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Jane Pittaway

Senior Lecturer in Health and Biomedical Sciences

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Jane Pittaway is a lecturer in the School of Health Sciences in the College of Health and Medicine. Since joining the School in 2001, she has had a diverse range of research and teaching roles before settling into the Laboratory Medicine Program in 2016. She has been the Coordinator of the Bachelor of Laboratory Medicine Professional Experience Placement (PEP) program since 2006 and recently became Coordinator of the Laboratory Medicine Master’s program. Her interests are transfusion science, nutrition as preventative medicine, blended and on-line learning, the student experience and the scholarship of learning and teaching.

Biography

Before joining the university, Jane worked as a Medical Scientist at the Launceston General Hospital. She gained experience in all disciplines of the Pathology Department, including Microbiology, Histology and Clinical Biochemistry but spent most of her time in Haematology and Blood Transfusion. Her clinical experience is an invaluable source of 'real world' relevance and application that Jane incorporates into the topics she teaches in the School of Health Sciences and that forms the basis of her Professional Experience Placement preparation seminars. Her laboratory experience has been put to good use in her university research too, e.g. phlebotomy, blood sample processing and storage and laboratory analysis. She joined the University in 1999 as a research assistant and completed her Honours and Master’s by research in nutrition, before taking on a teaching position in 2006. Jane has taught cell biology, functional human anatomy and biochemistry into several programs, been part of a muti-campus, multidisciplinary team teaching bioscience to nursing and paramedicine students and more recently, haematology and transfusion science to second and third year laboratory medicine students.

Career summary

Qualifications

Degree Thesis title University Country Awarded
Graduate Certificate in University Learning and Teaching   University of Tasmania Australia 2008
Master Biomedical Science (Research) 'Chickpeas and Human Health' University of Tasmania Australia 2006
BBiomedSc (1st Class Hons) 'The Effect of Chickpeas on Human Serum Lipids' University of Tasmania Australia 2003
B(Appl)Sc (Med Tech)   Tasmanian College of Advanced Education (Later University of Tasmania) Australia 1981

Memberships

Professional practice

  • Australian Institute of Medical Scientists (AIMS). The professional association representing medical scientists in all disciplines of pathology, working predominantly in hospital and private medical laboratories in Australia.
  • Nutrition Society of Australia (NSA). A group of qualified, practising scientists and educators with a common interest in the research and application of nutrition
  • The Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia (HERDSA). A scholarly society for people committed to the advancement of higher and tertiary education.
  • Australian and New Zealand Society of Blood Transfusion (ANZSBT). Members are from diverse scientific, technical and medical backgrounds working within the areas of Blood Transfusion and Transfusion Medicine.
Committee associations
  • Laboratory Medicine Course Advisory Committee

Committee associations

  • Faculty Professional Experience Placement Committee (PEPC)

Administrative expertise

Currently Unit Co-coordinator for a 900-strong first year Bioscience unit that encompasses four campuses. Previous experience in unit coordination and administration of units comprising 'resident' and 'guest' lecturers and tutors; utilising on-line and face to face teaching and learning.

Teaching

Jane currently teaches haematology, transfusion science and Professional Experience Placement to second, third and fourth year students in the Laboratory Medicine program.

Teaching expertise

Jane is experienced in teaching all levels of the Laboratory Medicine course, so her teaching expertise is as a generalist rather than a specialist; equipped with a global view of how the curriculum fits together. This means she is better able to assist students with transferring their knowledge from one unit to another; reminding them of what they’ve already learned and preparing them for what’s to come. Jane’s continuing pedagogical interests includes student experiences of ‘blended learning environments’, flipped learning processes, and supporting Master’s students as they transition into the environment of the University of Tasmania.

Teaching responsibility

Jane is unit coordinator of the following units and teaches into all of them.

Links to relevant courses

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Expertise

  • Participant recruitment
  • Interviewing
  • Data collection including blood collection
  • Blood sample processing and laboratory analysis
  • Research study design and organisation
  • Manuscript preparation and review
  • Assisting with data analysis

Research Themes

Jane's research aligns to the University's research theme of Better Health. Her research interests revolve around 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, the effects of study participation on preventative health behaviours post-study and most recently, assessing on-line dietary advice for the management of multiple sclerosis.

Awards

Jane was awarded a University of Tasmania New Appointees Research Grant Scheme (NARGS) in 2009. She used the grant to fund her role in the project, 'The Role of Vitamin D and Seasonal Variation in Postural Balance of Community Dwelling Older Adults in Tasmania'.

Current projects

Jane’s most current research is into supporting Master’s students as they transition into an Australian university for the first time. She is a member of a larger student transition research group headed by Ms Tracy Douglas.

