Ms Cathy Harbury

Ms Cathy Harbury

Conjoint Lecturer

School of Health Sciences (Nutrition and Dietetics)

Career Summary


Cathy Harbury is a qualified and experienced clinician (AdvAPD) whose expertise and research interest are focused on the dietetic care of individuals with clinically significant obesity. She practises patient centred dietetics in a privately funded out-patient clinic. This includes supporting individuals undertaking weight loss surgery. 

As a conjoint lecturer of the Faculty of Health at the University of Newcastle she shares her expertise on patient centred care. She has completed a Graduate Certificate in Marketing, and was awarded the prize for excellence in post-graduate consumer behaviour. 

In 2011, she commenced part-time study as a Research Higher Degree candidate at the University of Newcastle under the supervision of Professor Clare Collins and Professor Robin Callister. Her thesis is focused on investigating the associations of nutrition knowledge and diet quality in an obese population and she has published some of her results and has presented at national and international conferences.  

Her opinion is sought for peer review and she is a committee member of the DAA Bariatric Surgery Interest Group. She is an active mentor for the APD mentoring program guiding new graduates from provisional to full APD status. In addition, she has supervised several 4th year Nutrition & Dietetic students on Independent Professional Placements.  

Her approach to dietetic practice is best described with three words; engage, encourage, empower. 


  • Graduate Diploma in Dietetics, Deakin University
  • Bachelor of Science, Deakin University
  • Graduate Certificate in Marketing, University of Newcastle
  • Post Graduate Certificate in Paediatric Nut & Diet, University of Melbourne


  • Clinical practice
  • Obesity
  • Weight loss surgery

Professional Experience

Professional appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
1/11/2006 - 31/7/2017 Bariatric Surgery Dietitian John Hunter Hospital/ Hunter New England Health
2/11/1998 - 29/2/2000 Eating Disorders Dietitian (part time) Centre for Psychotherapy
1/2/2007 -  Bariatric Surgery Dietitian Surgery Central
1/7/2002 - 30/6/2007 Paediatric Dietitian (casual) John Hunter Children Hospital
Nutrition and Dietetics


For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.

Journal article (3 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2019 Harbury C, Collins CE, Callister R, 'Diet quality is lower among adults with a BMI =40 kg m -2 or a history of weight loss surgery', Obesity Research and Clinical Practice, 13 197-204 (2019) [C1]
DOI 10.1016/j.orcp.2018.10.003
Citations Scopus - 3Web of Science - 2
Co-authors Robin Callister, Clare Collins
2018 Harbury CM, Callister R, Collins C, 'Nutrition "fat facts" are not common knowledge', Health Promotion Journal of Australia, 29 93-99 (2018) [C1]
DOI 10.1002/hpja.6
Citations Scopus - 1
Co-authors Clare Collins, Robin Callister
2016 Harbury CM, Verbruggen EE, Callister R, Collins CE, 'What do individuals with morbid obesity report as a usual dietary intake? A narrative review of available evidence', Clinical Nutrition ESPEN, 13 e15-e22 (2016) [C1]
DOI 10.1016/j.clnesp.2016.02.001
Citations Scopus - 4Web of Science - 3
Co-authors Robin Callister, Clare Collins

Conference (1 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2014 Harbury C, Verbruggen E, Collins CE, Callister R, 'The dietary intake of the morbidly obese: a systematic review', Nutrition and Dietetics, Brisbane, Australia (2014) [E3]
Co-authors Robin Callister, Clare Collins

Ms Cathy Harbury


Conjoint Lecturer
School of Health Sciences
College of Health, Medicine and Wellbeing

Focus area

Nutrition and Dietetics

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