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Newest activity from the Healthy Primary Care team

A/Prof Lauren Ball has commented on the recent calls for Australians to receive COVID19 ‘clearance certificates’ from their doctors. The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners has called this activity ‘nonsense’ and a waste of time. Read the full article here. A/Prof Ball and PhD Candidate Bryce Brickley have also contributed to Griffith University’s Health […]

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Leading my research team from home

The start of 2020 has been challenging for the higher education sector. Students are unable to enter Australia, teachers have adapted to online learning quickly, and ‘hands-on‘ learning has halted altogether. All thanks to the growing chaos of the COVID-19 pandemic.     I lead Griffith University‘s Healthy Primary Care team. We are 18 researchers, 12 of whom are PhD students. Our funding, made possible through success in the first round […]

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My 5 top tips to successfully complete your PhD

  Choose your supervisor/s very carefully It sounds obvious, but your PhD supervisor/s are extremely important for the success of your PhD. They are your main support network for the next 3+ years so be strategic and choose them wisely. Think carefully about the skills you want to develop as a researcher and select someone […]

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How to choose the BEST title for your journal article

Choosing a journal article title is a very important part of the scientific process because it may influence the impact of your work and the number of readers that it will attract. Here’s a list of my top tips for picking the most effective journal article title. DO DRAFT A NUMBER OF DIFFERENT TITLE IDEAS […]

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Turn your scientific journal article into a blogpost with these easy steps

  • October 31, 2019
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Academia is very different than it was 20 years ago. In the digital world, academic authors now get multiple chances to create and put out their own messages. So why not turn your article into a blog post that might engage more readers or that media outlets might even pick up? It’s easy to do […]

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The Lancet Planetary Health: Our new study finds medical education does not equip students to provide high quality nutritional care

Why is this study important? Globally, 11 million deaths annually are attributable to poor diet, making it the leading risk factor for death across the world [1]. Accordingly, many countries recommend that doctors apply nutrition knowledge in practice to support patients to manage lifestyle-related chronic disease and other diet-related conditions. A well recognised evidenced-practice gap […]

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Forget “writer’s block”, I’ve got “editor’s block” – help!

  • September 11, 2019
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In academia, we often talk about “writer’s block”. This is when you find it difficult to figure out what you want to say to your audience. Something that is not as commonly discussed is “editor’s block”. This can be just as frustrating. It happens when you have finished the first draft of a paper and […]

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THREE common nutrition myths – busted!

  • August 19, 2019
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There is a constant influx of incorrect nutrition advice being thrown around the internet, so I thought it would be great to bust three of the top myths that pop up in my news feed. MYTH #1: The MSG in Chinese food is toxic MSG is short for monosodium glutamate. It is a common food […]

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Should we advise patients to eat a diet based on their DNA?

  • July 28, 2019
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What is nutritional genomics? How can we predict which diets will work for which patients? Nutritional genomics may be able to help in the future. Nutritional genomics is the science that looks at the relationship between our genes, nutrition and health. The techniques of this science can help categorise optimal nutrition for various groups and individuals. […]

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Tips on how to disseminate your research findings effectively

As researchers, we know that effective dissemination of research findings is extremely important to help bridge the gap between research and policy. I have supervised many PhD students in my career and often find they are confused about where to begin when it comes to research dissemination. Here are some clear steps to take that […]

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