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Dr Stephanie Godrich

Senior Lecturer

Contact Information Telephone: +61 8 6304 4600, Email:, Campus: South West, Room: BU5.103
Staff Member Details
Telephone: +61 8 6304 4600
Campus: South West  
Room: BU5.103  


Stephanie is a Senior Lecturer in Nutrition in the School of Medical and Health Sciences. Her current research projects include food security, regional and remote child nutrition and healthy built food environments.

Current Teaching

  • NUT1112 Nutrition and Public Health
  • NUT1121 Human Nutrition
  • NUT6110 Food Vision
  • HST3100 Child and Adolescent Health


  • Bachelor of Health Science South West Campus course lead


Dr Stephanie Godrich is a Registered Public Health Nutritionist with both the Nutrition Society of Australia and the World Public Health Nutrition Association. Over almost 15 years, she has developed, delivered and evaluated numerous community-based food literacy programs, with multiple population groups through not-for-profit organisations. Her on-the-ground practitioner experience in rural and remote Western Australia led to the development of an award-winning partnership model, to enhance the effectiveness of nutrition programs delivered in Western Australia. Stephanie has worked in the university sector in lecturing and/or research project positions at ECU, Curtin and the University of Western Australia. She also works independently as a public health consultant to government and non-government organisations. Stephanie’s PhD focused on food security, fruit and vegetable consumption among children living in rural and remote communities. Dr Godrich is currently working with cross-sector stakeholders in fields such as food production, nutrition and dietetics, town planning, community development, social work and education to take a systems thinking approach to addressing food insecurity. Her other current research areas include healthy built food environments, food supply chains, local food production and cognitive impacts of food insecurity.

Professional Associations

  • Early and Mid Career Researcher Network (EMCRN) member (South West Campus representative)
  • RegenWA steering committee, 2018-2019
  • Prepare, Produce, Provide – Board Member, 2018
  • Right to Food Coalition – Member and WA Convenor, 2018-current
  • Dunsborough Community Garden – Member, 2018-current
  • Australian Food Sovereignty Alliance – Member, 2017-2018
  • Public Health Association of Australia - Co-Vice President WA Branch, 2015-2018
  • Nutrition Society of Australia – member and Registered Public Health Nutritionist, 2015-current
  • World Public Health Nutrition Association – member and Certified Public Health Nutritionist, 2015 – current
  • WA Primary Health Alliance - South West Stakeholder Reference Group, 2015-current
  • WA Health Promoting Schools Association – Executive Committee Member, 2013-2014
  • WA Food Security Network – Member, 2012-2014
  • Pilbara Nutrition Network – Member, 2012-2014
  • Nutrition Australia – Deputy Chair/Committee member, 2006-2010
  • Slow Food Perth – Committee member, 2006-2010

Awards and Recognition

  • 2019 – ECU Vice Chancellor Award for Excellence in Research by Early Career Researcher
  • 2019 – Food Community: A website to support healthy food availability, access and use in rural and remote Western Australia, Healthway (WA Health Promotion Foundation), 2019 - 2021 ($30,954)
  • 2019 – Learning and Teaching Grant
  • 2018 – Research Collaboration Travel Grant (University of Alberta, University of British Columbia, Canada)
  • 2018 – Research Grant Scheme
  • 2018 – Learning and Teaching Grant
  • 2018 – Adjunct Research Fellow, Faculty of Health Sciences, Curtin University
  • 2018 – Early to Mid Career Researcher Grant Winner - Science Pathways 2018 Forum
  • 2018 – Australian Research Scholarship – Complex Systems Leadership Program
  • 2017 – ECU Research Week One Minute to Pitch It Runner Up
  • 2016 – Public Health Association of Australia (PHAA) WA Branch Scholarship to attend PHAA 44th Annual Conference and 20th Chronic Diseases Network Conference, Alice Springs, Northern Territory.
  • 2015 – Healthway Health Promotion Research Training Scholarship (PhD), 2015-2016.
  • 2014 – State Winner (Foodbank WA role): WA Health Excellence Awards, ‘Overcoming Inequities’ category, (Department of Health).
  • 2014 – State Finalist (Foodbank WA role): Community Service Excellence Awards, ‘Partnerships’ category (Department of Local Government and Communities and WA Council of Social Services).

Research Areas and Interests

  • Regional and Remote Nutrition
  • Food Security
  • Sustainable Food Systems
  • Healthy Built Food Environments
  • Children’s Nutrition
  • Charitable Food Sector
  • Supply chains


  • Doctor of Philosophy, Edith Cowan University, 2017.
  • Bachelor of Health Science Major in Nutrition, Edith Cowan University, 2006.


