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Sandra Murray

Sandy Murray

Lecturer – Food, Nutrition and Public Health

Room C128, Building C, Newnham Campus

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Sandy has over 25 years' experience as Dietitian and has been an academic for the past 10 of these years within the School of Health Science teaching Food and Public Health Nutrition. She has previously worked in a range of settings including 10-15 years working for the food and nutraceutical industry in nutrition marketing, product development, sales management and food regulation roles.  Since moving to Tasmania she has combined her academic role with other roles including working for the Tasmanian Department of Health and Human Services in public health nutrition and community health. She also continues run a part-time private practice in clinical dietetics.

Career summary

Qualifications

    • BSc, Griffith University, 1985
    • Grad Dip Nutrition & Dietetics, Queensland University of Technology, 1987
    • Grad Cert Management, Queensland University of Technology, 1994
    • Master Public Health, University of Queensland, 2007
    • Grad Cert Learning Teaching Higher Ed, University of Tasmania, 2013

Biography

Sandy has over 25 years' experience as an Accredited Practicing Dietitian and is currently a lecturer within the School of Health Science lecturing in Food and Public Health Nutrition at the University of Tasmania, Launceston. She has previously worked in a range of settings including private practice, public health nutrition, community health, health promotion and food industry for many years, with her responsibilities ranging from food regulation (claims substantiation), business planning, product development, nutrition marketing through to health professional education.

Sandy has a specific interest in food security, public health nutrition, sustainability and is committed to promoting the benefits of eating local food and supporting our local farmers. She is a current member of the University of Tasmania (UTas) Sustainability Committee, and was integral in helping to establish the UTas Education for Sustainability Community of Practice (EFSCOP).  Further to this Sandy is committed to establishing the whole of Tasmania as a United National (UN) Regional Centre of Expertise (RCE) in Education for Sustainability (ESD) and for Tasmania to become a 'living laboratory' in sustainability.

Research Themes

Sandy's research aligns to the University's research them of Better Health and Sustainability.  Her research interests are underpinned by public health nutrition, social determinants of health (SDoH), food security, local food systems and education for sustainability (EfS).  Her research interests include understanding the pivotal role that Local food systems could play in strengthening the local economy in Tasmania and at the same time improve community access to healthy food and therefore improve community health and wellbeing.   As well as answering the question of how we build 'scale and scope' into our local food industries and what could and should be the role of Local Governments, as well as Nutrition Professional in a sustainable, resilient and healthy food system. Finally Sandy's research interests also includes education for sustainability and the community engagement process required to establishment of Tasmania as a United Nations Regional Centre of Expertise (RCE).

Memberships

Professional practice

  • Dietitians Association of Australia (DAA)
  • DAA - Food and Environment Interest Group
  • Public Health Association of Australia (PHAA)
  • UTas Education for Sustainability Community of Practice (EFSCOP)
  • UTas Sustainability Committee
  • Tasmanian State-wide community of practice in Sustainability
  • Australian Food Sovereignty Alliance (AFSA)

Administrative expertise

Sandy has experience in managing projects of different magnitude. She has managed research budgets as Chief Investigator up to the value of $350,000.

Teaching

Food Security, Food Sovereignty, Local Food Systems, Food social enterprises, Community supported agriculture, Public Health Nutrition, Community Nutrition, Rural Health, Community Development, Collaboration and Partnerships, Social Determinants of Health, Community Engagement, Social inclusion / equity

Teaching expertise

Sandy  has over 10 years of teaching experience within the tertiary sector which includes University of Wollongong, University of the Sunshine Coast and University of Tasmania.  Teaching experience includes curriculum development, unit coordination and lecturing into the 1st, 2nd and 3rd years of the Bachelor of Health Science, Bachelor of Exercise Science and Bachelor of Health Science (Environmental Health) as well as the Bachelor/Masters of Nutrition and Dietetics.  Subject areas include Community and Public Health Nutrition, Food Studies and Health Care Delivery.  Most recently she has been part of an interdisciplinary team developing curriculum and delivering the content for one of the first Breadth Units offered at University of Tasmania in Sustainability.  Delivering of content for all units includes face-to-face as well as fully online.

