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Ms Ros Sambell


Staff Member Details
Telephone: +61 8 6304 5424
Campus: Joondalup  
Room: JO31.471K  

Ros is a Lecturer in Public Health Nutrition, Community Nutrition and Food Habits and Trends.

Current Teaching

  • NUT1112  Public Health Nutrition,
  • NUT3221 Community Nutrition and
  • NUT3231 Food Habits and Trends


  • 25 years involvement in Public Health Nutrition, lecturing, training, unit development, writing and delivery, contextualised to a variety of sectors, including aged care and childcare.
  • Unit Coordinator Nutrition and Public Health and Community Nutrition, School of Medical and Health Science, Edith Cowan University.  Co-lead Jamie’s Ministry of Food Program and Course Coordinator of Master of Public Health.

Professional Associations

  • NSA – Registered Public Health Nutritionist, Nutrition Society of Australia
  • PHAA – Public Health Association of Australia

Research Areas and Interests

  • Nutrition and food provision in childcare and aged care sector.  Food security and food literacy.


  • Master of Public Health, Edith Cowan University, 2013.
  • Graduate Diploma of Public Health, Edith Cowan University, 2012.

Research Outputs

Journal Articles

  • Wilkinson, C., Clark, K., Sambell, R., Dare, J., Bright, S. (2021). The health of older Western Australians: the role of age, gender, geographic location, psychological distress, perceived health, tobacco and alcohol. Advances In Dual Diagnosis: Policy, Practice And Research In Mental Health And Substance Use, Online Early(Online Early), N/A.

Journal Articles

  • Spence, A., Love, P., Byrne, R., Wakem, A., Matwiejczyk, L., Devine, A., Golley, R., Sambell, R. (2020). Childcare Food Provision Recommendations Vary across Australia: Jurisdictional Comparison and Nutrition Expert Perspectives. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 17(18), Article number 6793.
  • Sambell, R., Wallace, R., Lo, J., Costello, L., Devine, A. (2020). Increasing food expenditure in long day-care by an extra $0.50 per child/day would improve core food group provision. Nutrients, 12(4), Article number 968.
  • Rees, J., Christophersen, C., Lewis, J., Lo, J., Sambell, R., Costello, L., Walker, C., Byrne, M., Boyce, M., Newton, R., Devine, A. (2020). The study protocol for a pseudo-randomised pre-post designed controlled intervention trial to study the effects of a 7-week cooking program on self-efficacy and biomarkers of health: The ECU lifestyle and biomarkers get connected study (ECULABJMOF) including the Jamie's Ministry of Food WA participant experience. BMC Public Health, 20(1), Article number 1037.
  • Hua, D., Sambell, R., Wallace, R., Vale, S., Devine, A. (2020). Food allergy management in Early Childhood Education and Care Services in Australia. Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health, 56(3), 394-399.
  • Sambell, R., Devine, A., Lo, J., Lawlis, T. (2020). Work-integrated learning builds student identification of employability skills: Utilizing a food literacy education strategy. International Journal of Work-Integrated Learning, 21(1), 63-87.

Journal Articles

  • Lawlis, T., Sambell, R., Douglas-Watson, A., Belton, S., Devine, A. (2019). The Food Literacy Action Logic Model: A Tertiary Education Sector Innovative Strategy to Support the Charitable Food Sectors Need for Food Literacy Training. Nutrients, 11(4), Article number 837.
  • Sambell, R., Wallace, R., Costello, L., Lo, J., Devine, A. (2019). Measuring food provision in Western Australian long day care (LDC) services: a weighed food record method/protocol at a service level. Nutrition Journal, 18(1), Article 38.
  • Sambell, R., Andrew, L., Godrich, S., Wolfgang, J., Vandenbroeck, D., Stubley, K., Rose, N., Newman, L., Horwitz, P., Devine, A. (2019). Local Challenges and Successes Associated with Transitioning to Sustainable Food System Practices for a West Australian Context: Multi-Sector Stakeholder Perceptions. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 16(11), Article number 2051.
  • Devine, A., Wallace, R., Lo, J., Miller, M., Sambell, R., Costello, L., Lombardi, K., Veurink, S. (2019). Online programs build confidence and improve healthy eating messages in Early Years services. Australasian Journal of Early Childhood, 44(2), 139-152.

Journal Articles

  • Hammershaimb Jacobsen, K., Sambell, R., Devine, A., Vale, S. (2018). Food allergy readiness and anaphylaxis management in early childhood education and care in Western Australia. Australasian Journal of Early Childhood, 43(4), 43-47.

Conference Publications

  • Sambell, R., Devine, A., Lo, J. (2014). Does the food group provision in early years' education and care settings in metropolitan Perth, Western Australia, meet national dietary requirements; and how can Home Economics support this?. Journal of the Home Economics Institute of Australia (20-27). Home Economics Institute of Australia.

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.
  • Can the quality of life of young adults with Chronic Inflammatory Arthritis [CIA] be improved through participation in a DRUMBEAT© program?, Healthway (WA Health Promotion Foundation), Health Promotion Project Grant, 2019 ‑ 2020, $5,000.
  • Social connectedness and healthy lifestyle support - What do regional communities want and do they use it?, Edith Cowan University, ECU Development Grant, 2017 ‑ 2018, $50,000.
  • SNACPlus: A whole-of-centre approach to healthy eating in WA Child Care Centres., Healthway (WA Health Promotion Foundation), Healthway - Research Starter Grant, 2014 ‑ 2016, $28,216.

Research Student Supervision

Assistant Supervisor

  • Master of Science (Medical Science), DRUMBEAT© for arthritis “a shared purpose” rather than a “lonely struggle”
  • Master of Public Health, Planning for healthy local food systems in Western Australia

Assistant Supervisor

  • Master of Public Health, Food allergy management in early childhood education and care (ecec) services: Are services aware of training guidelines for food allergy management?
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