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Dr Rachael Thurecht

B Nut Diet (Hon) Sunshine Coast

  • Lecturer, Nutrition and Dietetics
  • School of Health
+61 7 5456 5446
Office location
Sunshine Coast
Rachael Thurecht

Rachael is an Accredited Practicing Dietitian and Sports Dietitian who has a passion for nutrition, teaching and research projects. For Rachael, her interest in research began during her Bachelor Nutrition and Dietetics (Honours). Her Honours research focused on Australian dietitians’ perceptions of the healthiness of packaged foods and resulted in two published articles. Since graduating in 2016, Rachael has had the opportunity to further pursue her interests through a USC, scholarship supported PhD.

Rachael’s PhD research centred on the development and validation of an Athlete Food Choice Questionnaire in a sporting and culturally diverse group of high-performance athletes. Her research seeks to translate current knowledge on the multifactorial construct of food choice into a questionnaire for practitioners, researchers and individual athletes to examine the relative influence of various factors on food choice. Rachael collected data at the 2017 Universiade (Taipei, Taiwan) and 2018 Commonwealth Games (Gold Coast, Australia) where she was also part of the Nutrition Service Team. In this role Rachael provided training and advice to caterers and hosted the nutrition desk within the athlete’s dining hall, where she assisted athletes with food and nutrition information and consultations.

Professional memberships

  • Dietitians Australia
  • Sports Dietitians Australia
  • Professionals in Nutrition for Exercise and Sport (PINES)

Awards and fellowships

  • Emerging Sports Nutrition Researcher - Sports Dietitians Australia 2021

Research areas

  • Determinants of food choices in diverse populations
  • Nutrition support, food provision and dietary intake at major international sporting competitions
  • Operational definitions and perceptions of the healthiness of foods
  • Development and validation of survey instruments

Teaching areas

  • NUT101 Introduction to Nutrition
  • NUT201 Food in Society
  • NUT300 Nutrition for Health and Exercise