Danielle Aquino

Project coordinator - MESCH program evaluation


Master of Public Health, UNSW, 2011; Graduate Diploma Dietetics, Curtin University, 1999; Bachelor of Science (Nutrition and Food Science), Curtin University,1998


Darwin – CDU Red 9


Danielle Aquino is project coordinator for the Maternal Early Childhood Sustained Home Visiting Program (MECSH). She has over 20 years of experience in working in nutrition, child and maternal health and community development, predominantly in remote Aboriginal communities in the Northern Territory. Previously, Danielle coordinated a multi-site early childhood nutrition and anaemia prevention project in six communities in the NT, Queensland and Western Australia. Danielle has also worked in Vanuatu supporting maternal and child nutrition capacity development.

Danielle is a PhD candidate researching family food practices in a remote Aboriginal community.

  1. Aquino, D., Leonard, D., Hadgraft, N., & Marley, J. V. (2018). High prevalence of early onset anaemia amongst Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander infants in remote northern Australia. Australian Journal of Rural Health, 26(4), 245-250.

  2. Leonard, D., Aquino, D., Hadgraft, N., Thompson, F., & Marley, J. V. (2017). Poor nutrition from first foods: A cross‐sectional study of complementary feeding of infants and young children in six remote Aboriginal communities across northern Australia. Nutrition & Dietetics, 74(5), 436-445.

  3. Aquino, D., Marley, J. V., Senior, K., Leonard, D., Helmer, J., Joshua, A., ... & Hadgraft, N. (2013). Early Childhood Nutrition and Anaemia Prevention Project: Summary Report. Darwin: The Fred Hollows Foundation, Indigenous Australia Program.