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Dr Julie Woods



Honorary Associate Professor


Faculty of Health


School of Exer & Nutr Sciences


Off-Campus (Home)


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


No publications found

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


Principal Supervisor

Jennifer Rae McCann

Thesis entitled: Retail Food Environments for Australian Toddlers: Analysis, Perceptions, and Regulation

Doctor of Philosophy (Nutrition & Exercise) (Low Cost), School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences

Associate Supervisor

Sarah Dickie

Thesis entitled: Analysis of Nutrition Classification Schemes for Informing Nutrition Policy Actions

Doctor of Philosophy (Nutrition & Exercise) (Low Cost), School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences