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At the Centre of Research Excellence in Food Retail Environments for Health (RE-FRESH), we work to transform retail food environments to promote healthier diets to realise our vision for all people to live free from the burden of diet-related disease and chronic health conditions.

Our team is focused on high quality cross-disciplinary research and collaboration to build the evidence, methods and tools needed to accelerate the uptake of proven healthy food retail initiatives, strengthened through our solid partnerships with government and non-government organisations, community organisations and food retailers.

Read on for our latest news…


Jurisdictions unite for healthy food retail in hospitals


A policy dialogue convened by RE-FRESH with support from The Australian Prevention Partnership Centre has highlighted opportunities for a coordinated national effort to transform food retail environments in hospitals and other healthcare settings across the country.

The policy dialogue brought together leading researchers with policy makers and aimed to facilitate cross-sectoral collaboration on implementation and monitoring and identify areas of opportunity for shared work.



National award for RE-FRESH researcher


Excellence of practice and leadership in nutrition and dietetics within her cohort has seen RE-FRESH researcher Dr Miranda Blake named the ‘2022 Dietitians Australia Young Achiever of the Year’.


‘IN PROFILE’ Series: 


In the latest article in our series looking at the “behind the scenes” stories of what drew our early-and-mid-career researchers to our team, we meet a Queensland researcher whose career direction took a sharp turn in mid life — leading her to where she is today.


A selection of new publications from our team:


1. From RE-FRESH’s Jill Whelan, Steve Allender, Colin Bell and co-authors:
Australian Journal of Rural Health“A mix-methods evaluation of a health-promoting cafe located in a small health service in rural Victoria, Australia.”2. From RE-FRESH’s Carmen Vargas, Jill Whelan, Julie Brimblecombe and Steve Allender:  Public Health Research & Practice – “Co-creation, co-design, co-production for public health – a perspective on definitions and distinctions.”3. From RE-FRESH’s Amanda Lee, Meron Lewis, Megan Ferguson and co-authors:
Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health – Cost and affordability of healthy, equitable and more sustainable diets in the Torres Strait Islands.”4. From RE-FRESH’s Carmen Vargas, Jill Whelan, Julie Brimblecombe, Meaghan Christian, Steve Allender and co-authors:
Obesity Reviews – “Co-creation of healthier food retail environments: A systematic review to explore the type of stakeholders and their motivations and stage of engagement.”5. From RE-FRESH’s Adrian Cameron, Liliana Orellana, Josie Marshall, Jaithri Ananthapavan, Miranda Blake, Gary Sacks and co-authors:
Nutrients – Change in the healthiness of foods sold in an Australian supermarket chain following implementation of a shelf tag intervention based on the health star rating system”




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