Mr Aaron Bezzina

Mr Aaron Bezzina

Research Assistant

Office PVC - Health, Medicine and Wellbeing

Career Summary

Biography

Aaron Bezzina is a PhD candidate at the University of Newcastle and an Accredited Practicing Dietitian (APD).  

In 2020 Aaron commenced his PhD candidature at the University of Newcastle researching the effects of workplace wellness initiatives on health attitudes and behaviours within the Australian resource sector.

Aaron’s research interests include: workplace wellness and productivity, obesity, human factors and an array of occupational health and safety issues.


Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Nutrition and Dietetics (Honors), University of Newcastle

Languages

  • English (Mother)

Professional Experience

Professional appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
1/3/2018 -  Research Assistant The University of Newcastle
Australia

Awards

Scholarship

Year Award
2020 Australian Government Research Training Program Scholarships – Vice-Chancellor’s PhD Training Priority Scheme.
The University of Newcastle
Edit

Publications

For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.


Journal article (8 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2021 James C, Bezzina A, Rahman MM, 'Task rotation in an underground coal mine: Implications on injury and musculoskeletal discomfort', Applied Ergonomics, 93 (2021)

Purpose: To investigate the effect of a task rotation schedule on musculoskeletal injury and the challenges of implementing a task rotation schedule within an underground coal min... [more]

Purpose: To investigate the effect of a task rotation schedule on musculoskeletal injury and the challenges of implementing a task rotation schedule within an underground coal mine. Methods: This was a pre-post cross-sectional intervention study with two underground coal mines. Participant-surveys were collected at baseline and 12-months. Results: There were no significant differences in musculoskeletal discomfort between the two sites in any body region. Tasks were rotated two to three times a shift on average. Conclusions: The task rotation schedule did not have a significant impact upon musculoskeletal discomfort although this does not necessarily reflect that the rotation schedule was in-effective in curbing injury, rather highlights the complexity of developing a successful task rotation schedule within an underground coal mine. The task rotation schedule, its implementation and execution need consideration and further investigation to assist in effectively controlling injury and fatigue risk.

DOI 10.1016/j.apergo.2021.103388
Co-authors Carole James
2021 Whatnall MC, Sharkey T, Hutchesson MJ, Haslam RL, Bezzina A, Collins CE, Ashton LM, 'Effectiveness of interventions and behaviour change techniques for improving physical activity in young adults: A systematic review and meta-analysis.', J Sports Sci, 1-18 (2021)
DOI 10.1080/02640414.2021.1898107
Co-authors Clare Collins, Megan Whatnall, Melinda Hutchesson, Lee Ashton
2021 Whatnall MC, Hutchesson MJ, Sharkey T, Haslam RL, Bezzina A, Collins CE, et al., 'Recruiting and retaining young adults: What can we learn from behavioural interventions targeting nutrition, physical activity and/or obesity? A systematic review of the literature', Public Health Nutrition, (2021)

Objective: To describe strategies used to recruit and retain young adults in nutrition, physical activity and/or obesity intervention studies, and quantify the success and efficie... [more]

Objective: To describe strategies used to recruit and retain young adults in nutrition, physical activity and/or obesity intervention studies, and quantify the success and efficiency of these strategies. Design: A systematic review was conducted. The search included six electronic databases to identify RCTs published up to 6th December 2019 that evaluated nutrition, physical activity and/or obesity interventions in young adults (17-35 years). Recruitment was considered successful if the pre-determined sample size goal was met. Retention was considered acceptable if =80% retained for =6-month follow-up or =70% for >6-month follow-up. Results: From 21,582 manuscripts identified, 107 RCTs were included. Universities were the most common recruitment setting used in 84 studies (79%). Less than half (46%) the studies provided sufficient information to evaluate whether individual recruitment strategies met sample size goals, with 77% successfully achieving recruitment targets. Reporting for retention was slightly better with 69% of studies providing sufficient information to determine whether individual retention strategies achieved adequate retention rates. Of these, 65% had adequate retention. Conclusions: This review highlights poor reporting of recruitment and retention information across trials. Findings may not be applicable outside a university setting. Guidance on how to improve reporting practices to optimise recruitment and retention strategies within young adults could assist researchers in improving outcomes.