Teaching responsibility

Sandra has been teaching nutrition and food science at the University level since 2004, in a number of university settings throughout Australia, and takes a learner-centred approach to her teaching. She is presently the unit coordinator for CXA214 Food Sciences and Practices, CXA100 Food Studies and CXA309 Health Systems and Health Informatics. She also teaches in a number of other units throughout the academic year.

Sandra's present responsibilities include research, teaching and unit coordination 2.5 days each week.

Food Studies (coordinator) (CXA100)

Community and Public Health Nutrition (coordinator) (CXA214)

Health Services and Health Informatics (coordinator) (CXA309)  

Confronting Sustainability (teaching) (XBR101)  

Global Food Security (teaching) (XBR102) 

Foundation of Food and Nutrition (teaching) (CXA007) – a new unit

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Expertise

  • Local Food Systems
  • Food and Environment
  • Food Security and equity
  • Education for Sustainability
  • Food access, affordability and availability
  • Food System Literacy
  • Community Development and Engagement

Collaboration

Since commencing employment with UTas most of Sandy's research work has been undertaken at the state level in collaboration with non-government organisations such as Anglicare, Heart Foundation, Primary Health Tasmania (Previously Tasmania Medicare Local) and municipal councils with funding received from the Australian and Tasmanian Departments of Health.

Current projects

Healthy Food Access Tasmania

The Healthy Food Access Tasmania project seeks to make healthy food choices easy choices by ensuring that fresh foods (preferably locally grown) are readily available across Tasmania. The project will contribute towards addressing this important health, economic and social objective over the next three years. The project will be led by the Heart Foundation with the University of Tasmania as a key project partner. The project design has been informed by the recent research by the Tasmanian Food Access Research Coalition and the state level Food For All Tasmanians Strategy.

Community Conversations Consultations

The CCC project is aimed at enhancing the capacity, through the provision of support and training activities, of Rural Primary Health Service Organisations (RPHS), service providers and the broader community to undertake community profiling activities which will help inform community knowledge and build an understanding of health service gaps and priority needs within the target communities.

Tasmanian Food Access Research Coalition (TFARC)

TFARC comprising Anglicare Tasmania, Universityof Tasmania – Department of Rural Health, University of Tasmania, Dorset Council, Clarence City Council,and Primary Health North Esk (Department of Health and Human Services). Funding to undertake the project was received from the Tasmanian Food Security Council via the Tasmanian Food Security Fund. The Tasmanian Food Access Research Coalition developed and tested tools to measure the experience of food security in different Tasmanian settings. The success of these tools provides the beginning of a state-wide food security monitoring and evaluation system.

http://www.dpac.tas.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0005/159476/Food_for_all_Tasmanians_-_A_food_Security_Strategy.PDF

Research Fields

  • Public Nutrition Intervention (111104)
  • Public Health and Health Services (111799)
  • Nutrition and Dietetics (111199)
  • Health Promotion (111712)
  • Social and Cultural Geography (160403)
  • Curriculum and Pedagogy Theory and Development (130202)
  • Primary Health Care (111717)
  • Health Policy (160508)
  • Higher Education (130103)
  • Education (139999)
  • Health and Community Services (111708)
  • Agricultural and Veterinary Sciences (079999)
  • Ecological Applications (050199)
  • Health Information Systems (incl. Surveillance) (111711)
  • Urban and Regional Economics (140218)
  • Crop and Pasture Production (070399)

