Food and nutrition

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The Food and Nutrition stream was developed in 2002 when ACAORN was established and brings together a group of clinical and public health nutrition researchers from the Australasian region.

Food and Nutrition stream members have a strong commitment to inclusion of appropriate (fit for purpose), valid and reliable dietary assessment as part of child obesity research.

The collective experience of the group brings together a strong track record of research publications and experience and a set of skills which spans dietary methodology development and validation across the range of outcomes, settings and age ranges relevant to child obesity research.

The Food and nutrition stream goals are:

  • To improve the quality of dietary methodologies and the reporting of dietary intake within research studies in infants, children and adolescents in Australia and Internationally
  • To facilitate collaborations that increase high quality research that addresses nutrition and dietary intake in the context of obesity
  • To provide opportunities for post-graduate and post-doctoral education and training in paediatric obesity research.

The specific objectives this stream has identified are:

  1. To develop research papers that guide dietary methodology selection
  2. To address nutrition methodology training needs of obesity researchers in Australia
  3. To encourage researchers to validate new instruments to measure nutrition and dietary intake
  4. To encourage researchers to validate new “brief tools” to measure nutrition and dietary intake in cost effective ways
  5. To meet regularly in order to facilitate effective collaborations within Australia and foster new collaboration and postdoctoral research opportunities.

A list of ACAORN members can be found at the ACAORN home page and application for membership is also considered.

Contact us

  • (co-leader)
    Lecturer in Nutrition and Dietetics, School of Health Sciences, University of Newcastle
  • (co-leader)
    NHMRC Postdoctoral Fellow
    Population Health & Epidemiology, University of South Australia