Dr Melanie Nichols

STAFF PROFILE

Position

Alfred Deakin Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Faculty

Faculty of Health

Department

School of Health & Soc. Dev.

Campus

Geelong Waterfront Campus

Biography summary

Dr Melanie Nichols is a Senior Research Fellow at the World Health Organisation (WHO) Collaborating Centre for Obesity Prevention at Deakin University, and the lead researcher on the Heart Foundation / Deakin University Heart Disease Statistics Program (HeartStats). Melanie’s research focuses on the epidemiology of heart disease and other non-communicable diseases, community-based approaches to promoting health and evaluation of large scale interventions and natural experiments.

Research interests

Evaluation of large scale and 'natural' experiments in public health

Epidemiological modelling of non-communicable diseases

Community-based approaches to obesity prevention

Improved use of routine datasets for monitoring population health

Publications

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2017

Rural inequalities in the Australian burden of ischaemic heart disease: a systematic review

Miss Laura Alston, Prof Steven Allender, Ms Karen Peterson, Mrs Jane Jacobs, Dr Melanie Nichols

(2017), Vol. 26, pp. 122-133, Heart lung and circulation, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

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2016

Depressive symptomatology, weight status and obesogenic risk among Australian adolescents: a prospective cohort study

Dr Erin Hoare, Dr Lynne Millar, A/Prof Matthew Fuller-Tyszkiewicz, Prof Helen Skouteris, Dr Melanie Nichols, Ms Mary Malakellis, Prof Boyd Swinburn, Prof Steven Allender

(2016), Vol. 6, pp. 1-11, BMJ open, London, Eng., C1

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A systematic review of published interventions for primary and secondary prevention of ischaemic heart disease (IHD) in rural populations of Australia

Miss Laura Alston, Ms Karen Peterson, Mrs Jane Jacobs, Prof Steven Allender, Dr Melanie Nichols

(2016), Vol. 16, pp. 1-11, BMC public health, London, Eng., C1

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Characterising the extent of misreporting of high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and diabetes using the Australian Health Survey

Ms Karen Peterson, Mrs Jane Jacobs, Prof Steven Allender, Miss Laura Alston, Dr Melanie Nichols

(2016), Vol. 16, pp. 1-11, BMC public health, London, Eng., C1

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Quantifying the association between physical activity and cardiovascular disease and diabetes: a systematic review and meta-analysis

Ahad Wahid, Nishma Manek, Dr Melanie Nichols, Paul M Kelly, Charlie Foster, Premila Webster, Asha Kaur, Claire Friedemann Smith, Elizabeth Wilkins, Dr Mike Rayner, Nia Roberts, Peter Scarborough

(2016), Vol. 5, pp. 1-11, Journal of the American Heart Association, Hoboken, N.J., C1

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Cardiovascular disease in Europe 2016: an epidemiological update

Dr Melanie Nichols

(2016), Vol. 37, pp. 3182-3183, European heart journal, Oxford, Eng., C1

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Cardiovascular disease in Europe : epidemiological update 2016.

Nick Townsend, L. D. Wilson, Prachi Bhatnagar, Kremlin K Wickramasinghe, M Rayner, Dr Melanie Nichols

(2016), Vol. 37, pp. 3232-3245, European heart journal, Oxford, Eng, C1

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2015

The stability of weight status through the early to middle childhood years in Australia: a longitudinal study

Miss Nikita Wheaton, Dr Lynne Millar, Prof Steven Allender, Dr Melanie Nichols

(2015), Vol. 5, pp. 1-9, BMJ open, London, Eng., C1

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Cardiovascular disease in Europe - epidemiological update 2015

Nick Townsend, Dr Melanie Nichols, Peter Scarborough, Dr Mike Rayner

(2015), Vol. 36, pp. 2696-2705, European heart journal, Oxford, Eng., C1

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Critical design features for establishing a childhood obesity monitoring program in Australia

Dr Katie Lacy, Dr Melanie Nichols, Andrea de Silva, Prof Steven Allender, Boyd Swinburne, Eva Leslie, Laura Jones, Dr Peter Kremer

(2015), Vol. 21, pp. 369-372, Australian journal of primary health, Melbourne, Vic, C1

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Cardiovascular disease in Europe 2015 : epidemiological update

Nick Townsend, Dr Melanie Nichols, Peter Scarborough, Dr Mike Rayner

(2015), Vol. 36, pp. 2696-2705, European heart journal, London, Eng., C1

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Systematic review of mental health and well-being outcomes following community-based obesity prevention interventions among adolescents.

