Dr Lesley MacDonald-Wicks

Dr Lesley MacDonald-Wicks

Senior Lecturer

School of Health Sciences (Nutrition and Dietetics)

Real solutions, practical advice

A fascination with evidence (or lack thereof) kick-started Dr Lesley MacDonald-Wicks' journey into higher education.

“I actually started out wanting to study a double major in Biology and Chemistry – I was interested in complementary medicine.

“People have been using these remedies for thousands of years, but back then not many academics were doing any research to see whether there was any real evidence to say that it was working.

“But then when I sat down to look at the UON course guide, and I came across Nutrition and Dietetics and thought, ‘Actually, maybe that’s what I want to be studying’.”

After graduating from her undergraduate degree and working for a few years in clinical practise, Lesley came back to UON to undertake her PhD with Professor Manohar Garg.

“I have a long history of really enjoying studying.”

“My starting point was around dietary fat intake, and that's one of the cornerstones of my research - I've weaved in and out of that area throughout my career.

“But what my PhD really gave me was an interest in what has been successful in treating Chronic Disease.”

While exercise, nutrition and psychology are all vital areas to consider, we want the advice given to people to be based on rigorous scientific analysis and discussion rather than anecdotes.

“When it comes to the challenge of obesity and diabetes, we’re not really winning yet.”

This search for evidence for real, practical and effective advice is what motivates Lesley’s research, especially for mothers and their babies.

Gestational diabetes is the condition that occurs when a woman experiences high blood sugar levels throughout their pregnancy. While it’s not entirely driven by lifestyle factors, overweight and obese patients are more vulnerable.

The condition puts babies at a higher risk for a number of well described complications, but the effects on the mother, especially long term, can be side lined.

“What often happens is these women see their obstetrician six weeks after the birth and then no one mentions their condition again.

However, the reality is that the condition puts patients at an increased risk of going on to develop type 2 diabetes.

Lesley is looking for ways to help patients mitigate this risk. This involves extending patient care beyond the pregnancy, as well as ensuring pre-natal care is meeting individual patients’ needs.

The most important meal of the day?

Although eating breakfast is often encouraged as a means to boost metabolism and maintain weight loss, the systematic evidence is lacking.

“This is some of the major anecdotal based advice that many clinicians use, but the actual evidence isn’t there.

“It's plausible that eating breakfast will kick start your metabolism and reduce your need to eat at morning tea. And there’s evidence from longitudinal studies that people who eat less maintain their weight loss outcome for longer than others -  but why?

“These people who eat breakfast are probably more likely to eat a wide range of balanced foods. They’re likely to be in employment because they can afford to eat breakfast. They’re likely to have good organisational skills because they shop regularly.

“Are we just observing a clustering of these health-related behaviours?

“When we conduct randomised control trials, what we can do is pinpoint one thing and test against a controlled environment.”

There is good evidence for the Mediterranean way of eating

An extension of Lesley’s research interests is chronic disease prevention and treatment using diets such as the Mediterranean Diet.  “I’m interested in this dietary pattern as it has such good evidence that it works so well in the prevention and management of chronic disease, but why does it work?  I think it might be the type of dietary fat and antioxidants in this dietary pattern and the effect on oxidative stress.”

“What we eat can really nourish us and might stop the course of a disease path, managing or preventing the complications of chronic disease” and I am wondering if this is also true in mental health, especially in the area of cognitive decline in the elderly.

Starting on the right path

What underpins each of Lesley’s research interests is the search for practical and effective advice that can help people along their personal journey of chronic disease management.

“For many years, dietitians have educated people on what they needed to do - but that's not sufficient.

“We have to immerse ourselves in these people's lives and find the habits – eating and exercise- that are mitigatable and help them make those changes.

“That's hard! That's really hard work. For the patient and for the clinician.”

Real solutions, practical advice

A fascination with evidence (or lack therefore) kick started Dr Lesley MacDonald-Wick’s journey into higher education.

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Career Summary

Biography

Lesley is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Health Sciences (Nutrition and Dietetics) at the University of Newcastle, Australia and is an Advanced Accredited Practicing Dietitian (AdvAPD). She was awarded her PhD in Nutrition and Dietetics in 2003. The topic of the PhD was dietary fat intake and the impact on in vivo markers of antioxidant capacity and oxidative stress.  She has expertise in Lipid research, antioxidant capacity and oxidative stress.  Lesley extended her expertise more generally into the role of diet in influencing objective biomarkers in clinical nutrition and applied this in the fields of mother and infant nutrition and treatment of chronic disease.  She is now gaining recognition in the utility of the Mediterranean diet in the prevention and treatment of chronic diseases, including in mental illness. 

Lesley is also interested in knowledge translation frameworks in implementation science to best translate dietary evidence into practical application in peoples everyday life. 

Lesley has > 60 peer reviewed journal articles, supervises 9 Higher degree by research candidates (7 PhD and 2 Masters) and has a multi-discipline approach to her mentoring and student supervision.

Research Expertise
Dietary Lipids, antioxidant capacity, oxidative stress.  Diet and chronic disease.  Diet and mental health.

Teaching Expertise
Dietetic Practice.  Foodservice Management. Research : honours and HDR supervision.  Multi-disciplinary Health Practitioner training in supervising health professional students.

