Dr Tracy Schumacher

Dr Tracy Schumacher

Clinical Teaching and Research Academic

University Newcastle Department of Rural Health

Making healthy food choices easier

Nutrition researcher Tracy Schumacher is working to help Australians across NSW adopt lifelong healthy food choices.

“The decision that's most frequently made is the easiest one - and it’s not very often that that’s also the best one. Typically our environment is not set up for our success, which is what makes it very challenging. So what I say to people is: if you want this to happen, what do we need to put in place before that's actually going to happen?”

From teacher to student

After working for ten years as a teacher across regional Australia, Tracy enjoyed her role, but didn’t feel like it was stretching her far enough.

“So I was looking around for a new job but I really didn’t know what I should do. Then one of my old Year 12 students, who had moved on to do her degree in nutrition and dietetics, gave me a call."

“She said, ‘I’ve found it! I’ve found the degree you need to do!’”

“I looked it up and thought, ‘You’re right, I will like this!’ So I quit my job and moved to Newcastle.”

Tracy got involved with UON’s research community early on in her undergraduate degree, when she started volunteering with the Healthy Dads, Healthy Kids program with Professors Phil Morgan and Robin Callister.

Healthy habits start young

Having completed her Honours degree under the supervision of Professor Clare Collins, Clare approached Tracy about the possibility of doing a PhD.

“I knew that research was a career option, and I knew that I enjoyed it a lot, so when Clare suggested a PhD, I knew that was right for me."

“A collaboration between Professors Clare Collins, Robin Callister and Associate Professor Tracy Burrows meant a project was ready to go - it just needed someone to do it.”

“So I got lucky at the right time with the right supervisors.”

Throughout her PhD, Tracy focused on knowledge translation in the field of cardiovascular disease.

“The evidence is pretty clear as to what we need to eat - but what people are actually doing is so very different. There are so many places where it all breaks down."

“Unfortunately there isn’t any one answer -  there are problems right across the spectrum. But this also gives us many opportunities to make improvements.”

Tracy was interested in finding out how and where healthy eating messages are lost or misinterpreted. By conducting interviews, food surveys and intervention trials, Tracy was able to collect data around people’s eating habits and their attitudes towards food.

Although risk of cardiovascular disease tends to be only be identified once people hit their 50s and 60s, this risk is often a consequence of a lifetime’s worth of eating behaviours.

“It starts during childhood.”

“Providing children with non-nutritious foods on a regular basis is actually setting them up for a lifetime of unhealthy food habits that will be hard to break. It also lays down the early foundations of chronic disease that won’t develop for many years to come.”

“People use food to show love and respect – but at the end of the day we're not doing ourselves or our loved ones any favours when we have those special foods reserved in the cupboards that we don’t feed ourselves.”

A rural research team

As part of her current post-doctoral fellowship, Tracy is now working alongside UON researchers and local healthcare workers in Tamworth, NSW.

Tracy will be helping with the analysis of data that’s been collected as part of ongoing community health studies. These studies have been primarily led by maternal health researcher and Director of the Gomeroi gaaynggal Arts Health and Research Programs, Associate Professor Kym Rae.

The team is looking at the impact of lifestyle choices, including nutrition, of both mothers and babies. The aim is to help to improve health outcomes and particularly, to reduce the risk of chronic disease such as heart and kidney disease.

“I’ll be using my database management skills I’ve developed throughout my PhD. There is a lot of data that we need to start pulling together so we can start comparing different outcomes. Our ultimate research aim is to contribute to "close the gap" – to reduce the health inequalities in Australia for Aboriginal people.”

As well as getting on board with these existing projects, Tracy is hoping to set up some new studies, focusing on the differences in nutritional choices between rural and urban populations.

“People in rural communities don’t have the same access and range of choice in health services. I’d like to look at what can be done to make better lifestyle choices easier for people, particularly nutritional ones.”

Tracy’s move to Tamworth is one of a number of steps UON is taking to build their research capacity in rural Australia.

“Right now, rural people are under-represented in research. There is more we can do to address the issues that this population faces. Rural communities should be able to benefit from research as well as those in urban areas.”

Tracy Schumacher

Making healthy food choices easier

Dr Tracy Schumacher is working toward making nutritional awareness available to all.

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Career Summary

Biography

Tracy is an early career researcher and holds a position of clinical teaching and research academic with the  University of Newcastle Department of Rural Health. Before moving to take up her rural postdoctoral position, she worked as a project officer on the development of a new multi-disciplinary qualification for Aged Care workers. Tracy was awarded her PhD in 2016, which investigated translational dietetic strategies for the prevention and treatment of cardiovascular disease (CVD). 

Areas of research interest:

  • nutrition for the prevention of CVD
  • measuring dietary intakes and patterns
  • prevention of chronic diseases through nutrition across the lifespan, ranging from babies to older adults
  • investigations of lifestyle related issues that contribute to poorer health outcomes for people living in regional and remote areas


Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of Newcastle
  • Bachelor of Applied Science (Consumer Science), University of Newcastle
  • Diploma in Education, University of Newcastle
  • Bachelor of Nutrition and Dietetics, University of Newcastle

Keywords

  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Diet
  • Dietary methodology
  • Nutrition
  • Nutrition translation

Fields of Research

Code Description Percentage
321099 Nutrition and dietetics not elsewhere classified 100

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

Title Organisation / Department
Research Academic University of Newcastle
School of Health Sciences
Australia
Clinical Teaching and Research Academic University of Newcastle
University of Newcastle Department of Rural Health
Australia

Professional appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
1/2/2016 - 1/1/2017 Project Officer Faculty of Health and Medicine, University of Newcastle
Australia
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Publications

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


Chapter (1 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2018 Schumacher TL, Burrows T, Rollo M, Collins C, 'Pain and Nutrition', Pain in Residential Aged Care Facilities: Management Strategies, 2nd Edition, Australian Pain Society, Sydney 125-134 (2018) [B1]
Co-authors Clare Collins, Tracy Burrows, Megan Rollo

Journal article (38 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2021 Mallett LJ, Premkumar V, Brown LJ, May J, Rollo ME, Schumacher TL, 'Total water intake by kilogram of body weight: Analysis of the Australian 2011 to 2013 National Nutrition and Physical Activity Survey.', Nutr Diet, (2021)
DOI 10.1111/1747-0080.12697
Co-authors Megan Rollo, Leanne Brown, Jennifer May
2021 Hollis JL, Kocanda L, Seward K, Collins C, Tully B, Hunter M, et al., 'The impact of Healthy Conversation Skills training on health professionals' barriers to having behaviour change conversations: a pre-post survey using the Theoretical Domains Framework.', BMC Health Serv Res, 21 880 (2021)
DOI 10.1186/s12913-021-06893-4
Co-authors Maralyn Foureur, Jenna Hollis, Lucy Kocanda Uon, Lesley Wicks, Clare Collins
2021 Onifade OM, Pringle KG, Rollo ME, Collins CE, Schumacher T, Rae KM, 'Dietary intake of Indigenous Australian infants and young children in the Gomeroi gaaynggal cohort', Nutrition and Dietetics, 78 386-396 (2021)

Aim: The nutritional quality of foods consumed by infants and young children to complement breastfeeding or formula feeding influences growth and development. The aim of this stud... [more]

Aim: The nutritional quality of foods consumed by infants and young children to complement breastfeeding or formula feeding influences growth and development. The aim of this study was to identify the dietary intake of Indigenous infants and young children in the Gomeroi gaaynggal cohort, and evaluate the nutritional adequacy of their intake compared with Australian recommendations. Methods: Dietary intake was assessed using diet recalls at approximately 9-, 12- and 24-month visits. Nutrient values of foods were obtained from AUSNUT 2011-13 and nutrient intake compared to the Australian Nutrient Reference Values. Foods were categorised into food groups and intakes compared to the Australian Guide to Healthy Eating. Results: A total of 206 infants and young children were included in the study. Of these, 95 individual children had dietary data collected between 7.6 and 24.7¿months. Infant formula and breastfeeding rates were highest among infants (70% and 20%, respectively). Cow's milk intake was highest among young children (75%). Infants and young children in the cohort met most macro- and micronutrient intake recommendations. Few young children met recommendation for iron (42%), no infant met recommendation for omega-3 fatty acids and almost all exceeded recommendation for sodium. Most young children met daily dairy and fruit recommendations although intake of discretionary foods was high. Conclusions: This study found that diets of Indigenous infants and young children met most key nutrient reference targets. Potential target areas that require dietary optimisation have been identified and will be the focus of community-led strategies in adequate infant nutrition promotion.

