Shaping Systems

Shaping Systems

In the past, health systems existed to ‘cure’ health problems. Now, there is greater emphasis on screening and preventive care, but we still have a long way to go. Our aim is to advocate for innovations that disrupt the fee-for-service funding and service delivery model of primary care so that all healthy lifestyle support can be recognised and financially supported. The importance of teaching health professionals how to be confident in nutrition and how to advocate for healthy environments is also increasingly recognised. We support the worldwide movement in nutrition and lifestyle education for medical and health professionals.

We are interested in questions about primary care systems such as:

  • ‘How often should nutrition and healthy lifestyles be discussed in consultations?’
  • ‘What should medical and health professionals be taught about nutrition?’
  • ‘How can systems support high quality care rather than high volume care?’
  • ‘What are other options to delivery than one-on-one consultations?’

Recent publications include:

  1. Ball L, Lee P, Ambrosini G, Hamilton K, Tuffaha H. How often should General Practitioners provide nutrition care to patients? A forecasting activity to determine the target frequency for chronic disease management in Australia. Australian Journal of Primary Health, 2016, 22(5):383-387.
  2. Crowley J, Hiddink GJ, Ball L. Nutrition in medical education: a systematic review of nutrition education provided to medical students. The Lancet Planetary Health (Accepted August 2019)
  3. Yellamaty V, Ball L, Crossland L, Jackson C. General Practitioners with Special Interests (GPwSI): An integrative review of their role, impact and potential for the future. Australian Journal of General Practice (Accepted June 2019)
  4. O’Connor R, Ball L, Jones A, Mitchell L, Rollo M, Slater K, Williams L. The tension between efficiency and effectiveness: a study of dietetic practice in primary care. Journal of Human Nutrition & Dietetics 2019, 32(2):259-266.
  5. Jones A, Mitchell L, O’Connor R, Rollo M, Slater K, Williams L, Ball L. Investigating the Perceptions of Primary Care Dietitians on the potential for information technology in the workplace. Journal of Medical Internet Research, 2018 (20(10), e265-272.
  6. Burch E, Crowley J, Laur C, Ray S, Ball L. Dietitians’ perspectives on teaching nutrition to medical students. Journal of the American College of Nutrition 2017, 36(6):415-421.
  7. Odgers-Jewell K, Ball L, Kelly J, Isenring E, Reidlinger D, Thomas R. Effectiveness of group-based self-management education for individuals with type 2 diabetes: a systematic review with meta-analyses and meta-regression. Diabetic Medicine, 2017, 34(8):1027-1039.
  8. Mutsekwa R, Larkins V, Canavan R, Ball L, Angus R. A Dietitian First Gastroenterology Clinic results in improved symptoms and quality of life in patients. Clinical Nutrition ESPEN (Accepted May 2019)
  9. Barnes K, Ball L, Galvao D, Newton R, Chambers C. Nutrition care guidelines for men with prostate cancer undergoing androgen deprivation therapy: Do we have enough evidence? Prostate Cancer and Prostatic Diseases (Online early view: DOI 10.1038/s41391-018-0099-9).
  10. Ball L, Barnes K, Laur C, Crowley J, Ray S. Setting Priorities for Research in Medical Nutrition Education: A Global Approach. BMJ Open, 2016, (6)e013241.