DOI 10.1017/S1368980021001129
Co-authors Megan Whatnall, Melinda Hutchesson, Flora Tzelepis, Lee Ashton, Clare Collins
2020 Sharkey T, Whatnall MC, Hutchesson MJ, Haslam RL, Bezzina A, Collins CE, Ashton LM, 'Effectiveness of gender-targeted versus gender-neutral interventions aimed at improving dietary intake, physical activity and/or overweight/obesity in young adults (aged 17-35 years): a systematic review and meta-analysis', Nutrition journal, 19 78-98 (2020) [C1]
DOI 10.1186/s12937-020-00594-0
Citations Scopus - 3Web of Science - 3
Co-authors Clare Collins, Melinda Hutchesson, Megan Whatnall, Lee Ashton
2020 Sharkey T, Whatnall MC, Hutchesson MJ, Haslam RL, Bezzina A, Collins CE, Ashton LM, 'Effectiveness of gender-targeted versus gender-neutral interventions aimed at improving dietary intake, physical activity and/or overweight/obesity in young adults (aged 17-35 years): a systematic review and meta-analysis (vol 19, 78, 2020)', NUTRITION JOURNAL, 19 (2020)
DOI 10.1186/s12937-020-00605-0
Co-authors Lee Ashton, Melinda Hutchesson, Clare Collins, Megan Whatnall
2020 Ashton LM, Sharkey T, Whatnall MC, Haslam RL, Bezzina A, Aguiar EJ, et al., 'Which behaviour change techniques within interventions to prevent weight gain and/or initiate weight loss improve adiposity outcomes in young adults? A systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials', OBESITY REVIEWS, 21 (2020) [C1]
DOI 10.1111/obr.13009
Citations Scopus - 6Web of Science - 5
Co-authors Megan Whatnall, Melinda Hutchesson, Lee Ashton, Clare Collins
2020 James C, Rahman M, Bezzina A, Kelly B, 'Factors associated with patterns of psychological distress, alcohol use and social network among Australian mineworkers', Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, 44 390-396 (2020) [C1]
DOI 10.1111/1753-6405.13037
Co-authors Brian Kelly, Carole James, Mdmijanur Rahman Uon
2019 Ashton LM, Sharkey T, Whatnall MC, Williams RL, Bezzina A, Aguiar EJ, et al., 'Effectiveness of Interventions and Behaviour Change Techniques for Improving Dietary Intake in Young Adults: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of RCTs', NUTRIENTS, 11 (2019) [C1]
DOI 10.3390/nu11040825
Citations Scopus - 17Web of Science - 12
Co-authors Clare Collins, Lee Ashton, Megan Whatnall, Melinda Hutchesson
Show 5 more journal articles

Conference (4 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2020 Collins C, Bezzina A, Deroover K, Hartmann C, Bucher T, 'Do Images of Unhealthy Foods and Beverages Elicit Disgust or Fear; A Comparison of General Public and Nutrition Expert Responses', Do Images of Unhealthy Foods and Beverages Elicit Disgust or Fear; A Comparison of General Public and Nutrition Expert Responses, Newcastle, NSW, Australia (2020)
DOI 10.3390/proceedings2020043002
Co-authors Clare Collins, Tamara Bucher
2020 Haslam R, Rollo M, Bezzina A, Spratt N, Collins C, 'Feasibility and Preliminary Efficacy of a Ketogenic Diet for Reducing Migraine Frequency, Severity and Duration', Feasibility and Preliminary Efficacy of a Ketogenic Diet for Reducing Migraine Frequency, Severity and Duration, Newcastle, NSW, Australia (2020)
DOI 10.3390/proceedings2020043002
Co-authors Megan Rollo, Clare Collins, Neil Spratt
2020 Ashton L, Sharkey T, Whatnall M, Haslam R, Bezzina A, Auguiar E, et al., 'Which Behaviour-Change Techniques within Weight-Management Interventions Improve Adiposity Outcomes in Young Adults? A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of Randomised Controlled Trials (RCTs)', Which Behaviour-Change Techniques within Weight-Management Interventions Improve Adiposity Outcomes in Young Adults? A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of Randomised Controlled Trials (RCTs), Newcastle, NSW, Australia (2020)
DOI 10.3390/proceedings2020043002
Co-authors Clare Collins, Lee Ashton, Megan Whatnall, Melinda Hutchesson
2019 Sharkey T, Hutchesson M, Whatnall M, Haslam R, Bezzina A, Aguiar E, et al., 'Effectiveness of behaviour change techniques used in nutrition interventions in young adults: systematic review and meta-analysis of randomised control trials', Gold Coast, Australia (2019)
DOI 10.1111/1747-0080.12567
Co-authors Melinda Hutchesson, Lee Ashton, Clare Collins, Megan Whatnall
Show 1 more conference
Edit

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 11
Bangladesh 2
United States 2
Switzerland 1
United Kingdom 1
Edit

Mr Aaron Bezzina

Position

Research Assistant
Office PVC - Health, Medicine and Wellbeing
College of Health, Medicine and Wellbeing

Contact Details

Email aaron.bezzina@newcastle.edu.au
Edit