Dr Lesley MacDonald-Wicks

Dr Lesley MacDonald-Wicks

Senior Lecturer

School of Health Sciences (Nutrition and Dietetics)

Career Summary

Biography

I graduated with a BHS(Nutrition and Dietetics) with honors from the University of Newcastle in 1998, and returned in 1999 to complete a PhD in Nutrition and Dietetics, which was awarded in 2003. The topic of the PhD was dietary fat intake and the impact on in vivo markers of antioxidant capacity and oxidative stress. There were three papers in high impact journals accepted from the PhD and I presented the findings nationally and internationally at relevant conferences. Subsequently I was invited to review in vitro measures of antioxidant capacity for the Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture. 

In 2009-2010 I was a key member of the consortium awarded the tender from the National Health and Medical Research Council to update the evidence underpinning the review of the Dietary Guidelines for Australians. In this my role involved the management of the systematic reviews that related fat intake to prevention of chronic illness. Sufficient evidence was found to make evidence statements for fats and oils and prevention of cardiovascular disease, weight loss and obesity, Type 2 Diabetes, hypertension, all cause mortality from Cancer and certain specific cancers and Mental Health. Similarly, in 2010/11 I was part of the consortium awarded the tender to update the evidence underpinning the update of the Best Practice Guidelines for the treatment of obesity in Adult Australians.

I have a number of successful RHD students who have completed their research in the area of Nutrition and asthma, dietetic practice and maternal and infant nutrition.  I am particularly interested in the impact of early childhood nutrition,  in particular breastfeeding, and the development of childhood obesity and ongoing to the impact this has on chronic disease development. This particular area has developed into an NHMRC application which is ongoing.  Recently I have added to this field of research with the commenced a study with a research dietitian as a PhD candidateon the role of dietary advice in the treatment of GDM.

More recently I have started to use my previous fatty acid expertise to research into the area of anxiety and stress. This project began as an honours project which I hope to continue to develop into the future.  I have an interest in dietary methodology and the impact of diet and nutrition on chronic illness such as asthma, obesity, GDM and potentially mental health, both wellness and illness.  My most recent efforts have been looking at the role of anthropometry and body composition on markers of metabolism such as resting metabolic rate.  This is developing into a major interest with honours and RHD supervision allowing me to investigate the role of breakfast and into the future the relationship of body composition and body image on metabolism.

As an academic, I have interest in the role of students and supervisors in the professional practice and the way students progress through this important field of study.  All health professions rely on professional practice to develp students and transition them to practitioners.  I am interested in ways we can assist students and supervisors to ensure this is a practical, equitable successful process.

Currently I have published 32 papers and have a H-index of 11 (Scopus).  I am a senior lecturer in Nutrition and Dietetics and I am enjoying my roles teaching undergraduate dietitians and researching the role of nutrition in obesity, health and disease.  I have 5 PhD students and 4 honours students and collaborate closely with my colleagues in my discipline here and abroad.

Research Expertise
I have published 32 cited documents (scopus) and have been cited 388 times with an H-index of 11. I focus my research efforts on forming strong local and recently international collaborations, and fostering strong research outputs in my RHD students. This approach ensures a quality experience for the students and quality outcomes for my research. In 2003 I was awarded a PhD in Dietary fat intake, particularly omega 3 fatty acids and the impact on oxidative stress and antioxidant capacity. My highest cited paper, with 116 citations, is a methodological paper reviewing in vitro measures of antioxidant capacity. In 2002 I was employed at The University of Newcastle, Australia within the Nutrition and Dietetics discipline, I developed expertise in mother and infant nutrition, supervising RHD students in this area. I have 8 publications in this area and I am part of a team of academics that are looking to NHMRC funding to further develop the relationship between dietary intake of mothers during pregnancy and foetal and infant health outcomes. This is a research area I plan to continue to develop, particularly with respect to obesity and chronic illness such as gestational diabetes (GDM) and T2DM prevention. The latest development in this area involves being the primary supervisor of a PhD candidate looking at the role of dietary strategies in the treatment of GDM. In this area of research I collaborate closely with Professor Clare Collins. I have continued my interest in omega 3 fatty acids from my PhD, however now focusing on more of a clinical role in the prevention of anxiety and depressive disorders. I collaborate with Dr Amanda Patterson and Dr Mark McEvoy on dietary data from large cohorts and health outcomes particularly in markers of well-being, such as the SF36, in mental health using tools such as the CESD, and prevention of chronic illness. I currently have a PhD project on the role of diet in bone health that I would like a student to undertake. The discipline of Nutrition and Dietetics at the University of Newcastle, Australia has a joint interest in research into obesity. I have supervised a PhD candidate in the role of corticosteroids and Asthma related to this. I also currently are co-lead in the Average Australian Women project which is designed to collect high quality objective data on anthropometry, body composition and metabolism using equipment in our Anthropometry Laboratory at the university. In this area of research I am investigating the role of adipose tissue and diet in effecting metabolism, in order to explain the role of metabolism in the development of obesity. I supervise honours students and a PhD students on this project. As a dietitian I have a strong interest in dietary methodolgy and evidence of accuracy of this methodology through validation with biomarkers. I have particular expertise in translating biomarkers into clinical practice, particularly in chronic illness and obesity. In the area of obesity

Teaching Expertise
I have been an academic in the Nutrition and Dietetic program since 2002. I attained my PhD in 2003. I joined DAA in 1997, and have been involved in the APD program since it was introduced. In 2012 I attained my Adv APD credential. I have been course coordinator in a wide variety of the courses involved in our program, particularly the placement courses. I have been the director of Professional Practice for the program since 2003, and in 2011-2013 I held the role of program convenor for our degree program. I have particular expertise in communication, professional practice and management. I undertake research with academics from other programs in the School of Health Sciences on the professional practice experience, hoping to develop ways to assist students in this area of academic achievement. Professional Practice is a key component of all Health Professional education. I am the domain leader for Foodservice and coordinate the courses in the third and fourth year of the program that align to these areas of expertise. I directly supervise student in this domain of practice. I enjoy all of my varied roles within our degree and enjoy the challenge of teaching students and the varied roles that support student learning.

Administrative Expertise
In my career at the University of Newcastle in Nutrition and Dietetics I have held many positions. I was the Professional Practice Coordinator from 2002 - 2013. In this tiime I developed many assessment tools to evaluate the students performance and the performance of the program in educating students. I was the program convenor for Nutrition and Dietetics from 2011 - 2013. In this role I was able to facilitate the ongoing re-accreditation of the program. I was also responsible for developing and mapping the Governments AQF requirements to the Nutrition and Dietetics program. I have been involved in many service capacities. Primarily in the research area. I am currently a member of the SHS research and research training management committee. Prior to this I have sat on faculty ethics committees, faculty board and teaching and learning committees for the school.

Collaborations
My research collaborations are primarily through the PRC in Physical Activity and Nutrition and through the PRC for Gender Health and Ageing. I also have links with Dr Lisa Wood and Professor Roger Smith in HMRI Centre for Asthma and Respiratory Diseases, and Mothers and Babies respectively. My recent research work on breastfeeding and chronic disease prevention, which is the subject of an NHMRC grant has lead to a collaboration with Yvonne Hauck, Professor of Midwifery in the School of Nursing & Midwifery at Curtin Health Innovation Research Institute (CHIRI). The 2013 iteration of this grant application has lead to an international collaboration. Most recently I am working on diet and mental health in large cohort studies, which has lead to a potential collaboration with academics from the Nurses Health Study to investigate nitrate/nitrite dietary intake and markers of CVD and Wellness.

Qualifications

  • PhD, University of Newcastle
  • Bachelor of Health Science (Nut & Diet) Hons, University of Newcastle

Keywords

  • Communication and Counselling
  • Dietary Methodology
  • Dietary intake and Mental Health
  • Dietary intake and chronic illness
  • Nutrition Services and Foodservice Management
  • Nutrition and Dietetics
  • Omega 3 Fatty acids
  • Oxidative Stress and Antioxidant Capacity
  • Professional Practice

Fields of Research

Code Description Percentage
111199 Nutrition and Dietetics not elsewhere classified 100

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

Title Organisation / Department
Senior Lecturer University of Newcastle
School of Health Sciences
Australia

Academic appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
1/02/2002 -  Senior Lecturer University of Newcastle
School of Health Sciences
Australia
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Publications

For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.


