Past Research Projects

Preventing non-communicable diseases

Project team:

  • Dr Leah Watts (cmmunicating author)
  • A/Prof Grant Blashki (Supervisors from the University of Melbourne)
  • A/Prof Michelle Kermode (Supervisors from the University of Melbourne)


Department of Health


February 2016-January 2017

Project details:

We are conducting a qualitative study aiming to improve the dietary advice given in General Practice to prevent non-communicable diseases such as cardiovascular disease and diabetes. We are interviewing 10-15 General Practitioners working in Melbourne about the dietary advice that they give and their reflections on a Mediterranean diet tool which we have developed. This tool was adapted from the adherence tool used in the PREDIMED study which showed the Mediterranean diet decreases the incidence of cardiovascular disease by 30% and type-two diabetes by 40% when compared with a low fat diet.

Presentations and publications:

Primary Health Research Conference, Canberra, 2016- poster

GP16, Perth, 2016- poster