Who Are We?

Professor Clare Collins:

Clare is a Professor in Nutrition and Dietetics at the University of Newcastle and a National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Senior Research Fellow.  She holds a prestigious NHMRC Career Development Award and is also a Fellow of the Dietitians Association of Australia. She is passionate about translating nutrition research into healthy eating messages that help families enjoy food and achieve a healthy weight. As a mother of three grown up children, she knows the challenges of juggling work and family commitment. Clare is a sought after media commentator on food and nutrition and is a well-known media spokesperson for the Dietitians’ Association of Australia. She has co- authored four books on weight loss and a nutrition consultant for TV programs including; The Biggest Loser, The Bachelor and So You Think You Can Dance.

Dr Tracy Burrows:

Tracy is an advanced Accredited Practising Dietitian and senior lecturer in the School of Health Sciences at University of Newcastle. Tracy is an early career researcher and completed her PhD in 2008 in an RCT intervention for treatment of childhood obesity from which Back to Basics was developed. Tracy has expertise in the areas of the assessment and validation of children’s dietary intake, obesity management across the lifespan and has published her work in peer reviewed journals.

Professor Philip Morgan:

As the father of three small children, Phil is very aware of the important role fathers play in all aspects of their children’s lives. He is passionate about promoting good eating and physical activity behaviours for all fathers and their families, and this has been the focus of his research  includes the award winning Healthy Dads, Healthy Kids (HDHK) program. Phil’s work has been published widely and he has won many awards for the quality of both his research and his teaching.

Mrs Hannah Lucas:

Hannah is an Accredited Practising Dietitan who is passionate about helping parents provide good nutrition to their children. Hannah is a tutor at the University of Newcastle for the subjects of Nutrition, Food Science, and Nutrition in Childhood. She has worked on a number of research studies and is project officer for the Back to Basics cooking club. Outside of her work with the University, Hannah works with NSW Health Services in delivering group nutrition education programs to children who are above an healthy weight, and their families.

Ms Roberta Asher:

Roberta is an Accredited Practicing Dietitian and qualified Chef with a lifelong passion for food and cooking. Roberta has over 10 years experience working in restaurant and international hotel kitchens in Australia and overseas. She has worked on a number of research projects for the University of Newcastle including the Back to Basics project. Roberta currently works as a Clinical Dietitian for NSW Health, helping people with chronic and acute disease improve their health through optimal nutrition. She has a strong desire to promote good health through the joy of cooking and a lifetime of healthy eating.



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About this site…

Food habits that are formed during childhood have a big influence on health outcomes on adulthood.

The Back to Basics program helps to expose young children to healthy food to improve their health both now and in the future.

The development of this program has been made possible by the support of:


Medibank Community Fund

Newcastle Permanent Charitable Foundation


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