Miss Megan Whatnall

Miss Megan Whatnall

Research student

Career Summary

Biography

Megan is a PhD candidate (Nutrition & Dietetics) in the School of Health Sciences, and Priority Research Centre for Physical Activity and Nutrition (PRC-PAN). Megan was awarded her Bachelor of Nutrition and Dietetics with Honours Class I from the University of Newcastle in 2015, and is an Accredited Practising Dietitian (APD). Her PhD research focuses on the eating behaviours of young adult university students, and developing and evaluating an innovative and technology based nutrition intervention to improve eating behaviours. Megan also works as a Research Assistant and a Casual Academic in the Faculty of Health and Medicine.

Keywords

  • Behaviour Change
  • Nutrition and Dietetics
  • Public Health Nutrition
  • Young Adult's Health
  • eHealth

Fields of Research

Code Description Percentage
111199 Nutrition and Dietetics not elsewhere classified 100

Professional Experience

Membership

Dates Title Organisation / Department
17/11/2017 -  Committee Member - Nutrition Society of Australia Newcastle Branch Nutrition Society Australia
Australia
1/03/2016 -  Membership - Nutrition Society of Australia Nutrition Society of Australia
Australia
1/02/2016 -  Membership - Dietitians Association of Australia Dietitians Association of Australia

Professional appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
1/06/2017 - 30/04/2018 Casual Research Assistant Faculty of Health and Medicine, University of Newcastle
School of Medicine and Public Health
Australia
1/04/2016 - 30/09/2016 Go4Fun Program Leader - Nutrition Central Coast Local Health District, NSW Health
Australia
1/03/2016 -  Casual Research Assistant Faculty of Health and Medicine, University of Newcastle
School of Health Sciences
Australia

Awards

Research Award

Year Award
2018 School of Health Sciences Staff Award. Health and Safety Excellence. Awarded to the Student Healthy Lifestyle Group.
School of Health Sciences, Faculty of Health and Medicine, University of Newcastle
2017 2017 Best Publication in the Nutrition and Dietetics Theme (Priority Research Centre for Physical Activity and Nutrition)
The University of Newcastle
2016 Student Travel Grant
Nutrition Society of Australia

Scholarship

Year Award
2016 University of Newcastle Research Scholarship
The University of Newcastle

Teaching

Code Course Role Duration
NUDI2200 Nutrition 2
Faculty of Health and Medicine, University of Newcastle
Tutor 30/07/2018 - 30/11/2018
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Publications

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


Journal article (8 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2019 Whatnall M, Patterson A, Hutchesson M, 'A Brief Web-Based Nutrition Intervention for Young Adult University Students: Development and Evaluation Protocol Using the PRECEDE-PROCEED Model.', JMIR research protocols, 8 e11992 (2019)
DOI 10.2196/11992
Co-authors Melinda Hutchesson, Amanda Patterson
2019 Tan M, Brown LJ, Mathews KI, Whatnall MC, Hutchesson MJ, MacDonald-Wicks LK, Patterson AJ, 'Rural versus urban women: An examination of anthropometry and body composition.', Aust J Rural Health, 27 70-77 (2019)
DOI 10.1111/ajr.12466
Co-authors Melinda Hutchesson, Leanne Brown, Lesley Wicks, Amanda Patterson
2019 Whatnall MC, Patterson AJ, Burrows TL, Hutchesson MJ, 'Higher diet quality in university students is associated with higher academic achievement: a cross-sectional study.', J Hum Nutr Diet, (2019)
DOI 10.1111/jhn.12632
Co-authors Tracy Burrows, Amanda Patterson, Melinda Hutchesson
2018 Whatnall MC, Patterson AJ, Ashton LM, Hutchesson MJ, 'Effectiveness of brief nutrition interventions on dietary behaviours in adults: A systematic review', Appetite, 120 335-347 (2018) [C1]

© 2017 Brief interventions are effective in improving health behaviours including alcohol intake, however the effectiveness of brief interventions targeting nutrition outcomes has... [more]

© 2017 Brief interventions are effective in improving health behaviours including alcohol intake, however the effectiveness of brief interventions targeting nutrition outcomes has not been determined. The aim of this systematic review was to determine the effectiveness of brief nutrition interventions in adults. Seven databases were searched for RCT/pseudo RCT studies published in English to April 2016, and evaluating brief interventions (i.e. single point of contact) designed to promote change in eating behaviours in healthy adults (=18 years). Of 4849 articles identified, 45 studies met inclusion criteria. Most studies targeted fruit and/or vegetable intake (n = 21) or fat intake (n = 10), and few targeted diet quality (n = 2). Median follow-up was 3.5 months, with few studies (n = 4) measuring longer-term outcomes (=12 months). Studies aimed to determine whether a brief intervention was more effective than another brief intervention (n = 30), and/or more effective than no intervention (n = 20), with 17 and 11 studies, respectively, reporting findings to that effect. Interventions providing education plus tailored or instructional components (e.g. feedback) were more effective than education alone or non-tailored advice. This review suggests that brief interventions, which are tailored and instructional, can improve short-term dietary behaviours, however evidence for longer-term behaviour change maintenance is limited.

