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Helen Vidgen is a nutritionist, dietitian and home economist with over 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.

Currently Helen is an Associate Professor in Public Health Nutrition at the School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences at the Queensland University of Technology. Her research focuses on the practicalities of meeting nutrition recommendations at individual, settings and systems levels. Her research into Food Literacy is used widely including by the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation. Helen has a strong interest in public health nutrition policy, translation and implementation including planning, evaluation, workforce, capacity and food literacy.


  • –present
    Senior Research Fellow, Faculty of Health, School - Exercise and Nutrition Sciences, QUT
  • –present
    Lecturer (Nutrition and Dietetics), Faculty of Health, School - Exercise and Nutrition Sciences, QUT


  • 1995 
    QUT, Grad Dip (Nut&Diet)
  • 1990 
    QUT, B App Sc (HEc)