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Ms Ana Gowrea


Staff Member Details
Telephone: +61 8 6304 5055
Campus: Joondalup  
Room: JO21.226  

Ana is a Lecturer in Community and Public Health Nutrition in the School of Medical and Health Sciences.

Current Teaching

  • NUT5114 Public Health Nutrition
  • NUT5116 Food Science and Systems
  • NUT6107 Community Placement and Evaluation


Ana is an Accredited Practising Dietitian with over 20 years of industry experience in leading, managing and delivering nutrition policies, campaigns and programs at local, state and national levels.  Ana has also worked in a variety of clinical, regional community, private practice and research positions.  Prior to ECU, she was the Principal Nutrition Policy Officer for the Western Australian Department of Health and a National Director of the Dietitians Association of Australia. She continues to work on community and public health nutrition initiatives with the health promotion team at South Metropolitan Health Service.

She is passionate about maternal and child health; developing strategic and operational public health policies; community development; training and workforce development.

Professional Associations

  • Accredited Practising Dietitian
  • Dietitians Association of Australia.  Member since 1998.  Member of the Board of Directors (2004-2009), Western Australian Branch Chairperson (2001-2004)
  • Public Health Association of Australia
  • Australian Health Promotion Association
  • World Public Health Nutrition Association

Awards and Recognition

  • Healthway Leadership in Health Promotion (2003)

Research Areas and Interests

  • Creating healthy food environments – built, natural, socio-cultural and economic
  • Food security
  • Chronic disease prevention, including obesity prevention
  • Food and nutrition policies at national, state and local government levels
  • Maternal, infant and child nutrition, particularly breastfeeding, early years nutrition, and school-aged children
  • Capacity building and workforce development


  • Graduate Diploma in Dietetics, Curtin University of Technology, 1999.
  • Bachelor of Science Nutrition and Food Science, Curtin University of Technology, 1998.

Research Projects

  • Pathway to healthy food environments: a guide for local governments in Western Australia, Healthway (WA Health Promotion Foundation), Healthway - Grant, 2018 ‑ 2021, $469,078.
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