Administrative Expertise
Director of Professional Practice (Nutrition and Dietetics) 2002-2011; Program convenor Nutrition and Dietetics 2011-2013; SHS Honours Program Convenor 2015; SHS HDR Program Co-Convenor 2016

Collaborations
PRC Physical Activity and Nutrition; PRC Generational Health and Ageing; HMRI Public Health and Cardiovascular Disease
Lesley collaborates with quality nutrition scientists and dietitians from Australia, United States, United Kingdom, Malaysia, Ireland, Canada, Netherlands


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.


(135 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2017 Vincze L, Rollo ME, Hutchesson MJ, Burrows TL, MacDonald-Wicks L, Blumfield M, Collins CE, 'A cross sectional study investigating weight management motivations, methods and perceived healthy eating and physical activity influences in women up to five years following childbirth', MIDWIFERY, 49 124-133 (2017) [C1]
DOI 10.1016/j.midw.2017.01.003
Citations Web of Science - 1
Co-authors Melinda Hutchesson, Megan Rollo, Tracy Burrows, Clare Collins
2017 Mucheru D, Hanlon M-C, Campbell LE, McEvoy M, MacDonald-Wicks L, 'Social Dysfunction and Diet Outcomes in People with Psychosis.', Nutrients, 9 (2017)
DOI 10.3390/nu9010080
Co-authors Linda E Campbell, Mark Mcevoy, Mary-Claire Hanlon
2017 Mucheru DW, Hanlon M-C, McEvoy M, MacDonald-Wicks L, 'Comparative efficacy of lifestyle intervention strategies on weight outcomes in people with psychosis: a systematic review and network meta-analysis protocol.', JBI Database System Rev Implement Rep, 15 1593-1601 (2017)
DOI 10.11124/JBISRIR-2016-003121
Co-authors Mary-Claire Hanlon, Mark Mcevoy
2017 Jackson J, Patterson AJ, MacDonald-Wicks L, McEvoy M, 'The role of inorganic nitrate and nitrite in CVD.', Nutr Res Rev, 1-18 (2017)
DOI 10.1017/S0954422417000105
Citations Scopus - 1
Co-authors Jacklyn Jackson Uon, Amanda Patterson, Mark Mcevoy
2017 Rollo ME, Collins CE, MacDonald-Wicks L, 'Evaluation of the Introduction of an e-Health Skills Component for Dietetics Students.', Telemed J E Health, (2017)
DOI 10.1089/tmj.2016.0250
Co-authors Megan Rollo, Clare Collins
2017 Berthon BS, Gibson PG, Wood LG, MacDonald-Wicks LK, Baines KJ, 'A sputum gene expression signature predicts oral corticosteroid response¿in¿asthma.', Eur Respir J, 49 (2017)
DOI 10.1183/13993003.00180-2017
Citations Web of Science - 1
Co-authors Lisa Wood, Peter Gibson
2017 Halnes I, Baines KJ, Berthon BS, MacDonald-Wicks LK, Gibson PG, Wood LG, 'Soluble Fibre Meal Challenge Reduces Airway Inflammation and Expression of GPR43 and GPR41 in Asthma.', Nutrients, 9 (2017)
DOI 10.3390/nu9010057
Citations Scopus - 2Web of Science - 2
Co-authors Lisa Wood, Katherine Baines, Peter Gibson
2017 Quatela A, Callister R, Patterson AJ, McEvoy M, MacDonald-Wicks LK, 'Breakfast Cereal Consumption and Obesity Risk amongst the Mid-Age Cohort of the Australian Longitudinal Study on Women's Health.', Healthcare (Basel), 5 (2017)
DOI 10.3390/healthcare5030049
Co-authors Amanda Patterson, Robin Callister, Mark Mcevoy
2017 Reeves AJ, McEvoy MA, MacDonald-Wicks LK, Barker D, Attia J, Hodge AM, Patterson AJ, 'Calculation of Haem Iron Intake and Its Role in the Development of Iron Deficiency in Young Women from the Australian Longitudinal Study on Women's Health', NUTRIENTS, 9 (2017) [C1]
DOI 10.3390/nu9050515
Co-authors Mark Mcevoy, Amanda Patterson, John Attia
2017 Yang WY, Burrows T, MacDonald-Wicks L, Williams LT, Collins CE, Chee WSS, Colyvas K, 'Body Weight Status and Dietary Intakes of Urban Malay Primary School Children: Evidence from the Family Diet Study', CHILDREN-BASEL, 4 (2017) [C1]
DOI 10.3390/children4010005
Co-authors Kim Colyvas, Clare Collins, Tracy Burrows, Lauren Williams
2017 Jackson J, MacDonald-Wicks L, Patterson A, McEvoy M, 'What is the role of inorganic nitrate and nitrite in cardiovascular disease: A Systematic Review of Human Evidence', What is the role of inorganic nitrate and nitrite in cardiovascular disease: A Systematic Review of Human Evidence (2017)
Co-authors Amanda Patterson, Jacklyn Jackson Uon
2017 Rollo M, Macdonald-Wicks L, Burrows T, Hutchesson MJ, Collins C, Kerr D, Truby H, 'Telehealth practices of Australian dietitians', Nutrition & Dietetics (2017)
Co-authors Clare Collins, Megan Rollo, Tracy Burrows, Melinda Hutchesson
2017 Rollo ME, MacDonald-Wicks L, Collins CE, 'Evaluation of the introduction of eHealth skills training for dietetic students', Nutrition & Dietetics (2017)
Co-authors Megan Rollo, Clare Collins
2016 Barnes RA, Wong T, Ross GP, Jalaludin BB, Wong VW, Smart CE, et al., 'A novel validated model for the prediction of insulin therapy initiation and adverse perinatal outcomes in women with gestational diabetes mellitus', Diabetologia, 59 2331-2338 (2016) [C1]