Research Impact

  • Nutrition (920411)
  • Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) (920499)
  • Health (929999)
  • Health and Support Services (920299)
  • Health Policy Evaluation (920208)
  • Behaviour and Health (920401)
  • Health Education and Promotion (920205)
  • Expanding Knowledge through Studies of Human Society (970116)
  • Health Status (e.g. Indicators of Well-Being) (920408)
  • Expanding Knowledge in Education (970113)
  • Environment (969999)
  • Environmental Education and Awareness (960703)
  • Education and Training (939999)
  • Teaching and Instruction Technologies (930203)
  • Social Structure and Health (920413)
  • Preventive Medicine (920412)
  • Rural Health (920506)

Publications

Sandy is an early career researcher and her publication record includes articles published in academic journals, conference proceedings and as a book chapter. Her publication experience has been consistent for the past 2-3 years as she has worked to establish her research interests.  Sandy comes from an industry back ground and has mainly focused on learning and teaching during her initial years working in the tertiary sector.

Total publications

20

Journal Article

(6 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2015Le Q, Auckland S, Nguyen HB, Murray S, Long G, et al., 'The socio-economic and physical contributors to food insecurity in a rural community', Sage Open, 5, (1) pp. 1-21. ISSN 2158-2440 (2015) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1177/2158244014567401 [eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Le Q; Auckland S; Nguyen HB

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2014Birch CJ, Bonney L, Murray SL, 'Exciting future for graduates in the food industry - from agroecosystem to consumer health', Chronica Horticulturae, 54, (1) pp. 7-11. ISSN 0578-039X (2014) [Professional, Non Refereed Article]

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Co-authors: Birch CJ; Bonney L

2014Le Q, Auckland S, Nguyen HB, Murray S, Long G, et al., 'Food security in a regional area of Australia: a socio-economic perspective', Universal Journal of Food and Nutrition Science, 2, (4) pp. 50-59. ISSN 2333-2727 (2014) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.13189/ujfns.2014.020402 [eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Le Q; Auckland S; Nguyen HB; Terry DR

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2013Salter S, Murray SL, Davison AG, Fallon F, Towle NJ, 'Establishing a Community of Practice and Embedding Education for Sustainability at the University of Tasmania', The International Journal of Social Sustainability in Economic, Social, and Cultural Context, 9, (1) pp. 34-44. ISSN 2325-1115 (2013) [Refereed Article]

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Co-authors: Salter S; Davison AG; Towle NJ

2011Bell EJ, Waddingham S, Hosken E, Rudling N, Murray SL, et al., 'Best practice in using evidence for health policy: do we know what it is?', International Public Health Journal, 3, (2) pp. 189-199. ISSN 1947-4989 (2011) [Refereed Article]

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Co-authors: Bell EJ

2006Singer L, Williams PG, Ridges L, Murray SL, McMahon A, 'Consumer reactions to different health claim formats on food labels', Food Australia, 58, (3) pp. 92-97. ISSN 1032-5298 (2006) [Professional, Refereed Article]

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Chapter in Book

(1 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2014Murray S, Salter S, 'Communities of Practice (CoP) as a Model for Integrating Sustainability into Higher Education', Handbook of Research on Pedagogical Innovations for Sustainable Development, IGI Global, KD Thomas and HE Muga (ed), United States, pp. 800. ISBN 9781466658561 (2014) [Research Book Chapter]

DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-5856-1.ch009 [eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Salter S

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Conference Publication

(10 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2015Auckland SRJ, Murray SL, Saunders C, King AC, Reid D, et al., 'Agricultural sectors and primary school students find a common ground: building a resilient local food system in rural Tasmania', 13th National Rural Health Conference, 24-27 May, 2015, Darwin, Australia (2015) [Non Refereed Conference Paper]

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Co-authors: Auckland SRJ; Saunders C; King AC; Long Gretchen

2015Beckett JM, Murray SL, Ball MJ, Ahuja KDK, 'Generic label versus popular branded products: how does the sodium stack-up?', Proceedings of the Nutrition Society of Australia 2015, 1-4 December, 2015, Wellington, New Zealand, pp. 97. ISSN 0314-1004 (2015) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Beckett JM; Ball MJ; Ahuja KDK

