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Dr Julie Woods



Senior Lecturer In Public Health Nutrition


Faculty of Health


School of Exer & Nutr Sciences


Melbourne Burwood Campus


GCHE Exempt, Deakin University, 2014
Doctor of Philosophy, Monash University, 2013

+61 3 925 17272


Julie is a Senior Lecturer in Public Health Nutrition at Deakin University. She initially trained as a dietitian (at Deakin) before undertaking further studies in health promotion and public health. She has 35 years of experience working in food policy and regulation at local, state and national levels. Previously she was the Manager of Nutrition and Food Systems at VicHealth and a lecturer for 11 years in the Nutrition and Dietetics Department at Monash University. As a long standing member of the Food and Nutrition Special Interest Group of the Public Health Association of Australia, Julie is actively involved in public health nutrition advocacy and she has represented this group on numerous food regulation and policy committees. Her research interests include mapping the changing food supply, the application of food classification schemes for policy outcomes and the role of food processing in determing health outcomes. Julie was previously the Director of the Post Graduate Nutrition courses at Deakin, before taking on the roles of Associate Head of School (Teaching and Learning) for Nutrition and Dietetics and Nutrition Discipline Head.

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Biography summary

June 2013 – present: Senior Lecturer, Public Health Nutrition, School of Exercise & Nutrition Science, Deakin University

September 2017 - 2019 Associate Head of School (Teaching and Learning) Food, Nutriion and Dietetics

2011 – 2013: Manager, Nutrition and Food Systems, Victorian Health Promotion Foundation (VicHealth)

1999 – 2010: Lecturer, Nutrition and Dietetics Department, Southern Clinical School, Monash University

1996 – 1998:  Co-ordinator, National Specialty Program in Public Health and Community Nutrition, Deakin University

1990 – 1995: Senior Project Officer, Food and Nutrition Program, Deakin University

March 1982 – December 1990: Clinical Dietitian

Research interests

Food Regulation

Food Policy

Food Supply Monitoring

Sustainable Food Systems

7 successful honours completions, 1 current honours student

3 succesful Masters research project completions, 1 current Masters student

3 current PhD candidates


Public Health Association of Australia - Food and Nutrition Special Interest Group: Executive member (1998 – 2018), Convener (1998 - 2000 and again 2013-16).

Nutrition Society of Australia (2002 - present)

Nutrition Australia (1990 - present)

World Public Health Nutrition Association (2014 - present)

Teaching interests

Experiential learning in food policy and food regulation

Units taught

Unit Chair HSN309 Food Policy and Regulation (2014 - present)

Unit Chair HSN705 Public Health Nutrition (2014 - 2017)

Knowledge areas

Food Regulation

Food Policy

Food Supply Monitoring

Public Health Nutrition

Professional activities

Member, Victorian Healthy Eating Enterprise (VHEE) - Department of Health and Human Services (2017 - present)


Member, Board of Directors, Nutrition Australia Victorian Division (2012 – 2016)

Food Standards Australia New Zealand. Food Composition Advisory Group, (2008 – 2015)

Food Standards Australia New Zealand. Novel Foods Advisory Group, (2004-2007)

Food Standards Sub-committee, Department of Human Services, Victoria, (2000 – 2004)

Research groups

Food Policy and Public Health Group, Institute for Physical Activity and Nutrition


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Ultra-processed food consumption, socio-demographics and diet quality in Australian adults

L Marchese, K Livingstone, J Woods, K Wingrove, P MacHado

(2022), Vol. 25, pp. 94-104, Public Health Nutrition, Cambridge, Eng, C1

journal article

Local urban government policies to facilitate healthy and environmentally sustainable diet-related practices: A scoping review

L Barbour, R Lindberg, J Woods, K Charlton, J Brimblecombe

(2022), Vol. 25, pp. 471-487, Public Health Nutrition, England, C1

journal article

The nutritional profile and on-pack marketing of toddler-specific food products launched in australia between 1996 and 2020

J McCann, C Russell, J Woods

(2022), Vol. 14, pp. 1-8, Nutrients, Basel, Switzerland, C1

journal article

Evaluating intake levels of nutrients linked to non-communicable diseases in Australia using the novel combination of food processing and nutrient profiling metrics of the PAHO Nutrient Profile Model

P Machado, G Cediel, J Woods, P Baker, S Dickie, F Gomes, G Scrinis, M Lawrence

(2022), Vol. 61, pp. 1801-1812, European Journal of Nutrition, Germany, C1

journal article

Toddler foods and milks don't stack up against regular foods and milks

J McCann, K Beckford, H Beswick, M Chisholm, J Woods

(2022), Vol. 21, pp. 1-8, Nutrition Journal, London, Eng., C1

journal article

Dietitians Australia position statement on healthy and sustainable diets

L Barbour, E Bicknell, J Brimblecombe, S Carino, M Fairweather, M Lawrence, J Slattery, J Woods, E World