DOI 10.1111/1747-0080.12673
Citations Scopus - 1Web of Science - 1
Co-authors Kirsty Pringle, Megan Rollo, Clare Collins, Kym Rae
2021 Beringer M, Schumacher T, Keogh L, Sutherland K, Knox P, Herden J, et al., 'Nutritional adequacy and the role of supplements in the diets of Indigenous Australian women during pregnancy', Midwifery, 93 (2021)

Objective: To determine sources of key nutrients contributing towards nutritional adequacy during pregnancy (fibre, calcium, iron, zinc and folate) in a cohort of women carrying a... [more]

Objective: To determine sources of key nutrients contributing towards nutritional adequacy during pregnancy (fibre, calcium, iron, zinc and folate) in a cohort of women carrying an Indigenous child. Design: Analysis of cross-sectional data from a prospective longitudinal cohort study that followed Indigenous women through pregnancy. Setting: Women recruited via antenatal clinics in regional and remote locations in NSW, Australia as part of the Gomeroi gaaynggal project. Participants: One hundred and fifty-two pregnant Australian women who identified as Indigenous or carrying an Indigenous child. Measurements and Findings: Measurement outcomes included demographic information, smoking status, anthropometrics (weight and height,), self-reported pre-pregnancy weight, health conditions and dietary information (24-hour food recall). Findings indicate the inadequate intake of key pregnancy nutrients in this cohort. Supplements contributed to the nutrient adequacy of the cohort with 53% reporting use. As expected, predominant sources of fibre were from core food groups, whereas calcium was attained from a range of sources including food and beverages, with small amounts from supplementation. Importantly, supplements contributed significant amounts of iron, zinc and folate. Key Conclusions: There is limited literature on Indigenous Australian maternal nutrition. This study highlights the key dietary contributors of nutritional adequacy during pregnancy for the cohort and that supplementation may be considered a viable source of nutrients during pregnancy for these women. Few women met national nutrient recommendations. The findings present an opportunity to optimise nutrient intakes of Indigenous pregnant women. Implications for practice: Culturally appropriate targeted interventions to optimise dietary intakes of Indigenous Australian pregnant women is required. Collaborative support of health workers, Indigenous Australian communities, dietitians, and researchers to raise awareness of nutrition during pregnancy is imperative to achieving nutrient targets and optimising pregnancy outcomes. Targeted interventions provide positive opportunities to achieve improvements.

DOI 10.1016/j.midw.2020.102886
Citations Scopus - 2Web of Science - 2
Co-authors Leanne Brown, Kym Rae
2021 Kocanda L, Schumacher TL, Kerr J, May J, Rollo ME, Neubeck L, Brown LJ, 'Current nutrition practice in cardiac rehabilitation programs', Journal of Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation and Prevention, (2021)

Purpose: This study sought to determine current practice regarding nutrition care within cardiac rehabilitation (CR) programs, including perceived barriers and facilitators to pro... [more]

Purpose: This study sought to determine current practice regarding nutrition care within cardiac rehabilitation (CR) programs, including perceived barriers and facilitators to providing nutrition care in this setting. Methods: A cross-sectional survey was conducted in October and November 2019. Potential participants were program coordinators, identified through the Australian Cardiovascular Health and Rehabilitation Association program directory and invited to participate via e-mail. Results: Forty-nine respondents (response rate: 13%) are included in this analysis. Programs provided group (n = 42, 86%) and/or individual (n = 25, 51%) nutrition education, and most were supported by a dietitian (63%). However, the availability of dietitians and nutrition care provided at CR was variable. For example, individual education was consistently provided at 13 programs and usually by health professionals other than dietitians. Eight programs (16%) used a formal behavior change framework for nutrition care. Generally, respondents were positive about the role of nutrition; CR coordinators perceived nutrition as a valuable component of the program, and that they had good nutrition knowledge. An identified barrier was the financial resources available to support the provision of nutrition care. Conclusions: To ensure that patients receive the benefits of evidence-based nutrition care, program staff may require additional support, particularly regarding the use of evidence-based behavior change techniques. Key facilitators that may be leveraged to achieve this include the high value and priority that CR program coordinators place on nutrition care.

DOI 10.1097/HCR.0000000000000588
Co-authors Leanne Brown, Megan Rollo, Lucy Kocanda Uon, Jennifer May
2021 Kocanda L, Brain K, Frawley J, Schumacher TL, May J, Rollo ME, Brown LJ, 'The Effectiveness of Randomized Controlled Trials to Improve Dietary Intake in the Context of Cardiovascular Disease Prevention and Management in Rural Communities: A Systematic Review', Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, (2021)

Background: Dietary intake is an important modifiable risk factor for cardiovascular disease. However, to our knowledge, there are no systematic reviews of nutrition interventions... [more]

Background: Dietary intake is an important modifiable risk factor for cardiovascular disease. However, to our knowledge, there are no systematic reviews of nutrition interventions in the context of cardiovascular disease prevention and management within rural communities. This is important to investigate, given the unique geographic, social, and contextual factors associated with rurality. Objective: Our primary objective was to systematically assess evidence on the effectiveness of randomized controlled trials to improve dietary intake in the context of cardiovascular disease prevention and management in rural communities. Methods: Nine electronic databases were searched from inception to June 2020, including MEDLINE, The Cochrane Library, Embase, Emcare, PsycINFO, Scopus, Rural and Remote Health, CINAHL, and AMED. Randomized controlled trials that reported results of interventions with adult, rural populations and measured change in dietary intake compared to usual care, alternative intervention, or no intervention controls were included. Included randomized controlled trials were also assessed according to the TIDieR (Template for Intervention Description and Reporting) checklist and RE-AIM (reach, effectiveness, adoption, implementation, maintenance) framework. Results: Thirteen articles reporting results of randomized controlled trials were identified. Included articles reported a range of nutrition interventions and measured 18 dietary intake outcomes. Most studies (n = 10) demonstrated effectiveness in altering at least 1 dietary intake outcome, including fruit and/or vegetable (n = 9), fiber (n = 2), Dietary Risk Assessment score (n = 2), energy, dairy, carotene, vitamin C and sodium (all n = 1). However, there was wide variation in the reporting of intervention components (according to the TIDieR checklist) and impact (according to RE-AIM framework), resulting in difficulty interpreting the ¿real-world¿ implications of these results. Conclusions: Through this systematic review, we found limited evidence of improvement in dietary intakes due to nutrition interventions in the context of cardiovascular disease prevention and management in rural communities. Fruit and/or vegetable intakes were the most frequently reported dietary intake outcomes, and most likely to be improved across the included studies. Included studies were generally not well reported, which may hinder replication by clinicians and consolidation of the evidence base by other researchers. Given the substantial burden of cardiovascular disease experienced by those living in rural areas of developed countries, additional high-quality nutrition research that acknowledges the complexities of rural health is required.