2015Douglas T, Mather C, Murray S, Earwaker L, James A, et al., 'A comparison of undergraduate student experiences of assessed versus nonassessed participation in online asynchronous discussion groups: Lessons from a cross disciplinary study in health and sociology', Globally connected, digitally enabled: Proceedings of Ascilite 2015, 29 November - 2 December, 2015, Perth, Australia, pp. 424-428. (2015) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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Co-authors: Douglas T; Mather C; Earwaker L; James A; Pittaway J; Robards B; Salter S

2015Douglas T, Mather CA, Murray SL, Earwaker LA, James AJ, et al., 'Asynchronous discussion boards: To assess or not, that is the question Type of presentation: Spotlight on Practice', Teaching Matters conference, University of Tasmania, 2 December 2015, Hobart, Tasmania (2015) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Douglas T; Mather CA; Earwaker LA; James AJ; Pittaway JK; Robards BJ; Salter S

2015Le Q, Auckland SRJ, Nguyen HB, Murray SL, Long G, 'The socio-economic and geographic contributors', ACN2015, 14-18 May, 2015, Yokohama, Japan (2015) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Le Q; Auckland SRJ; Nguyen HB

2015Murray SL, Auckland SRJ, Saunders C, King AC, 'Growing Tasmania's emerging local food economy', XXII Agrifood Research Network Conference, 6-9 December, 2015, Queenstown, New Zealand (2015) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Auckland SRJ; Saunders C; King AC

2014Murray S, Davison A, Towle N, Warr K, Peterson C, 'Communities of Practice (CoP) as a model for integrating sustainability into higher education', Australasian Campuses Towards Sustainability Conference 2014, 5-7 November 2014, Hobart, Australia (2014) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Davison A; Towle N; Warr K; Peterson C

2014Murray SL, 'Healthy Food Access Tasmania - building a resilient local food economy- building a resilient local food economy', Dietitians Association of Australia - 2014 state conference, 17 October 2014, Tasmania (2014) [Conference Extract]

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2014Murray SL, Auckland SRJ, 'Key note address by Sandra Murray and Stuart Auckland - Healthy Food Access Tasmania - building a resilient local food economy', Environmental Health Australia - 2014 state conference - Focusing on the Fundamentals, 17 September 2014, Tasmania (2014) [Keynote Presentation]

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Co-authors: Auckland SRJ

2012Salter S, Fallon FE, Davison AG, Towle NJ, Murray SL, 'Establishing a community of practice and embedding education for sustainability at the University of Tasmania', 9th International Conference on Environmental, Cultural, Economic & Social Sustainability, 23-25 January, Hobart (2012) [Non Refereed Conference Paper]

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Co-authors: Salter S; Fallon FE; Davison AG; Towle NJ

Other Public Output

(3 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2015Auckland SRJ, Murray SL, Saunders C, King AC, 'Tasmanian Local Food Supply Project', Tasmanian Local Food Supply Project, School of Health Sciences, University of Tasmania, Tasmania (2015) [Report]

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Co-authors: Auckland SRJ; Saunders C; King AC

2015Murray SL, Ahuja K, Auckland S, Ball M, 'Tasmanian Healthy Food Access Basket (HFAB) Survey', Final Report Availability, Cost and Affordability of a Basket of Healthy Food in Tasmania September 2014, School of Health Sciences, University of Tasmania, Tasmania (2015) [Report]

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Co-authors: Ahuja K; Auckland S; Ball M

2013Le Q, Murray SL, Long G, Auckland SRJ, Etchells T, et al., 'Tasmanian food access research coalition TFARC: research report', Tasmanian Food Access Research Coalition, Hobart (2013) [Government or Industry Research]

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Co-authors: Le Q; Auckland SRJ; Musgrave SJ; Nguyen HB

Grants & Funding

Since focusing on her research area for the past 2-3 years Sandy has either led or been part of research teams that have been successful in securing more than $600,000 in grant funds.  The majority of these grants have been category 2 grants and have been in the range of 10k – 50k in research contract value.  Two of the more significant grants include;

  • Healthy Food Access Tasmania ($350,000 from Tasmanian Medicare Local, 2014) 
  • Tasmanian Food Access Research Coalition ($180,000 Food Security Council, Department of Premier and Cabinet, 2012 )

Sandy has also been part of research teams that have been awarded one UTas Community Engagement grants.

