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

L Alston, S Allender, K Peterson, J Jacobs, M Nichols

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

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Comparison between measured and perceived weight status in a nationally representative sample of Australian adults

J Herbert, K Peterson, L Alston, S Allender, M Nichols

(2017), Vol. 11, pp. 1-12, Obesity research & clinical practice, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

journal
2016

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

E Hoare, L Millar, M Fuller-Tyszkiewicz, H Skouteris, M Nichols, M Malakellis, B Swinburn, S Allender

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

K Peterson, J Jacobs, S Allender, L Alston, M Nichols

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

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Cardiovascular disease in Europe : epidemiological update 2016.

N Townsend, L Wilson, P Bhatnagar, K Wickramasinghe, M Rayner, M Nichols

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

L Alston, K Peterson, J Jacobs, S Allender, M 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

A Wahid, N Manek, M Nichols, P Kelly, C Foster, P Webster, A Kaur, C Friedemann Smith, E Wilkins, M Rayner, N Roberts, P 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

N Townsend, L Wilson, P Bhatnagar, K Wickramasinghe, M Rayner, M Nichols

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

journal
2015

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

E Hoare, M Fuller-Tyszkiewicz, H Skouteris, L Millar, M Nichols, S Allender

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

journal

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

T Nguyen, T Tran, W Luo, S Gupta, S Rana, Q Phung, M Nichols, L Millar, S Venkatesh, S 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

W Luo, T Nguyen, M Nichols, T Tran, S Rana, S Gupta, Q Phung, S Venkatesh, S Allender

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

journal

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

N Wheaton, L Millar, S Allender, M Nichols

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

journal

Cardiovascular disease in Europe - epidemiological update 2015

N Townsend, N Townsend, M Nichols, M Nichols, P Scarborough, P Scarborough, M Rayner, M 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

K Lacy, M Nichols, A De Silva, S Allender, B Swinburn, E Leslie, L Jones, P Kremer

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

journal
2014

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

L Millar, B Rowland, M Nichols, B Swinburn, C Bennett, H Skouteris, S Allender

(2014), Vol. 22, Obesity, Hoboken, N. J., C1

journal

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

E Hoare, L Millar, M Fuller-Tyszkiewicz, H Skouteris, M Nichols, F Jacka, B Swinburn, C Chikwendu, S Allender

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

journal

Cardiovascular disease in Europe 2014: epidemiological update

M Nichols, N Townsend, P Scarborough, M Rayner

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

journal

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

L Wolfenden, R Wyse, M Nichols, S Allender, L Millar, P McElduff

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

journal
2013

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

L Millar, N Robertson, S Allender, M Nichols, C Bennett, B Swinburn

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

journal

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

B Jensen, M Nichols, S Allender, A de Silva-Sanigorski, L Millar, P Kremer, K Lacy, B Swinburn

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

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

J Wate, W Snowdon, L Millar, M Nichols, H Mavoa, R Goundar, A Kama, B Swinburn

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

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

M Nichols, N Townsend, P Scarborough, M Rayner

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

journal

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

M Nichols, R Reynolds, E Waters, T Gill, L King, B Swinburn, S Allender

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

journal

Cardiovascular disease in Europe: epidemiological update

M Nichols, N Townsend, P Scarborough, M Rayner

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

journal
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

M Nichols, P Scarborough, S Allender, M 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

A de Silva-Sanigorski, A Bell, P Kremer, J Park, L Demajo, M Smith, S Sharp, M Nichols, L Carpenter, R Boak, B 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)

B Jensen, M Nichols, S Allender, A de Silva-Sanigorski, L Millar, P Kremer, K Lacy, B Swinburn

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

journal
2011

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

A de Silva-Sanigorski, D Elea, C Bell, P Kremer, L Carpenter, M Nichols, M Smith, S Sharp, R Boak, B Swinburn

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

journal

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

S Allender, M Nichols, C Foulkes, R Reynolds, E Waters, L King, T Gill, R Armstrong, B Swinburn

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

journal

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

M Nichols, A de Silva-Sanigorski, J Cleary, S Goldfeld, A Colahan, B Swinburn

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

journal
2010

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

M Nichols, B Swinburn

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

journal

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

A De Silva-Sanigorski, A Bell, P Kremer, M Nichols, M Crellin, M Smith, S Sharp, F de Groot, L Carpenter, R Boak, N Robertson, B Swinburn

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

journal
2009

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

C Bennett, A de Silva-Sanigorski, M Nichols, A Bell, B Swinburn

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

journal

Funded Projects at Deakin

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