(2022), Vol. 79, pp. 6-27, Nutrition and Dietetics, London, Eng., C1

journal article

The Design and Evaluation of Online Interactive Learning in an Undergraduate Nutrition Course

K Livingstone, C Milte, S Macfarlane, J Woods, A Booth

(2022), Vol. 9, pp. 1-7, Frontiers in Nutrition, Lausanne, Switzerland, C1

journal article

Regulated nutrition claims increase perceived healthiness of an ultra-processed, discretionary toddler snack food and ultra-processed toddler milks: A discrete choice experiment

J McCann, J Woods, M Mohebbi, C Russell

(2022), Vol. 174, pp. 1-11, Appetite, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

journal article

Nutrition Classification Schemes for Informing Nutrition Policy in Australia: Nutrient-Based, Food-Based, or Dietary-Based?

Sarah Dickie, Julie Woods, Priscila Machado, Mark Lawrence


journal article

Nutrition and packaging characteristics of toddler foods and milks in Australia

J McCann, G Russell, K Campbell, J Woods

(2021), Vol. 24, pp. 1153-1165, Public Health Nutrition, England, C1

journal article

Promoting healthy and sustainable diets: barriers and enablers for successful policy activities in Australia

E Denniss, J Woods, M Lawrence

(2021), Vol. 36, pp. 1633-1643, Health promotion international, England, C1

journal article

Ultra-processed food consumption drives excessive free sugar intake among all age groups in Australia

P Machado, E Steele, M Louzada, R Levy, A Rangan, J Woods, T Gill, G Scrinis, C Monteiro

(2020), Vol. 59, pp. 2783-2792, European Journal of Nutrition, Berlin, Germany, C1

journal article

Evaluating nutrient-based indices against food-and diet-based indices to assess the health potential of foods: How does the australian health star rating system perform after five years?

S Dickie, J Woods, P Baker, L Elizabeth, M Lawrence

(2020), Vol. 12, Nutrients, Switzerland, C1

journal article

Energy density of new food products targeted to children

D Azzopardi, K Lacy, J Woods

(2020), Vol. 12, pp. 1-17, Nutrients, Switzerland, C1

journal article

Ultra-processed food consumption and obesity in the Australian adult population

P Machado, E Steele, R Levy, M da Costa Louzada, A Rangan, J Woods, T Gill, G Scrinis, C Monteiro

(2020), Vol. 10, Nutrition and Diabetes, England, C1

journal article

The relative price of healthy and less healthy foods available in Australian school canteens

N Billich, M Adderley, L Ford, I Keeton, C Palermo, A Peeters, J Woods, K Backholer

(2019), Vol. 34, pp. 677-686, Health Promotion International, England, C1

journal article

Historical developments and paradigm shifts in public health nutrition science, guidance and policy actions: A narrative review

E Ridgway, P Baker, J Woods, M Lawrence

(2019), Vol. 11, Nutrients, Switzerland, C1

journal article

Ultra-processed foods and recommended intake levels of nutrients linked to non-communicable diseases in Australia: Evidence from a nationally representative cross-sectional study

P MacHado, E Steele, R Levy, Z Sui, A Rangan, J Woods, T Gill, G Scrinis, C Monteiro

(2019), Vol. 9, BMJ Open, England, C1

journal article

The provision of ultra-processed foods and their contribution to sodium availability in Australian long day care centres

S O'Halloran, K Lacy, J Woods, C Grimes, K Campbell, C Nowson

(2018), pp. 1-8, Public health nutrition, Cambridge, Eng., C1

journal article

Do nutrient-based front-of-pack labelling schemes support or undermine food-based dietary guideline recommendations? Lessons from the Australian health star rating system

M Lawrence, S Dickie, J Woods

(2018), Vol. 10, Nutrients, Switzerland, C1

journal article

Nutritional quality of new food products released into the Australian retail food market in 2015 - Is the food industry part of the solution?