Funding Summary

Number of grants

7

Total funding

$517,803

Projects

Healthy Eating Resilience Network Mapping Project (2016)$29,500
Description
This project will evaluate the nature and type of social-networks and relationships that have emerged in Tasmanian communities as a result of funding provided by the Healthy Food Access Tasmania (HFAT) which has previously received ethics approval (Ethics H0013600, H0014167) for 2 milestones completed under the umbrella of HFAT. Specifically, this project will focus on the nature and types of social-networks and relationships that have been established across a variety of smaller community food projects that are being delivered concurrently across Tasmania. A majority of these smaller projects have been funded by Primary Health Tasmania (PHT) whilst others have been funded by the Tasmanian State Government. Interesting to note is that some of these smaller projects have been built upon previous funding initiative such as Food For All Tasmanians (TFSC, 2012), which was undertaken to address community/ household level food insecurity.The relationship between these smaller projects is not well documented and currently is only identified superficially through existing project evaluations.This project therefore seeks to:1)To determine the types of networks and relationships that have resulted from the funding and activity in the community by determining which organisations are the connectors and which are the influencers.2)To determine the strength of the relationships between and within organisations.3)To determine whether the programs and initiatives are working together as a 'system' using the resilience framework.4)To determine which projects have partnered or collaborated with each other.5)To determine which projects promote each other's objectives and programs.
Funding
National Heart Foundation of Australia (Tasmania Division) ($29,500)
Scheme
Contract Research
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Murray SL; Auckland SRJ
Year
2016
Community Conversations Consultations Consultation (2015)$40,056
Description
Tas Medicare Local has engaged the Centre for Rural Health (CRH) to design and deliver a series of community engagement activities such as workshops and focus groups aimed at enhancing the capacity, through the transfer of skills and knowledge, of RPHS organisations, service providers and the broader community to undertake community profiling activities. The Community Conversations Consultations project will use existing knowledge to generate new and creative ways to address research needs of the target communities. The project reflects a number of key elements of contract research in that the project is designed to achieve mutually beneficial research outcomes through the synthesis and analysis of previous research to the extent that it leads to new and creative outcomes such as devising new ways to engage with target communities to determine the health needs or the development of new methodologies to undertake community based research.The project will draw on both in kind support from UTAS as well as casual staff to undertake the required project tasks. UTAS will retain the right to publish from project outcomes.
Funding
Primary Health Tasmania ($40,056)
Scheme
Contract Research
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Auckland SRJ; Woodroffe JJ; Murray SL; Orpin P; Condon SK
Year
2015
TAZREACH Promoting Health Through Understanding (2015)$25,647
Description
This project will be funded through TAZREACH and seeks to address a gap in service delivery by providing a bundle of sessions designed to increase the health literacy of the participants. The sessions focus on issues pertinent to chronic disease prevention and self-management including: nutrition, physical activity, communicating with health service providers, and goal setting. Health professionals are well-placed to assist clients with low HL through education, advocacy and support, thus improving health outcomes. These sessions will be provided by health professionals from UTAS with the support of undergraduate students wherever possible.
Funding
Department of Health and Human Services Tasmania ($25,647)
Scheme
Contract Research
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Elmer SL; Murray SL; Williams AD; Bird ML
Year
2015
Social determinants of Health: Bridges Out of Poverty Evaluation (2015 - 2016)$50,000
Description