Recent Research Grants

  • Pathway to healthy food environments: a guide for local governments in Western Australia,  Healthway (WA Health Promotion Foundation),  Healthway - Grant,  2018 - 2021,  $710,084.
  • A social, economic and environmental sustainability analysis of regionally grown fresh fruit and vegetables in South West Western Australia.,  Edith Cowan University,  Early Career Researcher Grant – 2020,  2020 - 2021,  $30,000.
  • Parenting Program Evaluation,  GP Down South Ltd,  Grant,  2019 - 2020,  $12,275.

Recent Publications (within the last five years)

Journal Articles

  • Godrich, S., Stoneham, M., Edmunds, M., Devine, A., (2020), South West Food Community: how government and community initiatives are supporting systemic change towards enhanced food security. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, 44(2), 129-136, DOI: 10.1111/1753-6405.12975.
  • Lindberg, R., Barbour, L., Godrich, S., (2020), A rights-based approach to food security in Australia. Health Promotion Journal of Australia, 1-7, Australia, DOI: 10.1002/hpja.324.
  • Blanchet, R., Loewen , OK., Godrich, S., Willows, N., Veugelers, P., (2020), Exploring the association between food insecurity and food skills among school-aged children. Public Health Nutrition, 23(11), 2000-2005, United Kingdom, Cambridge University Press, DOI: 10.1017/S1368980019004300.
  • Kent, K., Murray, S., Penrose, B., Auckland, S., Visentin, D., Godrich, S., Lester, E., (2020), Prevalence and Socio-Demographic Predictors of Food Insecurity in Australia during the COVID-19 Pandemic. Nutrients, 12(19), 1-20, Switzerland, DOI: 10.3390/nu12092682.
  • Godrich, S., Kent, K., Murray, S., Auckland, S., Lo, J., Blekkenhorst, L., Penrose, B., Devine, A., (2020), Australian consumer perceptions of regionally grown fruit and vegetables: importance, enablers and barriers. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 17(1), Article number 63, Switzerland, DOI: 10.3390/ijerph17010063.
  • Kent, K., Godrich, S., Murray, S., Auckland, S., Blekkenhorst, L., Penrose, B., Lo, J., Devine, A., (2020), Definitions, Sources and Self-Reported Consumption of Regionally Grown Fruits and Vegetables in Two Regions of Australia. Nutrients, 12(4), Article number 1026, DOI: 10.3390/nu12041026.
  • 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, DOI: 10.3390/ijerph16112051.
  • Godrich, S., Payet, J., Brealey, D., Edmunds, M., Stoneham, M., Devine, A., (2019), South West Food Community: A Place-Based Pilot Study to Understand the Food Security System. Nutrients, 11(4), Article number 738, DOI: 10.3390/nu11040738.
  • Godrich, S., Loewen, O., Blanchet, R., Willows, N., Veugelers, P., (2019), Canadian Children from Food Insecure Households Experience Low Self-Esteem and Self-Efficacy for Healthy Lifestyle Choices. Nutrients, 11(3), Article number 675, DOI: 10.3390/nu11030675.
  • Godrich, S., Davies, C., Darby, J., Devine, A., (2018), Strategies to Address the Complex Challenge of Improving Regional and Remote Children’s Fruit and Vegetable Consumption. Nutrients, 10(11), article no.1603, DOI: 10.3390/nu10111603.
  • Godrich, S., Davies, C., Darby, J., Devine, A., (2018), Which ecological determinants influence Australian children's fruit and vegetable consumption?. Health Promotion International, 33(2), 229-238, DOI: 10.1093/heapro/daw063.
  • Godrich, S., Lo, J., Davies, C., Darby, J., Devine, A., (2017), Are regional and remote Western Australian children eating for good health? An investigation into fruit and vegetable consumption. Health Promotion Journal of Australia, 28(3), 233-237, West Sussex, United Kingdom, John Wiley & Sons, DOI: 10.1071/HE16090.
  • Godrich, S., Lo, J., Davies, C., Darby, J., Devine, A., (2017), Prevalence and socio-demographic predictors of food insecurity among regional and remote Western Australian children. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, 41(6), 585-590, Richmond, Victoria, Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Asia, DOI: 10.1111/1753-6405.12716.
  • Godrich, S., Lo, J., Davies, C., Darby, J., Devine, A., (2017), Which Food Security Determinants Predict Adequate Vegetable Consumption among Rural Western Australian Children?. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 14(1), article no.40, MDPI, DOI: 10.3390/ijerph14010040.
  • Godrich, S., Davies, C., Darby, J., Devine, A., (2017), What are the determinants of food security among regional and remote Western Australian children?. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, 41(2), 172-177, Public Health Association of Australia, DOI: 10.1111/1753-6405.12636.
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