Dr Erin Hoare, A/Prof Matthew Fuller-Tyszkiewicz, Prof Helen Skouteris, Dr Lynne Millar, Dr Melanie Nichols, Prof Steven Allender

(2015), Vol. 5, pp. 1-13, BMJ Journals, London, Eng., C1

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Web search activity data accurately predict population chronic disease risk in the USA

Dr Thin Nguyen, Dr Truyen Tran, Dr Wei Luo, Dr Sunil Gupta, Dr Santu Rana, Prof Dinh Phung, Dr Melanie Nichols, Dr Lynne Millar, Prof Svetha Venkatesh, Prof Steven Allender

(2015), Vol. 69, pp. 693-699, Journal of epidemiology and community health, London, Eng., C1

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Is demography destiny? Application of machine learning techniques to accurately predict population health outcomes from a minimal demographic dataset

Dr Wei Luo, Dr Thin Nguyen, Dr Melanie Nichols, Dr Truyen Tran, Dr Santu Rana, Dr Sunil Gupta, Prof Dinh Phung, Prof Svetha Venkatesh, Prof Steven Allender

(2015), Vol. 10, pp. 1-13, PLoS One, San Francisco, Calif., C1

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2014

Cardiovascular disease in Europe 2014: epidemiological update

Dr Melanie Nichols, Nick Townsend, Peter Scarborough, Dr Mike Rayner

(2014), Vol. 35, pp. 2950-2959, European heart journal, Oxford, England, C1

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A systematic review and meta-analysis of whole of community interventions to prevent excessive population weight gain

Luke Wolfenden, Rebecca J. Wyse, Dr Melanie Nichols, Prof Steven Allender, Dr Lynne Millar, Dr Patrick McElduff

(2014), Vol. 62, pp. 193-200, Preventive medicine, Maryland Heights, Missouri, C1

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Associations between obesogenic risk and depressive symptomatology in Australian adolescents : a cross-sectional study

Dr Erin Hoare, Dr Lynne Millar, A/Prof Matthew Fuller-Tyszkiewicz, Prof Helen Skouteris, Dr Melanie Nichols, Prof Felice Jacka, Prof Boyd Swinburn, C Chikwendu, Prof Steven Allender

(2014), Vol. 68, pp. 767-772, Journal of epidemiology and community health, London, England, C1

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Relationship between raised BMI and sugar sweetened beverage and high fat food consumption among children

Dr Lynne Millar, Dr Bosco Rowland, Dr Melanie Nichols, Prof Boyd Swinburn, Prof Catherine Bennett, Prof Helen Skouteris, Prof Steven Allender

(2014), Vol. 22, pp. E96-E103, Obesity, Hoboken, N. J., C1

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2013

Increasing community capacity and decreasing prevalence of overweight and obesity in a community based intervention among Australian adolescents

Dr Lynne Millar, Ms Narelle Robertson, Prof Steven Allender, Dr Melanie Nichols, Prof Catherine Bennett, Prof Boyd Swinburn

(2013), Vol. 56, pp. 379-384, Preventive medicine, Maryland Heights, Mo., C1

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Inconsistent associations between sweet drink intake and 2-year change in BMI among Victorian children and adolescents

Britt W. Jensen, Dr Melanie Nichols, Prof Steven Allender, Dr Andrea De Silva-Sanigorski, Dr Lynne Millar, Dr Peter Kremer, Dr Katie Lacy, Prof Boyd Swinburn

(2013), Vol. 8, pp. 271-283, Pediatric obesity, Oxford, England, C1

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Community-based efforts to prevent obesity: Australia-wide survey of projects

Dr Melanie Nichols, Dr Rebecca Reynolds, Prof Elizabeth Waters, Timothy Gill, Lesley King, Prof Boyd Swinburn, Prof Steven Allender

(2013), pp. 1-7, Health promotion journal of Australia, Camperdown, N. S. W., C1

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Cardiovascular disease in Europe: epidemiological update

Dr Melanie Nichols, Nick Townsend, Peter Scarborough, Dr Mike Rayner

(2013), Vol. 34, pp. 3028-3034, European heart journal, Oxford, England, C1

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Trends in age-specific coronary heart disease mortality in the European Union over three decades: 1980-2009

Dr Melanie Nichols, Nick Townsend, Peter Scarborough, Dr Mike Rayner

(2013), Vol. 34, pp. 3017-3027, European heart journal, Oxford, England, C1

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Adolescent dietary patterns in Fiji and their relationships with standardized body mass index

Ms Jillian Wate, Dr Wendy Snowdon, Dr Lynne Millar, Dr Melanie Nichols, Dr Helen Mavoa, Ramneek Goundar, Ateca Kama, Prof Boyd Swinburn

(2013), Vol. 10, pp. 1-12, International journal of behavioral nutrition and physical activity, London, England, C1

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2012

What is the optimal level of population alcohol consumption for chronic disease prevention in England? Modelling the impact of changes in average consumption levels