Fields of Research

  • Nutrition and dietetics (321099)
  • Higher education (390303)
  • Preventative health care (420605)
  • Metabolic medicine (320507)
  • Haematology (320102)
  • Motor control (420703)
  • Health services and systems (420399)
  • Basic pharmacology (321401)
  • Curriculum and pedagogy theory and development (390102)
  • Exercise physiology (420702)
  • Health informatics and information systems (420308)
  • Analytical biochemistry (310101)
  • Sport and exercise nutrition (321006)
  • Aged health care (420301)

Research Objectives

  • Nutrition (200410)
  • Teaching and instruction technologies (160304)
  • Clinical health (200199)
  • Health related to ageing (200502)
  • Public health (excl. specific population health) (200499)
  • Preventive medicine (200412)
  • Health education and promotion (200203)
  • Provision of health and support services (200399)
  • Diagnosis of human diseases and conditions (200101)
  • Learner and learning (160199)
  • Expanding knowledge in education (280109)

Publications

Jane's research aligns to the University's research theme of Better Health. Her research interests revolve around nutrition and dietetics, and preventative medicine. Most recently, she has been part of a team assessing on-line dietary advice for the management of multiple sclerosis. Jane’s continuing pedagogical interests includes student experiences of ‘blended learning environments’, flipped learning processes, and supporting Master’s students as they transition into the environment of the University of Tasmania.

Total publications

31

Journal Article

(14 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2019Beckett JM, Bird ML, Pittaway JK, Ahuja KD, 'Diet and multiple sclerosis: Scoping review of web-based recommendations', Interactive Journal of Medical Research, 8, (1) ISSN 1929-073X (2019) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.2196/10050 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 6Web of Science - 19

Co-authors: Beckett JM; Ahuja KD

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2017Beckett JM, Bird M-L, Pittaway J, Ahuja KDK, 'Online dietary advice for the symptomatic management of multiple sclerosis: a scoping review protocol', JBI Database of Systematic Reviews and Implementation Reports, 15, (2) pp. 230-235. ISSN 2202-4433 (2017) [Contribution to Refereed Journal]

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Co-authors: Beckett JM; Bird M-L; Ahuja KDK

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2015Pittaway JK, Chuang LT, Ahuja KDK, Beckett JM, Glew RH, et al., 'Omega-3 dietary fatty acid status of healthy older adults in Tasmania, Australia: An observational study', Journal of Nutrition, Health and Aging, 19, (5) pp. 505-510. ISSN 1279-7707 (2015) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1007/s12603-015-0459-2 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 9Web of Science - 8

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

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2013Bird M-L, Hill KD, Robertson I, Ball MJ, Pittaway JK, et al., 'The association between aeasonal variation in vitamin D, postural sway, and falls risk: an observational cohort study', Journal of Aging Research, 2013 Article 751310. ISSN 2090-2204 (2013) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1155/2013/751310 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 12

Co-authors: Bird M-L; Robertson I; Ball MJ; Williams AD

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2013Bird M-L, Hill KD, Robertson IK, Ball MJ, Pittaway J, et al., 'Serum [25(OH)D] status, ankle strength and activity show seasonal variation in older adults: relevance for winter falls in higher latitudes', Age and Ageing, 42, (2) pp. 181-185. ISSN 0002-0729 (2013) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1093/ageing/afs067 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 19Web of Science - 19

Co-authors: Bird M-L; Robertson IK; Ball MJ; Williams AD

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2013Bird M-L, Pittaway JK, Cusick I, Rattray M, Ahuja KDK, 'Age-Related Changes in Physical Fall Risk Factors: Results from a 3 Year Follow-up of Community Dwelling Older Adults in Tasmania, Australia', International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 10, (11) pp. 5989-5997. ISSN 1660-4601 (2013) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.3390/ijerph10115989 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 44Web of Science - 34

Co-authors: Bird M-L; Ahuja KDK

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2013Pittaway JK, Ahuja KDK, Beckett JM, Bird ML, Robertson IK, et al., 'Make vitamin D while the sun shines, take supplements when it doesn't: a longitudinal, observational study of older adults in Tasmania, Australia', PLoS One, 8, (3) Article e59063. ISSN 1932-6203 (2013) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0059063 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 26Web of Science - 20

Co-authors: Ahuja KDK; Beckett JM; Bird ML; Robertson IK; Ball MJ

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2012Salter S, Pittaway J, Swabey K, Capstick M, Douglas T, 'Using an Online Interactive Game to Enhance the Learning Outcomes for First Year Tertiary Students', Creative Education, 3, (6A) pp. 761-768. ISSN 2151-4771 (2012) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.4236/ce.2012.326114 [eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Salter S; Swabey K; Capstick M; Douglas T