DOI 10.1016/j.jand.2021.05.025
Co-authors Megan Rollo, Leanne Brown, Katherine Brain, Jennifer May, Lucy Kocanda Uon
2021 Lee YQ, Lumbers ER, Schumacher TL, Collins CE, Rae KM, Pringle KG, Gomeroi Gaaynggal Advisory Committee, 'Maternal Diet Influences Fetal Growth but Not Fetal Kidney Volume in an Australian Indigenous Pregnancy Cohort.', Nutrients, 13 (2021)
DOI 10.3390/nu13020569
Citations Web of Science - 1
Co-authors Clare Collins, Kym Rae, Kirsty Pringle, E Lumbers
2021 Kocanda L, Fisher K, Brown LJ, May J, Rollo ME, Collins CE, et al., 'Informing telehealth service delivery for cardiovascular disease management: Exploring the perceptions of rural health professionals', Australian Health Review, 45 241-246 (2021)

Objective: To explore the perceptions of rural health professionals who use telehealth services for cardiovascular health care, including the potential role of telehealth in enhan... [more]

Objective: To explore the perceptions of rural health professionals who use telehealth services for cardiovascular health care, including the potential role of telehealth in enhancing services for this patient group. Methods: Semi-structured interviews were conducted with ten rural health professionals across a range of disciplines, including medicine, nursing and allied health. All study participants were based in the same rural region in New South Wales, Australia. Results: Participant responses emphasised the importance of including rural communities in ongoing dialogue to enhance telehealth services for cardiovascular care. Divergent expectations about the purpose of telehealth and unresolved technology issues were identified as factors to be addressed. Rural health professionals highlighted the importance of all stakeholders coming together to overcome barriers and enhance telehealth services in a collaborative manner. Conclusion: This study contributes to an evolving understanding of how health professionals based in regional Australia experience telehealth services. Future telehealth research should proceed in collaboration with rural communities, supported by policy that actively facilitates the meaningful inclusion of rural stakeholders in telehealth dialogue. What is known about the topic?: Telehealth is frequently discussed as a potential solution to overcome aspects of rural health, such as poor outcomes and limited access to services compared with metropolitan areas. In the context of telehealth and cardiovascular disease (CVD), research that focuses on rural communities is limited, particularly regarding the experiences of these communities with telehealth. What does this paper add?: This paper offers insight into how telehealth is experienced by rural health professionals. The paper highlights divergent expectations of telehealth's purpose and unresolved technological issues as barriers to telehealth service delivery. It suggests telehealth services may be enhanced by collaborative approaches that engage multiple stakeholder groups. What are the implications for practitioners?: The use and development of telehealth in rural communities requires a collaborative approach that considers the views of rural stakeholders in their specific contexts. To improve telehealth services for people living with CVD in rural communities, it is important that rural stakeholders have opportunities to engage with non-rural clinicians, telehealth developers and policy makers.

DOI 10.1071/AH19231
Co-authors Leanne Brown, Andrew Boyle, Karin Fisher, Jennifer May, Megan Rollo, Clare Collins, Lucy Kocanda Uon
2020 Schumacher TL, Frawley J, Pringle KG, Keogh L, Sutherland K, Herden J, et al., 'Contraception usage and the desired number of offspring of Indigenous women from the Gomeroi lands', Australian Journal of Rural Health, 28 360-365 (2020) [C1]

Objectives: To describe the current contraception usage patterns from a cohort of Australian Indigenous women, including their ideal family size and spacing between children. Desi... [more]

Objectives: To describe the current contraception usage patterns from a cohort of Australian Indigenous women, including their ideal family size and spacing between children. Design: Cross-sectional analysis of data (2012-2019). Setting: Data are from a longitudinal study, the Gomeroi gaaynggal (babies from Gomeroi lands) program, based in rural and remote Gomeroi lands in New South Wales. Participants: Women carrying an Indigenous baby who enrolled during pregnancy were eligible for the study. The mother and child are then followed for up to 10¿years. Main outcome measures: Contraception usage in the postnatal period was recorded, as well as whether they were sexually active, whether they wanted more children and their preferred spacing between children. Medical, social and demographic information was also collected. These measures were self-reported via an online tool (Survey Monkey®) at their first visit to the study following the birth of their child. Results: Ninety-nine women were included in the analysis. Most women reported that they were sexually active at the time they were questioned about their contraceptive usage. The most popular contraception choices were condoms, the oral contraceptive pill and implant rods. Those answering that they did not want more children had a median of three children already. Those who wanted more children had a median of one child. The majority of the women stated that 2-3¿years between babies was ideal. Conclusion: The sampled women had clear beliefs about their ideal family size, in which contraceptive usage played an important part.

DOI 10.1111/ajr.12638
Co-authors Kym Rae, Kirsty Pringle, Deborah Loxton
2020 Payne E, Brown LJ, Crowley E, Rollo M, Schumacher TL, 'Exploring core food accessibility in Tamworth, NSW, Australia', Informatics for Health and Social Care, 45 428-443 (2020) [C1]

Introduction: A lack of core food accessibility negatively affects diet quality, potentially increasing the prevalence of health risk factors such as obesity. The purpose of this ... [more]

Introduction: A lack of core food accessibility negatively affects diet quality, potentially increasing the prevalence of health risk factors such as obesity. The purpose of this study was to investigate core food access in an Australian regional center through the use of data visualization techniques. Methods: Supermarkets were used as a proxy for core food accessibility and were identified and mapped by town region with a combination of Google Maps and Stata/IC 15.1 software. A statistical analysis comparing the demographics of each town region was also completed using Stata. Results: The maps generated suggest that there may be a disparity in core food accessibility between town regions. The analysis of demographics demonstrated that one town region had a greater proportion of disadvantaged residents, with statistically significant variation between regions. Conclusion: Data visualization and analysis may be a useful tool for clinicians to communicate accessibility information experienced by local residents. This need not be limited to food accessibility and extended to health services.

DOI 10.1080/17538157.2020.1793345
Co-authors Leanne Brown, Megan Rollo, Elesa Crowley
2020 Slater K, Rollo ME, Szewczyk Z, Ashton L, Schumacher T, Collins C, 'Do the Dietary Intakes of Pregnant Women Attending Public Hospital Antenatal Clinics Align with Australian Guide to Healthy Eating Recommendations?', Nutrients, 12 (2020) [C1]
DOI 10.3390/nu12082438
Citations Scopus - 8Web of Science - 4
Co-authors Megan Rollo, Lee Ashton, Clare Collins
2020 Clarke ED, Rollo ME, Collins CE, Wood L, Callister R, Schumacher T, Haslam RL, 'Changes in vegetable and fruit intakes and effects on anthropometric outcomes in males and females', NUTRITION & DIETETICS, 78 192-201 (2020) [C1]
DOI 10.1111/1747-0080.12638
Citations Scopus - 1Web of Science - 2
Co-authors Megan Rollo, Erin Clarke Uon, Robin Callister, Lisa Wood, Clare Collins
2020 Latter R, Brown LJ, Rae KM, Rollo ME, Schumacher TL, 'The role of socio-economic status and energy-density in Australian women of child-bearing age', Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics, 33 718-728 (2020) [C1]

Introduction: An optimal diet is imperative in preparing women for pregnancy and this may be influenced by socio-economic status (SES). This research aims to investigate the role ... [more]

Introduction: An optimal diet is imperative in preparing women for pregnancy and this may be influenced by socio-economic status (SES). This research aims to investigate the role of SES on the dietary energy density (ED) in Australian women of preconception age. Methods: A secondary analysis of the Australian National Nutrition and Physical Activity Survey 2011¿12 for females aged 18¿39¿years (n¿=¿1617) was conducted. Dietary intake was assessed by 24-hr recalls and dietary ED by dietary energy per weight (kJ.g-1). ED was further categorised as ED of foods and beverages separately. SES was assessed by three variables: Socio-Economic Indexes for Areas (SEIFA), developed by the Australian Bureau of Statistics; income decile; and level of education. Linear mixed model regressions were used to identify associations between ED and SES. Results: The median ED for food, beverages and combined food and beverages was 9.38¿kJ g-1, 1.02 kJ g-1 and 7.11¿kJ g-1, respectively. No significant variation was explained by SES variables when analysing combined ED in the adjusted model or ED from foods. Income decile reduced ED of beverages, although with little effect (coefficient: -0.04, P¿=¿0.002). Significant confounders included inactivity, which increased ED in both combined ED and ED foods (coefficient: 0.51, P¿=¿0.001 and coefficient: 0.78, P¿<¿0.001). Conclusions: SES explained little variation in dietary ED in women of childbearing age. A large proportion of women had high energy-dense diets regardless of their SES. These findings suggest that a large proportion of women, who may become pregnant, have diets that exceed the international recommendations for dietary energy density.

