight loss interventions in night shift workers.

Shift workers, like yourself, are an essential part of our economy and community. In fact, almost 1 in 5 employed Australians are shift workers. But unfortunately, the nature of your work also puts you at a greater risk of weight gain, type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease. With the challenge of irregular sleeping and eating patterns, this makes traditional weight loss plans hard to follow.

To help combat this issue, we are looking at diet plans that are flexible to the demands of working night shifts. Our SWIFt study will explore  these diet plans as a solution to helping shift workers lose weight and live healthier lives.

SWIFt is funded by the National Health and Research Council (NHMRC) and is a joint partnership between Monash University and the University of South Australia.

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What's involved?

SWIFt is focused on finding a suitable diet plan for weight loss in shift workers like yourself, who have little choice but to eat and work at night.

If you meet our eligibility criteria, you will:

  • be given a dietary weight loss program to follow for six months
  • after this period, follow a one-year weight maintenance program
  • consult with a dietitian 13 times over 18 months
  • have your blood glucose levels, insulin and fats measured, and your body measurements taken throughout the study

During this time, some of your meals will be provided. You’ll also be given a $100 petrol voucher for your time.

Approved by the Monash Health Human Research Ethics Committee.

  • Monash Health HREC Ref: RES-19-0000-462A
  • University of Sth Australia HREC ID 202379

How will I benefit?

As a night shift worker, you are at a higher risk of weight gain and chronic diseases like heart disease and type 2 diabetes. By volunteering for this study, you’re helping our researchers find a suitable diet plan that meets the needs of night shift workers. The outcomes of SWIFt could result in new dietary recommendations that improve the health of night shift workers throughout Australia – and you’ll be playing a key role in helping us get there.

Your individual results from SWIFt may also give you a greater understanding of your own health and empower you to make informed decisions in the future.

Am I Eligible?

Do you work at least 4 night shifts every 2 weeks?

Night shift workers across all industries are invited to participate in SWIFt, including:

  • Aviation and airport operations
  • Construction
  • Emergency response
  • Health and welfare
  • Hospitality
  • Security
  • Transport
  • And many more

If you have a serious health condition (such as type 1 diabetes), are taking certain medications, or are pregnant, you might not be eligible to participate. Read our eligibility criteria for any restrictions.

Interested in participating in SWIFt? Please complete our 5-minute questionnaire so we can assess if you’re the right candidate for this study.  We’ll be in touch soon.

Meet a participant

  • Experience with the study

    Wondering what it's like to join the SWIFt Study? Leanne, nurse & a participant of SWIFt, discusses her experience so far.

  • Why nurse Leanne joined the study

    Leanne, nurse & a participant of the SWIFt Study, shares why she signed up for the study and how the study has so far helped her health.

  • The challenges of shift work & food

    Balancing a healthy diet can be challenging, and even more difficult as a night shift worker. Leanne, nurse & participant of SWIFt Study shares her experience of shift work and food with us, and why the SWIFt study is so important.

Enrol for study

If you are in Melbourne or Adelaide and surrounds enrol here or contact us.

Contact us

Monash University

Angela Clark
Department of Nutrition, Dietetics and FoodBASE Facility
Phone: (+61) 475 591 695 or (03) 9905 9848

University of South Australia

Phone: (08) 83021365