Chapter (1 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2006 MacDonald-Wicks LK, Garg ML, 'Oxidised LDL and antioxidants in atherosclerosis', Biochemistry of Atherosclerosis, Springer, Berlin 519-541 (2006) [B1]
Co-authors Manohar Garg

Journal article (42 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2016 Ballantyne D, Scott H, MacDonald-Wicks L, Gibson PG, Wood L, 'Resistin is a predictor of asthma risk and resistin: adiponectin ratio is a negative predictor of lung function in asthma.', Clin Exp Allergy, (2016)
DOI 10.1111/cea.12742
2016 Francis A, Hills C, MacDonald-Wicks L, Johnston C, James D, Surjan Y, Warren-Forward H, 'Characteristics of an ideal practice educator: Perspectives from practice educators in diagnostic radiography, nuclear medicine, nutrition and dietetics, occupational therapy and physiotherapy and radiation therapy', Radiography, (2016)

© 2016. Background: Practice education is a compulsory component of health programs with practice educators playing a critical role in the education of students. Practice educato... [more]

© 2016. Background: Practice education is a compulsory component of health programs with practice educators playing a critical role in the education of students. Practice educator characteristics may positively or negatively affect student learning in practice settings. This study aimed to identify characteristics of the ideal practice educator that lead to successful practical experiences as perceived by current practice educators working in the Australian context of diagnostic radiography, nuclear medicine, nutrition and dietetics, occupational therapy, physiotherapy and radiation therapy. Methods: All practice educators (n = 1063) on the University of Newcastle Practice Educator Database were invited to participate in this prospective, cross-sectional, descriptive study via online link or paper format. Results: There was a 52% response rate. The five most valued characteristics were feedback skills, non-judgemental, professionalism, clarity and listening skills. The five least valued characteristics were scholarly activity, respect for students' autonomy, well-prepared, availability and being a role model. Comparisons between disciplines, genders, ages, years in practice and levels of supervisory experience indicated some statistically significant differences, though actual differences were small. Discussion: Overall there was a high degree of agreement within and between disciplines on the characteristics of the ideal practice educator. The top five skills could be classed as generic skills and not specific clinical and practice skills, thus formal training and certification schemes may enhance practice educator competence.

DOI 10.1016/j.radi.2016.04.001
Co-authors Helen Warren-Forward, Cath Johnston, Yolanda Surjan
2016 Yang WY, Burrows T, MacDonald-Wicks L, Williams LT, Collins CE, Chee WS, 'The Family Diet Study: a cross-sectional study into the associations between diet, food habits and body weight status in Malay families.', J Hum Nutr Diet, (2016)
DOI 10.1111/jhn.12356
Co-authors Tracy Burrows, Lauren Williams, Clare Collins
2016 Jackson J, Williams R, McEvoy M, MacDonald-Wicks L, Patterson A, 'Is higher consumption of animal flesh foods associated with better iron status among adults in developed countries? A systematic review', Nutrients, 8 (2016)

© 2016 by the authors; licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland. Iron deficiency (ID) is the most prevalent nutrient deficiency within the developed world. This is of concern as ID has ... [more]

© 2016 by the authors; licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland. Iron deficiency (ID) is the most prevalent nutrient deficiency within the developed world. This is of concern as ID has been shown to affect immunity, thermoregulation, work performance and cognition. Animal flesh foods provide the richest and most bioavailable source of dietary (haem) iron, however, it is unclear whether low animal flesh diets contribute to ID. This systematic review aimed to investigate whether a higher consumption of animal flesh foods is associated with better iron status in adults. CINAHL, Cochrane, EMBASE and MEDLINE were searched for published studies that included adults (¥18 years) from developed countries and measured flesh intakes in relation to iron status indices. Eight experimental and 41 observational studies met the inclusion criteria. Generally, studies varied in population and study designs and results were conflicting. Of the seven high quality studies, five showed a positive association between animal flesh intake (85¿300 g/day) and iron status. However, the optimum quantity or frequency of flesh intake required to maintain or achieve a healthy iron status remains unclear. Results show a promising relationship between animal flesh intake and iron status, however, additional longitudinal and experimental studies are required to confirm this relationship and determine optimal intakes to reduce ID development.

DOI 10.3390/nu8020089
Co-authors Amanda Patterson, Mark Mcevoy
2016 Ferguson JJA, Veysey M, Lucock M, Niblett S, King K, MacDonald-Wicks L, Garg ML, 'Association between omega-3 index and blood lipids in older Australians', Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry, 27 233-240 (2016)

© 2015 Elsevier Inc. Management of hyperlipidaemia remains a cornerstone therapy for the prevention of cardiovascular disease (CVD). Dietary supplementation with n-3 polyunsatura... [more]

© 2015 Elsevier Inc. Management of hyperlipidaemia remains a cornerstone therapy for the prevention of cardiovascular disease (CVD). Dietary supplementation with n-3 polyunsaturated fatty acid (PUFA) has been shown to modulate blood lipid profiles and reduce the risk of developing CVD. However, studies relating objective measures of long-term dietary n-3 PUFA intake and circulating lipid levels in older adults are limited. Thus, we aimed to determine whether there is an association between erythrocyte n-3 PUFA status (omega-3 index, O3I) and blood lipid profiles in older adults. A sample of adults aged 65-95 years who participated in the Retirement Health and Lifestyle Study was evaluated. Outcome measures included O3I (% eicosapentaenoic acid+% docosahexaenoic acid) and fasting blood lipid profiles [total cholesterol (TC), low-density lipoprotein (LDL)-cholesterol, high-density lipoprotein (HDL)-cholesterol and triglyceride (TG)]. Two hundred and seventy-six subjects were included in the analyses. The mean±SD age was 77.6±7.4 years, and 40.9% were males. O3I was significantly higher in females compared to males. O3I was inversely associated with plasma TG (P<.001) and TC/HDL-cholesterol ratio (P<.05), and positively associated with HDL-cholesterol (P<.05), in all subjects. Associations between O3I and TG were evident in both females (r=-0.250, P<.01) and males (r=-0.225, P<.05). In females only, the odds of being hypertriglyceridaemic were highest in those with lowest O3I (P=006). Trends for hypercholesterolaemia and elevated LDL risk were converse between males and females. Long-term n-3 PUFA status is associated with blood lipid profiles in older Australians. Our findings support the development and implementation of age-specific dietary strategies to reduce the risk of CVD via improving the O3I.

DOI 10.1016/j.jnutbio.2015.09.010
Co-authors Martin Veysey, Katrina King, Mark Lucock, Manohar Garg
2016 Blumfield ML, Schreurs M, Rollo ME, Macdonald-Wicks LK, Kokavec A, Collins CE, 'The association between portion size, nutrient intake and gestational weight gain: A secondary analysis in the WATCH study 2006/7', Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics, 29 271-280 (2016)

© 2016 The British Dietetic Association Ltd. Background: Excessive gestational weight gain (GWG) is associated with adverse maternal-child health outcomes. Managing energy intake... [more]

© 2016 The British Dietetic Association Ltd. Background: Excessive gestational weight gain (GWG) is associated with adverse maternal-child health outcomes. Managing energy intake and GWG versus optimising nutrient intake can be challenging. The present study aimed to examine the relationships between dietary portion size, GWG and nutrient intakes during pregnancy. It is hypothesised that, after adjustment for potential confounders, portion size would be positively associated with both GWG and nutrient intakes during pregnancy. Methods: Prospective data were obtained for 179 Australian women from the Women and Their Children's Health Study. A validated food frequency questionnaire was used at 18-24 and 36-40 weeks of gestation to quantify diet and portion size during the previous 3 months of pregnancy. Nutrient intakes were compared with Australian Nutrient Reference Values (NRVs). GWG was measured up to 36 weeks and compared with the Institute of Medicine weight gain recommendations (WtAdh). Results: In multivariate regression models, portion size factor (PSF) was positively associated with GWG in women with high socio-economic status (SES; ß = 0.20, P = 0.04) and those with an overweight/obese pre-pregnancy body mass index (BMI) (ß = 0.28, P = 0.04). PSF uniquely accounted for 8.2% and 3.7% of the variability in GWG for women with high SES and overweight/obese pre-pregnancy BMIs, respectively. Nutrient intakes and PSF were similar regardless of WtAdh. Women achieved NRVs for calcium and zinc in all PSF categories. Most of the women with large PSF still failed to achieve the NRVs for folate (95.7%), iron (89.6%) and fibre (85.5%). Conclusions: All women require advice on quality food choices during pregnancy to optimise health outcomes. Targeting portion size alone is insufficient to manage GWG but may prove to be a valuable tool in pregnant women of high SES and/or those who are overweight/obese pre-pregnancy.