DOI 10.1111/jhn.12742
Co-authors Megan Rollo, Kym Rae, Leanne Brown
2020 Hutchesson M, Taylor R, Shrewsbury V, Vincze L, Campbell L, Callister R, et al., 'Be Healthe for Your Heart: A Pilot Randomized Controlled Trial Evaluating a Web-Based Behavioral Intervention to Improve the Cardiovascular Health of Women with a History of Preeclampsia', International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 17 1-17 (2020) [C1]
DOI 10.3390/ijerph17165779
Co-authors Melinda Hutchesson, Clare Collins, Rachael Taylor, Vanessa Shrewsbury, Robin Callister, Linda E Campbell
2019 Ashton L, Williams R, Wood L, Schumacher T, Burrows T, Rollo M, et al., 'The comparative validity of a brief diet screening tool for adults: The Fruit And Vegetable VAriety index (FAVVA)', Clinical Nutrition ESPEN, 29 189-197 (2019) [C1]

Background &amp; aims: A brief assessment tool on frequency and variety of fruit and vegetable intake could provide a cost-effective and sustainable approach to improving diet. Th... [more]

Background & aims: A brief assessment tool on frequency and variety of fruit and vegetable intake could provide a cost-effective and sustainable approach to improving diet. The primary aim was to evaluate the comparative validity of a brief index of Fruit And Vegetable VAriety (FAVVA) relative to food and nutrient intakes derived from a comprehensive food frequency questionnaire (FFQ). The secondary aim was to evaluate the FAVVA index in relation to fasting plasma carotenoid concentrations. Methods: Dietary intakes and fasting plasma carotenoid concentrations of 99 overweight and obese adults (49.5% female; 44.6 ± 9.9 years) were assessed at baseline and 3-months. Food and nutrient intakes were assessed using the Australian Eating Survey (AES) FFQ. The FAVVA index was derived from a sub-set of 35 AES questions related to fruit and vegetable intake frequency and variety. Associations were assessed using Spearman's correlation coefficients and linear regression analysis, and agreement using weighted kappa (K w ). Results: Total FAVVA score demonstrated moderate to strong, significant (all p < 0.01) correlations with total daily intakes of vegetables (r = 0.75), vitamin C (r = 0.71), fruit (r = 0.66), vitamin A (r = 0.49), fibre (r = 0.49), potassium (r = 0.46), magnesium (r = 0.39), iron (r = 0.26), riboflavin (r = 0.24), calcium (r = 0.23), zinc (r = 0.20) and niacin equivalent (r = 0.20). These associations remained significant in the adjusted regression analyses and agreement testing. Total FAVVA was significantly correlated with plasma carotenoid concentrations (µg/dL) of a¿carotene (r = 0.22, p < 0.01), ß¿carotene (r = 0.26, p < 0.001), ß¿cryptoxanthin (r = 0.22, p < 0.01) and total carotenoids (r = 0.18, p < 0.05). The associations with a¿carotene (ß = 0.09, p < 0.001), ß¿carotene (ß = 0.42, p < 0.05) and total plasma carotenoids (ß = 0.85, p < 0.05) remained significant in the adjusted regression analyses and for agreement testing. Conclusions: FAVVA is suitable as a brief tool to rank frequency and variety of fruit and vegetable intake.

DOI 10.1016/j.clnesp.2018.10.007
Citations Scopus - 4Web of Science - 4
Co-authors Clare Collins, Lisa Wood, Megan Rollo, Robin Callister, Lee Ashton, Tracy Burrows
2019 Gallagher R, Chow C, Parker H, Neubeck L, Celermajer D, Redfern J, et al., 'Design and rationale of the MyHeartMate study: a randomised controlled trial of a game-based app to promote behaviour change in patients with cardiovascular disease', BMJ OPEN, 9 (2019)
DOI 10.1136/bmjopen-2018-024269
Citations Scopus - 6Web of Science - 5
2019 Taylor RM, Haslam RL, Burrows TL, Duncanson KR, Ashton LM, Rollo ME, et al., 'Issues in Measuring and Interpreting Diet and Its Contribution to Obesity', CURRENT OBESITY REPORTS, 8 53-65 (2019) [C1]
DOI 10.1007/s13679-019-00336-2
Citations Web of Science - 2
Co-authors Tracy Burrows, Megan Rollo, Clare Collins, Vanessa Shrewsbury, Lee Ashton, Kerith Duncanson, Rachael Taylor
2019 Taylor R, Shrewsbury VA, Vincze L, Campbell L, Callister R, Park F, et al., 'Be Healthe for Your Heart: Protocol for a Pilot Randomized Controlled Trial Evaluating a Web-Based Behavioral Intervention to Improve the Cardiovascular Health of Women With a History of Preeclampsia', FRONTIERS IN CARDIOVASCULAR MEDICINE, 6 (2019)
DOI 10.3389/fcvm.2019.00144
Citations Scopus - 2Web of Science - 2
Co-authors Rachael Taylor, Vanessa Shrewsbury, Clare Collins, Melinda Hutchesson, Linda E Campbell, Robin Callister
2019 Mawa R, Nabasirye CK, Mulira J, Nakidde C, Kalyango F, Wakida DMAA, et al., 'Socio-Economic Status and Exclusive Breastfeeding Among Infants in a Ugandan Cross-Sectional Study', Journal of Food and Nutrition Sciences, 7 16-24 (2019) [C1]
DOI 10.11648/j.jfns.20190701.13
2019 Rae KM, Weatherall L, Keogh L, Sutherland K, Pringle KG, Schumacher TL, Collins CE, 'Characterizing gestational weight gain in a cohort of Indigenous Australian women (vol 60, pg 13, 2018)', MIDWIFERY, 74 147-147 (2019)
DOI 10.1016/j.midw.2018.11.003
Co-authors Kirsty Pringle, Kym Rae, Clare Collins
2019 Schumacher TL, Weatherall L, Keogh L, Sutherland K, Collins CE, Pringle KG, Rae KM, 'Reprint of characterizing gestational weight gain in a cohort of indigenous Australian women (vol 74, pg 148, 2019)', MIDWIFERY, 74 148-156 (2019)
DOI 10.1016/j.midw.2018.11.004
Citations Scopus - 1Web of Science - 2
Co-authors Kirsty Pringle, Clare Collins, Kym Rae
2019 Mah BL, Pringle KG, Weatherall L, Keogh L, Schumacher T, Eades S, et al., 'Pregnancy stress, healthy pregnancy and birth outcomes - The need for early preventative approaches in pregnant Australian Indigenous women: A prospective longitudinal cohort study', Journal of Developmental Origins of Health and Disease, 10 31-38 (2019) [C1]

Adverse pregnancy outcomes including prematurity and low birth weight (LBW) have been associated with life-long chronic disease risk for the infant. Stress during pregnancy increa... [more]