© 2016, Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg. Aims/hypothesis: Identifying women with gestational diabetes mellitus who are more likely to require insulin therapy vs medical nutri... [more]

© 2016, Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg. Aims/hypothesis: Identifying women with gestational diabetes mellitus who are more likely to require insulin therapy vs medical nutrition therapy (MNT) alone would allow risk stratification and early triage to be incorporated into risk-based models of care. The aim of this study was to develop and validate a model to predict therapy type (MNT or MNT plus insulin [MNT+I]) for women with gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM). Methods: Analysis was performed of de-identified prospectively collected data (1992¿2015) from women diagnosed with GDM by criteria in place since 1991 and formally adopted and promulgated as part of the more detailed 1998 Australasian Diabetes in Pregnancy Society management guidelines. Clinically relevant variables predictive of insulin therapy by univariate analysis were dichotomised and included in a multivariable regression model. The model was tested in a separate clinic population. Results: In 3317 women, seven dichotomised significant independent predictors of insulin therapy were maternal age > 30¿years, family history of diabetes, pre-pregnancy obesity (BMI =30¿kg/m 2 ), prior GDM, early diagnosis of GDM ( < 24¿weeks gestation), fasting venous blood glucose level (=5.3¿mmol/l) and HbA 1c at GDM diagnosis =5.5% (=37¿mmol/mol). The requirement for MNT+I could be estimated according to the number of predictors present: 85.7¿93.1% of women with 6¿7 predictors required MNT+I compared with 9.3¿14.7% of women with 0¿1 predictors. This model predicted the likelihood of several adverse outcomes, including Caesarean delivery, early delivery, large for gestational age and an abnormal postpartum OGTT. The model was validated in a separate clinic population. Conclusions/interpretation: This validated model has been shown to predict therapy type and the likelihood of several adverse perinatal outcomes in women with GDM.

DOI 10.1007/s00125-016-4047-8
Citations Web of Science - 1
Co-authors Clare Collins
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, 22 287-294 (2016) [C1]

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

© 2016 The College of Radiographers 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 Cath Johnston, Helen Warren-Forward, Yolanda Surjan, Caroline Hills, Daphne James
2016 Ballantyne D, Scott H, MacDonald-Wicks L, Gibson PG, Wood LG, 'Resistin is a predictor of asthma risk and resistin:adiponectin ratio is a negative predictor of lung function in asthma', Clinical and Experimental Allergy, 46 1056-1065 (2016) [C1]

© 2016 John Wiley & Sons Ltd Background: Adipokines, such as resistin and adiponectin, modify inflammation and may contribute to increased asthma risk and severity in obese peo... [more]

© 2016 John Wiley & Sons Ltd Background: Adipokines, such as resistin and adiponectin, modify inflammation and may contribute to increased asthma risk and severity in obese people. Objective: To examine plasma resistin and resistin:adiponectin ratio (i) in asthmatics compared to healthy controls, (ii) according to asthma severity, obesity and gender (iii) following weight loss in obese asthmatics. Methods: In a cross-sectional observational study of asthmatic adults (n = 96) and healthy controls (n = 46), plasma resistin and adiponectin were measured. In a separate intervention study, obese asthmatic adults (n = 27) completed a 10-week weight loss intervention and plasma resistin and adiponectin concentrations were analysed. Results: Plasma resistin and resistin:adiponectin ratio were higher in asthma compared to controls and were higher again in subjects with a severe vs. mild-to-moderate asthma pattern. Amongst asthmatic subjects, resistin was not modified by gender or obesity, while adiponectin was lower in males and obese subjects. As a result, resistin:adiponectin ratio was higher in obese males, non-obese males and obese females, compared to non-obese females. In a logistic regression model, plasma resistin concentration was a predictor of asthma risk. In a multiple linear regression model, plasma resistin:adiponectin ratio was a negative predictor of FEV 1 in asthma. Following weight loss, neither resistin, adiponectin nor resistin:adiponectin ratio was changed. However, the change (¿) in %body fat was associated with ¿ resistin:adiponectin ratio. Post-intervention ¿ resistin was negatively correlated with both ¿FRC and ¿RV. Conclusion and clinical relevance: This study demonstrates that resistin and resistin:adiponectin ratio are higher in asthma and are higher again in subjects who have more severe disease. Resistin:adiponectin ratio is highest in obese male asthmatics. As resistin is a predictor of asthma risk and resistin:adiponectin is a predictor of FEV 1 in asthma, these adipokines may be contributing to the obese asthma phenotype, thus providing a potential therapeutic target for obese asthma.

