Helen Vidgen is a nutritionist, dietitian and home economist with almost twenty years experience. Over this time she has worked across the health care continuum from hospitals, to community health, policy development and research, in urban, regional, government and non-government settings. Most of her career has been spent in public health nutrition. She worked as a Senior Public Health Nutritionist and Director of Public Health Nutrition for the Queensland State Health Department for 12 years. Her work her included both policy and investment advice and professional management of a team of nutritionists and health workers at the service delivery level.
Helen has recently submitted her PhD entitled "Food literacy: what is it and does it influence what we eat?" which defined and examined the day to day practicalities of meeting nutrition recommendations. She is also national co-conveenor of the Public Health Association of Australia's Food and Nutrition Special Interest Group. She is the Senior Research Fellow at QUT's School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences where her work focuses on healthy children.