DOI 10.1111/jhn.12330
Co-authors Megan Rollo, Clare Collins
2016 Berthon B, Gibson P, Wood L, Macdonald-Wicks L, Baines K, 'A NOVEL GENE EXPRESSION SIGNATURE IN SPUTUM PREDICTS ORAL CORTICOSTEROID RESPONSE IN ASTHMA', RESPIROLOGY, 21 108-108 (2016)
2015 Daley C, Patterson A, Sibbritt D, Macdonald-Wicks L, 'Unsaturated fat intakes and mental health outcomes in young women from the Australian Longitudinal Study on Women's Heath', Public Health Nutrition, 18 546-553 (2015) [C1]
DOI 10.1017/S1368980014000561
Citations Scopus - 2Web of Science - 2
Co-authors Amanda Patterson
2015 Berthon BS, Gibson PG, Mcelduff P, Macdonald-Wicks LK, Wood LG, 'Effects of short-term oral corticosteroid intake on dietary intake, body weight and body composition in adults with asthma - a randomized controlled trial', Clinical and Experimental Allergy, 45 908-919 (2015) [C1]

© 2015 John Wiley & Sons Ltd. Background: Oral corticosteroids (OCS) are an efficacious treatment for asthma exacerbations, yet risk of adverse effects may decrease patient adher... [more]

© 2015 John Wiley & Sons Ltd. Background: Oral corticosteroids (OCS) are an efficacious treatment for asthma exacerbations, yet risk of adverse effects may decrease patient adherence to therapy. In particular, changes in appetite and dietary intake, which lead to weight gain and changes in body composition, are considered undesirable. Objective: To determine whether 10-day OCS therapy in adults with asthma causes changes in leptin, appetite, dietary intake, body weight and body composition. Methods: Double-blinded, placebo-controlled randomized cross-over trial of 10 days prednisolone (50 mg) in adults with stable asthma (n = 55) (ACTRN12611000562976). Pre- and post-assessment included spirometry, body weight, body composition measured by dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry and bioelectrical impedance analysis, appetite measured using a validated visual analogue scale (VAS) and dietary intake assessed using 4-day food records. Leptin was measured as a biomarker of appetite and eosinophils as an adherence biomarker. Outcomes were analysed by generalized linear mixed models. Results: Subject adherence was confirmed by a significant decrease in blood eosinophils (× 109/L) following prednisolone compared to placebo [Coef. -0.29, 95% CI: (-0.39, -0.19) P < 0.001]. There was no difference in serum leptin (ng/mL) [Coef. 0.13, 95% CI: (-3.47, 3.72) P = 0.945] or appetite measured by VAS (mm) [Coef. -4.93, 95% CI: (-13.64, 3.79) P = 0.267] following prednisolone vs. placebo. There was no difference in dietary intake (kJ/day) [Coef. 255, 95% CI: (-380, 891) P = 0.431], body weight (kg) [Coef. -0.38, 95% CI: (-0.81, 0.05) P = 0.083] or body fat (%) [Coef. -0.31, 95% CI: (-0.81, 0.20) P = 0.230]. Symptoms including sleep and gastrointestinal disturbance were reported significantly more often during prednisolone vs. placebo. Conclusions and Clinical Relevance: Short-term OCS in stable asthma did not induce significant changes in appetite, dietary intake, body weight or composition, although other adverse effects may require medical management. This evidence may assist in increasing medication adherence of asthmatics prescribed OCS for exacerbations.

DOI 10.1111/cea.12505
Citations Scopus - 2Web of Science - 1
Co-authors Peter Gibson, Lisa Wood
2015 Martin J, MacDonald-Wicks L, Hure A, Smith R, Collins CE, Collins CE, 'Reducing postpartum weight retention and improving breastfeeding outcomes in overweight women: A pilot randomised controlled trial', Nutrients, 7 1465-1479 (2015) [C1]

© 2015 by the authors; licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland. Overweight and obesity is prevalent among women of reproductive age (42% BMI > 25 kg/m2) and parity is associated with r... [more]

© 2015 by the authors; licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland. Overweight and obesity is prevalent among women of reproductive age (42% BMI > 25 kg/m2) and parity is associated with risk of weight gain. Weight gain greater than that recommended by the Institute of Medicine (IOM)is also associated with lower rates of breastfeeding initiation and duration in women. The aim of this pilot randomised controlled trial is to examine the feasibility of recruiting and maintaining a cohort of pregnant women with the view of reducing postpartum weight retention and improving breastfeeding outcomes. Women (BMI of 25¿35 kg/m2 (n = 36)) were recruited from the John Hunter Hospital antenatal clinic in New South Wales, Australia. Participants were stratified by BMI and randomised to one of three groups with follow-up to six months postpartum. Women received a dietary intervention with or without breastfeeding support from a lactation consultant, or were assigned to a wait-list control group where the dietary intervention was issued at three months postpartum. Feasibility and acceptability was assessed by participation rates and questionnaire. Analysis of variance and covariance was conducted to determine any differences between groups. Sixty-nine per cent of the participants were still enrolled at six months postpartum. This pilot demonstrated some difficulties in recruiting women from antenatal clinics and retaining them in the trial. Although underpowered; the results on weight; biomarkers and breastfeeding outcomes indicated improved metabolic health.

DOI 10.3390/nu7031464
Co-authors Alexis Hure, Clare Collins, Roger Smith
2015 Macdonald-Wicks LK, Gallagher LM, Snodgrass SJ, Guest M, Kable A, James C, et al., 'Difference in perceived knowledge, confidence and attitudes between dietitians and other health professionals in the provision of weight management advice', Nutrition and Dietetics, 72 114-121 (2015) [C1]

© 2014 Dietitians Association of Australia. Aim: The aim of this analysis is to establish if dietitians have the knowledge, skills and attitude to provide support to other health... [more]

© 2014 Dietitians Association of Australia. Aim: The aim of this analysis is to establish if dietitians have the knowledge, skills and attitude to provide support to other health professional (HP) groups in the provision of weight management advice to overweight/obese patients. Methods: A secondary data analysis of a cross-sectional survey of HPs was undertaken to perform a gap analysis with regard to practices, knowledge, confidence and attitudes in the provision of weight management advice. Survey responses and additional measures (practice, knowledge, confidence and attitude scores) were compared between dietitians and other HPs. Descriptive statistics were undertaken, and differences between group ¿2 tests were performed for nominal data and the Wilcoxon rank sum test for ordinal and non-parametric data. Results: About 100% of dietitians had received initial weight management training and 85% had participated in professional development training, compared with 18 and 19% of HPs, respectively, although 70% believed it was within their scope of practice to provide evidence-based advice. Dietitian respondents achieved a higher median score (maximum 10) in the following areas (practice = 6.5, knowledge = 8.0, confidence = 8.3) when compared with HP respondents (practice = 4.2, knowledge = 7.0, confidence = 5.4). The median attitude score for both groups was 6.0. Conclusions: HPs are receptive to providing evidence-based weight loss messages to overweight/obese clients in their current practice. However, weight management training is required to enhance HPs' knowledge and skills in order to increase confidence and improve practice skills. Dietitians can assist HPs to ensure that clear, consistent, evidence-based messages are delivered to overweight clients throughout the health-care system.

DOI 10.1111/1747-0080.12115
Co-authors Suzanne Snodgrass, Ron Plotnikoff, Ashley Kable, Clare Collins, Samantha Ashby, Carole James
2015 Blumfield ML, Nowson C, Hure AJ, Smith R, Simpson SJ, Raubenheimer D, et al., 'Lower protein-to-carbohydrate ratio in maternal diet is associated with higher childhood systolic blood pressure up to age four years', Nutrients, 7 3078-3093 (2015) [C1]

© 2015 by the authors; licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland. The prenatal environment can influence development of offspring blood pressure (BP), which tracks into adulthood. This p... [more]

© 2015 by the authors; licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland. The prenatal environment can influence development of offspring blood pressure (BP), which tracks into adulthood. This prospective longitudinal study investigated whether maternal pregnancy dietary intake is associated with the development of child BP up to age four years. Data are from 129 mother-child dyads enrolled in the Women and Their Children¿s Health study. Maternal diet was assessed using a validated 74-item food frequency questionnaire at 18 to 24 weeks and 36 to 40 weeks, with a reference period of the previous three months. Child systolic and diastolic BP were measured at 3, 6, 9, 12, 24, 36 and 48 months, using an automated BP monitor. Using mixed-model regression analyses adjusted for childhood growth indices, pregnancy intakes of percentage of energy (E%) polyunsaturated fat (ß coefficient 0.73; 95% CI 0.003, 1.45; p = 0.045), E% omega-6 fatty acids (ß coefficient 0.89; 95% CI 0.09, 1.69; p = 0.03) and protein-to-carbohydrate (P:C) ratio (ß coefficient -14.14; 95% CI -27.68, -0.60; p = 0.04) were associated with child systolic BP trajectory up to 4 years. Child systolic BP was greatest at low proportions of dietary protein (<16% of energy) and high carbohydrate (>40% of energy) intakes. There may be an ideal maternal macronutrient ratio associated with optimal infant BP. Maternal diet, which is potentially modifiable, may play an important role in influencing offspring risk of future hypertension.