DOI 10.1111/cea.12742
Citations Scopus - 5Web of Science - 3
Co-authors Lisa Wood, Hayley Scott, Peter Gibson
2016 Yang WY, Burrows T, MacDonald-Wicks L, Williams LT, Collins CE, Chee WSS, 'The Family Diet Study: a cross-sectional study into the associations between diet, food habits and body weight status in Malay families', Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics, 29 441-448 (2016) [C1]

© 2016 The British Dietetic Association Ltd. Background: Childhood obesity is becoming more common as Malaysia experiences rapid nutrition transition. Current evidence related to... [more]

© 2016 The British Dietetic Association Ltd. Background: Childhood obesity is becoming more common as Malaysia experiences rapid nutrition transition. Current evidence related to parental influences on child dietary intake and body weight status is limited. The present study aimed to report, among Malay families, the prevalence of energy mis-reporting and dietary relationships within family dyads. Methods: The cross-sectional Family Diet Study (n = 236) was conducted at five primary schools in central of Peninsular Malaysia. Each family consisted of a Malay child, aged 8¿12 years, and their main caregiver(s). Information on socio-demographics, dietary intake and anthropometry were collected. Correlations and regression analyses were used to assess dietary relationships within family dyads. Results: Approximately 29.6% of the children and 75.0% parents were categorised as being overweight or obese. Intakes of nutrients and food groups were below the national recommended targets for majority of children and adults. A large proportion of energy intake mis-reporters were identified: mothers (55.5%), fathers (40.2%) and children (40.2%). Children's body mass index (BMI) was positively associated with parental BMI (fathers, r = 0.37; mothers, r = 0.34; P < 0.01). For dietary intakes, moderate-to-strong (0.35¿0.72) and weak-to-moderate (0.16¿0.35) correlations were found between mother¿father and child¿parent dyads, respectively. Multiple regression revealed that maternal percentage energy from fat (ß = 0.09, P < 0.01) explained 81% of the variation in children's fat intake. Conclusions: Clear parental dietary relationships, especially child¿mother dyads, were found. Despite a significant proportion of families with members who were overweight or obese, the majority reported dietary intakes below recommended levels, distorted by energy mis-reporting. The findings of the present study can inform interventions targeting parent¿child relationships to improve family dietary patterns in Malaysia.

DOI 10.1111/jhn.12356
Citations Web of Science - 1
Co-authors Tracy Burrows, Lauren Williams, Clare Collins
2016 Ferguson JJA, Stojanovski E, MacDonald-Wicks L, Garg ML, 'Fat type in phytosterol products influence their cholesterol-lowering potential: A systematic review and meta-analysis of RCTs', Progress in Lipid Research, 64 16-29 (2016) [C1]

© 2016 Elsevier B.V. The most common form of phytosterol (PS) fortified foods are fat spreads and dairy products. The predominant fats used are soybean/sunflower (SS) or rapeseed... [more]

© 2016 Elsevier B.V. The most common form of phytosterol (PS) fortified foods are fat spreads and dairy products. The predominant fats used are soybean/sunflower (SS) or rapeseed/canola (RC) oils and animal fat (D) in dairy products. This review aimed to investigate whether the carrier fat is a determinant of the hypocholesterolaemic effects of PS fortified foods. Databases were searched using relevant keywords and published RCTs from 1990 investigating the effects of dietary PS intervention (=¿1.5¿g per day) on total cholesterol and LDL-C were included. After methodological quality assessment and data extraction, a total of 32 RCTs (RC, n¿=¿15; SS, n¿=¿9; D, n¿=¿8) were included. As expected, all fat groups significantly reduced TC and LDL-C (p¿ < ¿0.01). When compared across different carrier fats, RC as the main carrier fat, reduced LDL-C significantly more than the SS spreads (p¿=¿0.01). Therefore, a combination of monounsaturated fatty acid rich spread with adequate amounts of omega-3 fatty acids (as evident in RC spreads) may be the superior carrier fat for the delivery of PS for optimal blood cholesterol-lowering. The findings of this research provide useful evidence for optimising the hypocholesterolaemic effects of PS and support further investigation into the possible mechanisms behind these findings.

DOI 10.1016/j.plipres.2016.08.002
Citations Scopus - 4Web of Science - 3
Co-authors Manohar Garg, Elizabeth Stojanovski
2016 Quatela A, Callister, patterson, Macdonald-Wicks, 'The Energy Content and Composition of Meals Consumed after an Overnight Fast and Their Effects on Diet Induced Thermogenesis: A Systematic Review, Meta-Analyses and Meta-Regressions', Nutrients, 8 (2016) [C1]
DOI 10.3390/nu8110670
Citations Scopus - 2Web of Science - 2
Co-authors Robin Callister, Amanda Patterson
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) [C1]

© 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
Citations Scopus - 5Web of Science - 4
Co-authors Jacklyn Jackson Uon, Amanda Patterson, Mark Mcevoy
2016 Olliver M, Veysey M, Lucock M, Niblett S, King K, MacDonald-Wicks L, Garg ML, 'Erythrocyte omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acid levels are associated with biomarkers of inflammation in older Australians', Journal of Nutrition and Intermediary Metabolism, 5 61-69 (2016) [C1]

