Dr Tracy Schumacher

Dr Tracy Schumacher

Clinical Teaching and Research Academic

University of 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
111199 Nutrition and Dietetics not elsewhere classified 100

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

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

Professional appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
1/02/2016 - 1/01/2017 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 Tracy Burrows, Megan Rollo, Clare Collins

Journal article (23 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
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
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.', Curr Obes Rep, 8 53-65 (2019)
DOI 10.1007/s13679-019-00336-2
Co-authors Tracy Burrows, Clare Collins, Lee Ashton, Megan Rollo
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)
DOI 10.1016/j.clnesp.2018.10.007
Co-authors Kristine Pezdirc, Tracy Burrows, Megan Rollo, Robin Callister, Clare Collins, Lisa Wood, Lee Ashton
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)
DOI 10.11648/j.jfns.20190701.13
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)

© Cambridge University Press and the International Society for Developmental Origins of Health and Disease 2019. Adverse pregnancy outcomes including prematurity and low birth wei... [more]

© Cambridge University Press and the International Society for Developmental Origins of Health and Disease 2019. 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 - 1
Co-authors Kym Rae, Kirsty Pringle, Roger Smith, E Lumbers
2019 Schumacher TL, Weatherall L, Keogh L, Sutherland K, Collins CE, Pringle KG, Rae KM, 'Erratum: Reprint of characterizing gestational weight gain in a cohort of indigenous Australian women (Midwifery (2018)60 (13 19), (S0266613818300214), (10.1016/j.midw.2018.01.017))', Midwifery, 74 148-156 (2019)

© 2018 Elsevier Ltd Objective: to determine the adequacy of gestational weight gain for a cohort of Indigenous Australian women and investigate whether it is associated with pre-p... [more]

© 2018 Elsevier Ltd Objective: to determine the adequacy of gestational weight gain for a cohort of Indigenous Australian women and investigate whether it is associated with pre-pregnancy body mass index. Design: analysis of observational data collected from a longitudinal cohort study that follows Indigenous Australian women through pregnancy. Setting: women recruited through antenatal clinics in regional and remote towns in NSW, Australia to the Gomeroi gaaynggal program. Participants: 110 pregnant women who either identified as being an Indigenous Australian or as carrying an Indigenous child. Measurements and findings: measurements included weight and height, self-reported pre-pregnancy weight and smoking status, parity and health conditions that may contribute to gestational weight gain, such as hypertensive or diabetic disorders. Compared to the 2009 Institute of Medicine recommendations for gestational weight gain and based on pre-pregnancy body mass index, the rate of adequate gestational weight gain in this cohort was low (26%). 33% of women had inadequate weight gain and 41% had excessive weight gain. The highest rate of excessive gestational weight gain was found in overweight women (65%), with rates of 39% and 31% found in healthy and obese (all classes)categories, respectively. Parity (coefficient 4.2, p < 0.01)and hypertension (coefficient 4.3, p = 0.049)were found to be significantly associated with gestational weight gain in mixed model linear regression. Conclusions: few women gained adequate gestational weight gain in this study. Culturally acceptable ways of addressing this issue are needed for this group of women, as inadequate and excessive rates of gestational weight gain have health implications for women and their offspring. Implications for practice: a systematic approach to addressing gestational weight gain within antenatal care is required, including asking about diet and exercise, for all women identifying as Indigenous Australian.

DOI 10.1016/j.midw.2018.11.004
Citations Web of Science - 1
Co-authors Kirsty Pringle, Kym Rae, Clare Collins
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 Kirsty Pringle, Clare Collins
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
Co-authors Kirsty Pringle, Kym Rae, Clare Collins
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]

© 2018 The British Dietetic Association Ltd. Background: Little is known about the adequacy of nutrient intakes and the overall diet quality of Indigenous Australian pregnant wome... [more]

