Priority Research Centre for

Nutrition and Dietetics

"You are what you eat!" and sometimes, you are what you are NOT eating. The research conducted by members of the Nutrition and Dietetics theme examines the contribution of diet, eating patterns and nutritional status to health and disease outcomes across various life stages from childhood, to pregnancy and older ages and across medical conditions including heart disease and diabetes.

The research also asks whether we can believe exactly what people tell us about what they eat and examines our ability to estimate our food intakes. We use novel strategies to measure dietary biomarkers to come up with an answer as to how well people can estimate what they usually eat and how this affects what we know about eating patterns.

Current Research Programs

Australian Eating Survey® (AES) are a suite of food frequency questionnaires (FFQs) designed to assess usual dietary intake of individuals aged two years and above.

AIM 4 ME - The Advice, Ideas and Motivation for My Eating. Web-based RCT testing varying levels of technology-delivered personalised feedback on dietary patterns in motivating young Australian adults (18-24 years old) to improve diet quality and eating habits.

Back 2 Basics Family is an online healthy lifestyle program for families using a non-diet approach to healthy eating.

ServAR - A smartphone app that uses augmented reality to help with diet management during pregnancy.


Nutrition for You, linking young adults to health eating habits. In a bid to improve the eating habits of young adults, researchers have received philanthropic funding from the nib foundation to develop an innovative web platform that will deliver personalised nutrition advice.


Voice-Image-Sensor technologies for Individual Dietary Assessment (VISIDA) system. Researchers have received a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to develop a new technology system for assessing food and nutrient intakes of people who live in low and lower-middle income (LMIC) countries.

Selected Publications


Collins CE, Boggess MM, Watson JF, Guest M, Duncanson K, Pezdirc K, et al., 'Reproducibility and comparative validity of a food frequency questionnaire for Australian adults', Clinical Nutrition, 33 906-914 (2014) [C1] DOI 10.1016/j.clnu.2013.09.015

Article has an altmetric score of 21

Hutchesson MJ, Rollo ME, Krukowski R, Ells L, Harvey J, Morgan PJ, et al., 'eHealth interventions for the prevention and treatment of overweight and obesity in adults: A systematic review with meta-analysis', Obesity Reviews, 16 376-392 (2015) [C1] DOI 10.1111/obr.12268

Article has an altmetric score of 62

Rollo ME, Bucher T, Smith SP, Collins CE, 'ServAR: An augmented reality tool to guide the serving of food', INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF BEHAVIORAL NUTRITION AND PHYSICAL ACTIVITY, 14 (2017) [C1] DOI 10.1186/s12966-017-0516-9

Article has an altmetric score of 94

Burrows T, Goldman S, Olson RK, Byrne B, Coventry WL, 'Associations between selected dietary behaviours and academic achievement: A study of Australian school aged children', Appetite, 116 372-380 (2017) [C1] DOI 10.1016/j.appet.2017.05.008

Article has an altmetric score of 33

Bucher T, Weltert M, Rollo ME, Smith SP, Jia W, Collins CE, Sun M, 'The international food unit: A new measurement aid that can improve portion size estimation', International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, 14 1-11 (2017) [C1] DOI 10.1186/s12966-017-0583-y

Article has an altmetric score of 22

Hutchesson MJ, Rollo ME, Callister R, Collins CE, 'Self-Monitoring of Dietary Intake by Young Women: Online Food Records Completed on Computer or Smartphone Are as Accurate as Paper-Based Food Records but More Acceptable', Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 115 87-94 (2015) [C1] DOI 10.1016/j.jand.2014.07.036

Article has an altmetric score of 215

Bucher T, Collins C, Rollo ME, McCaffrey TA, De Vlieger N, Van Der Bend D, et al., 'Nudging consumers towards healthier choices: A systematic review of positional influences on food choice', British Journal of Nutrition, 115 2252-2263 (2016) [C1] DOI 10.1017/S0007114516001653

Article has an altmetric score of 16

Ashman AM, Collins CE, Brown LJ, Rae KM, Rollo ME, 'A Brief Tool to Assess Image-Based Dietary Records and Guide Nutrition Counselling Among Pregnant Women: An Evaluation', JMIR MHEALTH AND UHEALTH, 4 (2016) [C1] DOI 10.2196/mhealth.6469

Article has an altmetric score of 16

Burrows T, Hides L, Brown R, Dayas CV, Kay-Lambkin F, 'Differences in Dietary Preferences, Personality and Mental Health in Australian Adults with and without Food Addiction', NUTRIENTS, 9 (2017) [C1] DOI 10.3390/nu9030285

Article has an altmetric score of 1

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