Researcher biography

Oliver Canfell is a Paediatric Dietitian and PhD Candidate with the School of Human Movement and Nutrition Sciences (HMNS), The University of Queensland. After completing a Master of Dietetics Studies at UQ in mid-2016, Oliver was inspired to undertake a PhD after a “lightbulb” moment and is now in the final year of developing a clinical prediction model to help prevent childhood obesity. At UQ HMNS, Oliver is Co-Executive of the HDR Student Committee and is also Chair of the Postgraduate Dietetics Committee. 

In 2016, Oliver joined the “Growing Good Habits” translational research hub for childhood obesity at Children’s Health Queensland, led by Associate Professor Robyn Littlewood. Oliver is an Accredited Practising Dietitian and has worked in clinical, community and research capacities for almost 3 years. Oliver specialises in the prevention, treatment and management of overweight and obesity in children and adolescents. 

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Research interests

Childhood obesity, Health Services Research, Implementation Science

Project title

i-PATHWAY: A clinical prediction tool for population-level prevention of childhood obesity


Associate Professor Robyn Littlewood

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