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Rachel Sutherland

Conjoint Lecturer, University of Newcastle

My health research focuses on preventing chronic disease, with a particular focus on preventing excessive weight gain and obesity via implementing nutrition and physical activity interventions targeting schools (primary and secondary) and parents.

I am very passionate about ensuring programs are delivered at scale, reach the communities that they would benefit most, and that research is translated and doesn’t just sit idle on the shelf.

To do this, my research primarily evaluates methods of implementing evidence-based programs at scale—known as implementation science. Essentially, this type of research is conducted to ensure the community benefits from research that has been shown to be effective.


  • –present
    Conjoint Lecturer, University of Newcastle