Patients’ nutrition comes into focus

Research fellow Laura Alston and clinical dietitian Megan Green have received funding for a research project on malnutrition in the Colac area through Colac Area Health.

Colac Area Health has received funding towards the research of malnutrition in hospital patients.

The Allied Health team led by research fellow Laura Alston PhD and clinical dietitian Megan Green will aim to understand the effects and risk factors of malnutrition for people in the Colac
area.

This research project is the first to receive funding in Colac Area Health’s Allied Health department, with funding coming from the Western Alliance Academic Health Sciences Centre.

The project was one of four successful applicants to receive funding from the centre out of about 40 overall applications.

Deakin University and the Department of Health and Human Services will be part of the research that will generate more evidence on levels of malnutrition in rural health services, with the potential to inform nutrition policy and care across western Victoria.

Ms Alston said the research would consider factors such as living within the town or in outer rural areas.

“We hope this project will lead to improvements in the management and treatment of malnutrition in our region for the future,” she said.

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