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Dr Penny Love

STAFF PROFILE

Position

Senior Lecturer, Community and Public Health Nutrition

Faculty

Faculty of Health

Department

School of Exercise & Nut. Sci.

Campus

Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus

Qualifications

Doctor of Philosophy, Natal University, 2003
Bachelor of Science in Dietetics (Honours), Natal University, 1993

Contact

Biography

I am an Accredited Practicising Dietitian (APD) and a senior lecturer for Public Health and Community Nutrition within the School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences (SENS).  As a research fellow within the Institute for Physical Activty and Nutrition (IPAN), my research focuses on the translation, implementation and sustainability of early childhood prevention at scale to inform the identification of key leverage points within existing service delivery systems.

Previously I was acting Director and Knowledge Broker for The CO-OPS Collaboration within the Global Obesity Centre (GLOBE), Deakin University.  CO-OPS was a national knowledge, translation and exchange platform supporting practitioners, researchers and policy decision-makers in the implementation and evaluation of community-wide obesity prevention initiatives using a systems approach.

Between 2007 - 2012 I was Director of the Public Health Nutrition team within the central region of Queensland within Queensland Health. The team provided leadership and support for the coordination, development, implementation and evaluation of a range of complex multi-strategy nutrition-related chronic disease prevention programs and relevant initiatives to influence organisational and environmental change across the region.  

I obtained my PhD Dietetics in South Africa in 2003 entitled "Developing and assessing the appropriateness of the preliminary Food-Based Dietary Guidelines for South Africans". 

During my career in South Africa I lectured for the University of KwaZulu-Natal as well as the Durban Institute of Technology, was Company Dietitian for Weigh-Less Health and Slimming Clubs, and consulted to the South African National Department of Health.

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Research interests

Childhood obesity prevention

Knowledge translation and exchange

Socio-ecological approaches to obesity prevention

Food security issues

Cross cultural nutrition practices

Food-based Dietary Guidelines

Teaching interests

Public Health and Community Nutrition

Knowledge areas

Public health nutrition

Translational research

Dissemination and Implementation

Conferences

2019 Public Health Association of Australia Prevention Conference, Melbourne, Australia

2018 Food Futures, Brisbane, Australia

2018 Global Evidence and Implementation Summit, Melbourne, Australia

2018 International Society of Behavioural Nutrition and Physical Activity, Hong Kong, China

2018 Dietitians Association of Australia, Sydney, Australia

2017 Dietitians Association of Australia, Hobart, Australia

2017 World Congress on Public Health, Melbourne, Australia

2017 Public Health Association of Australia Prevention Conference, Alice Springs, Australia

2016 Australian and New Zealand Obesity Society Annual Scientific Meeting, Brisbane, Australia

2016 Australasian Implementation Conference, Melbourne, Australia

2016 International Congress on Obesity, Vancouver, Canada

2015 Asia Pacific Conference on Public Health, Kuantan, Malaysia

2015 Agencies for Nutrition Action Conference, Auckland, New Zealand 

2014 World Cancer Congress, Melbourne, Australia

2014 Australian and New Zealand Obesity Society Annual Scientific Meeting, Melbourne, Australia

2014 Congress of the Association for Dietetics in South Africa, Johannesburg, South Africa

2014 Australian Implementation Conference, Sydney, Australia

2014 Public Health Association of Australia, Perth, Australia

2014 Dietitians Association of Australia, Brisbane, Australia

2014 International Conference on Obesity, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

2013 World Conference on Health Promotion, Pattaya, Thailand 

2013 Australian and New Zealand Obesity Society Annual Scientific Meeting, Melbourne, Australia

2013 Public Health Association of Australia, Melbourne, Australia

2013 Annual NHMRC Research Translation Faculty Symposium, Sydney, Australia

2008 Dietetians Association of Australia, Queensland, Australia

2006 International Conference on Obesity, Sydney, Australia

2003 Internation Congress of the South African Association for Food Science  and Technology, Pretoria, South Africa

2001 National Congress of the South African Association of Family Ecology and Consumer Studies, Pretoria, South Africa

2000 Dietitians Association of Australia, Canberra, Australia

2000 Internation Congress of Dietetics, Edinburgh, Scotland

2000 Bienneial Nutrition Congress of Association for Dietetics in South Africa, Durban, South Africa

1999 FAO/ILSI Workshop on Food-Based Dietary Guidelines, Harare, Zimbabwe

Professional activities

Dietitians Association of Australia (DAA)

