Dr Sarah Burkhart - University of the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia

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Dr Sarah Burkhart

MSc Massey, BSc Massey., PhD Sunshine Coast.

  • Lecturer, Nutrition & Dietetics
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T3.26
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Sunshine Coast
Dr Sarah Burkhart

Dr Sarah Burkhart is an academic in Nutrition and Dietetics in the School of Health and Sport Sciences, and the Australian Centre for Pacific Islands Research at USC. Sarah’s major research focus explores food security and food choice in the Pacific Islands. Working with Pacific partners, academics and stakeholders, Sarah is interested in nutrition education and food provision in Pacific Island school settings and understanding determinants of food security across Pacific Island food systems, with a focus on food environments and consumer behaviour/food choice.

Sarah recently led two major projects investigating the current state and capacity for school food and nutrition education programmes across 14 Pacific Island countries. She has projects underway investigating the role of diets and food systems in the prevention of obesity and non-communicable diseases in Fiji and the food environment in Samoa. She also contributes to projects investigating the contribution of seaweeds to diets in Samoa, nutrition impacts of climate change in Fiji, and gender influences on food choice in small island developing states.

Sarah coordinates and teaches several courses across the Bachelor of Nutrition and the Bachelor of Dietetics, with a focus on improving the student experience and readiness for practice using blended learning and the flipped classroom approach. Sarah’s scholarship of learning and teaching interests include the integration of a food systems approach and sustainability within Nutrition and Dietetic curricula, the use of blended learning strategies and the flipped classroom approach. Sarah is also an advocate for involving students in overseas learning and research experiences and has travelled with, and supervised USC students undertaking projects in Samoa and the Solomon Islands.

Sarah is a Registered Nutritionist with the Nutrition Society of Australia (NSA) and Chair of the Brisbane Regional NSA Group.

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Research areas
  • Nutrition education and food provision in Pacific Island school settings
  • Determinants of food security in the Pacific Islands, with a focus on food environments and consumer behaviour/food choice
  • Incorporation and teaching of sustainability and sustainable food systems in Nutrition and Dietetics curricula
  • Using blended learning strategies to engage Nutrition and Dietetic students

 

Grants and projects

Project name

Project team

Funder, year

Gathering evidence and supporting multi-stakeholder engagement on the role of diets and food systems in the prevention of obesity and non-communicable diseases in Pacific Island Countries (Fiji).

 

Dr S Burkhart (lead), Prof. Steven Underhill, Ms Bridget Horsey, Ms Jenna Perry, Ms Tarli O’Connell, Dr Yuchan Zhou, Ms Tara Mackenzie, Dr Dana Craven.

 

UN/FAO (2020)

School Food Programmes in the Pacific Islands: Scoping Study and Capacity Needs Assessment.

 

Dr S Burkhart (lead), Dr Dana Craven, Ms Brianna Jones, Ms Bridget Horsey, Prof. Steven Underhill.

UN/FAO (2019)

School Nutrition Education Programmes in the Pacific Islands: Scoping Study and Capacity Needs Assessment.

 

Dr S Burkhart (lead), Ms Brianna Jones, Dr Libby Swanepoel, Prof. Steven Underhill.

UN/FAO (2018)

Designing a graduate e-portfolio:  the expectations of industry.

 

Dr A Hamilton (lead), T Downer, Dr B Flanagan, Dr S Burkhart, Dr A Villani, B Lucas, Dr A Henderson, Dr C Davis, M Small, and Dr J Taylor.

 

USC Commissioned Grant (2016/2017) $15,000

Learning, Teaching, Practice: A common understanding and integration of sustainability within Nutrition and Dietetics.

 

Dr S. Burkhart (lead), Dr Jude Maher, Dr Michele Verdonck and Dr Theresa Ashford.

USC Exploratory Grant (2015) $9996

 

Recent publications
  • Medina Hidalgo, D., Witten, I., Nunn, P. D., Burkhart, S., Bogard, J. R., Beazley, H., & Herrero, M. (2020). Sustaining healthy diets in times of change: linking climate hazards, food systems and nutrition security in rural communities of the Fiji Islands. Regional Environmental Change, 20 (3), 73; doi:10.1007/s10113-020-01653-2.
  • Burkhart, S. J., Verdonck, M., Ashford, T., Maher, J. (2020). Sustainability: Nutrition and dietetic students’ perceptions. 12 (3), 1072; https://doi.org/10.3390/su12031072
  • Burkhart, S. J., Craven, D. L. (2020). Digital workbooks in flipped nutrition education: student perspectives. Education Sciences, 10 (1), 22; https://doi.org/10.3390/educsci10010022
  • Bottcher, C., Underhill, S. J. R., Aliakbari, J., Burkhart, S. J. (2020). Food access and availability in Auki, Solomon Islands. Journal of Hunger and Environmental Nutrition; http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/19320248.2020.1739586.
  • Burkhart, S. J., Taylor, J., Kynn, M. Craven, D., Swanepoel, L. (2020). Undergraduate nutrition students’ engagement with the flipped classroom: A descriptive cohort study. Journal of Nutrition Education and Behaviour, 52 (4), 394-400; https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jneb.2019.06.002.
  • Burkhart, S. J., Jones, B., Underhill, S. Swanepoel, E. (2019). School nutrition education programmes scoping review and capacity needs assessment. Final report. Available from: http://www.fao.org/3/ca2935en/ca2935en.pdf.
  • Bottcher, C., Underhill, S. J. R., Aliakbari, J., Burkhart, S. J. (2019). Food purchasing behaviours of a remote and rural adult Solomon Islander population. Foods, 8, 464; https://doi.org/10.3390/foods8100464
  • Horsey, B., Swanepoel, L., Underhill, S. J. R., Aliakbari, J., Burkhart, S. J. (2019). Dietary diversity of an adult Solomon Island population. Nutrients, 11, 1622; https://doi.org/10.3390/nu11071622
 Topics for Honours and HDR students
  • Food choice and food security in the Pacific region
  • Food provision in the school setting
  • Nutrition education in developing countries
  • Nutrition transition
  • Sustainable food systems
 Awards
  • LearnX Live! Best Blended Learning Model Platinum Award Winner (with Dr Dana Craven and Dr Anita Hamilton), 2019
  • Advance Teaching Award: ABLE Award for Advancing the Blended Learning Experience, University of the Sunshine Coast, 2016
  • Commendation for Excellence: Advancing Quality Teaching, University of the Sunshine Coast, 2016

Research areas

  • the food system, food safety and food choice in the Pacific Islands
  • food provision, food choice, nutrition support and dietary intake at major international competition
  • incorporation and teaching of sustainability and sustainable food systems in Nutrition and Dietetics curricula
  • the use of blended learning strategies to engage Nutrition and Dietetic students

Teaching areas

  • NUT101 Introduction to Nutrition
  • NUT102 Food in Society
  • NUT303 Food, Nutrition and Menu Design
  • NUT305 Food and the Consumer

Sarah's area in expertise includes, food studies, nutrition and dietetics and their application in many settings.

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