Dr Breanna Lepre

Lecturer - Nutrition and Diete

School of Human Movement and Nutrition Sciences
Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences

Overview

I am a proud Accredited Practising Dietitian and emerging dietetics leader in curriculum design and interdisciplinary education, with a Doctor of Philosophy in medical nutrition education from the University of Wollongong. My unique research and leadership portfolio spans nutrition education for healthcare professionals, community and public health, AI, and primary care.

I am highly regarded internationally for conducting research related to workforce capacity and nutrition, as evidenced by my appointment as Assistant Director at the NNEdPro Global Institute for Food, Nutrition and Health. My publication record speaks to my reputation as a dynamic and collaborative researcher – I’ve published reviews, original research, editorials, conference proceedings and textbook chapters, and more than half of my papers (~65%) have international coauthors. I was recently invited to speak at the World Health Organization on the need to improve nutrition education for healthcare professionals.

Research Interests

  • Nutrition Education for Healthcare Professionals
  • Community & Public Health
  • Competency-Based Education
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Primary Care

Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of Wollongong

Publications

  • Ball, Lauren, Marsh, Julie, Lepre, Breanna, Woollett, Belinda, Baynes, Dan and Parkinson, Joy (2023). The OzHarvest Nourish Program: An evaluation of a hospitality-based program to support employment for young Australians. Public Health in Practice, 6 100431, 100431. doi: 10.1016/j.puhip.2023.100431

  • Macaninch, Elaine, Martyn, Kathy, Buckner, Luke, Nyaga, Wanja, Laur, Celia, Lepre, Breanna, Agwara, Ebiambu and Ray, Sumantra (2023). 18 Finding the place for nutrition in healthcare education and practice. BMJ Publishing Group Ltd. doi: 10.1136/bmjnph-2023-nnedprosummit2022.21

  • Crocombe, Dominic, Chad, Nina, Summers, Charlotte, Rajput-Ray, Minha, Buckner, Luke, Armes, Sarah, Strange, Adam, Delon, Christine, Li, Xunhan, Beck, Eleanor, Ball, Lauren, Crowley, Jennifer, Lepre, Breanna, Agwara, Ebiambu, Nyaga, Wanja, Jaffee, Ally, Bhansali, Abhinav, Laur, Celia, Gramlich, Leah, Bradfield, James, McAuliffe, Shane, Raja, Niky, Kohlmeier, Martin, Baah, Emmanuel, Mitra, Sucheta, Kargbo, Kai, Matar, Maryam, Moukayed, Meis, Haddad, Yasmin ... Ray, Sumantra (2023). 1 Empowering global nutrition with digital technology – a health systems perspective. BMJ Publishing Group Ltd. doi: 10.1136/bmjnph-2023-nnedprosummit2022.1

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Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy

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Available Projects

  • Nutrition education in medical training is inadequate at all levels internationally. Dietitians are experts in nutrition and want to teach nutrition to medical students. Yet, there is currently no guidance which describes the knowledge and skills that a dietitian requires to support medical nutrition education, which may limit integration of this role into medical schools. This project will develop a role statement for dietitians working in medical nutrition education, to support improved medical nutrition education and guide dietetic workforce capacity building.

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Publications

Journal Article

Conference Publication

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

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Possible Research Projects

Note for students: The possible research projects listed on this page may not be comprehensive or up to date. Always feel free to contact the staff for more information, and also with your own research ideas.

  • Nutrition education in medical training is inadequate at all levels internationally. Dietitians are experts in nutrition and want to teach nutrition to medical students. Yet, there is currently no guidance which describes the knowledge and skills that a dietitian requires to support medical nutrition education, which may limit integration of this role into medical schools. This project will develop a role statement for dietitians working in medical nutrition education, to support improved medical nutrition education and guide dietetic workforce capacity building.