Shelley Back

Shelley Back

What are your research interests?

  • Public Health interventions in nutrition
  • Obesity prevention and children’s nutrition
  • Nutritional science
  • Diet disease and global disease burden

Why did you get into research?

My career started as a secondary teacher with ambitions to inspire a healthier next generation. My passion for understanding nutrition and its benefits on development and overall health was my motive to return to postgraduate study in the field of nutrition and dietetics. I wanted to make a difference on a larger scale beyond the classroom and understand nutrition in a raw, unfiltered manner.

Society today is overwhelmed by information filtered by the media and confused by conflicting messages; so I question everything. I want to know the truth and instill the truth on others!

What would be the ultimate goal for your research?

To continuously build my knowledge in areas related to nutritional science, in order to provide accurate information that is up to date and relevant to the populations needs. I envision a world where people aren’t confused about ‘diets’, and the reduction of chronic illness and obesity has been reduced because people value the importance of a healthy, balanced diet and active lifestyles.


Shelley Back is a Project Officer at Hunter New England Population Health, working primarily in nutrition based obesity prevention programs with the Good for Kids team. In 2018, Shelley started working as a research assistant at Population Health on Nutrition programs in schools. In 2019, Shelley became a Project Officer at Population Health, supporting schools in creating healthy food environments, in particular school canteens.

Future Focus

My future focus will involve consistent research to remain up to date with trends and new evidence relative to the field of nutritional science, in particular in the areas of causes of chronic illness, strategies for obesity prevention and public health nutrition interventions. I intend on participating in RCT’s to further understand this area of research.

Specialised/Technical Skills

  • Obesity prevention
  • Nutritional Science
  • School based programs