© 2016 The Authors Background Elevated levels of pro-inflammatory mediators heighten the risk of developing or aggravating a spectrum of chronic diseases and are a strong predict... [more]

© 2016 The Authors Background Elevated levels of pro-inflammatory mediators heighten the risk of developing or aggravating a spectrum of chronic diseases and are a strong predictor of mortality in elderly cohorts. Omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (n-3PUFA), including eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), are known to possess anti-inflammatory properties. However, the relationship between erythrocyte membrane n-3PUFA and inflammation biomarkers has not been well established. Objective This study aimed to determine if n-3PUFA status, together with the omega-3 index (O3I, erythrocyte membrane % EPA plus DHA), is associated with pro-inflammatory mediators in older Australians. Methods The study was a cross-sectional analysis of randomly selected older men and women aged =65 years (n¿=¿620) recruited from the Central Coast of NSW, Australia. Fasted blood samples were analysed for C-reactive protein (CRP), fibrinogen and full blood count using standardised laboratory methods. The fatty acid composition of erythrocyte membranes was analysed via gas chromatography to determine n-3PUFA levels. The relationships between n-3PUFA and inflammatory mediators were evaluated in multivariate regression models after adjusting for known inflammatory confounders. Results After excluding participants who had an inflammatory disease, CRP levels > 10¿mg/L, or who were taking anti-inflammatory medications or n-3PUFA supplements, 126 participants (age 77.6¿±¿7.3 years; females, 46%) were included in the analysis. After multivariate adjustments, O3I was inversely associated with CRP (ß¿=¿-0.209, p¿ < ¿0.05) and monocyte cell counts (ß¿=¿-0.205, p¿ < ¿0.05), and total n-3PUFA was inversely related to WBC (ß¿=¿-0.238, p¿ < ¿0.05), neutrophils (ß¿=¿-0.212, p¿ < ¿0.05) and monocytes (ß¿=¿-0.246, p¿ < ¿0.05). However no association between fibrinogen and O3I or total n-3PUFA was detected. Conclusions This study demonstrated a negative association between O3I and biomarkers of inflammation in an older population. The findings support a potential role for n-3PUFA supplementation in the management of inflammatory diseases.

DOI 10.1016/j.jnim.2016.03.002
Co-authors Manohar Garg, Martin Veysey, Mark Lucock, Katrina King
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) [C1]

© 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
Citations Scopus - 3
Co-authors Katrina King, Mark Lucock, Manohar Garg, Martin Veysey
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) [C1]

© 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
Citations Web of Science - 1
Co-authors Clare Collins, Megan Rollo
2016 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, 73 312-320 (2016) [C1]

© 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, Clare Collins, Roger Smith, Alexis Hure, Li K Chai
2016 Perram A, Hills C, Johnston C, MacDonald-Wicks L, Surjan Y, James D, Warren-Forward H, 'Characteristics of an ideal practice educator: Perspectives from undergraduate students in diagnostic radiography, nuclear medicine, nutrition and dietetics, occupational therapy, physiotherapy and radiation therapy', Radiography, 22 295-305 (2016) [C1]

© 2016 The College of Radiographers Background Practice education is a core component of undergraduate health programs, with the characteristics of the practice educator reported... [more]

© 2016 The College of Radiographers Background Practice education is a core component of undergraduate health programs, with the characteristics of the practice educator reported to have an influence on student experience during practical. This study analyses Australian student perceptions from six allied health professional undergraduate programs, to identify the characteristics of the ideal practice educator leading to successful placement experiences. Methods An existing survey developed for medical students was modified to incorporate both quantitative and qualitative responses. Participants included all students enrolled in six undergraduate health professions in the School of Health Sciences at the University of Newcastle, Australia (n = 1485). Students were invited to complete the survey via hard copy or online. Results There was a 54% response rate. The most valued characteristics were non-judgemental, clarity and feedback. The three least valued characteristics were scholarly activity, role model and practices evidence base practice. Students identified the importance of their relationship (respectful, inspirational and supportive) with the practice educator as being fundamental to a productive placement. Conclusion The characteristics identified by respondents were common to all six professions, with little differences between gender, year of program or number of placements completed. This study suggests that the attitude of the practice educator towards the student is one of the key factors that underpin the success of practice experience across allied health professions.

