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Louisa comes to the University with over 20 years of experience as a Community Nutritionist-Dietitian, working with families, children and the services who support them and is known for her leadership and expertise in food policy, project management, primary prevention and early intervention using collaborative approaches. A member of the Caring for Futures Institute, Louisa's interests include research into the evidence-to-practice gap and the translation of evidence-based best practice into daily routines. A particular focus is on qualitative methods and working with the early childhood education and care sectors. As a Research & Teaching Academic, Louisa also supports research in the scholarship of teaching. 

Research Interests

  • Translation into practice
  • Nutrition best practices in early childhood, particularly in formal childcare settings (Family Day Care and Centre-Based Child Care) and informal childcare ( grandparents and nannies)
  • Healthy eating policy and best practices in childhood settings, aged care facilities, workplaces and local governments
  • Nutrition health promotion interventions in low-income countries directed at children, families and organisations that support them
  • Teaching pedagogies and scholarship of learning

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Understanding the translation of evidence-based nutrition practice into daily routines in centre-based childcare, Flinders University

1 Feb 201430 Jun 2022

Award Date: 10 Sept 2020

Diploma, Dip. Nut. Diet, Flinders University

Award Date: 31 Jul 1985

Bachelor (Honours), Flinders University

Award Date: 31 Dec 1983


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