Public Health Association of Australia (PHAA)

International Society for Behavioural Nutrition and Physical Activity (ISBNPA)

Research groups

The Institute for Physical Activity and Nutrition (IPAN)

http://www.deakin.edu.au/ipan

 

Early Prevention of Obesity in Childhood (EPOCH) Centre for Research Excellence

https://www.earlychildhoodobesity.com/

Awards

Deakin University: Health and Social Development (2013) - Special Commendation for Service Excellence

SAAFoST Meritorious Award for Journalism (2006) - articles published in Food Review, contributing positively towards promoting public education on food and nutrition issues

ADSA/Flora Award (November 2002) - for a Dietitian who over the past 5 years has made an outstanding contribution in the field of Dietetics and to the Dietetic profession

William Fox Memorial Prize (August 2000) - best presentation by a Dietitian at the 18th Biennial Congress of the Nutrition Society of South Africa

Department of Health Merit Award (1991/1992) - recognition of outstanding performance and contribution to the development of a computer program to assist in compiling inspection reports

Projects

The Infant Feeding, Activity and Nutrition (Infant) Program

http://www.infantprogram.org/

Publications

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2019

Lessons on early childhood obesity prevention interventions from the Victorian Infant Program

P Love, R Laws, K Hesketh, K Campbell

(2019), Vol. 29, Public Health Research and Practice, Ultimo, NSW, C1

journal

Measuring rural food environments for local action in Australia: a systematic critical synthesis review

P Love, J Whelan, C Bell, J McCracken

(2019), Vol. 16, International journal of environmental research and public health, Basel, Switzerland, C1

journal

National policies to prevent obesity in early childhood: using policy mapping to compare policy lessons for Australia with six developed countries

E Esdaile, A Thow, T Gill, G Sacks, R Golley, P Love, L Wen, C Rissel

(2019), Vol. 20, pp. 1542-1556, Obesity reviews, Chichester, Eng., C1

journal

A rural community moves closer to sustainable obesity prevention - an exploration of community readiness pre and post a community-based participatory intervention

J Whelan, P Love, L Millar, S Allender, C Morley, C Bell

(2019), Vol. 19, pp. 1-9, BMC public health, London, Eng., C1

journal
2018

Sustaining obesity prevention in communities: a systematic narrative synthesis review

J Whelan, P Love, L Millar, S Allender, A Bell

(2018), Vol. 19, pp. 839-851, Obesity reviews, London, Eng., C1

journal

Factors influencing parental engagement in an early childhood obesity prevention program implemented at scale: the infant program

Penelope Love, Rachel Laws, Eloise Litterbach, Karen Campbell

(2018), Vol. 10, pp. 1-19, Nutrients, Basel, Switzerland, C1

journal

Parental translation into practice of healthy eating and active play messages and the impact on childhood obesity: a mixed methods study

Alyssa Huxtable, Lynne Millar, Penelope Love, Colin Bell, Jill Whelan

(2018), Vol. 10, pp. 1-15, Nutrients, Basel, Switzerland, C1

journal

You can't find healthy food in the bush: poor accessibility, availability and adequacy of food in rural Australia

Jill Whelan, Lynne Millar, Colin Bell, Cherie Russell, Felicity Grainger, Steven Allender, Penelope Love

(2018), Vol. 15, pp. 1-15, International journal of environmental research and public health, Basel, Switzerland, C1

journal

Healthy diets in rural Victoria-cheaper than unhealthy alternatives, yet unaffordable

Penelope Love, Jillian Whelan, Colin Bell, Felicity Grainger, Cherie Russell, Meron Lewis, Amanda Lee

(2018), Vol. 15, pp. 1-16, International journal of environmental research and public health, Basel, Switzerland, C1

journal

A description of health care system factors in the implementation of universal weight management services for children with overweight or obesity: case studies from Queensland and New South Wales, Australia

