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Research Biography

Dimity is an Accredited Practising Dietitian (APD), PhD candidate and Research Assistant in the Caring Futures Institute within the College of Nursing and Health Sciences. Dimity's research sits within the Healthy Start to Life Area of Focus.

Dimity's PhD research is investigating child health behaviour screening in primary health care as a strategy to support growth, health and development in the early years. To read more: https://blogs.flinders.edu.au/caring-futures-institute/2022/08/24/828/

Dimity obtained a First Class Honours degree in the Bachelor of Nutrition and Dietetics (Flinders University, 2018) which investigated diet quality of Australian children and adolescents on weekdays versus weekend days.

Dimity is affiliated with The Centre for Research Excellence in Translating Early Prevention of Obesity in Childhood (EPOCH-Translate CRE), which is funded by the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC; 2022-2026). 

Dimity is a coordination committee member for EPOCH-Connect Community of Practice which aims to support research students and EMCRs from diverse disciplines and research institutes to connect and collaborate on activities to improve child health in the early years. https://earlychildhoodobesity.com/about-us/epoch-connection-community-of-practice/

Dimity has experience working as a clinical dietitian in rehabilitation, palliative care, acute and private practice settings. She also has research experience including projects within the Caring Futures Institute such as VegKIT (https://www.vegkit.com.au/) & Healthy Conversations @ Playgroup (https://www.flinders.edu.au/caring-futures-institute/our-research/research-projects/healthy-conversations).

Team Members

  • Professor Rebecca Golley - Principal supervisor
  • Dr Lucinda Bell - Associate supervisor
  • Professor Elizabeth Denney-Wilson - Associate supervisor (External, The University of Sydney)

Research Interests

  • Children and families
  • Health behaviours in the early years (dietary intake, physical activity, sleep and sedentary behaviours)
  • Primary Health Care
  • Implementation Science and Knowledge Translation

Career Highlights

Media

Generating positive conversations around childhood health behaviours

Prizes and Awards

Nominee for Dietitians Australia Early Career Award (2023)

Best Oral Presentation, ARENA South Australian Healthy Lifestyle Research Symposium (2023)

Australian Government Research Training Program Scholarship (2022- present)

Dietitians Australia SA Branch Professional Development Grant (2019)

University Medal, Flinders University (2019)

Education/Academic qualification

Bachelor (Honours), Nutrition and Dietetics, Flinders University

Award Date: 31 Dec 2018

External positions

SA Branch Convenor, Dietitians Australia

Emerging Dietitians Interest Group Convenor, Dietitians Australia

APD Mentor, Dietitians Australia

Member, Healthy Development Adelaide

Member, Emerging Leaders Network, The Australian Prevention Partnership Centre

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