DOI 10.3390/nu7053078
Co-authors Clare Collins, Roger Smith, Alexis Hure
2015 Yang WY, Burrows T, MacDonald-Wicks L, Williams LT, Collins CE, Chee WSS, 'Studying the family diet: An investigation into association between diet, lifestyle and weight status in Malaysian families', Malaysian Journal of Nutrition, 21 139-154 (2015) [C1]

Introduction: The contribution of the family environment to childhood obesity in Malaysia is not well known. This paper describes the study, methodology and results of a pilot stu... [more]

Introduction: The contribution of the family environment to childhood obesity in Malaysia is not well known. This paper describes the study, methodology and results of a pilot study to assess the feasibility of conducting a study on diet and lifestyle factors among Malay primary school children and their main caregiver(s) in regard to body weight status. Methods: The Family Diet Study used a crosssectional design and targeted a minimum of 200 Malay families at five national primary schools in the Klang Valley, Malaysia using a multi-stage sampling method. Participants were Malay families with children aged 8 to 12 years and their main caregiver(s). Data on socio-demographic, dietary intake, parental child feeding practices, physical activity and anthropometric measures were collected predominantly at schools with follow-up 24-h dietary recalls collected by phone. Details of recruitment, inclusion criteria, assessments and statistical analyses are also discussed. Results: Eleven families provided data by answering questionnaires, recalling diet intake and participating in anthropometric measures. The results showed overall feasibility of the study protocol but required some modifications prior to implementation of the main study. Mothers were the main parent involved in family food procurement, preparation and mealtime supervision. Snacking was not commonly reported and fruit and vegetables intakes were generally infrequent. Conclusion: The most novel component of this study was the comprehensive collection of data from both children and their main caregiver(s) within the context of the family. Detailed information on dietary and lifestyle aspects will help to elucidate factors associated with obesity aetiology in Malay children.

Co-authors Lauren Williams, Clare Collins, Tracy Burrows
2015 Chai LK, Macdonald-Wicks L, Hure AJ, Burrows TL, Blumfield ML, Smith R, Collins CE, 'Disparities exist between the Australian Guide to Healthy Eating and the dietary intakes of young children aged two to three years', Nutrition and Dietetics, (2015)

© 2015 Dietitians Association of Australia. Aim: To compare dietary intakes of young children to the Australian Guide to Healthy Eating (AGHE) and Nutrient Reference Values (NRVs... [more]

© 2015 Dietitians Association of Australia. Aim: To compare dietary intakes of young children to the Australian Guide to Healthy Eating (AGHE) and Nutrient Reference Values (NRVs). Methods: Dietary intakes of 54 children (50% girls) aged two to three years (mean 2.7 years) from the Women and Their Children's Health (WATCH) study were reported by mothers using a validated 120-item food frequency questionnaire. Daily consumption of AGHE food group servings, macronutrients, and micronutrients were compared to the AGHE and NRVs using t-test with significance set at P<0.05. Results: No child achieved all AGHE targets, with the majority consuming less breads/cereals (1.9 vs 4.0 servings/day), vegetables (1.3 vs 2.5), and meat/alternatives (0.7 vs 1.0), all P<0.0001. Adequate servings were observed for dairy (2.2 vs 1.5) and fruit (1.3 vs 1.0). Macronutrients were within recommended ranges, although 96% exceeded saturated fatty acid recommendations. Children who met selected NRVs consumed more fruit (1.4 vs 1.0; P<0.0086), dairy (2.2 vs 1.5; P<0.0001) and discretionary foods (2.6 vs =1.0; P<0.0001) but less breads/cereals (2.0 vs 4.0; P<0.0001) and vegetables (1.3 vs 2.5; P<0.0001) servings, compared to the AGHE recommended servings. Conclusions: Child dietary intakes did not align with AGHE, while adequate nutrient profiles were achieved by various dietary patterns. Future studies involving data from larger, representative samples of children are warranted.

DOI 10.1111/1747-0080.12203
Co-authors Tracy Burrows, Alexis Hure, Roger Smith, Clare Collins
2015 Brown LJ, MacDonald-Wicks L, Squires K, Crowley E, Harris D, 'An innovative dietetic student placement model in rural New South Wales, Australia', Journal of Allied Health, 44 117-122 (2015) [C1]

© 2015 Association of Schools of Allied Health Professions, Wash., DC. Over the past 10 years, the University of Newcastle Department of Rural Health, based in Tamworth, New Sout... [more]

© 2015 Association of Schools of Allied Health Professions, Wash., DC. Over the past 10 years, the University of Newcastle Department of Rural Health, based in Tamworth, New South Wales, has supported increased opportunities for short- and longterm rural dietetic placements through an ongoing collaboration between Hunter New England Local Health District dietitians and University of Newcastle academic staff, using an innovative student placement model. A recent strategy has been the implementation of year-long student attachments to a rural area in an attempt to improve long-term recruitment and retention of staff to rural and remote areas. This paper describes the dietetic student placement model and outcomes to date. There has been an increase in the number and diversity of student placements in Tamworth, from 2 student placements in 2002 to 33 in 2013 and a maximum increase of 317 student weeks. Students have rated the short- and long-term options highly. Intention to work rurally after graduation was reported at 49% for the 2011/2012 cohort of students. Seventy-three percent of all year-long students have obtained work in a rural setting after graduation. An increased exposure to a rural location has the potential to increase the recruitment of staff in rural areas.

Co-authors Leanne Brown, Kelly Squires
2015 Spencer L, Rollo M, Hauck Y, Macdonald-Wicks L, Wood L, Hutchesson M, et al., 'The effect of weight management interventions that include a diet component on weight related outcomes in pregnant and postpartum women: a systematic review protocol.', JBI database of systematic reviews and implementation reports, 13 88-98 (2015)
Co-authors Megan Rollo, Melinda Hutchesson
2014 Yang WY, Burrows T, Collins CE, MacDonald-Wicks L, Williams LT, Chee WSS, 'Prevalence of Energy Intake Misreporting in Malay Children Varies Based on Application of Different Cut Points', JOURNAL OF TROPICAL PEDIATRICS, 60 472-475 (2014) [C1]
DOI 10.1093/tropej/fmu052
Citations Scopus - 1
Co-authors Clare Collins, Tracy Burrows, Lauren Williams
2014 Berthon BS, MacDonald-Wicks LK, Wood LG, 'A systematic review of the effect of oral glucocorticoids on energy intake, appetite, and body weight in humans', NUTRITION RESEARCH, 34 179-190 (2014) [C1]
DOI 10.1016/j.nutres.2013.12.006
Citations Scopus - 6Web of Science - 2
Co-authors Lisa Wood
2014 Yang WY, Burrows T, Macdonald-Wicks L, Williams LT, Collins C, Chee WSS, 'Quality of dietary assessment methodology and reporting in epidemiology studies examining relationship between dietary outcome and childhood obesity in developing asian countries: A systematic review', Nutrition and Dietetics, (2014) [C1]

Aim: The dramatic rise in childhood obesity incidence in developing countries is related to nutrition and lifestyle transition. The aim of this review was to evaluate the quality ... [more]

Aim: The dramatic rise in childhood obesity incidence in developing countries is related to nutrition and lifestyle transition. The aim of this review was to evaluate the quality and reporting of dietary assessment methods used in studies examining the relationship between dietary outcome and childhood obesity in developing Asian countries. Methods: A three-step search strategy was conducted in databases between inception and 2011 with an English language restriction. Inclusion criteria were any cross-sectional or cohort studies in children =18 years who resided in developing countries in Asian region that included reporting on dietary intake. Papers were screened with standardised tools for quality and dietary methodology reporting. Results: The search process identified 2080 studies and 15 studies (in 16 articles) met inclusion criteria. The most commonly used dietary assessment method was dietary questionnaires (n = 10), followed by 24-hour diet recall (n = 4), food frequency questionnaire (n = 3) and an unweighed food record (n = 1). For dietary methodology reporting, 12 out of 16 articles were rated as 'poor', 3 rated as 'acceptable' and 1 as 'excellent'. Conclusions: The quality rating was influenced by the dietary assessment tool chosen, and a quality rating of 'poor' was mostly obtained by studies using non-standardised, non-validated study-specific dietary questionnaires. Significant gaps were identified in dietary intake methodological quality and hence, there is an urgent need for valid dietary measures and reporting of dietary intake among overweight children for studies conducted in Asian region. © 2014 Dietitians Association of Australia.

