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.
Currently Helen is Senior Lecturer and Course Co-ordinator 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. She was the national co-conveenor for the Food and Nutrition Special Interest Group of the Public Health Association of Australia for 5 years and remains on its executive.