The Social Determinants of Health: Bridges Out of Poverty Evaluation is part of the workforce capacity building strategy for the Social Determinants of Health project. Specifically the evaluation relates to the roll out of seven Bridges Out of Poverty workshops across Tasmania.Bridges Out of Poverty workshops analyse poverty through the lens of class. The workshops targeted practitioners in health, community and education sectors to provide them with an understanding of intergenerational poverty and its impacts on families and individuals. The workshops provide practical tools and approaches designed to optimise outcomes for clients and thereby improve both health equity, health access and health service delivery. In May 2013 Primary Health Tasmania commissioned Social Solutions to deliver seven workshops across Tasmania. Almost 1000 participants have attended the workshops since May 2013. Whilst feedback has been received from participants from five of the workshops, the information provided through the brief feedback forms was limited and was inconclusive in determining the extent to which the workshops were able to develop and support workforce and community capacity to address the Social Determinants of Health in Tasmania. To this end Primary Health Tasmania have commissioned an evaluation aimed at assessing the process, impact and outcomes of the Bridges out of Poverty Workshops specifically in relation to improving:Understanding of the cultural issues impacting on povertyThe capability of practitioners who support people impacted by intergenerational povertyService delivery aimed at supporting people impacted by intergenerational poverty. The evaluation will be conducted over 6 months concluding at the end of March 2016. The evaluation will adopt a mixed methodology approach incorporating elements of both the Most Significant Change and thematic analysis approaches.
Funding
Primary Health Tasmania ($50,000)
Scheme
Contract Research
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Auckland SRJ; Murray SL; Jackson EE; Allen PL; Tipping R; Goodes K
Period
2015 - 2016
Food Security Growing Together Initiative (2013 - 2014)$10,000
Description
A research framework will be developed for each of the stated initiative objectives. Of particular interest to the study will be an assessment of the impact of the three distinct project components on local food security. The research design will include a comparative analysis of knowledge and attitudes about food security through the lived experience of key stakeholders including community members, volunteers and salaried staff of the Ravenswood Neighbourhood House.
Funding
Ravenswood Neighbourhood House ($10,000)
Scheme
Contract Research
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Auckland SRJ; Le Q; Murray SL; Nguyen HB
Period
2013 - 2014
Poor Diet and Nutrition, Food Security and Obesity Healthy Eating Local Mapping and Local Solutions Project (2013 - 2015)$350,000
Description
The key objectives of the proposed project are to: 1) build a comprehensive understanding of the healthy (with particular emphasis on fruit and vegetables) and unhealthy food choices available in communities across Tasmania; 2) build understanding of possible barriers to eating well considering the Environments for Health domains of the social, built, economic and natural environments across Tasmania; 3) build understanding of how connecting local growers to local communities through new economic opportunities may increase the amount of healthy local fresh affordable food available where people live, work and play; 4) provide the findings of the research to local governments and other critical stakeholders to encourage and support their future work around improving health and wellbeing outcomes with particular emphasis on the social determinants of health; 5) develop a methodology and tools that could be used for future monitoring and surveillance of healthy food access.
Funding
Tasmania Medicare Local ($350,000)
Scheme
Contract Research
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Murray SL; Auckland SRJ; Ahuja KDK; Ball MJ
Period
2013 - 2015
Tasmanian Food Access Research Coalition (2011)$12,600
Funding
Anglicare Tasmania ($12,600)
Scheme
Contract Research
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Murray SL; Ahuja KDK
Year
2011

Sandy has completed co-supervision of three Bachelor of Health Science Honours candidates. 

The first, Rose Tasker, undertook an Honours qualification in the topic of community food systems.  Rose was co-supervised by Stuart Auckland at the Centre for Rural Health and herself .

The second candidate was Sue Musgrave who completed her honours qualification 'Monitoring Food Security in a regional area of Tasmania'. Sue was co-supervised by Dr Kiran Ahuja and herself. The third candidate was Lane Edwards who completed her honours qualification in 'Monitoring cost and affordability of special diets'. Lane was co-supervised by Dr Kiran Ahuja and herself.