Adverse pregnancy outcomes including prematurity and low birth weight (LBW) have been associated with life-long chronic disease risk for the infant. Stress during pregnancy increases the risk of adverse pregnancy outcomes. Many studies have reported the incidence of adverse pregnancy outcomes in Indigenous populations and a smaller number of studies have measured rates of stress and depression in these populations. This study sought to examine the potential association between stress during pregnancy and the rate of adverse pregnancy outcomes in Australian Indigenous women residing in rural and remote communities in New South Wales. This study found a higher rate of post-traumatic stress disorder, depression and anxiety symptoms during pregnancy than the general population. There was also a higher incidence of prematurity and LBW deliveries. Unfortunately, missing post-traumatic stress disorder and depressive symptomatology data impeded the examination of associations of interest. This was largely due to the highly sensitive nature of the issues under investigation, and the need to ensure adequate levels of trust between Indigenous women and research staff before disclosure and recording of sensitive research data. We were unable to demonstrate a significant association between the level of stress and the incidence of adverse pregnancy outcomes at this stage. We recommend this longitudinal study continue until complete data sets are available. Future research in this area should ensure prioritization of building trust in participants and overestimating sample size to ensure no undue pressure is placed upon an already stressed participant.

DOI 10.1017/S204017441800079X
Citations Scopus - 3Web of Science - 1
Co-authors E Lumbers, Roger Smith, Kym Rae, Kirsty Pringle
2019 Lee YQ, Collins CE, Schumacher TL, Weatherall LJ, Keogh L, Sutherland K, et al., 'Corrigendum: Disparities exist between the dietary intake of Indigenous Australian women during pregnancy and the Australian dietary guidelines: the Gomeroi gaaynggal study (vol 31, pg 473, 2018)', JOURNAL OF HUMAN NUTRITION AND DIETETICS, 32 139-139 (2019)
DOI 10.1111/jhn.12612
Co-authors Clare Collins, Kirsty Pringle
2018 Schumacher TL, Weatherall L, Keogh L, Sutherland K, Collins C, Pringle K, Rae K, 'Characterizing gestational weight gain in a cohort of Indigenous Australian women', MIDWIFERY, 60 13-19 (2018) [C1]
DOI 10.1016/j.midw.2018.01.017
Citations Scopus - 2Web of Science - 1
Co-authors Kym Rae, Clare Collins, Kirsty Pringle
2018 Lee YQ, Collins CE, Gordon A, Rae KM, Pringle KG, 'Disparities exist between the dietary intake of Indigenous Australian women during pregnancy and the Australian dietary guidelines: the Gomeroi gaaynggal study', Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics, 31 473-485 (2018) [C1]

Background: Little is known about the adequacy of nutrient intakes and the overall diet quality of Indigenous Australian pregnant women. The aim of this cross-sectional study was ... [more]

Background: Little is known about the adequacy of nutrient intakes and the overall diet quality of Indigenous Australian pregnant women. The aim of this cross-sectional study was to assess nutrient sufficiency and diet quality, as measured using the Australian Recommended Food Score (ARFS), in pregnant women from the Gomeroi gaaynggal cohort (n = 58). Methods: Maternal dietary intake during pregnancy was assessed using the Australian Eating Survey Food Frequency Questionnaire, which was self-administered in the third trimester. Diet quality was determined using the ARFS. Food group servings and nutrient intakes were compared to the Australian Guide to Health Eating (AGHE) and Australian Nutrient Reference Values (NRVs). The current analysis examined the adequacy of usual intakes from food sources only, excluding supplements. Results: None of the women met all AGHE daily food group serving recommendations. The highest alignment rates were for dairy (33%), meat/alternatives (31%) and vegetables (29.3%). Almost 93% of participants exceeded the recommended intake of energy-dense, nutrient-poor foods and percentage energy from saturated fat was high (15%). Of the five key nutrients for optimal reproductive health (folate, iron, calcium, zinc and fibre), the nutrients with the highest percentage of pregnant women achieving the NRVs were zinc (77.6%) and folate (68.9%), whereas iron was the lowest. Only one person achieved all NRVs (folate, iron, calcium, zinc and fibre) important in pregnancy. The median ARFS was 28 points (maximum of 73). Conclusions: Although the small cohort limits the generalisability of the findings of the present study, the data obtained indicate that the diets of these Indigenous pregnant women are inadequate. Therefore, strategies aiming to optimise nutrient intakes of Indigenous pregnant women are needed urgently.

DOI 10.1111/jhn.12550
Citations Scopus - 9Web of Science - 8
Co-authors Clare Collins, Kirsty Pringle, Kym Rae
2018 James C, James D, Nie V, Schumacher TL, Guest M, Tessier J, et al., 'Musculoskeletal discomfort and use of computers in the university environment', APPLIED ERGONOMICS, 69 128-135 (2018) [C1]
DOI 10.1016/j.apergo.2018.01.013
Citations Scopus - 12Web of Science - 8
Co-authors Joanna Bohatko-Naismith, Suzanne Snodgrass, Carole James, Jeffrey Marley, John Tessier, Daphne James
2017 Schumacher TL, Oldmeadow C, Clausen D, Weatherall L, Keogh L, Pringle KG, Rae KM, 'Reference Intervals for Non-Fasting CVD Lipids and Inflammation Markers in Pregnant Indigenous Australian Women.', Healthcare, 5 1-11 (2017) [C1]
DOI 10.3390/healthcare5040072
Citations Scopus - 1Web of Science - 1
Co-authors Kym Rae, Kirsty Pringle, Christopher Oldmeadow
2017 van der Bend D, Bucher T, Schumacher TL, Collins K, de Vlieger N, Rollo M, et al., 'Trends in Food and Beverage Portion Sizes in Australian Children; a Time-Series Analysis Comparing 2007 and 2011-2012 National Data', Children, 4 1-9 (2017) [C1]
DOI 10.3390/children4080069
Citations Web of Science - 9
Co-authors Megan Rollo, Tracy Burrows, Nienke Devlieger, Tamara Bucher, Clare Collins
2017 Ashton L, Williams R, Wood L, Schumacher T, Burrows T, Rollo M, et al., 'Comparison of Australian recommended food score (ARFS) and plasma carotenoid concentrations: A validation study in adults', Nutrients, 9 (2017) [C1]
DOI 10.3390/nu9080888
Citations Scopus - 16Web of Science - 12
Co-authors Robin Callister, Lee Ashton, Clare Collins, Lisa Wood, Megan Rollo, Tracy Burrows
2017 Williams RL, Rollo ME, Schumacher T, Collins CE, 'Diet quality scores of australian adults who have completed the healthy eating quiz', Nutrients, 9 (2017) [C1]
DOI 10.3390/nu9080880
Citations Scopus - 22Web of Science - 20
Co-authors Megan Rollo, Clare Collins
2017 Schumacher TL, Burrows TL, Neubeck L, Redfern J, Callister R, Collins CE, 'How dietary evidence for the prevention and treatment of CVD is translated into practice in those with or at high risk of CVD: A systematic review', Public Health Nutrition, 20 30-45 (2017) [C1]

Objective: CVD is a leading cause of mortality and morbidity, and nutrition is an important lifestyle factor. The aim of the present systematic review was to synthesise the litera... [more]

Objective: CVD is a leading cause of mortality and morbidity, and nutrition is an important lifestyle factor. The aim of the present systematic review was to synthesise the literature relating to knowledge translation (KT) of dietary evidence for the prevention and treatment of CVD into practice in populations with or at high risk of CVD. Design: A systematic search of six electronic databases (CINAHL, Cochrane, EMBASE, MEDLINE, PsycINFO and Scopus) was performed. Studies were included if a nutrition or dietary KT was demonstrated to occur with a relevant separate measureable outcome. Quality was assessed using a tool adapted from two quality checklists. Subjects: Population with or at high risk of CVD or clinicians likely to treat this population. Results: A total of 4420 titles and abstracts were screened for inclusion, with 354 full texts retrieved to assess inclusion. Forty-three articles were included in the review, relating to thirty-five separate studies. No studies specifically stated their aim to be KT. Thirty-one studies were in patient or high-risk populations and four targeted health professionals. Few studies stated a theory on which the intervention was based (n 10) and provision of instruction was the most common behaviour change strategy used (n 26). Conclusions: KT in nutrition and dietary studies has been inferred, not stated, with few details provided regarding how dietary knowledge is translated to the end user. This presents challenges for implementation by clinicians and policy and decision makers. Consequently a need exists to improve the quality of publications in this area.