DOI 10.1016/j.appet.2017.09.017
Citations Scopus - 4Web of Science - 5
Co-authors Amanda Patterson, Lee Ashton, Melinda Hutchesson
2018 Hutchesson M, Callister R, Morgan P, Pranata I, Clarke E, Skinner G, et al., 'A Targeted and Tailored eHealth Weight Loss Program for Young Women: The Be Positive Be Healthe Randomized Controlled Trial', Healthcare, 6 (2018) [C1]
DOI 10.3390/healthcare6020039
Co-authors Christopher Oldmeadow, Philip Morgan, Clare Collins, Geoff Skinner, Melinda Hutchesson, Ilung Pranata, Lee Ashton, Robin Callister, Erin Clarke Uon
2017 Burrows TL, Whatnall MC, Patterson AJ, Hutchesson MJ, 'Associations between Dietary Intake and Academic Achievement in College Students: A Systematic Review.', Healthcare, 5 (2017) [C1]
DOI 10.3390/healthcare5040060
Citations Web of Science - 1
Co-authors Amanda Patterson, Tracy Burrows, Melinda Hutchesson
2016 Whatnall MC, Collins CE, Callister R, Hutchesson MJ, 'Associations between Unhealthy Diet and Lifestyle Behaviours and Increased Cardiovascular Disease Risk in Young Overweight and Obese Women.', Healthcare (Basel), 4 (2016) [C1]
DOI 10.3390/healthcare4030057
Co-authors Clare Collins, Melinda Hutchesson, Robin Callister
Ashton, Sharkey, Whatnall, Williams, Bezzina, Aguiar, et al., 'Effectiveness of Interventions and Behaviour Change Techniques for Improving Dietary Intake in Young Adults: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of RCTs', Nutrients, 11 825-825
DOI 10.3390/nu11040825
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Conference (9 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2018 Hutchesson M, Whatnall M, Patterson A, 'University students' satisfaction with the cost and availability of food on campus', Nutrition & Dietetics, Sydney, Australia (2018)
Co-authors Amanda Patterson, Melinda Hutchesson
2018 Whatnall M, Patterson A, Hutchesson M, 'Determinants of eating behaviours in Australian university students', Nutrition & Dietetics, Sydney, Australia (2018)
Co-authors Amanda Patterson, Melinda Hutchesson
2018 Whatnall M, Patterson A, Hutchesson M, 'Eating Advice To Students (EATS): Development and process evaluation results of a brief online nutrition intervention for young adult university students', ISBNPA 2018 Abstract Book, Hong Kong (2018)
Co-authors Melinda Hutchesson, Amanda Patterson
2018 Aguiar E, Ashton L, Collins C, Whatnall M, Pezdirc K, Williams R, Hutchesson M, 'What are the characteristics of a successful intervention in young adults? - Results from a systematic review', ISBNPA 2018 Abstract Book, Hong Kong (2018)
Co-authors Melinda Hutchesson, Clare Collins, Lee Ashton
2018 Ashton L, Whatnall M, Morgan P, Rollo M, Collins C, Hutchesson M, 'Process evaluation of two targeted healthy lifestyle programs for either young men (The HEYMAN study) or young women (Be Positive Be Healthe) ¿ what works and what doesn¿t?', ISBNPA 2018 Abstract Book, Hong Kong (2018)
Co-authors Megan Rollo, Lee Ashton, Melinda Hutchesson, Clare Collins, Philip Morgan
2017 Tan L, Patterson A, Whatnall M, Brookman S, Convery P, Swan C, et al., 'Diet and other lifestyle risk factors among Australian university students', Nutrition and Dietetics, Hobart, Tasmania (2017)
Co-authors Melinda Hutchesson, Amanda Patterson
2017 Patterson A, Whatnall M, Hutchesson M, 'Eating behaviours of Australian university students in relation to socio-demographic, study type and health-related characteristics', ISBNPA 2017 Abstract Book, Victoria, Canada (2017)
Co-authors Amanda Patterson, Melinda Hutchesson
2016 Whatnall M, Patterson A, Hutchesson M, 'A systematic review of brief nutrition interventions in adults', Melbourne (2016)
Co-authors Melinda Hutchesson, Amanda Patterson
2016 Whatnall M, Collins CE, Callister R, Hutchesson MJ, 'Lifestyle behaviours and cardiovascular disease risk in young overweight and obese women: A cross-sectional analysis', http://www.alswh.org.au/scientificmeeting2016/program, Newcastle, Australia (2016) [E3]
Co-authors Clare Collins, Melinda Hutchesson, Robin Callister
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Miss Megan Whatnall

Contact Details

Email megan.whatnall@uon.edu.au
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