Dr Ruth Newby

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Dr Ruth Newby


Teaching areas

  • Biomedical Sciences for Nursing
  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Pathophysiology

Research areas

  • public health nutrition for mothers and infants
  • infant and young child feeding in emergency and natural disaster


Dr Ruth Newby a medical scientist and Lecturer at the University of the Sunshine Coast at Fraser Coast campus, where she is a warm, committed and innovative teacher of Biomedical Sciences into health programs, particularly Nursing.

Ruth completed her PhD in 2015 in the field of Public Health Nutrition for the first thousand days of life – the 3 years before a child turns 2. She is interested in health promotion for nutrition before and during pregnancy, infant feeding and the introduction of complementary foods for infants, and the communication to families of related public health messages. Her research uses quantitative methodologies including questionnaires and longitudinal cohort studies.

She also holds a Post-doctoral Research Fellowship at the University of Queensland in the Children’s Nutrition Research Centre, part of the Centre for Child Health Research.

The Feeding Queensland Babies Study is Ruth’s PhD project from which she is continuing to publish. She has also undertaken the first study of infant and young child feeding and illness during emergency and natural disaster in Australia.

Research grants

Project name  Funding body  Year 
 Promoting Optimal Maternal and Infant Nutrition (POMIN) Project Queensland Health A$64,000 2015-2016 
 Infant feeding in Queensland – breast milk, artificial baby milk and complementary solids Nestle Oceania A$50,000 2013-2014
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