DOI 10.1017/S1368980016001543
Citations Scopus - 3Web of Science - 2
Co-authors Tracy Burrows, Clare Collins, Robin Callister
2016 Schumacher TL, Burrows TL, Rollo ME, Wood LG, Callister R, Collins CE, 'Comparison of fatty acid intakes assessed by a cardiovascular-specific food frequency questionnaire with red blood cell membrane fatty acids in hyperlipidaemic Australian adults: A validation study', European Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 70 1433-1438 (2016) [C1]

Background/Objectives:Limited dietary intake tools have been validated specifically for hyperlipidaemic adults. The Australian Eating Survey (AES) Food Frequency Questionnaire (FF... [more]

Background/Objectives:Limited dietary intake tools have been validated specifically for hyperlipidaemic adults. The Australian Eating Survey (AES) Food Frequency Questionnaire (FFQ) was adapted to include foods with cardio-protective properties (CVD-AES). The aims were to estimate dietary fatty acid (FA) intakes derived from the CVD-AES and AES and compare them with red blood cell (RBC) membrane FA content.Subjects/Methods:Dietary intake was measured using the semi-quantitative 120-item AES and 177-item CVD-AES. Nutrient intakes were calculated using AUSNUT 2011-2013. Fasting RBC membrane FAs were assessed using gas chromatography. Extent of agreement between intakes estimated by AES or CVD-AES and RBC membrane composition (% of total FAs) for linoleic acid (LA), alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), eicosapentanoic acid (EPA), docosapentaenoic acid (DPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) were assessed using Spearman's correlation coefficients, adjusted linear regressions and Kappa statistics.Results:Data from 39 participants (72% female, 59.3±11.1 years) indicate stronger positive correlations between RBC membrane FAs and CVD-AES dietary estimates compared with the AES. Significant (P<0.05) moderate-strong correlations were found between CVD-AES FAs and FA proportions in RBC membranes for EPA (r=0.62), DHA (r=0.53) and DPA (r=0.42), with a moderate correlation for LA (r=0.39) and no correlation with ALA. Significant moderate correlations were found with the AES for DHA (r=0.39), but not for LA, ALA, EPA or DPA.Conclusions:The CVD-AES provides a more accurate estimate of long chain FA intakes in hyperlipidaemic adults, compared with AES estimates. This indicates that a CVD-specific FFQ should be used when evaluating FA intakes in this population.

DOI 10.1038/ejcn.2016.144
Citations Scopus - 10Web of Science - 9
Co-authors Robin Callister, Clare Collins, Tracy Burrows, Lisa Wood, Megan Rollo
2016 Schumacher TL, Burrows TL, Thompson DI, Callister R, Spratt NJ, Collins CE, 'The Role of Family in a Dietary Risk Reduction Intervention for Cardiovascular Disease.', Healthcare (Basel), 4 (2016) [C1]
DOI 10.3390/healthcare4040074
Citations Scopus - 3Web of Science - 2
Co-authors Clare Collins, Robin Callister, Tracy Burrows, Neil Spratt
2015 Schumacher TL, Burrows TL, Thompson DI, Spratt NJ, Callister R, Collins CE, 'Feasibility of Recruiting Families into a Heart Disease Prevention Program Based on Dietary Patterns.', Nutrients, 7 7042-7057 (2015) [C1]
DOI 10.3390/nu7085323
Citations Scopus - 6Web of Science - 6
Co-authors Clare Collins, Robin Callister, Tracy Burrows, Neil Spratt
2014 Collins CE, Dewar DL, Schumacher TL, Finn T, Morgan PJ, Lubans DR, '12 Month changes in dietary intake of adolescent girls attending schools in low-income communities following the NEAT Girls cluster randomized controlled trial', APPETITE, 73 147-155 (2014) [C1]
DOI 10.1016/j.appet.2013.11.003
Citations Scopus - 27Web of Science - 23
Co-authors Philip Morgan, Clare Collins, David Lubans
2014 Schumacher TL, Dewar DL, Lubans DR, Morgan PJ, Watson J, Guest M, et al., 'Dietary patterns of adolescent girls attending schools in low-income communities highlight low consumption of core foods', Nutrition and Dietetics, 71 127-134 (2014) [C1]

Aim: Overweight and obesity prevalence is high among adolescent girls of low socioeconomic position and this increases their risk of cardiovascular disease and metabolic disorders... [more]

Aim: Overweight and obesity prevalence is high among adolescent girls of low socioeconomic position and this increases their risk of cardiovascular disease and metabolic disorders in adulthood. The aim of this present study was to describe the dietary patterns of adolescent girls in terms of the relative contribution of core food groups to overall diet and by weight status category. Methods: Year 8 female students were recruited from schools in low-income communities. Weight status (i.e. underweight, healthy weight, overweight, obese) was determined using age- and sex-adjusted body mass index (BMI; z score). Dietary intakes were assessed using a validated semi-quantitative food frequency questionnaire. Individual foods were collated into core food group or energy-dense, nutrient-poor categories in line with the Australian Guide to Healthy Eating (AGHE) and the percentage contribution to total energy intake calculated. Results: Participants (n = 332) were (mean ± SD) 13.7 ± 0.4 years old with BMI z score 0.63 ± 1.22. Few girls met AGHE core food group recommendations for daily serves; meat and substitutes 69.3%, vegetables 28.6%, fruit 23.8%, dairy 15.7% and breads/cereals 5.7%. Total percentage energy derived from energy-dense, nutrient-poor foods was 46.6% (37.2-54.6%) (median (interquartile range)), with takeaways 9.8% (7.0-13.6%), confectionery 7.0% (4.1-10.9%) and packaged snacks 6.8% (4.0-10.7%), with no significant differences by weight status. Conclusions: Core food intakes are poor with excessive consumption of energy-dense, nutrient-poor foods in these adolescent girls. Nutrition education programs targeting this population are needed to address this imbalance. Strategies could include substitution of unhealthy snacks for core food items and greater inclusion of core foods within main meals. © 2013 Dietitians Association of Australia.