DOI 10.1016/j.radi.2016.04.007
Co-authors Yolanda Surjan, Helen Warren-Forward, Cath Johnston, Caroline Hills, Daphne James
2016 Hunter S, Johnston CL, Rasiah R, Roberts E, O'Toole G, MacDonald- Wicks L, Newstead C, 'Healthcare students learning together to promote the health of older people' (2016)
Co-authors Elysa Roberts, Cath Johnston, Rohan Rasiah, Gjyn Otoole, Sharyn Hunter
2016 Hunter S, Johnston C, Rasiah, Roberts E, O'Toole G, MacDonald-Wicks L, Newstead C, 'Healthy ageing as a vehicle for interprofessional education: Nursing Students' expereince' (2016)
Co-authors Gjyn Otoole, Rohan Rasiah, Elysa Roberts, Sharyn Hunter, Cath Johnston
2016 Quatela A, Patterson A, Callister R, McEvoy M, MacDonald-Wicks L, 'BREAKFAST CEREAL CONSUMPTION AND INCIDENT OBESITY: 12 YEARS ANALYSES OF THE AUSTRALIAN LONGITUDINAL STUDY ON WOMEN'S HEALTH' (2016)
Co-authors Amanda Patterson, Robin Callister
2016 Quatela A, Patterson A, Callister R, McEvoy M, MacDonald-Wicks L, 'IS BREAKFAST CEREAL CONSUMPTION AN EFFECTIVE STRATEGY TO PREVENT DIABETES FOR MID-AGE AUSTRALIAN WOMEN?' (2016)
Co-authors Amanda Patterson, Robin Callister
2016 Quatela A, Callister R, Patterson A, McEvoy M, MacDonald-Wicks L, 'Breakfast cereal consumption and incident Diabetes Mellitus: Results from 12 years of the Australian Longitudinal Study on Women¿s Health' (2016)
Co-authors Robin Callister, Amanda Patterson
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 (2016)
Co-authors Peter Gibson
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 adh... [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 (× 10 9 /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 - 5Web of Science - 5
Co-authors Peter Gibson, Lisa Wood, Patrick Mcelduff
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 - 5Web of Science - 5
Co-authors Amanda Patterson
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 ¿ < sup > 2 < /sup > 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 traini ng 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
Citations Scopus - 1Web of Science - 1
Co-authors Ron Plotnikoff, Suzanne Snodgrass, Samantha Ashby, Clare Collins, Ashley Kable, 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
Citations Scopus - 5Web of Science - 3
Co-authors Alexis Hure, Roger Smith, Clare Collins
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.

Citations Scopus - 1
Co-authors Tracy Burrows, Lauren Williams, Clare Collins
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 System Rev Implement Rep, 13 88-98 (2015)
DOI 10.11124/jbisrir-2015-1812
Co-authors Megan Rollo, Roger Smith, Melinda Hutchesson, 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/m 2 ) and parity is associated wi... [more]

© 2015 by the authors; licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland. Overweight and obesity is prevalent among women of reproductive age (42% BMI > 25 kg/m 2 ) 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/m 2 (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
Citations Scopus - 4Web of Science - 5
Co-authors 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.

Citations Scopus - 2
Co-authors Leanne Brown, Kelly Squires
2015 Yang W, Burrows TL, MacDonald-Wicks L, Williams LT, Collins C, Chee W, 'Dietary intake and body weight status of urban Malay primary school children', 21st Malaysian Dietitians Association National Conference 2015 (2015) [E3]
Co-authors Lauren Williams, Clare Collins, Tracy Burrows
2015 Yang W, Burrows TL, MacDonald-WIcks L, Williams LT, Collins C, Chee WSS, 'Prevalence of energy intake mis-reporting in Malay children and their parents ¿ findings from The Family Diet Study', 9th International Conference on Diet and Activity Methods (2015) [E3]
Co-authors Tracy Burrows, Lauren Williams, Clare Collins
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 Sharyn Hunter, Elysa Roberts, Rohan Rasiah, Cath Johnston, 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 Melinda Hutchesson, Leanne Brown, Amanda Patterson
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 Melinda Hutchesson, Amanda Patterson, 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 Mark Mcevoy, Patrick Mcelduff, Martin Veysey, Amanda Patterson
2015 Hunter S, Johnston C, Rasiah, Roberts E, O'Toole, MacDonald-Wicks, Newstead C, 'Promoting healthy ageing with interprofessional education' (2015)
Co-authors Elysa Roberts, Gjyn Otoole, Sharyn Hunter, Cath Johnston, Rohan Rasiah
2015 Quatela A, Callister R, Patterson A, MacDonald-Wicks L, 'What it is not known of the effect of fat intake at breakfast on DIT.' (2015)
Co-authors Amanda Patterson, Robin Callister
2015 Quatela A, Callister R, Patterson A, MacDonald-Wicks L, 'The effect of breakfast size and frequency on diet induced thermogenesis.' (2015)
Co-authors Amanda Patterson, Robin Callister
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 Amanda Patterson, Melinda Hutchesson, Leanne Brown
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 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 - 2Web of Science - 2
Co-authors Lauren Williams, Tracy Burrows, Clare Collins
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 - 11Web of Science - 10
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 - 2Web of Science - 2
Co-authors Tracy Burrows, Lauren Williams, Clare Collins
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 Sarah Walmsley, 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 mas... [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 - 7Web of Science - 6
Co-authors Roger Smith, Clare Collins, Alexis Hure
2014 Drever J, Veysey M, Lucock MD, Niblett S, King K, MacDonald-Wicks L, Garg ML, 'Association between n-3 PUFA and blood lipid profile in older Australians.', Journal of Nutrition & Intermediary Metabolism, 1 31-31 (2014)
Co-authors Martin Veysey, Mark Lucock, Katrina King, Manohar Garg
2014 Abbott K, Veysey M, Lucock MD, Niblett S, King K, MacDonald-Wicks L, Garg ML, 'N-3 pufa status is inversely associated with type 2 diabetes mellitus in older Australians.', Journal of Nutrition & Intermediary Metabolism, 1 31-31 (2014)
Co-authors Martin Veysey, Manohar Garg, Katrina King, Mark Lucock
2014 Olliver M, Veysey M, Lucock MD, Niblett S, King K, MacDonald-Wicks L, Garg ML, 'Erythrocyte n-3pufa levels predict inflammatory status in older Australians.', Journal of Nutrition & Intermediary Metabolism, 1 10-10 (2014)
Co-authors Katrina King, Martin Veysey, Manohar Garg, Mark Lucock
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, Melinda Hutchesson, Megan Rollo, Tracy Burrows
2014 Johnston C, Brown LJ, Wakely L, 'Would iPads Assist Students on Clinical Placement?', ANZAHPE 2014 Conference Handbook & Program (2014) [E3]
Co-authors Cath Johnston, Leanne Brown, Luke Wakely
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 Sarah Walmsley, 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 Lisa Wood, Peter Gibson
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, Alexis Hure, Clare Collins, Li K Chai
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, Alexis Hure, 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 - 56Web of Science - 56
Co-authors Clare Collins, Roger Smith, 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 - 22Web of Science - 22
Co-authors Peter Gibson, Lisa Wood
2013 Burrows T, Patterson A, Bacon A, Mitchell L, Wicks L, Baines S, Williams LT, 'Client satisfaction and weight loss outcomes of student centred dietetic outpatient clinics', Obesity Research and Clinical Practice, 7 e421-e430 (2013) [C1]
DOI 10.1016/j.orcp.2012.05.003
Co-authors Amanda Patterson, Surinder Baines, Tracy Burrows, Lauren Williams
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 Pauline Chiarelli, Cath Johnston, Sarah Walmsley
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 Lisa Wood, Peter Gibson
2013 Johnston CL, Newstead CJ, MacDonald-Wicks L, 'Supervising challenging students on clinical placement.', ( pp.186): ANZAHPE (2013)
Co-authors Cath Johnston
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)