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2011Geraghty DP, Ahuja KDK, Pittaway J, Shing C, Jacobson GA, et al., 'In vitro antioxidant, antiplatelet and anti-inflammatory activity of Carpobrotus rossii (pigface) extract', Journal of Ethnopharmacology, 134, (1) pp. 97-103. ISSN 0378-8741 (2011) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.jep.2010.11.060 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 19Web of Science - 19

Co-authors: Geraghty DP; Ahuja KDK; Shing C; Jacobson GA; Jager N; Jurkovic S; Narkowicz C; Saunders CI; Ball M; Pinkard A; Adams MJ

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2010Murty C, Pittaway JK, Ball MJ, 'Chickpea supplementation in an Australian diet affects food choice, satiety and bowel health', Appetite, 54, (2) pp. 282-288. ISSN 0195-6663 (2010) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.appet.2009.11.012 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 44Web of Science - 36

Co-authors: Murty C; Ball MJ

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2008Pittaway JK, Robertson IK, Ball MJ, 'Chickpeas may influence fatty acid and fiber intake in an ad libitum diet, leading to small improvements in serum lipid profile and glycemic control', Journal of the American Dietetic Association, 108, (6) pp. 1009-1013. ISSN 0002-8223 (2008) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.jada.2008.03.009 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 78Web of Science - 68

Co-authors: Robertson IK; Ball MJ

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2007Pittaway JK, Ahuja KDK, Robertson IK, Ball MJ, 'Effects of controlled diet supplemented with chickpeas on serum lipids, glucose tolerance, satiety and bowel function', Journal of the American College of Nutrition, 26, (4) pp. 334-340. ISSN 0731-5724 (2007) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1080/07315724.2007.10719620 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 53Web of Science - 42

Co-authors: Ahuja KDK; Robertson IK; Ball MJ

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2006Ahuja KDK, Pittaway JK, Ball MJ, 'Effects of olive oil and tomato lycopene combination on serum lycopene, lipid profile and lipid oxidation', Nutrition: The International Journal of Applied and Basic Nutritional Sciences, 22, (3) pp. 259-265. ISSN 0899-9007 (2006) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.nut.2005.07.015 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 69Web of Science - 52

Co-authors: Ahuja KDK; Ball MJ

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2006Pittaway JK, Ahuja KDK, Cehun M, Chronopoulos A, Robertson IK, et al., 'Dietary supplementation with chickpeas for at least five weeks results in small but significant reductions in serum total- and LDL-cholesterol in adult women and men', Annals of Nutrition and Metabolism, 50, (6) pp. 512-518. ISSN 0250-6807 (2006) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1159/000098143 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 40Web of Science - 31

Co-authors: Ahuja KDK; Robertson IK; Ball MJ

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Conference Publication

(17 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2017Beckett JM, Bird ML, Pittaway JK, Ahuja KDK, 'Online dietary advice for the symptomatic management of multiple sclerosis', Proceedings of the Nutrition Society of Australia 40th Annual Scientific Meeting, 30 November - 2 December 2017, Melbourne (2017) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Beckett JM; Bird ML; 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; Murray S; Earwaker L; James A; Robards B; Salter S

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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; Murray SL; Earwaker LA; James AJ; Robards BJ; Salter S

2015Tarr J, Farrington S, Pittaway J, Bird M-L, Hoffman K, et al., 'Challenges for this place or any place: student preferences for lecture places' in a blended learning environment', Learning for Life and Work in a Complex World: Proceedings of the 38th HERDSA Annual International Conference, 6-9 July 2015, Melbourne, Australia, pp. 446-458. ISBN 978-0-908557-96-7 (2015) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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Co-authors: Tarr J; Farrington S; Bird M-L; Hoffman K; Douglas T; Beh C-L

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2014Farrington S, Tarr J, Douglas T, Bird M-L, Pittaway J, et al., 'This place or any place: student preferences for lecture places' in a blended learning environment in Bioscience', Teaching Matters 2014, 2-3 December 2014, Launceston, Tasmania (2014) [Non Refereed Conference Paper]

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Co-authors: Farrington S; Tarr J; Douglas T; Bird M-L; Hoffman K; Beh CL

2014Farrington S, Tarr JE, Douglas T, Bird M-L, Pittaway JK, et al., 'This place or any place: student preferences for lecture places' in a blended learning environment in Bioscience', Places & Spaces: Proceedings of the Teaching Matters 2014 Conference, 2-3 December 2014, Launceston, Tasmania (2014) [Non Refereed Conference Paper]

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Co-authors: Farrington S; Tarr JE; Douglas T; Bird M-L; Hoffman KM; Beh CL

