Professor Clare Collins

Professor Clare Collins
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What are your research interests?

My research interests focus on developing, validating, implementing and evaluating nutrition and healthy lifestyle programs for individuals and families. The goal is to help people make changes to their dietary patterns and decrease their risk of weight-related chronic disease, across all population groups – children, women in pregnancy, young adults and parents. I have a special interest in the use of eHealth and information technologies within my research.

Why did you get into research?

When I graduated from university as an Accredited Practising Dietitian, I was pretty sure I'd never need to do research. But it turned out that the best way to evaluate the significance of my role in the paediatric cystic fibrosis team at John Hunter Children's Hospital was to evaluate it in a clinical research project. Little did I know that this would lead me to life as a researcher and research mentor and leader of the largest group of dietitian researchers in the world.

What would be the ultimate goal for your research?

If I could have my way then everyone would have their own personal dietitian. As that is not likely to happen I will settle for using technology to novel and engaging ways, to connect people with expert nutrition advice, support and motivation. 

Healthy dietary patterns are your best insurance against developing chronic conditions like type 2 diabetes and specific diet-related cancers. By focusing on smart technologies to connect people with expert nutrition advice when they need it, I will lead my research team into the future to develop eating solutions that help people eat better, feel better and perform better. It will be a world where every person can have their own personal e-dietitian and get the sound nutrition advice and support they needed where and when they need it.

Brief Profile

Clare Collins is a Professor of Nutrition and Dietetics in the School of Health Sciences, Faculty of Health and Medicine and Deputy Director, Priority Research Centre in Physical Activity and Nutrition at the University of Newcastle.

Professor Collins has published over 200 manuscripts and has supervised over 20 dietitians doing PhDs. She created the online Healthy Eating Quiz that has provided real-time feedback on diet quality to thousands of Australians since 2012 and recently launched the online Australian Eating Survey that provides real-time feedback of dietary intakes compared to national recommendations.

Professor Collins was a team leader on the systematic reviews for the Dietitians Association of Australia (DAA) that informed the revision of the 2013 NHMRC Australian Dietary Guidelines. She served on the Australia and New Zealand Obesity Society (ANZOS) council for 6 years, with 2 years as Vice President (2007-08).

Professor Collins chaired development of DAA’s Best Practice Dietetic Guidelines for the Management of Adult Overweight and Obesity and led the University of Newcastle and DAA reference group updating these in 2011. She founded the Healthe@UON technology network at the University of Newcastle in 2012 and is currently an academic leader for the University of Newcastle’s Global eHealth Research and Innovation Cluster that is seeking to link research teams across the health, community and industry sectors.

Professor Collins is also a Fellow of the Dietitians Association of Australian (DAA) and represented DAA in an international Practice Based Evidence in Nutrition collaboration with Dietitians of Canada and the British Dietetic Association (PEN). She has been a DAA media spokesperson for 15 years and conducted over 1200 media interviews. She was a clinical paediatric dietitian for 20 years at John Hunter Children’s Hospital, NSW.

Specialised/Technical Skills

  • Nutrition, dietetics
  • Dietary methods
  • Nutrition assessment
  • Validation studies
  • Dietary interventions
  • Nutrition education
  • Public health nutrition
  • eHealth
  • uHealth
  • Clinical nutrition
  • Systematic reviews

Affiliations

2016

Nutrition Connect: providing an online platform to link rural families to health professional advice and support for healthy eating, especially for obese children
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This project will focus on providing telehealth nutrition intervention for rural parents who are concerned about their child’s weight or eating habits.

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Nutrition’s role in chronic pain management
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eHealth research project measuring the impact of web-based feedback on dietary intake in improving eating patterns and health
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Researchers:

Professor Clare Collins, Dr Megan Rollo, Dr Tracy Burrows, Dr Melinda Hutchesson

Description:

This grant will support our eHealth research project measuring the impact of web-based feedback on dietary intake in improving eating patterns and health.

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Evaluation of a type 2 diabetes risk reduction program for women with recent gestational diabetes
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Researchers:

Dr Megan Rollo, Professor Clare Collins, Dr Melinda Hutchesson, Professor Robin Callister

Description:

Pregnancy is like a stress test, revealing a woman's long term risk to developing Type II Diabetes. Post delivery is the ideal time to address lifestyle risk factors but many women with gestational diabetes report a lack of support at this crucial time.

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2015

eHealth research project measuring the impact of web-based feedback on dietary intake in improving eating patterns and health
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Researchers:

Professor Clare Collins, Dr Megan Rollo, Dr Tracy Burrows and Dr Melinda Hutchesson
 

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$10K to support our eHealth research project measuring the impact of web-based feedback on dietary intake in improving eating patterns and health.

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Nutrition’s role in chronic pain management
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$10K for a PhD top-up  for Katherine Brain who is doing her PhD on Nutrition and Pain and has just converted to full time after securing a basis scholarship (CIs are myself, Dr Megan Rollo and Dr Tracy Burrows)
 

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Emlyn and Jennie Thomas Medical Research Postgraduate Scholarship
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Ms Lisa Spencer, Professor Clare Collins, Dr Megan Rollo, Dr Melinda Hutchesson

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The aim of my PhD is to investigate effective and innovative approaches to managing weight during pregnancy and following childbirth.

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2014

The HEY MAN pilot study: using eHealth to Enhance Your Mental health, Physical Activity and Nutrition in young men.
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Professor Clare Collins, Frances Kay-Lambkin, Melinda Hutchesson, Philip Morgan, Megan Rollo, Robin Callister, Geoff Skinner 

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Consistent evidence confirms that excessive stress can adversely affect physical and mental health.