DOI 10.1111/1747-0080.12113
Citations Scopus - 1
Co-authors Lauren Williams, Clare Collins, Tracy Burrows
2014 Johnston CL, Newstead CJ, Walmsley S, MacDonald L, 'Allied Health Student Clinical Placements in Residential Aged Care Facilities: Staff Opinions, Attitudes, and Support Needs.', The Internet Journal of Allied Health Sciences and Practice., 12 1-13 (2014) [C1]
Co-authors Cath Johnston
2014 Martin JE, Hure AJ, Macdonald-Wicks L, Smith R, Collins CE, 'Predictors of post-partum weight retention in a prospective longitudinal study', Maternal and Child Nutrition, 10 496-509 (2014) [C1]

© 2012 John Wiley & Sons Ltd. Post-partum weight retention (WR) occurs in 60-80% of women with some retaining =10kg with contributing factors reported as pre-pregnancy body mass ... [more]

© 2012 John Wiley & Sons Ltd. Post-partum weight retention (WR) occurs in 60-80% of women with some retaining =10kg with contributing factors reported as pre-pregnancy body mass index (BMI), gestational weight gain (GWG) and breastfeeding. A longitudinal study of pregnancy, with 12-month post-partum follow-up was conducted to determine factors associated with WR. Pregnant women (n=152) were recruited from the John Hunter Hospital antenatal clinic in New South Wales, Australia. Pre-pregnancy weight was self-reported; weight was measured four times during pregnancy (for GWG) and in the first 12 months post-partum. Infant feeding data were obtained via questionnaires. Breastfeeding was categorised as exclusive, predominant, complementary or not breastfeeding. Linear mixed models tested the predictors of WR, with and without adjustment for potential confounders. Compared with pre-pregnancy weight, 68% of women retained weight at 12 months, median (interquartile range) [4.5kg (2.1-8.9)]. After adjustment, GWG was positively associated with WR (P<0.01), but pre-pregnancy weight did not predict WR. For each additional week of any breastfeeding, 0.04kg less weight was retained. Compared with women who retained weight, those women who did retain had higher rates of exclusive breastfeeding at three months (P<0.05), but the number of weeks of exclusive breastfeeding failed to predict WR for all women. WR following childbirth is common and associated with GWG, while the number of weeks of 'any' breastfeeding contributed to post-partum weight loss. Whether these factors are modifiable strategies to optimise the weight status of women at this life stage requires further research.

