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Dr Ruth Newby

PhD Qld., BAppSc(MedLabSc) Qld.UT, BLearnMgt C.Qld.

  • Lecturer, Nursing (USC Fraser Coast)
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Ruth Newby

Dr Ruth Newby is a Medical Scientist and a Lecturer at the University of the Sunshine Coast at Fraser Coast campus, where she is a committed and innovative teacher of Biomedical Sciences into Nursing.

Ruth’s research focuses on health promotion in nutrition for the first thousand days of life – the 3 years before a child turns 2, including pre-conceptual, and gestational dietary behaviours. She investigates infant feeding behaviours, weaning and the introduction of complementary foods and diet during early childhood. Her PhD research, for which she won an Australian Postgraduate Award, evaluated the effectiveness of communication to families of public health related messages. Her research uses quantitative methodologies including questionnaires and longitudinal cohort studies. The Feeding Queensland Babies Study is Ruth’s PhD project from which she is continuing to publish. She is a reviewer for several international peer-reviewed publications.

Ruth held a Postdoctoral Research Fellowship funded by Queensland Health at the University of Queensland in the Children’s Nutrition Research Centre, part of the Centre for Child Health Research. She has also undertaken the first study of infant and young child feeding and morbidity during emergency and natural disaster in Australia.

Ruth is also actively involved in programs that seek to meet the continuing education needs of regional health professionals, and she works, accepts speaking engagements and conducts research in that area.

Professional Memberships 

  • Nutrition Society of Australia
  • Public Health Association of Australia
  • Queensland College of Teachers

Research Grants

Project name  Funding body  Year 
 Promoting Optimal Maternal and Infant Nutrition (POMIN) Project Queensland Health A$64,000 2015-2016 

Research areas

  • Public health nutrition for mothers and infants
  • Infant care practices and infant nutrition
  • Breastfeeding and weaning
  • Maternal infant feeding attitudes and behaviours
  • Infant and young child feeding during emergency and natural disaster
  • Continuing professional education for health care workers

Teaching areas

  • Biomedical Sciences for Nursing
  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Pathophysiology and Pharmacology

Dr Ruth Newby's specialist areas of knowledge include: health promotion in nutrition, infant feeding behaviours, breastfeeding and weaning, and infant care practices.

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USC Lecturer in Nursing Science Dr Ruth Newby
Floods, cyclones bring sickness threat to babies
7 Dec 2018

As Queensland prepares for possible flooding with the first cyclone of the season, a study into the health of babies and toddlers following natural disasters has revealed formula-fed infants face a much higher risk of sickness.

Body image link to low breastfeeding rates
29 Mar 2016

A survey of more than 250 first-time Queensland mothers has found poor body image may stop many larger women from continuing to breastfeed their newborn babies.