BAppSc(Med Sci), BBiomedSc(Hons), MBiomedSc(Research), Grad Cert ULT, MAIMS
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From 1978 to1993, Ms Pittaway worked as a Medical Laboratory Scientist at the Launceston General Hospital. She was employed in the pathology department, and gained experience in all disciplines of the department, but spent most of her time in Haematology and Blood Transfusion.
In 1999 (until 2001), Ms Pittaway worked as a Northern Research Assistant for the Menzies Centre's Population Health MS Research Program (Tasmania). This state-wide study investigated genetic and environmental factors associated with the development of Multiple Sclerosis. The study involved approximately 180 people with MS and up to 5 family members; approximately 100 genetic control families and up to 5 family members and a further 340 - 350 environmental controls. She was responsible for contacting and interviewing potential participants, organising appointment times and locations, data collection including blood sample collection (and processing).
From 2001 until 2005, Ms Pittaway was a Research Assistant at the School of Human Life Sciences at the University of Tasmania. She worked part time while studying for her Honours and Masters by Research. Her duties involved co-ordinating and assisting with research studies. The study involved 40-50 members of the general public, and assessed the effect of diet supplementation on metabolic parameters and cardiovascular disease risk factors.
More recently, Ms Pittaway has worked with the University of Tasmania as an Associate Lecturer in Haematology (2006-2007), Associate Lecturer in Health and Biomedical Science (2007-2008), and her current position is now Lecturer in Bioscience and Biomedical Science.
Ms Pittaway's teaching interests include functional anatomy and physiology, introductory chemistry, biochemistry, metabolism, cells, tissues, organs and organ systems, and haematology.
She is a member of the multi-campus team responsible for teaching bioscience to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Nursing, Bachelor of Health and Bachelor of Paramedic Practice. Ms Pittaway is also the Biomedical PEP Coordinator, and gives lectures in second and third year Biomedical Science professional units.
Ms Pittaway is a member of the Faculty Professional Experience Placement Committee (PEPC), Faculty of Health's Cultural Competency Project, Bioscience Learning and Teaching Scholarships (BLTs), Digital Community of Practice (digital and social media group - University of Tasmania), Australian Institute of Medical Scientists (AIMS), Nutrition Society of Australia (NSA) and the Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia (HERDSA).
Ms Pittaway's research interest areas are in nutrition and dietetics, and preventative medicine. She is a member of research teams investigating how dietary factors may protect and/or influence chronic diseases and how to assist people in maintaining their health well into older age. Her research topics up until now include the beneficial effects of dietary fibre and polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) in Tasmanian adults, how to maintain optimal vitamin D status year round in older Tasmanian adults and the effects of study participation on preventative health behaviours post-study.
Authorised by the Head of Human Life Sciences
7 July, 2015