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© 2012, Joanna Briggs Institute. All rights reserved. Review Question/Objective: The objective is to identify and assess the effectiveness of tools and methods of teaching communication skills to health professional students in undergraduate and postgraduate programs, to facilitate communication in hospitals, nursing homes and mental health institutions.

Citations Scopus - 1
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 - 38Web of Science - 35
Co-authors Roger Smith, Alexis Hure, Clare Collins
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]
DOI 10.1111/j.1753-4887.2012.00481.x
Citations Scopus - 38Web of Science - 32
Co-authors Clare Collins, Alexis Hure, Roger Smith
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 - 8Web of Science - 7
Co-authors Alison Zucca, Erica James, Allison Boyes
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 - 5Web of Science - 5
2012 MacDonald-Wicks L, Levett-Jones T, 'Effective teaching of communication to health professional undergraduate and postgraduate students: A Systematic Review.', JBI Libr Syst Rev, 10 1-12 (2012)
DOI 10.11124/jbisrir-2012-327
Co-authors Tracy Levett-Jones
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 - 10Web of Science - 10
Co-authors Clare Collins, Roger Smith, Alexis Hure
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 Clare Collins, Lauren Williams, Alexis Hure, Tracy Burrows, Surinder Baines, Melinda Hutchesson
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 Clare Collins, Roger Smith, Alexis Hure
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 Tracy Burrows, Lauren Williams, Clare Collins, Alexis Hure, Melinda Hutchesson, Surinder Baines
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 Roger Smith, Clare Collins, Alexis Hure
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 Tracy Burrows, Lauren Williams, Clare Collins, Surinder Baines, Alexis Hure, Melinda Hutchesson
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 Jenna Hollis, Surinder Baines, Clare Collins, Melinda Hutchesson, Lauren Williams
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, Caroline Hills
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, Alexis Hure, Surinder Baines, Melinda Hutchesson, Tracy Burrows, Lauren Williams
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 - 25Web of Science - 24
Co-authors Roger Smith, Alexis Hure, Clare Collins, Amanda Patterson
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 - 4
Co-authors Leanne Brown, Lauren Williams
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 - 11Web of Science - 11
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
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 Roger Smith, Alexis Hure, 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 Clare Collins, Roger Smith, 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 Amanda Patterson, Tracy Burrows, Surinder Baines, Melinda Hutchesson, Lauren Williams, Alexis Hure, Clare Collins
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 Surinder Baines, Amanda Patterson, Tracy Burrows, Lauren Williams
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 Roger Smith, Clare Collins, Amanda Patterson, Alexis Hure
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 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 - 16Web of Science - 15
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 Kirsti Haracz, Cath Johnston
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 Alexis Hure, Amanda Patterson, Clare Collins, Roger Smith
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 - 21Web of Science - 18
Co-authors Manohar Garg
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, Garg ML, 'Oxidised LDL and antioxidants in atherosclerosis', Biochemistry of Atherosclerosis, Springer, Berlin 519-541 (2006) [B1]
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 - 167Web of Science - 139
Co-authors Manohar Garg, Lisa Wood
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, Clare Collins
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 - 78Web of Science - 72
Co-authors Robin Callister, Manohar Garg
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 - 47Web of Science - 43
Co-authors Manohar Garg
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 Lauren Williams, Clare Collins
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 - 18Web of Science - 17
Co-authors Manohar Garg
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 Robin Callister, Manohar Garg
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 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 - 19Web of Science - 15
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 Manohar Garg, Robin Callister
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 Clare Collins, Lauren Williams
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 Robin Callister, 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 - 17Web of Science - 14
Co-authors Manohar Garg
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, '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 - 45Web of Science - 33
Co-authors Clare Collins
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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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants 14
Total funding $674,582

