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Assoc Prof Lauren Ball

Assoc Prof

Lauren Ball

NHMRC Fellow
Menzies Health Institute - Centre for Health Practice Innovation
+61 (0)413 031 470 (Mobile)
+61 (0)7 3735 5244 (Work)
N55 2.11, Nathan Campus

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My vision is that all Australians are supported by a health care system that allows them to reach their full potential in life. This will be achieved by making nutrition a prominent part of the ongoing care provided to people in the primary care setting - the first point of contact with the health care system. I believe we should capitalise on the potential of primary care health professionals to support patients to eat well, including doctors, nurses, dietitians, nutritionists, pharmacy, other allied health and even personal trainers and health food store workers. All patients deserve individualised, respectful and evidence-based nutrition care. I work with community members, health professionals, education providers and professional bodies to conduct research on how patients can be better supported in primary care to eat well. I implement interventions and programs so that health professionals feel confident in nutrition and have the skills to best meet patients' needs. I also work with Primary Health Networks to better understand how primary care services can be reoriented to put nutrition and other lifestyle behaviours at the forefront of the health care system. I have published over 100 peer-reviewed scientific articles and attracted over $3 million in research funding from government bodies, non-government organisations and philanthropic foundations. I am Principal Research Fellow at Griffith University with strong external funding support including an NHMRC Investigator Grant (EL2). I am Associate Editor for the Australian Journal of Primary Health and Family Practice journal, as well as Executive Committee Member of the Australasian Association for Academics in Primary Care. Do you share my vision? I welcome your contact at


  • Member
    Health Care Practice & Survivorship2018
  • Co-Lead
    Menzies Health Institute Queensland, Patient-Centred Health Services Group, Australia1 Jan 2017
  • Member
    Menzies Health Institute Queensland, Healthcare Practice and Survivorship, Australia1 Jan 2017


  • Associate Editor
    Australian Journal of Primary Health,
  • Associate Editor
    Family Practice,
  • Management Committee Member
    BMJ Nutrition, Prevention and Health, https://nutrition.bmj.com2019


  • Executive Committee Member
    Australasian Association for Academic Primary Care2017
  • Primary Care Committee Member,
    Australian Commission for Quality and Safety in Health Care2019
  • Executive Member, Global Innovation Panel
    NNEdPro Global Centre for Nutrition and Health, Cambridge2016


  • Bachelor of Applied Science
    University of Sydney
  • Master Of Nutrition And Dietetics With Honours
    Griffith University
  • Doctor Of Philosophy
    Griffith University
  • Graduate Certificate in Higher Education
    Griffith University, Australia
  • Graduate Diploma in Health Economics and Health Policy
    Monash University, Australia