DOI 10.1111/j.1740-8709.2012.00437.x
Citations Scopus - 4Web of Science - 2
Co-authors Alexis Hure, Roger Smith, Clare Collins
2013 Blumfield ML, Hure AJ, Macdonald-Wicks L, Smith R, Collins CE, 'Micronutrient intakes during pregnancy in developed countries: systematic review and meta-analysis', NUTRITION REVIEWS, 71 118-132 (2013) [C1]
DOI 10.1111/nure.12003
Citations Scopus - 34Web of Science - 21
Co-authors Roger Smith, Clare Collins, Alexis Hure
2013 Berthon BS, Macdonald-Wicks LK, Gibson PG, Wood LG, 'Investigation of the association between dietary intake, disease severity and airway inflammation in asthma', RESPIROLOGY, 18 447-454 (2013) [C1]
DOI 10.1111/resp.12015
Citations Scopus - 15Web of Science - 12
Co-authors Peter Gibson, Lisa Wood
2012 MacDonald-Wicks L, Levett-Jones T, 'Effective teaching of communication to health professional undergraduate and postgraduate students: A systematic review', JBI Database of Systematic Reviews and Implementation Reports, 10 S172-S183 (2012)
Co-authors Tracy Levett-Jones
2012 Blumfield ML, Hure AJ, MacDonald-Wicks LK, Smith R, Simpson SJ, Giles WB, et al., 'Dietary balance during pregnancy is associated with fetal adiposity and fat distribution', American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 96 1032-1041 (2012) [C1]
Citations Scopus - 25Web of Science - 16
Co-authors Clare Collins, Alexis Hure, Roger Smith
2012 Blumfield ML, Hure AJ, MacDonald-Wicks LK, Smith R, Collins CE, 'Systematic review and meta-analysis of energy and macronutrient intakes during pregnancy in developed countries', Nutrition Reviews, 70 322-336 (2012) [C1]
Citations Scopus - 28Web of Science - 15
Co-authors Roger Smith, Clare Collins, Alexis Hure
2012 Walshe R, James EL, MacDonald-Wicks LK, Boyes AW, Zucca AC, Girgis A, Lecathelinais LC, 'Socio-demographic and medical correlates of the use of biologically based complementary and alternative medicines amongst recent Australian cancer survivors', Preventive Medicine, 54 23-26 (2012) [C1]
Citations Scopus - 6Web of Science - 6
Co-authors Erica James, Allison Boyes, Alison Zucca
2012 Mitchell LJ, MacDonald-Wicks LK, Capra S, 'Increasing dietetic referrals: Perceptions of general practitioners, practice nurses and dietitians', Nutrition & Dietetics, 69 32-38 (2012) [C1]
Citations Scopus - 3Web of Science - 3
2012 Blumfield ML, Hure AJ, MacDonald-Wicks LK, Smith R, Simpson S, Raubenheimer D, Collins CE, 'The association between the macronutrient content of maternal diet and the adequacy of micronutrients during pregnancy in the Women and Their Children's Health (WATCH) Study', Nutrients, 4 1958-1976 (2012) [C1]
Citations Scopus - 7Web of Science - 7
Co-authors Roger Smith, Clare Collins, Alexis Hure
2011 Blumfield ML, Hure AJ, MacDonald-Wicks LK, Patterson AJ, Smith R, Collins CE, 'Disparities exist between National Food Group Recommendations and the dietary intakes of women', BMC Women's Health, 11 37 (2011) [C1]
Citations Scopus - 13Web of Science - 10
Co-authors Alexis Hure, Roger Smith, Amanda Patterson, Clare Collins
2011 Brown LJ, Mitchell LJ, Williams LT, MacDonald-Wicks LK, Capra S, 'Private practice in rural areas: An untapped opportunity for dietitians', Australian Journal of Rural Health, 19 191-196 (2011) [C1]
DOI 10.1111/j.1440-1584.2011.01211.x
Citations Scopus - 3Web of Science - 3
Co-authors Lauren Williams, Leanne Brown
2011 Mitchell LJ, MacDonald-Wicks LK, Capra S, 'Nutrition advice in general practice: The role of general practitioners and practice nurses', Australian Journal of Primary Health, 17 202-208 (2011) [C1]
DOI 10.1071/py10101
Citations Scopus - 9Web of Science - 8
2011 Dempsey SE, Findlay NA, MacDonald-Wicks LK, 'Increasing nutritional support for patients undergoing radiation therapy: The radiation therapist perspective', Journal of Radiotherapy in Practice, 10 181-189 (2011) [C1]
DOI 10.1017/S1460396910000257
Citations Scopus - 1
Co-authors Shane Dempsey
2009 Mitchell LJ, Capra S, MacDonald-Wicks LK, 'Structural change in Medicare funding: Impact on the dietetics workforce', Nutrition & Dietetics, 66 170-175 (2009) [C1]
DOI 10.1111/j.1747-0080.2009.01362.x
Citations Scopus - 13Web of Science - 12
2007 Garg ML, Blake RJ, Clayton E, Munro IA, MacDonald-Wicks LK, Singh H, Moughan PJ, 'Consumption of an n-3 polyunsaturated fatty acid-enriched dip modulates plasma lipid profile in subjects with diabetes type II', European Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 61 1312-1317 (2007) [C1]
DOI 10.1038/sj.ejcn.1602650
Citations Scopus - 17Web of Science - 15
Co-authors Manohar Garg
2006 MacDonald-Wicks LK, Wood LG, Garg ML, 'Methodology for the determination of biological antioxidant capacity in vitro: A review', Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture, 86 2046-2056 (2006) [C1]
DOI 10.1002/jsfa.2603
Citations Scopus - 140Web of Science - 106
Co-authors Manohar Garg, Lisa Wood
2005 Watson TA, Callister R, Taylor RD, Sibbritt DW, MacDonald-Wicks LK, Garg ML, 'Antioxidant Restriction and Oxidative Stress in Short-Duration Exhaustive Exercise', Medicine & science in sports & exercise, 37 63-71 (2005) [C1]
DOI 10.1249/01.MSS.0000150016.46508.A1
Citations Scopus - 73Web of Science - 62
Co-authors Manohar Garg, Robin Callister
2005 Watson TA, MacDonald-Wicks LK, Garg ML, 'Oxidative stress and antioxidants in athletes undertaking regular exercise training', International Journal of Sport Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism, 15 131-146 (2005) [C1]
Citations Scopus - 39Web of Science - 35
Co-authors Manohar Garg
2004 MacDonald-Wicks LK, Garg ML, 'Incorporation of n-3 fatty acids into plasma and liver lipids in rats: Importance of background dietary fat', Lipids, 39 545-551 (2004) [C1]
DOI 10.1007/s11745-004-1261-z
Citations Scopus - 16Web of Science - 13
Co-authors Manohar Garg
2003 MacDonald-Wicks LK, Garg ML, 'Vitamin E supplementation in the mitigation of carbon tetrachloride induced oxidative stress in rats', Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry, 14 177-186 (2003) [C1]
DOI 10.1016/S0955-2863(03)00003-2
Citations Scopus - 16Web of Science - 11
Co-authors Manohar Garg
2002 MacDonald-Wicks LK, Garg ML, 'Modulation of carbon tetrachloride-induced oxidative stress by dietary fat in rats', The Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry, 13 87-95 (2002) [C1]
Citations Scopus - 16Web of Science - 14
Co-authors Manohar Garg
1999 Collins CE, MacDonald-Wicks LK, Rowe S, O'Loughlin E, Henry R, 'Normal growth in cystic fibrosis associated with a specialised centre', Archives of Disease in Childhood The Journal of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, 81 241-246 (1999) [C1]
Citations Scopus - 42Web of Science - 30
Co-authors Clare Collins
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Conference (55 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2015 Hunter SM, Johnston CL, Rasiah R, Roberts E, O'Toole G, MacDonald-Wicks L, et al., 'Using healthy ageing as a vehicle for interprofessional education', 6th International Clinical Skills Conference. Abstracts (2015) [E3]
Co-authors Rohan Rasiah, Elysa Roberts, Cath Johnston, Sharyn Hunter, Gjyn Otoole
2015 Matthews KI, Tan M, Brown LJ, MacDonald-Wicks LK, Hutchesson MJ, Patterson AJ, 'Body image does not improve and dieting practices increase with age for young Australian women' (2015) [E3]
Co-authors Amanda Patterson, Leanne Brown, Melinda Hutchesson
2015 Tan M, Matthews K, Hutchesson ML, Brown LJ, MacDonald-Wicks LK, Patterson AJ, 'Rural vs urban women: Same BMI, different body composition' (2015) [E3]
Co-authors Amanda Patterson, Melinda Hutchesson, Leanne Brown
2015 Patterson AJ, MacDonald-Wicks L, McEvoy M, Veysey M, McElduff P, McElduff S, Khanam M, 'Iron Status and Wellbeing in Older Australians: Is this a case of more is better?' (2015) [E3]
Co-authors Amanda Patterson, Martin Veysey
2015 Tan M, Brown LJ, Patterson A, Macdonald-Wicks L, Hutchesson M, 'Describing the average Australian woman: Body composition and metabolic rate comparisons between urban and rural areas', Dietitians Association of Australia 32nd National Conference (2015) [E3]
Co-authors Melinda Hutchesson, Leanne Brown, Amanda Patterson
2015 Mathews K, Patterson A, Macdonald-Wicks L, Hutchesson M, Brown LJ, Tan M, 'The average Australian woman: A cross-sectional analysis of the body shape and size of Australian women', Dietitians Association of Australia 32nd National Conference (2015) [E3]
Co-authors Leanne Brown, Melinda Hutchesson, Amanda Patterson
2015 MacDonald-Wicks LK, Johnston CL, Newstead CJ, ''Failure to fail' in physiotherapy clinical education', Connect Physiotherapy Conference 2015: Conference Abstract E-Book (2015) [E3]
Co-authors Cath Johnston
2015 Johnston CL, Newstead C, MacDonald-Wicks LK, 'The impact of supervising challenging students on clinical placement', Connect Physiotherapy Conference 2015: Conference E-book and Program (2015) [E3]
Co-authors Cath Johnston
2014 Collins CE, Hutchesson MJ, Rollo M, MacDonald-Wicks L, Giglia R, Hauck L, Burrows T, 'What women want: a survey of needs of women.', Obesity Reviews (2014)
Co-authors Clare Collins, Tracy Burrows, Megan Rollo, Melinda Hutchesson
2014 Johnston C, Brown LJ, Wakely L, 'Would iPads Assist Students on Clinical Placement?', ANZAHPE 2014 Conference Handbook & Program (2014) [E3]
Co-authors Leanne Brown, Luke Wakely, Cath Johnston
2014 Johnston CL, MacDonald L, Newstead CJ, Walmsley S, 'Allied Health student clinical placements in residential aged care facilities: Staff attitudes and support needs.', ANZAHPE 2014 Conference Handbook & Program (2014) [E3]
Co-authors Cath Johnston
2014 Berthon B, Macdonald-Wicks L, Gibson P, Wood L, 'SHORT TERM ORAL CORTICOSTEROID THERAPY DOES NOT INCREASE APPETITE, DIETARY INTAKE, BODY WEIGHT AND BODY COMPOSITION IN ADULTS WITH ASTHMA - A RANDOMIZED-CONTROLLED TRIAL', RESPIROLOGY (2014) [E3]
Co-authors Peter Gibson, Lisa Wood
2014 Chai LK, MacDonald-Wicks L, Hure AJ, Burrows T, Collins C, 'Disparities exist between the Australian Guide to Healthy Eating and the dietary patterns of Australian pre-schoolers', ISBNPA 2014 Abstract Book (2014) [E3]
Co-authors Tracy Burrows, Clare Collins, Alexis Hure
2013 Johnston CL, Newstead CJ, MacDonald-Wicks L, 'Supervising failing students on clinical placement.', ANZAHPE 2013 Conference Handbook & Program (2013) [E3]
Co-authors Cath Johnston
2013 Johnston CL, Newstead CJ, Walmsley S, MacDonald-Wicks L, Chiarelli P, 'Physiotherapy student clinical placements in the aged care setting: practitioner attitudes and support needs.', Journal of Physiotherapy (2013) [E3]
Co-authors Cath Johnston, Pauline Chiarelli
2013 Berthon B, MacDonald-Wicks L, Gibson P, Wood L, 'Changes in body composition are associated with corticosteroid use in adult asthma', EUROPEAN RESPIRATORY JOURNAL (2013)
Co-authors Peter Gibson, Lisa Wood
2013 Berthon BS, Macdonald-Wicks LK, Gibson PG, Wood LG, 'PARTIAL OR POOR ASTHMA CONTROL IS RELATED TO ANXIETY AND DEPRESSION SCORES', RESPIROLOGY (2013) [E3]
Co-authors Peter Gibson, Lisa Wood