2014Pittaway J, Ahuja KDK, Beckett JM, Bird ML, Robertson I, et al., 'Long-term follow-up of determinants of seasonal variation in vitamin D status in older adults', Thirty-Eighth Annual Scientific Meeting of The Nutrition Society of Australia, 26 - 28 November, 2014, Hobart, Tasmania (2014) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Ahuja KDK; Beckett JM; Bird ML; Robertson I; Ball M

2013Pittaway JK, Ahuja KDK, Beckett JM, Ball MJ, 'DHA and EPA in older Tasmanian adults: plasma profile and dietary contributors', Proceedings of the Nutrition Society of Australia, 4 Dec - 6 Dec, Brisbane, Australia ISSN 1836-1935 (2013) [Conference Extract]

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

2012Adams MJ, Pittaway JK, 'Tertiary Haemostasis: What do we Teach, What Should we Teach?', The Australasian Society of Thrombosis and Haemostasis Scientific Workshop, 27 October 2012, Melbourne, Australia (2012) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Adams MJ

2012Pittaway JK, Ahuja KDK, Beckett JM, Bird ML, Robertson IK, et al., 'Make vitamin D while the sun shines, take supplements when it doesn't', Proceedings of the Nutrition Society of Australia, 27-30 November 2012, Wollongong, Australia, pp. 654. ISSN 1836-1935 (2012) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Ahuja KDK; Beckett JM; Bird ML; Robertson IK; Ball MJ

2011Bird ML, Hill KD, Robertson IK, Ball MJ, Pittaway JK, et al., 'Seasonal Variation in Vitamin D, Activity and Strength', Proceedings of 9th Asia/Oceania Regional congress of Gerontology and Geriatrics, 23-27th October 2011, Melbourne Australia (2011) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Bird ML; Robertson IK; Ball MJ; Williams AD

2011Bird ML, Hill KD, Robertson IK, Ball MJ, Pittaway JK, et al., 'Are Seasonal Variations in Vitamin D and Fall Rate Associated with Changes in Balance?', Physiotherapy Conference 2011, 27-30 October 2011, Brisbane Australia (2011) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Bird ML; Robertson IK; Ball MJ; Williams AD

2010Salter S, Douglas T, Pittaway J, Swabey K, Capstick M, 'Games students play: Engaging first year tertiary students in linking and extending foundation material throught the use of a digital game', First Year in Higher Education Conference Proceedings 2010, 27-30 June 2010, Adelaide, pp. 1-10. ISBN 978-1-74107-282-2 (2010) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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Co-authors: Salter S; Douglas T; Swabey K; Capstick M

2006Murty C, Pittaway JK, Robertson IK, Ball MJ, 'Qualitative analysis of the effects of chickpea supplementation on habitual diet', Proceedings of the Nutrition Society of Australia (2006) , 29th November to 2nd December 2006, Sydney Australia, pp. S126. ISSN 0964-7058 (2006) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Murty C; Robertson IK; Ball MJ

2006Pittaway JK, Ahuja KDK, Robertson IK, Ball MJ, 'Effects of a controlled diet supplemented with chickpeas versus wheat on serum lipids, glycaemic control, satiety and bowel function', Proceedings of the Nutrition Society of Australia (2006) , 29th November to 2nd December 2006, Sydney Australia, pp. S130. ISSN 0964-7058 (2006) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Ahuja KDK; Robertson IK; Ball MJ

2006Pittaway JK, Robertson IK, Ball MJ, 'Chickpeas influence P:S ratio and fibre content of ad libitum dietary intake and improve serum lipid profile and glycaemic control', Proceedings of the Nutrition Society of Australia (2006) , 29th November to 2nd December 2006, Sydney Australia, pp. S129. ISSN 0964-7058 (2006) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Robertson IK; Ball MJ

2004Pittaway JK, Ahuja KDK, Chronopoulos A, Cehun M, Robertson IK, et al., 'The effect of chickpeas on human serum lipids and lipoproteins', Proceedings of the Nutrition Society of Australia (Asia-Pacific Journal of Clinical Nutrition), 11-13 Aug 2004, Brisbane, pp. S61. ISSN 0964-7058 (2004) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Ahuja KDK; Robertson IK; Ball MJ

Grants & Funding

Jane was awarded a University of Tasmania New Appointees Research Grant Scheme (NARGS) in 2009. She used the grant to fund her role in the project, 'The Role of Vitamin D and Seasonal Variation in Postural Balance of Community Dwelling Older Adults in Tasmania'.

Funding Summary

Number of grants

1

Total funding

$6,700

Projects

The Role of Vitamin D and Seasonal Variation in Postural Balance of Community Dwelling Older Adults in Tasmania (2009)$6,700
Funding
University of Tasmania ($6,700)
Scheme
Grant-New Appointees Research Grant Scheme (NARGS)
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Pittaway JK
Year
2009