S Spiteri, D Olstad, J Woods

(2018), Vol. 18, BMC Public Health, England, C1

journal article

Vegetables and legumes in new Australasian food launches: How are they being used and are they a healthy choice? 11 Medical and Health Sciences 1117 Public Health and Health Services

B Gilham, R Hall, J Woods

(2018), Vol. 17, Nutrition Journal, England, C1

journal article

Analysing the use of the Australian Health Star Rating system by level of food processing 09 Engineering 0908 Food Sciences 11 Medical and Health Sciences 1111 Nutrition and Dietetics

S Dickie, J Woods, M Lawrence

(2018), Vol. 15, International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, England, C1

journal article

A novel processed food classification system applied to Australian food composition databases

S O'Halloran, K Lacy, C Grimes, J Woods, K Campbell, C Nowson

(2017), Vol. 30, pp. 534-541, Journal of human nutrition and dietetics, London, Eng., C1

journal article

Dietary supplement use among Australian adults: Findings from the 2011-2012 national nutrition and physical activity survey

A Burnett, K Livingstone, J Woods, S McNaughton

(2017), Vol. 9, Nutrients, Switzerland, C1

journal article

The impact of menu energy labelling across socioeconomic groups: A systematic review

D Sarink, A Peeters, R Freak-Poli, A Beauchamp, J Woods, K Ball, K Backholer

(2016), Vol. 99, pp. 59-75, Appetite, England, C1

journal article

Integrating environmental sustainability considerations into food and nutrition policies: insights from Australia's national food plan

E Ridgway, M Lawrence, J Woods

(2015), Vol. 2, pp. 1-13, Frontiers in nutrition, Lausanne, Switzerland, C1

journal article

A framework for evaluating the impact of obesity prevention strategies on socioeconomic inequalities in weight.

K Backholer, A Beauchamp, K Ball, G Turrell, J Martin, J Woods, A Peeters

(2014), Vol. 104, pp. 43-50, American Journal of Public Health, Washington, D.C., C1

journal article

Australian school canteens: menu guideline adherence or avoidance?

J Woods, A Bressan, C Langelaan, A Mallon, C Palermo

(2014), Vol. 25, pp. 110-115, Health Promot J Austr, Camperdown, NSW, C1

journal article

Immunological and nutritional factors in elderly people in low-level care and their association with mortality

J Woods, S Iuliano-Burns, K Walker

(2013), Vol. 10, pp. 1-9, Immunity and ageing, London, England, C1-1

journal article

Consuming two additional serves of dairy food a day significantly improves energy and nutrient intakes in ambulatory aged care residents : a feasibility study

S Iuliano, J Woods, J Robbins

(2013), Vol. 17, pp. 509-513, Journal of nutrition, health and aging, Paris, France, C1-1

journal article

Meeting the nutritional needs of elderly residents in aged-care : are we doing enough?

S Iuliano, A Olden, J Woods

(2013), Vol. 17, pp. 503-508, Journal of nutrition, health and aging, Paris, France, C1-1

journal article

A dairy-based protein, calcium and vitamin D supplement reduces falls and femoral neck bone loss in aged care residents : a cluster randomised trial

S Iuliano-Burns, J Woods, K King, Z Ghasem, X Wang, Q Wang, E Seeman

(2012), Vol. 1, pp. 141-146, Journal of aging research and clinical practice, Toulouse, France, C1-1

journal article

Weight loss in elderly women in low-level care and its association with transfer to high-level care and mortality

J Woods, S Iuliano-Burns, K Walker

(2011), Vol. 6, pp. 311-317, Clinical interventions in aging, Macclesfield, England, C1-1

journal article

Poor physical function in elderly women in low-level aged care is related to muscle strength rather than to measures of sarcopenia

J Woods, S Iuliano-Burns, S King, B Strauss, K Walker

(2011), Vol. 6, pp. 67-76, Clinical interventions in aging, Macclesfield, England, C1-1

journal article

Malnutrition on the menu : nutritional status of institutionalised elderly Australians in low-level care

J Woods, K Walker, S Iuliano-Burns, B Strauss

(2009), Vol. 13, pp. 693-698, Journal of nutrition, health and aging, Paris, France, C1-1

journal article

Yoghurt and dairy snacks presented for sale to an Australian consumer : are they becoming less healthy?

K Walker, J Woods, J Ross, R Hechtman

(2009), Vol. 13, pp. 1036-1041, Public health nutrition, Cambridge, England, C1-1

journal article

Product variety in Australian snacks and drinks : how can the consumer make a healthy choice?

K Walker, J Woods, C Rickard, C Wong

(2008), Vol. 11, pp. 1046-1053, Public health nutrition, Cambridge, England, C1-1

journal article

Funded Projects at Deakin

Industry and Other Funding

Evaluating Thailand's nutrition profiling model against the NOVA food classification scheme.

Prof Mark Lawrence, Ms Sarah Dickie, Dr Julie Woods, Dr Priscila Machado

Thai Health Promotion Foundation (Mahidol University)

  • 2021: $22,355


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