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Investigation of factors affecting the success of family based dietary interventions for parents experiencing CVD events
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Children whose parents suffer a heart attack or stroke prematurely are at a particularly high risk, inheriting a predisposition to heart disease as well as their parent’s eating habits and lifestyle behaviours.

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Development and evaluation of an eHealth weight loss intervention for young overweight women
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Researchers:

Kristine Pezdirc, Professor Clare Collins and Dr Melinda Neve

Description:

Young women are vulnerable to weight gain, which places them at risk of weight related co-morbidities, such as depression, infertility and Type 2 Diabetes. 

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2013

Using focus groups to understand young adult males motivators and barriers to participating in a Healthy Lifestyle Program
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Professor Clare Collins, Melinda Hutchinson, Megan Rollo, Philip Morgan 

Back to Basics
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Long-term follow up of the PULSE Type 2 Diabetes prevention program for men
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Type 2 Diabetes is the fastest growing chronic disease in Australia.

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Validation of a Food Frequency Questionnaire to detect changes in diet-related cardiovascular disease risk
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Diet and Cardiovascular disease risk

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Translation of the Healthy Dads Healthy Kids program in local communities: Transitioning for sustainability
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Transition of HDHK program from researcher-run model to a community-run model over 12 months.

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Investigation of factors affecting the success of family based dietary interventions for parents experiencing CVD events
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Children whose parents suffer a heart attack or stroke prematurely are at a particularly high risk, inheriting a predisposition to heart disease as well as their parent’s eating habits and lifestyle behaviours.
 

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Development and evaluation of an eHealth weight loss intervention for young overweight women
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Kristine Pezdirc,Professor Clare Collins, Dr Melinda Neve 

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Young women are vulnerable to weight gain, which places them at risk of weight related co-morbidities, such as depression, infertility and Type 2 Diabetes. 

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The Healthy Dads, Healthy Kids community program: Promoting family health through sustainable school and community partnerships
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In 2008-09, a rigorous, randomised controlled trial of the Healthy Dad, Healthy Kids (HDHK) program was conducted at the University of Newcastle.

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2012

Evaluation of a workplace-based weight-loss program for men: The POWER (Preventing Obesity Without Eating like a Rabbit) trial at Tomago
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The Healthy Dads, Healthy Kids community program: Promoting family health through sustainable school and community partnerships
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Investigation of factors affecting the success of family based dietary interventions for parents experiencing CVD events
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Development and evaluation of an eHealth weight loss intervention for young overweight women
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 Kristine Pezdirc, Professor Clare Collins and Dr Melinda Neve

2011

Engaging men to maintain weight loss using innovative and cost-effective interventions: The SHED-IT weight loss maintenance pilot study
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DNA methylation in a cohort study of nutrition during pregnancy and childhood
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Feasibility and efficacy of a diet and exercise prevention program for men at high risk of Type 2 Diabetes - Lions District 2013 N3 Diabetes Foundation Diabetes Project Grant
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Feasibility of targeting parents with heart disease to improve the heart health of their children
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Evaluation of a workplace-based weight-loss program for men: The POWER (Preventing Obesity Without Eating like a Rabbit) trial at Tomago
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2010

Adult lifestyle incentives for vitality and energy (ALIVE): Supporting health professionals to assist clients with weight management through lifestyle changes
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Dr Suzanne Snodgrass, Professor Clare Collins, Carole James, Ashley Kable, Maya Guest, Samantha Ashby, Ron Plotnikof, Pat McElduff

How do high protein and/or high fat meals affect postprandial glycaemic control in children and adolescents using intensive insulin therapy?
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Professor Clare Collins, Carmel Smart, Bruce King, Patrick McElduff 

Evaluation of a workplace-based weight-loss program for men: The POWER (Preventing Obesity Without Eating like a Rabbit) trial at Tomago
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Healthy Dads Healthy Kids for Indigenous populations
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2009

The Healthy Dads, Healthy Kids community program: Promoting family health through sustainable school and community partnerships
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Evaluation of a workplace-based weight-loss program for men: The POWER (Preventing Obesity Without Eating like a Rabbit) trial at Tomago
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Validation of energy intake and expenditure in young children using Food Frequency Questionnaires, doubly-labelled water and accelerometers
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Development of the SHED-IT weight loss programs for men
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Does the HIKCUPS weight management program for overweight children work in the parents' workplace or in after school care settings - PhD topup scholarship
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The Contribution of Nutrition to Achieving Healthy Pregnancy outcomes for mothers and babies - PhD Scholarship Yr 1/ PhD topup Y2 and Yr 3
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Associate Professor Clare Collins, Michelle Blumfield
 

2008

The "Healthy Dads, Healthy Kids" Project" Feasibility and Benefits of a Father-Focused Child Obesity Prevention Intervention.
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In children with type 1 Diabetes on intensive insulin therapy, can improving carbohydrate knowledge and targeted nutrition education strategies improve diabetes management?
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2006

Validating tools to assess children's' food intake to develop healthy eating programs
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Dr Clare Collins, Dr J Warren
 

2003

Diet, Nutrition and lifestyle factors in the development and treatment of overweight and obesity in children
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High Versus Low Dos nutrition to reduce malnutrition prevalence and length of stay in fractured neck of femur patients
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2002

Acting on overweight and obesity in Hunter children
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The role of nutrition in improving outcomes for people with fractures
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2000

Nutritional status of children undergoing chemotherapy; a cross sectional review
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