© 2018 The British Dietetic Association Ltd. 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 - 1Web of Science - 1
Co-authors Kirsty Pringle, Kym Rae, Clare Collins
2018 Rae KM, Weatherall L, Keogh L, Sutherland K, Pringle KG, Schumacher TL, Collins CE, 'Corrigendum to Characterizing gestational weight gain in a cohort of Indigenous Australian women [Midwifery Volume 60C (2018) 13 19]', Midwifery, (2018)
DOI 10.1016/j.midw.2018.11.003
Co-authors Kym Rae, Kirsty Pringle, Clare Collins
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 - 1Web of Science - 2
Co-authors Jeffrey Marley, John Tessier, Daphne James, Carole James, Suzanne Snodgrass, Joanna Bohatko-Naismith
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 Web of Science - 1
Co-authors Christopher Oldmeadow, Kirsty Pringle, Kym Rae
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 - 4
Co-authors Nienke Devlieger Uon, Tracy Burrows, Megan Rollo, 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 - 2Web of Science - 2
Co-authors Lisa Wood, Robin Callister, Megan Rollo, Tracy Burrows, Kristine Pezdirc, Clare Collins, Lee Ashton
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 - 5Web of Science - 5
Co-authors Clare Collins, Megan Rollo
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]

© The Authors 2016. 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 s... [more]

© The Authors 2016. 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 - 1Web of Science - 1
Co-authors Robin Callister, Clare Collins, Tracy Burrows
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]

© 2016 Macmillan Publishers Limited, part of Springer Nature. All rights reserved. Background/Objectives:Limited dietary intake tools have been validated specifically for hyperlip... [more]

© 2016 Macmillan Publishers Limited, part of Springer Nature. All rights reserved. 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 - 5Web of Science - 5
Co-authors Megan Rollo, Clare Collins, Robin Callister, Tracy Burrows, Lisa Wood
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
Co-authors Neil Spratt, Clare Collins, Robin Callister, Tracy Burrows
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 - 3Web of Science - 4
Co-authors Neil Spratt, Robin Callister, Tracy Burrows, Clare Collins
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 - 18Web of Science - 15
Co-authors Clare Collins, Philip Morgan, 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
Co-authors Tracy Burrows, David Lubans, Clare Collins, Philip Morgan, Robin Callister
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 Tracy Burrows, Philip Morgan, Clare Collins, 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
Co-authors Clare Collins, Robin Callister, Neil Spratt, Megan Rollo, Tracy Burrows
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Conference (12 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
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 Elesa Crowley, Kelly Squires, Lisa Urquhart, Leanne Brown
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 Kelly Squires, Leanne Brown
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, Elesa Crowley
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 Leanne Brown, Jennifer May, Megan Rollo, Lucy Kocanda Uon, Clare Collins
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 Chris Kewley, Sharyn Hunter
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 Neil Spratt, Tracy Burrows, Robin Callister, Clare Collins
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 Megan Rollo, Clare Collins, Robin Callister, Tracy Burrows
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 Tracy Burrows, Clare Collins, Robin Callister, Neil Spratt
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 Neil Spratt, Megan Rollo, Robin Callister, Tracy Burrows, 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]
Co-authors David Lubans, Clare Collins, Philip Morgan, 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 6
Total funding $226,292

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20181 grants / $22,500

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 C3120 - Aust Philanthropy
Category 3120
UON Y

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, 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 C3112 - Aust Not for profit
Category 3112
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 C2210 - Aust StateTerritoryLocal - Own Purpose
Category 2210
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, Professor Robin Callister, Associate 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

Completed0
Current3

Current Supervision

Commenced Level of Study Research Title Program Supervisor Type
2018 PhD Factors Involved in Translating Nutrition Knowledge to a High Risk Rural Population for the Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease PhD (Medicine), Faculty of Health and Medicine, The University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor
2018 PhD Lifestyle Intervention Following Gestational Diabetes in Indigenous Australian Mothers PhD (Aboriginal Health Stud), Faculty of Health and Medicine, The University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor
2017 PhD Determinants of Sour Taste and Consequences for Dietary Habits PhD (Food Science), Faculty of Science, The University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor
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News

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

Position

Clinical Teaching and Research Academic
University of Newcastle Department of Rural Health
Faculty of Health and Medicine

Contact Details

Email tracy.schumacher@newcastle.edu.au
Phone (02) 49216259 (Monday) (02) 67652698 (Tuesday-Friday)
Fax (02) 67653743
Link Twitter

Office

Building Gomeroi gaaynggal Centre & Department of Rural Health, Tamworth
Location Tamworth

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