2012 Baines SK, Hutchesson MJ, Palmer MA, Hure AJ, Burrows TL, MacDonald-Wicks LK, et al., 'Systematic review updating the evidence of the effect of low GI/GL diets in the treatment of overweight and obesity in adults', Nutrition & Dietetics: Special Issue: Dietitians Association of Australia 16th International Congress of Dietetics (2012) [E3]
Co-authors Alexis Hure, Lauren Williams, Surinder Baines, Clare Collins, Melinda Hutchesson, Tracy Burrows
2012 Blumfield ML, Hure AJ, MacDonald-Wicks LK, Smith R, Collins CE, 'Foetal abdominal fat area is predicted by the protein-to-carbohydrate ratio of maternal diet during pregnancy', Nutrition & Dietetics: Special Issue: Dietitians Association of Australia 16th International Congress of Dietetics (2012) [E3]
Co-authors Roger Smith, Alexis Hure, Clare Collins
2012 MacDonald-Wicks LK, Hutchesson MJ, Palmer MA, Williams LT, Hure AJ, Burrows TL, et al., 'Systematic review updating the evidence of the effect of omega 3 fatty acids in the treatment of overweight and obesity in adults', Nutrition & Dietetics: Special Issue: Dietitians Association of Australia 16th International Congress of Dietetics (2012) [E3]
Co-authors Surinder Baines, Tracy Burrows, Lauren Williams, Alexis Hure, Clare Collins, Melinda Hutchesson
2012 Martin JE, Hure AJ, MacDonald-Wicks LK, Smith R, Collins CE, 'Bouncing back to your pre-baby body: A RCT to reduce postpartum weight gain', Nutrition & Dietetics: Special Issue: Dietitians Association of Australia 16th International Congress of Dietetics (2012) [E3]
Co-authors Alexis Hure, Roger Smith, Clare Collins
2012 Hutchesson MJ, Palmer MA, MacDonald-Wicks LK, Williams LT, Burrows TL, Hure AJ, et al., 'Are best practice guidelines enough? A survey of dietitians to inform the revision of the Best Practice Guidelines for the Treatment of Overweight and Obesity in Adults', Nutrition & Dietetics: Special Issue: Dietitians Association of Australia 16th International Congress of Dietetics (2012) [E3]
Co-authors Lauren Williams, Surinder Baines, Tracy Burrows, Melinda Hutchesson, Clare Collins, Alexis Hure
2012 Williams LT, Palmer MA, Hollis JL, MacDonald-Wicks LK, Baines SK, Hutchesson MJ, Collins CE, 'Systematic review updating the evidence of the effect of diet therapy combined with behavioural and/or psychological therapies compared to diet therapy alone for the treatment of overweight and obesity in adults', Nutrition & Dietetics: Special Issue: Dietitians Association of Australia 16th International Congress of Dietetics (2012) [E3]
Co-authors Clare Collins, Melinda Hutchesson, Surinder Baines, Lauren Williams, Jenna Hollis
2012 Francis A, Hills CM, Buxton AJ, MacDonald-Wicks LK, Johnston CL, 'Characteristics of an ideal practice educator: Perspectives from five health professions', British Journal of Occupational Therapy (2012) [E3]
Co-authors Cath Johnston, Tony Buxton, Caroline Hills
2011 Berthon B, MacDonald-Wicks LK, Gibson PG, Wood LG, 'Asthmatics have an altered eating pattern with increased fat and decreased fibre intake associated with airway inflammation and poorer lung function', Australasian Medical Journal (2011) [E3]
Co-authors Peter Gibson, Lisa Wood
2011 Berthon B, MacDonald-Wicks LK, Gibson PG, Wood LG, 'Plasma leptin levels are elevated in stable asthma', Australasian Medical Journal (2011) [E3]
Co-authors Peter Gibson, Lisa Wood
2011 Berthon B, MacDonald-Wicks LK, Wood LG, 'A systematic review of corticosteroid use, dietary intake and body weight in adults', Australasian Medical Journal (2011) [E3]
Co-authors Lisa Wood
2011 Blumfield ML, Hure AJ, MacDonald-Wicks LK, Smith R, Collins CE, 'Energy and macronutrient intakes during pregnancy over the last 50 years', 2011 Annual Meeting of the International Society for Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity (ISBNPA) eProceedings (2011) [E3]
Co-authors Alexis Hure, Roger Smith, Clare Collins
2011 Berthon B, MacDonald-Wicks LK, Gibson PG, Wood LG, 'Diet quality is poor in severe asthmatics compared to healthy controls', Respirology (2011) [E3]
Co-authors Peter Gibson, Lisa Wood
2011 Martin JE, Hure AJ, MacDonald-Wicks LK, Smith R, Smith JI, Collins CE, 'Pre-pregnancy BMI and pregnancy weight gain predict post-partum weight retention', Nutrition and Dietetics: Dietitians Association of Australia 29th National Conference Oral Program (2011) [E3]
Co-authors Roger Smith, Clare Collins, Alexis Hure
2010 Burrows TL, Patterson AJ, Bacon A, Mitchell LJ, MacDonald-Wicks LK, Baines SK, Williams LT, 'Client satisfaction and weight loss outcomes of student centred dietetic outpatient clinics', Obesity Research and Clinical Practice (2010) [E3]
Co-authors Lauren Williams, Tracy Burrows, Surinder Baines, Amanda Patterson
2010 Martin J, Hure AJ, MacDonald-Wicks LK, Smith R, Collins CE, 'Relationship between pregnancy weight status and breastfeeding patterns', Obesity Research and Clinical Practice (2010) [E3]
Co-authors Alexis Hure, Roger Smith, Clare Collins
2010 Dempsey SE, Findlay NA, MacDonald-Wicks LK, 'Nutritional care in the radiation therapy setting: The radiation therapists perspective', 16th ISRRT World Congress. Scientific Program (2010) [E3]
Co-authors Shane Dempsey
2010 Blumfield ML, Hure AJ, MacDonald-Wicks LK, Patterson AJ, Smith R, Collins CE, 'Dietary intakes of Australian women prior to conception', Nutrition & Dietetics (2010) [E3]
Co-authors Alexis Hure, Clare Collins, Roger Smith, Amanda Patterson
2010 Mitchell LJ, MacDonald-Wicks LK, Capra S, 'Increasing referrals through enhanced relationships', Nutrition & Dietetics (2010) [E3]
2010 Mitchell LJ, MacDonald-Wicks LK, Capra S, 'Improving the delivery of nutrition advice in general practice', Nutrition & Dietetics (2010) [E3]
2009 Findlay NA, Haracz K, Johnston CL, MacDonald-Wicks LK, 'Interprofessional teaching of reflection in undergraduate health science programs', ANZAME09 Handbook (2009) [E3]
Co-authors Cath Johnston, Kirsti Haracz
2009 Blumfield ML, Hure AJ, MacDonald-Wicks LK, Patterson AJ, Smith R, Collins CE, 'The food choices of Australian women during pregnancy', Proceedings of the Nutrition Society of Australia (2009) [E3]
Co-authors Roger Smith, Amanda Patterson, Clare Collins, Alexis Hure
2007 Mitchell L, Capra SM, MacDonald-Wicks LK, 'Structural change through Medicare funding - What does it mean for dietetics?', Nutrition & Dietetics (2007) [E3]
2006 MacDonald-Wicks LK, Collins CE, Williams LT, Young AF, Wheway V, Russell A, 'The effect of energy cut off points on reporting dietary outcomes from the Australian Longitudinal Study on Women's Health', Nutrition & Dietetics (2006) [E3]
Co-authors Lauren Williams, Anne Young, Clare Collins
2005 MacDonald-Wicks LK, Collins CE, Williams LT, Young A, Wheway V, 'The effect of energy cut off points on reporting dietary outcomes from the Australian longitudinal study on women's health', Proceedings of the 14th Annual Scientific Meeting of Australasian Epidemiology Association (2005) [E3]
Co-authors Clare Collins, Lauren Williams
2004 Watson TA, Blake RJ, Callister R, MacDonald-Wicks LK, Garg ML, 'Antioxidant restricted diet reduces plasma non-esterified fatty acids in trained athletes', Asia Pacific Journal of Clinical Nutrition (2004) [E3]
Co-authors Manohar Garg, Robin Callister
2004 MacDonald-Wicks LK, Gibson L, Godfrey D, Green J, Horan B, Monger K, et al., 'Oxidised LDL in newly diagnosed Type 2 diabetes mellitus and impaired glucose tolerance', Asia Pacific Journal of Clinical Nutrition (2004) [E3]
Co-authors Manohar Garg
2003 Watson TA, Callister R, Taylor RD, Sibbritt DW, MacDonald-Wicks LK, Garg ML, 'High antioxidant foods protect against oxidative stress during acute exhaustive exercise in athletes', Proceedings of the Australian Conference of Science and Medicine in Sport (2003) [E3]
Co-authors Robin Callister, Manohar Garg
2003 Watson TA, Callister R, Taylor RD, Sibbritt DW, MacDonald-Wicks LK, Garg ML, 'Antioxidant restriced diet increases oxidative stress during acute exhaustive exercise', Proceedings published in Asia Pacific Journal of Clinical Nutrition v12 S9 (2003) [E3]
Co-authors Manohar Garg, Robin Callister
2003 Collins CE, O'Kane G, MacDonald-Wicks LK, Riley N, Rohrlach B, Amantidis S, et al., 'Evaluation of university initiated workshops to facilitate supervision of dietitic students', 21st National Conference of the Dietitians Association of Australia (2003) [E4]
Co-authors Lauren Williams, Clare Collins
2003 Watson TA, Callister R, Sibbritt DW, MacDonald-Wicks LK, Garg ML, 'Antioxidant restricted diet increases oxidative stress during acute exhaustive exercise', Asia Pacific Journal of Clinical Nutrition (2003) [E4]
Co-authors Manohar Garg, Robin Callister
2002 MacDonald-Wicks LK, Garg ML, 'Oxidative stress induced by omega-3 fatty acids is dependent on background fatty acid composition', Proceedings of the Nutrition Society of Australia, Volume 26 (2002) [E3]
Co-authors Manohar Garg
2002 Watson TA, MacDonald-Wicks LK, Garg ML, 'Regular exercise training does not elevate oxidative stress or deplete antioxidant defences', Proceedings of the Nutrition Society of Australia, Volume 26 (2002) [E3]
Citations Scopus - 1
Co-authors Manohar Garg
2002 MacDonald-Wicks LK, Garg ML, 'High fat diets do not increase CCl4-induced oxidative stress in the rat', Proceedings of the Nutrition Society of Australia, Volume 26 (2002) [E3]
Co-authors Manohar Garg
2000 MacDonald-Wicks LK, Garg ML, 'Vitamin E in the mitigation of carbon tetrachloride induced oxidative stress in rats', Proceedings of the 24th Annual Scientific Meeting, Nutrition Society of Australia (2000) [E3]
Co-authors Manohar Garg
2000 MacDonald-Wicks LK, Garg ML, 'Dietary fat type and the mitigation of carbon tetrachloride-induced oxidative stress in rats', Proceedings of the 24th Annual Scientific Meeting, Nutrition Society of Australia (2000) [E3]
Co-authors Manohar Garg
2000 MacDonald-Wicks LK, Garg ML, 'Animal Models of Induced Oxidative Stress: Advantages and Limitations', Proceedings of the 8th World Congress of Clinical Nutrition (2000) [E3]
Co-authors Manohar Garg
1999 Collins CE, MacDonald-Wicks LK, Rowe S, O'Loughlin E, Henry R, 'Optimum Growth in Cystic Fibrosis - Does a dietitian make a difference?', Weighing the Evidence Programme and Proceedings (1999) [E3]
Co-authors Clare Collins
1998 MacDonald-Wicks LK, Collins CE, Oloughlin E, Henry R, 'Optimal growth of cystic fibrosis patients associated with attendance at a specialised CF clinic', Proceedings of the Nutrition Society of Australia (1998) [E3]
Co-authors Clare Collins
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Other (2 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2014 Blumfield ML, Hure AJ, MacDonald-Wicks LK, Smith R, Simpson SJ, Giles WB, et al., 'Dietary balance during pregnancy is associated with fetal adiposity and fat distribution', ( pp.103-104) (2014) [O1]
DOI 10.1159/000356110
Co-authors Roger Smith, Clare Collins, Alexis Hure
2013 Johnston CL, Newstead CJ, MacDonald-Wicks L, 'Supervising challenging students on clinical placement.', ( pp.186): ANZAHPE (2013)
Co-authors Cath Johnston