Dr Melanie Nichols, Peter Scarborough, Prof Steven Allender, Dr Mike Rayner

(2012), Vol. 2, pp. 1-10, BMJ Open, London, England, C1

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Process and impact evaluation of the romp & chomp obesity prevention intervention in early childhood settings : lessons learned from implementation in preschools and long day care settings

Dr Andrea Sanigorski, Prof Colin Bell, Dr Peter Kremer, Janet Park, Lisa Demajo, Dr Michael Smith, Sharon Sharp, Dr Melanie Nichols, Lauren Carpenter, Ms Rachel Boak, Prof Boyd Swinburn

(2012), Vol. 8, pp. 205-215, Childhood obesity, New Rochelle, N.Y., C1

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Consumption patterns of sweet drinks in a population of Australian children and adolescents (2003–2008)

Britt W. Jensen, Dr Melanie Nichols, Prof Steven Allender, Dr Andrea Sanigorski, Dr Lynne Millar, Dr Peter Kremer, Dr Katie Lacy, Prof Boyd Swinburn

(2012), Vol. 12, pp. 1-12, BMC public health, London, England, C1

journal
2011

Decreasing trends in overweight and obesity among an Australian population of preschool children

Dr Melanie Nichols, Dr Andrea Sanigorski, J. E. Cleary, Dr Sharon Goldfeld, A. Colahan, Prof Boyd Swinburn

(2011), Vol. 35, pp. 916-924, International journal of obesity, London, England, C1

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The development of a network for community based obesity prevention : the CO-OPS collaboration

Prof Steven Allender, Dr Melanie Nichols, Mr Chad Foulkes, Dr Rebecca Reynolds, Prof Elizabeth Waters, Lesley King, Tim Gill, Ms R. Armstrong, Prof Boyd Swinburn

(2011), Vol. 11, pp. 1-8, BMC public health, London, England, C1

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Obesity prevention in the family day care setting : impact of the romp & chomp intervention on opportunities for children's physical activity and healthy eating

Dr Andrea Sanigorski, D. Elea, Prof Colin Bell, Dr Peter Kremer, Lauren Carpenter, Dr Melanie Nichols, Dr Michael Smith, Sharon Sharp, Ms Rachel Boak, Prof Boyd Swinburn

(2011), Vol. 37, pp. 385-393, Child : care, health and development, Oxford, England, C1

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2010

Selection of priority groups for obesity prevention current approaches and development of an evidence-informed framework

Dr Melanie Nichols, Prof Boyd Swinburn

(2010), Vol. 11, pp. 731-739, Obesity reviews, Oxford, England, C1

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Reducing obesity in early childhood : results from romp & chomp, an Australian community-wide intervention program

Dr Andrea Sanigorski, Prof Colin Bell, Dr Peter Kremer, Dr Melanie Nichols, Maree Crellin, Dr Michael Smith, Sharon Sharp, Miss Florentine Martino, Lauren Carpenter, Ms Rachel Boak, Ms Narelle Robertson, Prof Boyd Swinburn

(2010), Vol. 91, pp. 831-840, American journal of clinical nutrition, Bethesda, Md., C1

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2009

Assessing the intake of obesity-related foods and beverages in young children: comparison of a simple population survey with 24 hr-recall

Cheryl-Ann Bennett, Dr Andrea Sanigorski, Dr Melanie Nichols, Prof Colin Bell, Prof Boyd Swinburn

(2009), Vol. 6, pp. 1-6, International journal of behavioral nutrition and physical activity, London, England, C1

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Grants

Other Public Sector Funding

(Phase 2) - Provision and Evaluation of the It's Your Move Program in the ACT. (Phase 1) - systems-based interventions to promote healthy weight in ACT secondary schools - program planning

Dr Lynne Millar, Dr Melanie Nichols, Prof Boyd Swinburn, Prof Steven Allender

  • 2014: $106,146
  • 2012: $118,000
  • 2011: $5,537

Industry and Other Funding

HeartStats Project: The Heart Foundation/Deakin University Australian Heart Disease Statistics Project

Prof Steven Allender, Dr Melanie Nichols

  • 2015: $160,694
  • 2014: $169,230
  • 2013: $144,932

Other Funding Sources

International Society Cardiovascular Epidemiology and Prevention (ISCEP)

Dr Melanie Nichols, Prof Steven Allender

  • 2017: $15,000
  • 2016: $15,000
  • 2015: $62,000

Supervisions

Associate Supervisor
2016

Erin Jane Hoare

Thesis entitled: Obesogenic risk and depression: patterns and prevention among adolescents

Doctor of Philosophy (Health & Social Development), School of Health & Social Development

2015

Jillian Tutuo Wate

Thesis entitled: Obesity, Dietary Choices, and Sociocultural Influences among Fijian Adolescents

Doctor of Philosophy (Health & Social Development), School of Health & Social Development