DOI 10.1111/1747-0080.12084
Citations Scopus - 3
Co-authors Robin Callister, Philip Morgan, Clare Collins, Tracy Burrows, David Lubans
2014 Schumacher T, Burrows T, Cliff D, Jones R, Okely A, Baur L, et al., 'Dietary Intake Is Related to Multifactor Cardiovascular Risk Score in Obese Boys', Healthcare, 2 282-298 (2014) [C1]
DOI 10.3390/healthcare2030282
Co-authors Clare Collins, Philip Morgan, Tracy Burrows, Robin Callister
Schumacher T, Burrows T, Rollo M, Spratt N, Callister R, Collins C, 'Effectiveness of a Brief Dietetic Intervention for Hyperlipidaemic Adults Using Individually-Tailored Dietary Feedback', Healthcare, 4 75-75 [C1]
DOI 10.3390/healthcare4040075
Citations Scopus - 4
Co-authors Clare Collins, Robin Callister, Neil Spratt, Megan Rollo, Tracy Burrows
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Conference (19 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2020 Kocanda L, Brown L, Rollo M, Kerr J, Schumacher T, May J, 'Nutrition care at cardiac rehabilitation programs in Australia. Is it evidence based?', Nutrition care at cardiac rehabilitation programs in Australia. Is it evidence based?, Melbourne, Virtual Conference (2020)
DOI 10.1111/1747-0080.12627
Co-authors Megan Rollo, Jennifer May, Lucy Kocanda Uon, Leanne Brown
2020 Kocanda L, Schumacher T, Kerr J, May J, Rollo M, Brown L, 'Providing nutrition care at cardiac rehabilitation. A survey of current practice and attitudes in Australia', Virtual Conference (2020)
Co-authors Megan Rollo, Jennifer May, Lucy Kocanda Uon, Leanne Brown
2019 Rae KM, Schumacher T, Lumbers ER, Lee YQ, Keogh L, Sutherland K, et al., 'The Association between Maternal Adiposity and Offspring Early Childhood Kidney Function in an Indigenous Australian Pregnancy-through-to-Early-Childhood Cohort Study: The Gomeroi Gaaynggal Study.', REPRODUCTIVE SCIENCES, Paris, FRANCE (2019)
Co-authors Kirsty Pringle
2019 Schumacher T, Squires K, Urquhart L, Crowley E, Hicks A, Brown L, 'Opportunistic health screening for festival goers: A stimulus for health improvements', Gold Coast, QLD (2019)
Co-authors Leanne Brown, Lisa Urquhart, Kelly Squires, Elesa Crowley
2019 Jones T, Melton A, Cranney T, Squires K, Schumacher T, Brown L, 'Exploring the eating habits of travellers at the Tamworth Country Music Festival', Gold Coast, QLD (2019)
Co-authors Leanne Brown, Kelly Squires
2019 Payne E, Brown L, Crowley E, Rollo M, Schumacher T, 'Mapping access to core foods in a rural setting: Dietitians using visual techniques to raise awareness for service planning', Gold Coast, QLD (2019)
Co-authors Leanne Brown, Megan Rollo, Elesa Crowley
2019 Rae K, Schumacher T, Keogh L, Sutherland K, Lee YQ, Lumbers E, Pringle K, 'Prevalence of kidney dysfunction in Indigenous infants from the Gomeroi Gaaynggal cohort (P341)', Melbourne, VIC (2019)
Co-authors Kirsty Pringle, Kym Rae
2019 Pringle K, Lee Y, Oldmeadow C, Lumbers E, Collins C, Johnson V, et al., 'The relationship between maternal adiposity and offspring kidney in utero and kidney function in infants: The Gomeroi Gaaynggal Study (DOHAD19-727)', Melbourne, VIC (2019)
Co-authors Clare Collins, Kirsty Pringle, Christopher Oldmeadow, Kym Rae
2019 Kocanda L, Kerr J, Brown L, May J, Schumacher T, Rollo M, Rutherford J, 'Nutrition education in cardiac rehabilitation: Time for change', Sydney, NSW (2019)
Co-authors Jennifer May, Leanne Brown, Megan Rollo, Lucy Kocanda Uon
2018 Kocanda L, Brown L, May J, Rollo M, Collins C, Schumacher T, 'Can opportunistic CVD risk screening increase interest in own health for a rural population?', Tamworth, NSW (2018)
Co-authors Clare Collins, Lucy Kocanda Uon, Megan Rollo, Jennifer May, Leanne Brown
2018 Hunter S, Kewley C, Leonard A, Scott J, Schumacher T, 'Moving beyond the fragmented and reductionist model of aged care: Evaluation of a process to create an aged care worker of the future', INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF INTEGRATED CARE (2018)
DOI 10.5334/ijic.s2100
Co-authors Sharyn Hunter
2017 Kewley C, Scott J, Hunter S, Schumacher T, 'Confronting the paradigm of discipline specific expert knowledge: Is professional integration the Holy Grail for sustainable and authentic models of co-production and integrated care?', INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF INTEGRATED CARE (2017)
DOI 10.5334/ijic.3188
Co-authors Sharyn Hunter
2016 Schumacher T, Hunter S, Kewley C, Scott J, 'Who are the future workere of the aged care industy?... and how can we make them ready to support active ageing?', Melbourne (2016)
Co-authors Sharyn Hunter, Chris Kewley
2016 Hunter S, Kewley C, Schumacher T, Scott J, 'Demands and challenges of an ageing population: Ensuring a suitable aged care workforce (Invited speaker)', Dubbo (2016)
Co-authors Sharyn Hunter, Chris Kewley
2015 Collins CE, Schumacher T, Burrows T, Spratt N, Callister R, 'Effectiveness of a nutrition knowledge translation intervention in the dietary management of hyperlipidaemia', 4th Annual NHMRC Symposium on Research Translation jointly with CIPHER, Sydney, NSW (2015) [E3]
Co-authors Robin Callister, Clare Collins, Tracy Burrows, Neil Spratt
2015 Schumacher TL, Burrows TL, Rollo ME, Callister R, Collins CE, 'Initiating and measuring appropriate dietary changes in cardiovascular populations', 23rd Annual Conference for Cardiovascular Health and Rehabilitation Association of NSW and ACT, Sydney, NSW (2015) [E3]
Co-authors Robin Callister, Clare Collins, Tracy Burrows, Megan Rollo
2015 Schumacher TL, Burrows TL, Callister R, Spratt NJ, Thompson DI, Collins CE, '"I know what I am supposed to eat but " What families thing about eating the right food for heart health', 2nd Australian Society for Medical Research Satellite Scientific Meeting, Newcastle, NSW (2015) [E3]
Co-authors Neil Spratt, Tracy Burrows, Robin Callister, Clare Collins
2015 Schumacher TL, Burrows TL, Rollo ME, Spratt NJ, Callister R, Collins CE, 'Effectiveness of a dietary intervention to reduce cardiovascular risk factors in a hyperlipidaemic population', Australian Cardiac Rehabilitation Association 25th Annual Scientific Meeting, Melbourne, Vic (2015) [E3]
Co-authors Megan Rollo, Tracy Burrows, Robin Callister, Neil Spratt, Clare Collins
2012 Collins CE, Schumacher R, Dewar DL, Lubans DR, Finn TL, Morgan PJ, et al., 'Dietary patterns of adolescent girls attending schools in low-income communities highlight inadequate consumption of core food groups', Obesity Research & Clinical Practice, Auckland, New Zealand (2012) [E3]
Citations Web of Science - 3
Co-authors Clare Collins, Philip Morgan, David Lubans, Tracy Burrows
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Other (1 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2017 Backholer K, Candy S, Farahnaky A, Garvey J, Lewis J, Malek L, et al., 'Re-thinking food and nutrition science: The food environment. Discussion paper', : Australian Academy of Science (2017)
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants 12
Total funding $1,289,799

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20211 grants / $10,000

An investigation into the association between myocardial infarctions and takeaway food availability in the New England region of the Hunter New England Central Coast Primary Health Network$10,000

Funding body: Hunter New England and Central Coast Primary Health Network (HNECC)

Funding body Hunter New England and Central Coast Primary Health Network (HNECC)
Project Team Doctor Tracy Schumacher, Associate Professor Leanne Brown, Professor Jennifer May, Ms Annabelle Williams
Scheme Research Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2021
Funding Finish 2021
GNo G2100858
Type Of Funding C3200 – Aust Not-for Profit
Category 3200
UON Y

20201 grants / $1,029,107

Addressing the evidence gap on medical nutrition therapy for primary and secondary prevention of cardiovascular disease in regional and rural communities$1,029,107