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20176 grants / $247,000

Our Health Rules!$160,000

Funding body: Department of Social Security

Funding body Department of Social Security
Project Team

Kerrell Bourne, Anne Hills, Lesley MacDonald-Wicks

Scheme Communities for Children Strategy
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2017
Funding Finish 2019
GNo
Type Of Funding Other Public Sector - Commonwealth
Category 2OPC
UON N

Professional placements for Nutrition and Dietetics and Physiotherapy students in Cambodia$33,000

Funding body: Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

Funding body Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
Project Team

Dr Lesley MacDonald-Wicks; Dr Catherine Johnston; Associate Professor Tracy Burrows

Scheme The New Colombo Plan Mobility Program
Role Lead
Funding Start 2017
Funding Finish 2017
GNo
Type Of Funding Other Public Sector - Commonwealth
Category 2OPC
UON N

Evidence check on dietary patterns and cardiovascular disease outcomes$26,000

Funding body: The Sax Institute

Funding body The Sax Institute
Project Team Professor Clare Collins, Doctor Megan Rollo, Associate Professor Tracy Burrows, Doctor Tracy Schumacher, Doctor Lesley MacDonald-Wicks, Doctor Amanda Patterson
Scheme Project Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2017
Funding Finish 2017
GNo G1700018
Type Of Funding Other Public Sector - State
Category 2OPS
UON Y

The role of dietary inorganic nitrate and nitrite in cardiovascular disease prevention$20,000

Funding body: Hunter Medical Research Institute

Funding body Hunter Medical Research Institute
Project Team Associate Professor Mark McEvoy, Doctor Lesley MacDonald-Wicks, Doctor Amanda Patterson, Miss Jacklyn Jackson, Professor Walter Willett, Professor Jonathan Hodgson
Scheme Project Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2017
Funding Finish 2017
GNo G1700847
Type Of Funding Grant - Aust Non Government
Category 3AFG
UON Y

Optimising lipid-lowering ability of dietary phytosterols for reducing cardiovascular disease risk$5,000

Funding body: Hunter Medical Research Institute

Funding body Hunter Medical Research Institute
Project Team Professor Manohar Garg, Doctor Lesley MacDonald-Wicks, Doctor Elizabeth Stojanovski
Scheme Postgraduate Research Scholarship
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2017
Funding Finish 2017
GNo G1700528
Type Of Funding Grant - Aust Non Government
Category 3AFG
UON Y

Advanced Leadership Program$3,000

Funding body: National Excellence in Educational Leadership Initiative (NEELI)

Funding body National Excellence in Educational Leadership Initiative (NEELI)
Project Team

Dr Lesley MacDonald-Wicks

Scheme Higher Education Advanced leadership Program Online
Role Lead
Funding Start 2017
Funding Finish 2018
GNo
Type Of Funding Other Public Sector - State
Category 2OPS
UON N

20151 grants / $220,000

Our Health Rules$220,000

A community health activity facilitating access for vulnerable and disadvantaged families to a range of evidence based/ evidence informed programs including Eat it to Beat it, Stir it Up and Back to Basics. The activity will be coordinated by a Community Dietitian from University of Newcastle utilizing dietetics students to extend capacity, train and support community nutrition volunteers.  The program will be evaluated against specified KPIs and published in peer review journals.

Funding body: Department of Social Serivces

Funding body Department of Social Serivces
Project Team

Dr Lesley MacDonald-Wicks , Alan Hayes (Director, Family Action Centre) Kerrell Bourne (Manager Community services, Family Action Centre), Alison Harwood (Project manager, tCfC The Smith Family)

Scheme The Communities for Children (tCfC)
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2015
Funding Finish 2017
GNo
Type Of Funding Other Public Sector - Commonwealth
Category 2OPC
UON N

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, Associate Professor 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, Laureate 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
Current8

Total current UON EFTSL

Masters0.35
PhD1.7

Current Supervision

Commenced Level of Study Research Title Program Supervisor Type
2017 PhD Synergistic Effects of Phytosterols and Curcumin on Cardiovascular Risk Factors in Hyperlipidaemic Individuals PhD (Nutritional Biochemistry), Faculty of Health and Medicine, The University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor
2017 PhD A Healthy Living Program for Australians Living with Psychosis PhD (Nutrition & Dietetics), Faculty of Health and Medicine, The University of Newcastle Principal Supervisor
2017 Masters A Mixed Method Study to Explore the Efficacy and Utilisation of Functional Mobility Equipment and its Impact on Independence for People with Grade II and III Obesity M Philosophy (Occupat Therapy), Faculty of Health and Medicine, The University of Newcastle Principal Supervisor
2016 PhD Promoting Healthy Eating and Appropriate Weight Gain in Pregnancy PhD (Nutrition & Dietetics), 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
2014 Masters Head Moulding in Preterm Infants: Incidence, Severity and Risk Factor M Philosophy (Physiotherapy), 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 70
Malaysia 5
New Zealand 4
United Kingdom 2
Ireland 2
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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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