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Dr Helen Vidgen

Faculty of Health,
School - Exercise and Nutrition Sciences

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Name
Dr Helen Vidgen
Position(s)
Senior Lecturer (Nutrition and Dietetics)
Faculty of Health,
School - Exercise and Nutrition Sciences
IHBI Membership
Institute of Health Biomedical Innovation (IHBI),
IHBI Health Projects,
IHBI Exercise and Nutrition - HDHS
Discipline *
Nutrition and Dietetics
Phone
+61 7 3138 0118
Fax
+61 7 3138 3980
Email
Location
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Qualifications

Doctor of Philosophy (Queensland University of Technology), Graduate Diploma in Nutrition and Dietetics (Queensland University of Technology), Bachelor of Applied Science (Home Economics) (Queensland University of Technology)

Professional memberships
and associations

Member of the Dietitians Association of Australia (DAA) Accreditied Practising Dietitian (APD) Member of the Public Health Association of Australia (PHAA) National Co-Convenor of the PHAA Food and Nutrition Special Interest Group

Keywords

nutrition, food literacy, public health, obesity

* Field of Research code, Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification (ANZSRC), 2008

Biography

Helen is Senior Research Fellow at the School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences at the Queensland University of Technology.   Her research focuses on the practicalities of meeting nutrition recommendations at individual, settings and systems levels.  Helen is an Accredited Practising Dietitian with extensive experience in a range of sectors and settings.  Her first nutrition job in 1995 was as the sole clinical dietitian in a rural hospital.  From there she progressed along the continuum of care from clinical roles in a tertiary hospital, community nutrition and executive officer roles at Nutrition Australia and finally into public health as one of the first public health nutritionists Queensland Health.  In her twelve years with the State Health Department she worked in various roles including, Senior Public Health Nutritionist in corporate office and Director of Public Health Nutrition in the Southern Area Health Service. Helen has a strong interest in public health nutrition policy and implementation including planning, evaluation, workforce, capacity and food literacy.  She is the national co-conveenor for the Food and Nutrition Special Interest Group of the Public Health Association of Australia.

Current research areas include:

  • Food Literacy
  • The Parenting Eating and Activity for Child Health (PEACH) program: the largest State trial of a healthy lifestyle program for primary school aged children
  • Learning Eating Active Play and Sleep: professional development for the Early Childhood Education and Care sector
  • Positive Impact Telephone Delivered Healthy Lifestyle Program evaluation
  • Advocacy Priorities for the National Nutrition Policy

Current Supervision: Kamila Davidson (PhD) “Assessing Children’s Weight in Australia: Whose Business is it?”; Suzanne Harte (PhD) “Exploration of Eating Behaviours in Three to Five Year Olds in Early Childhood Education and Care Settings”

This information has been contributed by Dr Helen Vidgen.

Teaching

XNB252 Nutrition across the lifecycle

This information has been contributed by Dr Helen Vidgen.

Publications

For publications by this staff member, visit QUT ePrints, the University's research repository.

Awards

Awards and recognition

Type
Academic Honours, Prestigious Awards or Prizes
Reference year
2016
Details
Vice Chancellors Performance Award
Type
Appointment to State/National/International Reference Group or Government Committees
Reference year
2016
Details
Member of the National Healthy Food Partnership Food Service Working Group
Type
Editor of a Prestigious Work of Reference
Reference year
2016
Details
Editor of "Food Literacy: key concepts for health and education" from the Routledge series Studies of Food, Society and the Environment
Type
Academic Honours, Prestigious Awards or Prizes
Reference year
2015
Details
Vice Chancellors Performance Award
Type
Recipient of an Australia Council Grant or Australia Council Fellowship
Reference year
2015
Details
NHMRC National Prevention Partnership Centre. Chief Investigator. Project title: Policy and practice in managing childhood obesity
Type
Academic Honours, Prestigious Awards or Prizes
Reference year
2013
Details
Scholarship recipient
Type
Academic Honours, Prestigious Awards or Prizes
Reference year
2012
Details
Scholarship recipient