Kate O’Brien, BND(Hons), MPH

PhD candidate, School of Medicine and Public Health, University of Newcastle
Project Officer, Hunter New England Population Health

Kate completed a Bachelor of Nutrition and Dietetics at the University of Newcastle in 2012. She then spent 2 years working as a researcher with the University of Newcastle and Hunter New England Population Health on a variety of projects, including the evaluation of multi-component interventions implemented in disadvantage secondary schools which focused on improving physical activity and the misuse of tobacco, alcohol and illicit drugs. During this time Kate also volunteered at the NSW Cancer Council as a Nutrition Educator and completed a Master of Public Health. In 2014 Kate was awarded an Australian Postgraduate Award (APA) Scholarship to undertake a PhD in behavioural science.

Kate is currently a PhD candidate with the School of Medicine and Public Health, University of Newcastle. Her research focuses on the utilisation of telephone-based management for patients with osteoarthritis and other musculoskeletal conditions; in particular Kate led a randomised controlled trial to assess the effectiveness of a telephone-based weight management support to reduce pain and disability in patients with knee osteoarthritis, who are overweight or obese.

Kate is an author on a number of journal publications and has presented her work at both national and international conferences. Kate’s primary research interests are in the areas of nutrition, physical activity, obesity and chronic disease prevention.

See Kate O’Brien’s publications here.