My first experience within health research was first in an undergraduate clinical science degree which opened my eyes to the world of research. I initially had an interest in food biochemistry and was in awe of the complexity and intricacy of food. It wasn’t until first year in a degree of nutrition and dietetics, learning about the role of nutrition in public health, where I had my light bulb moment that lead me to my interest in health prevention. Now working in public health research at Hunter New England Population Health, I am able to satisfy my curious mind of embedding research into practice.
Ultimately it would be to improve health across the lifespan, in order to reduce overall chronic disease. I want the community to live a fulfilled and healthy life by helping to instill healthy habits from a young age.
Alison Brown is a PhD student and Research Assistant at the University of Newcastle and Hunter New England Population Health. Alison is also an Accredited Practicing Dietitian.
Alison’s PhD focus is in childhood obesity prevention, particularly the healthy lunch box program ‘SWAP IT’ within the Good for Kids team. Alison’s core research involves creating supportive healthy environments for child and their parents. Alison also has a profound interest in knowledge translation and its application to public health.
In 2017, Alison completed a Bachelor of Nutrition and Dietetics (Honors Class 1) at the University of Newcastle. Prior to this, in 2011, she completed a Bachelor of Clinical Science at Charles Sturt University.