Researcher biography

Sandra Capra joined the Faculty and then the School in 2008 as professor of nutrition. Professor Capra received her BSc(Hons) and Diploma in Nutrition and Dietetics from Sydney University, her MSocSc from the University of Birmingham and her PhD from the University of Queensland.

After more than 15 years in professional practice in NSW, Victoria, Queensland and New Zealand Prof Capra entered academia full time. Professor Capra has a strong commitment to allied health professions and has served three terms as President of the Dietitians Association of Australia, has been a member of the Council of Pro Vice Chancellors and Deans of Health Sciences and served on many national policy making committees including the Nutrient Reference Values Steering Committee and the Dietary Guidelines Working Party of the National Health and Medical Research Council. She is currently serving her second four year term as the Chair of the Board of Directors of the International Confederation of Dietetic Associations.

Professor Capra is an expert on allied health in general and nutrition and dietetics curricula and competencies in particular and reviews programs both in Australia and overseas. She is regularly invited to speak on the topic of educational standards, quality and competence. Professor Capra has been recognised for her service to nutrition and dietetics education and research by being appointed a Member of the Order of Australia in 2003, a Fellow of the Dietitians Association of Australia and elected to life membership of the DAA.

Prior to her move to the University of Queensland she was the Head of School, School of Health Sciences and Professor of Nutrition and Dietetics at the University of Newcastle, NSW.

Research Interests

Professor Capra's research interests focus on nutrition and dietetics practice, food and nutrition policy and quality outcomes for food and nutrition services in a variety of settings. Much of her work focuses on the development of tools to use in practice and developing systems for quality improvements and outcomes measurements of service delivery. This includes nutrition service delivery models, best practice, tools development, measurement in dietetics and outcomes research in dietetics. This is not limited to clinical fields, but includes the other domains of policy and public health and service delivery. Professor Capra is currently a principal investigator on the Department of Health and Ageing "Implementing best practice nutrition and hydration support in Residential aged care" which is part of the national "Encouraging Best Practice in Residential Aged Care" program.