Report (2 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2012 Collins CE, Hutchesson MJ, Palmer MA, MacDonald-Wicks LK, Williams LT, Baines SK, et al., 'DAA Best Practice Guidelines for the Treatment of Overweight and Obesity in Adults; Report to inform the 2011 revision of the 2005 guidelines', Dieticians Association of Australia, 173 (2012) [R1]
Co-authors Clare Collins, Melinda Hutchesson, Tracy Burrows, Surinder Baines, Lauren Williams, Alexis Hure
2011 Probst Y, Ralston R, Riley M, Sutherland RL, Truby H, Walker K, et al., 'A review of the evidence to address targeted questions to inform the revision of the Australian Dietary Guidelines', National Health and Medical Research Council, 1078 (2011) [R1]
Co-authors Melinda Hutchesson, Tracy Burrows, Amanda Patterson, Surinder Baines, Clare Collins, Alexis Hure, Lauren Williams
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants 7
Total funding $207,582

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20132 grants / $29,736

Maximising Allied Health professional placements in aged care: exploring opportunities for future partnerships within the Newcastle and Coast region$28,386

Funding body: HETI (Health Education and Training Institute)

Funding body HETI (Health Education and Training Institute)
Project Team Doctor Catherine Johnston, Mr CLINT Newstead, Associate Professor Pauline Chiarelli, Doctor Lesley MacDonald-Wicks
Scheme NSW ICTN Local Project Fund
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2013
Funding Finish 2013
GNo G1201146
Type Of Funding Other Public Sector - State
Category 2OPS
UON Y

ANZAHPE 13 (Professional Development of Health Professional Educators), Melbourne Australia, 24-27 June 2013$1,350

Funding body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Health and Medicine

Funding body University of Newcastle - Faculty of Health and Medicine
Project Team Doctor Lesley MacDonald-Wicks
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2013
Funding Finish 2013
GNo G1300649
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20103 grants / $98,523

ERF Teaching Relief - Ashby, Findlay and MacDonald-Wicks.$82,082

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Professor Darren Rivett, Doctor Samantha Ashby, Doctor Naomi Findlay, Doctor Lesley MacDonald-Wicks
Scheme Equity Research Fellowship
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2010
Funding Finish 2010
GNo G0900097
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

Preliminary work to revise the DAA Best Practice Guidelines for the Treatment of Overweight and Obesity in Adults$9,091

Funding body: Dietitians Association of Australia

Funding body Dietitians Association of Australia
Project Team Professor Clare Collins, Conjoint Professor Lauren Williams, Associate Professor Surinder Baines, Doctor Lesley MacDonald-Wicks, Doctor Tracy Burrows, Doctor Alexis Hure, Doctor Melinda Hutchesson
Scheme Project Consultancy
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2010
Funding Finish 2010
GNo G1001022
Type Of Funding Grant - Aust Non Government
Category 3AFG
UON Y

Helping mothers get their pre-baby body back - an RCT using breastfeeding support to reduce future risk of obesity and type 2 diabetes$7,350

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Doctor Lesley MacDonald-Wicks
Scheme Equity Research Fellowship
Role Lead
Funding Start 2010
Funding Finish 2010
GNo G0190628
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20091 grants / $68,181

The contribution of nutrition to achieving healthy pregnancy outcomes for mothers and babies $68,181

Funding body: Hunter Medical Research Institute

Funding body Hunter Medical Research Institute
Project Team Professor Clare Collins, Doctor Lesley MacDonald-Wicks, Professor Roger Smith, Doctor Alexis Hure
Scheme Newcastle Permanent Building Society
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2009
Funding Finish 2011
GNo G0189769
Type Of Funding Contract - Aust Non Government
Category 3AFC
UON Y

20021 grants / $11,142

Oxidised Low Density Lipoprotein (ox-LDL) in newly diagnosed Non-Insulin Dependent Diabetes Mellitus using a novel ELISA technique$11,142

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Doctor Lesley MacDonald-Wicks
Scheme Early Career Researcher Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2002
Funding Finish 2002
GNo G0182573
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y
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Research Supervision

Number of supervisions

Completed5
Current7

Total current UON EFTSL

Masters0.8
PhD1.55

Current Supervision

Commenced Level of Study Research Title / Program / Supervisor Type
2016 Masters A Healthy Living Program for Australians Living with Psychosis
M Philosophy (ComMed&ClinEpid), Faculty of Health and Medicine, The University of Newcastle
Principal Supervisor
2016 Masters A Healthy Living Program for Australians Living with Psychosis
M Philosophy (Nutrition&Diet), Faculty of Health and Medicine, The University of Newcastle
Principal Supervisor
2015 PhD Reducing Risk of Type 2 Diabetes in Women with Gestational Diabetes and Early Obesity in their Offspring
PhD (Nutrition & Dietetics), Faculty of Health and Medicine, The University of Newcastle
Co-Supervisor
2015 PhD Synergistic Effects of Phytosterols and Curcumin on Cardiovascular Risk Factors in Hyperlipidaemic Individuals
PhD (Medical Biochemistry), Faculty of Health and Medicine, The University of Newcastle
Co-Supervisor
2015 PhD Effective Dietary Management of Gestational Diabetes Mellitus
PhD (Nutrition & Dietetics), Faculty of Health and Medicine, The University of Newcastle
Principal Supervisor
2015 PhD Dietary Nitrates and Cardiovascular Health
PhD (Nutrition & Dietetics), Faculty of Health and Medicine, The University of Newcastle
Co-Supervisor
2014 PhD The Role of Breakfast on Metabolic and Anthropometric Parameters in Healthy Individuals
PhD (Nutrition & Dietetics), Faculty of Health and Medicine, The University of Newcastle
Principal Supervisor

Past Supervision

Year Level of Study Research Title / Program / Supervisor Type
2016 PhD The Family Diet Study: Dietary and Lifestyle Factors Associated With Weight Status of Malay Primary School Children and Their Main Carers in Urban Areas of Klang Valley, Malaysia
PhD (Nutrition & Dietetics), Faculty of Health and Medicine, The University of Newcastle
Co-Supervisor
2014 PhD Investigating the Link Between Corticosteroids and Diet in Adults with Asthma
PhD (Medical Biochemistry), Faculty of Health and Medicine, The University of Newcastle
Co-Supervisor
2013 Masters Weight Retention in the Postpartum Period
M Philosophy (Nutrition&Diet), Faculty of Health and Medicine, The University of Newcastle
Co-Supervisor
2013 PhD Nutrition During Pregnancy: An Evaluation of Maternal Dietary Intake and the Development of Foetal Adiposity
PhD (Nutrition & Dietetics), Faculty of Health and Medicine, The University of Newcastle
Co-Supervisor
2010 PhD Improving the Provision of Nutrition Advice and Referral to Dietetics Professionals in the General Practice Setting
PhD (Nutrition & Dietetics), Faculty of Health and Medicine, The University of Newcastle
Principal Supervisor
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Research Collaborations

The map is a representation of a researchers co-authorship with collaborators across the globe. The map displays the number of publications against a country, where there is at least one co-author based in that country. Data is sourced from the University of Newcastle research publication management system (NURO) and may not fully represent the authors complete body of work.

Country Count of Publications
Australia 50
Malaysia 4
New Zealand 4
Canada 1
United Kingdom 1
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News

Mum's the word on pregnancy

Mum's the word on pregnancy

May 10, 2013

University of Newcastle researchers are asking new mums to reflect on their pregnancy and post-birth experience to help researchers design a healthy lifestyle program for other mothers-to-be.

Dr Lesley MacDonald-Wicks

Position

Senior Lecturer
School of Health Sciences
Faculty of Health and Medicine

Focus area

Nutrition and Dietetics

Contact Details

Email lesley.wicks@newcastle.edu.au
Phone (02) 492 16646
Fax (02) 492 17092

Office

Room HE26
Building Hunter Building
Location Callaghan
University Drive
Callaghan, NSW 2308
Australia
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