Personal details

Name
Associate Professor Helen Vidgen
Position(s)
Associate Professor
Faculty of Health,
School of Exercise & 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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Identifiers and profiles
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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) Food and Nutrition Special Interest Group (FANSIG) Member of the World Public Health Nutrition Association (WPHNA) and the World Public Health Nutrition Congress 2020 National Organising Committee

Keywords

nutrition, food literacy, public health, obesity

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

Biography

Helen’s research focuses on the practicalities of meeting nutrition recommendations at individual, settings and systems levels. Her research into Food Literacy is used widely including by the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation.

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 in the Queensland State Department of 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 food literacy, the social dimensions of food and eating, public health nutrition policy, translation and implementation including planning, evaluation, workforce and capacity.  She was the national co-convenor for the Food and Nutrition Special Interest Group of the Public Health Association of Australia for 5 years and remains on its executive for 7 years.   Current areas of activity include:

  • Food Literacy
  • Implementation science related to Public Health Nutrition. Key projects include:
    • The Parenting Eating and Activity for Child Health (PEACH) program: the largest State trial of a healthy lifestyle program for primary school aged children;
    • Positive Impact Telephone Delivered Healthy Lifestyle Program evaluation
    • Development of the evaluation framework for Health For Life
  • Public Health Nutrition Policy including workforce and implementation. Key projects include:
    • National Nutrition Policy Joint Statement by Public Health Association of Australia, Dietitians Australia, Nutrition Australia and Heart Foundation
    • Queensland Community and Public Health Nutrition Workforce audit
    • Rapid Review of Regulatory Approaches addressing Childhood Obesity

Current Supervision:

Principal supervisor

Kamila Davidson (PhD) “Assessing Children’s Weight in Australia: Whose Business is it?” (with Prof Lynne Daniels and Prof Elizabeth Denney-Wilson)

Courtney Thompson (PhD) “The Development, Validation and Assessment of an International Food Literacy Questionnaire” (with Prof Stewart Trost and Dr Jean Adams)

Kate Dunn (PhD) (with Prof Danielle Gallegos)

Associate Supervisor

Yanxia Li (Masters) “The role of food literacy education in transforming food systems through alternative food movements: Comparative case studies in the Asia-Pacific region” (with Assoc Prof Carol Richards)

Helen is a Senior Lecturer in the discipline of Nutrition and Dietetics and Academic Lead Indigenous Health for the School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences.

This information has been contributed by Associate Professor Helen Vidgen.

Teaching

XNB150 Food Citizenship; XNB252 Nutrition Across the Lifecycle; XNH350 Community and Public Health Nutrition

This information has been contributed by Associate Professor Helen Vidgen.

Publications


For more 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

Research projects

Grants and projects (Category 1: Australian Competitive Grants only)

Title
Policy and Practice in Managing Childhood Obesity: Case Studies in QLD and NSW
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
9100001
Start year
2015
Keywords

Supervision

Current supervisions

  • The Development, Validation and Assessment of a Food Literacy Questionnaire (FLQ)
    PhD, Principal Supervisor
    Other supervisors: Dr Rebecca Byrne
  • An exploration of the practice of eating among Australian families
    PhD, Principal Supervisor
    Other supervisors: Professor Danielle Gallegos
  • Kids to the Front: Children's food practice perspectives for enhanced public health nutrition strategies.
    PhD, Associate Supervisor
    Other supervisors: Dr Foluke Abigail Badejo, Professor Danielle Gallegos