Helen Vidgen, Penelope Love, Sonia Wutzke, Lynne Daniels, Chris Rissel, Christine Innes-Hughes, Louise Baur

(2018), Vol. 13, Implementation science, London, Eng., C1

journal
2016

Evaluation of a knowledge translation and exchange platform to advance non-communicable disease prevention

T Pettman, R Armstrong, E Waters, S Allender, P Love, T Gill, J Coveney, S Boylan, S Booth, K Bolton, B Swinburn

(2016), Vol. 12, pp. 109-126, Evidence and policy, Bristol, Eng., C1

journal
2015

A map of community-based obesity prevention initiatives in Australia following obesity funding 2009-2013.

J Whelan, P Love, A Romanus, T Pettman, K Bolton, E Smith, T Gill, J Coveney, E Waters, S Allender

(2015), Vol. 39, pp. 168-171, Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, Australia, C1

journal

A snapshot of the scope of obesity prevention practice in Australia.

T Pettman, K Bolton, P Love, E Waters, T Gill, J Whelan, S Boylan, R Armstrong, J Coveney, S Booth, B Swinburn, S Allender

(2015), Health Promotion International, C1

journal
2014

Cochrane Update: Predicting sustainability of intervention effects in public health evidence: Identifying key elements to provide guidance

J Whelan, P Love, T Pettman, J Doyle, S Booth, E Smith, E Waters

(2014), Vol. 36, pp. 347-351, Journal of Public Health (United Kingdom), C1

journal
2008

Are South African women willing and able to apply the new food-based dietary guidelines? Lessons for nutrition educators

P Love, E Maunder, J Green

(2008), Vol. 21, pp. 17-24, South African journal of clinical nutrition, Centurion, South Africa, C1-1

journal
2007

The process followed in the development of the paediatric food-based dietary guidelines for South Africa

L Bourne, D Marais, P Love

(2007), Vol. 3, pp. 239-250, Maternal and child nutrition, Chichester, Eng., C1-1

journal
2001

Eat plenty of vegetables and fruits everyday

P Love, N Sayed

(2001), Vol. 14, pp. 24-32, South African Journal of Clinical Nutrition, London, Eng., C1-1

journal

Development of Food-Based Dietary Guidelines for South Africa - The Process

H Vorster, P Love, C Browne

(2001), Vol. 14, pp. 3-6, South African Journal of Clinical Nutrition, London, Eng., C1-1

journal

Funded Projects at Deakin

Australian Competitive Grants

Evaluating real-world implementation of an evidence-based program addressing lifestyle behaviours from the start of life

Prof Karen Campbell, Dr Rachel Laws, Prof Kylie Hesketh, Dr Elizabeth Denney-Wilson, Prof Marj Moodie, Dr Harriet Koorts, Dr Kok-Leong Ong, Prof Liliana Orellana, Dr Penny Love, Dr Jennifer Browne

NHMRC - Partnership Project, VicHealth - NHMRC Partnership Project Grants

  • 2020: $24,100
  • 2019: $55,606

Other Public Sector Funding

A connected community and clinical journey to health

Dr Penny Love, Ms Jill Whelan, Prof Steven Allender, Prof Colin Bell

  • 2015: $29,000

YCHANGe obesity prevention mapping into physical activity determinants - environmental and personal

Ms Jill Whelan, Dr Penny Love, Prof Steven Allender, Prof Colin Bell

  • 2016: $120,000

Industry and Other Funding

A connected community and clinical journey to health

Dr Penny Love, Ms Jill Whelan, Prof Steven Allender, Prof Colin Bell

  • 2016: $5,454
  • 2015: $54,545

YCHANGe - A connected community and clinical journey to health - YSC and RFDS

Ms Jill Whelan, Prof Colin Bell, Dr Penny Love, Prof Steven Allender

  • 2017: $40,000
  • 2016: $40,000

Supervisions

Associate Supervisor
2019

Jillian Maree Whelan

Thesis entitled: Can a rural Australian community lead and sustain obesity prevention?

Doctor of Philosophy (Medicine), School of Medicine