Funding body: Department of Health

Funding body Department of Health
Project Team Professor Clare Collins, Professor John Attia, Professor Jennifer May, Professor Andrew Boyle, Doctor Tracy Schumacher, Doctor Megan Rollo, Professor Christine Jorm, John Baillie, Doctor Shanthi Ramanathan
Scheme MRFF - Primary Health Care
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2020
Funding Finish 2022
GNo G2000064
Type Of Funding C1300 - Aust Competitive - Medical Research Future Fund
Category 1300
UON Y

20193 grants / $18,400

FHEAM Visiting Fellow Grant$8,400

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

Funding body Faculty of Health and Medicine, University of Newcastle
Project Team

Dr Wendy Lawrence, Dr Tracy Schumacher, Jenna Hollis

Scheme Visiting Fellows Scheme
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2019
Funding Finish 2019
GNo
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON N

Health Conversation Skills research and teaching program - New Course Initiative Funding$5,000

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

Funding body Faculty of Health and Medicine, University of Newcastle
Project Team

Lesley MacDonald-Wicks, Jenna Hollis, Tracy Schumacher, Clare Collins

Scheme Faculty Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2019
Funding Finish 2019
GNo
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON N

Healthy conversation skills - teaching and research project $5,000

Funding body: Centre for Teaching and Learning, The University of Newcastle

Funding body Centre for Teaching and Learning, The University of Newcastle
Project Team

Lesley MacDonald-Wicks, Jenna Hollis, Tracy Schumacher, Clare Collins

Scheme Teaching Innovation Investment Scheme
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2019
Funding Finish 2019
GNo
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON N

20182 grants / $28,500

Consequences of the in utero environment on kidney function for infants in the Gomeroi gaaynggal cohort$22,500

Funding body: Hunter Medical Research Institute

Funding body Hunter Medical Research Institute
Project Team Associate Professor Kym Rae, Doctor Tracy Schumacher, Associate Professor Kirsty Pringle
Scheme Project Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2018
Funding Finish 2019
GNo G1900055
Type Of Funding C3300 – Aust Philanthropy
Category 3300
UON Y

2018 Research Visiting Fellow Grant$6,000

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

Funding body Faculty of Health and Medicine, University of Newcastle
Project Team

Dr Tracy Schumacher, Professor Shane Norris

Scheme Visiting Fellows Scheme
Role Lead
Funding Start 2018
Funding Finish 2018
GNo
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON N

20173 grants / $48,792

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, Professor Tracy Burrows, Doctor Tracy Schumacher, Associate Professor Lesley MacDonald-Wicks, Doctor Amanda Patterson
Scheme Project Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2017
Funding Finish 2017
GNo G1700018
Type Of Funding C3200 – Aust Not-for Profit
Category 3200
UON Y

UON 2017 Research Equipment Grant$15,000

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Doctor Tracy Schumacher
Scheme Researcher Equipment Grants
Role Lead
Funding Start 2017
Funding Finish 2017
GNo G1701147
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

Feasibility and engagement strategies for a cardiovascular disease prevention program targeting a high need, low health literacy rural community.$7,792

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Doctor Tracy Schumacher, Associate Professor Leanne Brown, Professor Jennifer May, Professor Clare Collins, Professor Andrew Boyle
Scheme Linkage Pilot Research Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2017
Funding Finish 2018
GNo G1701268
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20161 grants / $130,000

Development of an aged care tertiary pathway program$130,000

Funding body: NSW Department of Education

Funding body NSW Department of Education
Project Team Associate Professor Chris Kewley, Conjoint Professor Judith Scott, Doctor Tracy Schumacher
Scheme Research Project
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2016
Funding Finish 2016
GNo G1600366
Type Of Funding C2300 – Aust StateTerritoryLocal – Own Purpose
Category 2300
UON Y

20141 grants / $25,000

Validation of a Food Frequency Questionnaire to detect changes in diet-related cardiovascular disease risk$25,000

Funding body: Hunter Medical Research Institute

Funding body Hunter Medical Research Institute
Project Team Professor Clare Collins, Conjoint Professor Robin Callister, Professor Tracy Burrows, Professor Lisa Wood, Doctor Tracy Schumacher
Scheme Cardiovascular Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2014
Funding Finish 2014
GNo G1301346
Type Of Funding Grant - Aust Non Government
Category 3AFG
UON Y
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Research Supervision

Number of supervisions

Completed8
Current4

Current Supervision

Commenced Level of Study Research Title Program Supervisor Type
2021 Honours TBA Nutrition & Dietetics, College of Health, Medicine and Wellbeing, University of Newcastle Principal Supervisor
2020 PhD Lifestyle Intervention Following Gestational Diabetes in Indigenous Australian Mothers PhD (Paediatric & Child Hlth), College of Health, Medicine and Wellbeing, The University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor
2020 PhD Is a Personalised Medical Nutrition Therapy (MNT) Program Aimed at Primary and Secondary CVD Prevention, with and without Additional Telehealth Support from a Dietitian, Feasible, Acceptable and Cost-Effective in Lowering CVD Risk Over 12 Months, within Regional and Rural Primary Health Care Settings? PhD (Nutrition & Dietetics), College of Health, Medicine and Wellbeing, The University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor
2018 PhD Factors Involved in Translating Nutrition Knowledge to a High Risk Rural Population for the Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease PhD (Medicine), College of Health, Medicine and Wellbeing, The University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor

Past Supervision

Year Level of Study Research Title Program Supervisor Type
2020 Honours Modifiable risk factors for cardiovascular disease among women with and without a history of hypertensive disorders of pregnancy Nutrition & Dietetics, Faculty of Health and Medicine, University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor
2020 Honours What do junior athletes eat and is it good enough? Nutrition & Dietetics, Faculty of Health and Medicine, The University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor
2019 Honours Determining nutrition recovery between pregnancies to improve long-term health for a cohort of Indigenous Australian women Nutrition & Dietetics, Faculty of Health and Medicine, University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor
2019 Honours Diet quality and adequacy of macronutrient intake of Australian adolescent athletes from a variety of sports Nutrition & Dietetics, Faculty of Health and Medicine, University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor
2018 Honours Portion size, energy density and nutritional adequacy of dietary intake in Indigenous women during pregnancy Nutrition & Dietetics, Faculty of Health and Medicine, University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor
2018 Honours The role of socioeconomic status on nutrient intakes, energy density and portion size in Australian women of child-bearing age Nutrition & Dietetics, Faculty of Health and Medicine, University of Newcastle Principal Supervisor
2018 Honours An investigation into the relationship between skin colour analysis and self-reported fruit and vegetable intake in people attending rural events in Australia Nutrition & Dietetics, Faculty of Health and Medicine, University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor
2018 Honours Exploring core food access in Tamworth, NSW Nutrition & Dietetics, Faculty of Health and Medicine, University of Newcastle Principal Supervisor
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News

Unique Women in STEMM scholarship program supports Early Career Researchers

May 19, 2020

In a first for an Australian university to help redress some of the systemic biases female academics face, the University of Newcastle has awarded fully-funded PhD candidate scholarships to six Women in STEMM Early Career Researchers.

Study targets high cholesterol

January 6, 2014

Nutrition study targets high cholesterol

Love Your Heart

October 15, 2013

Researchers are helping families with a history of cardiovascular disease to become ‘heart smart’ in a bid to lower risk factors for heart attack or stroke.

Dr Tracy Schumacher

Positions

Clinical Teaching and Research Academic
University Newcastle Department of Rural Health
College of Health, Medicine and Wellbeing

Research Academic
School of Health Sciences
College of Health, Medicine and Wellbeing

Contact Details

Email tracy.schumacher@newcastle.edu.au
Phone (02) 49216259
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Office

Building Department of Rural Health, Tamworth
Location Tamworth

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