Megan Ferguson

Honorary fellow

Qualifications:

PhD, Charles Darwin University, 2018; Master of Public Health, University of Queensland, 2007; Graduate Certificate in Paediatric Nutrition and Dietetics, University of Melbourne, 2004; Graduate Diploma in Nutrition and Dietetics, Queensland University of Technology, 1995; Bachelor of Science, University of Queensland, 1993.

Location:

Brisbane

Biography:

Megan Ferguson has over 20 years' experience in the field of nutrition, predominantly in public health in remote Aboriginal communities of the Northern Territory. This experience has been across food security, food supply and maternal and child health initiatives, working in the government, retail industry and research sector. Megan has also worked for international humanitarian agencies, implementing and evaluating nutrition and public health initiatives.

In 2012, Megan was awarded a National Health and Medical Research Council Postgraduate Scholarship. Her research interests are in supporting local decision-makers in the use of evidence and in policy and practice, with a focus on improving food security and the food environment. 

Research Themes
  1. Brimblecombe J, Ferguson M, Barzi F, Brown C, Ball K. (2018). Mediators and moderators of nutrition intervention effects in remote Indigenous Australia. British Journal of Nutrition, 119:1424-1433.
  2. Brimblecombe J, Bailie R, van den Boogaard C, Wood B, Liberato S, Ferguson M, et al. (2017). Feasibility of a novel participatory multi-sector continuous improvement approach to enhance food security in remote Indigenous Australian communities. SSM Popul Health, 3:566-576.
  3. Ferguson M, Brown C, Georga C, Miles E, Wilson A, Brimblecombe J. (2017). Traditional food availability and consumption in remote Aboriginal communities in the Northern Territory, Australia. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, 41(3):294-8.
  4. Brimblecombe J, Ferguson M, Chatfield MD, Liberato SC, Gunther A, Ball K, Moodie M, Miles E, Magnus A, Ni Mhurchu C, Leach A, O'Dea K, Bailie R. (2017). Effect of a price discount and consumer education strategy on food and beverage purchases in remote Indigenous Australia: a stepped-wedge randomised controlled trial. Lancet Public Health,  2(2): e82-e95.
  5. Wycherley TP, Pekarsky BAK, Ferguson MM, O’Dea K, Brimblecombe J. (2017). Fluctuations in money availability within an income cycle impacts diet quality of remote Indigenous Australians. Public Health Nutrition, 20(8);1431-1440.
  6. Ferguson M, O’Dea K, Holden S, Miles E, Brimblecombe J. (2017). Food and beverage price discounts to improve health in remote Aboriginal communities: mixed method evaluation of a natural experiment. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, 41:32-7
  7. Ferguson M, King A, Brimblecombe J. (2016). Time for a shift in focus to improve food affordability for remote customers. Medical Journal of Australia, 204 (11): 409.
  8. Ferguson M, O’Dea K, Chatfield M, Moodie M, Altman J, Brimblecombe J. (2016). The comparative cost of food and beverages at remote Indigenous communities, Northern Territory, Australia. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, 40(S1), S21-26; doi: 10.1111/1753-6405.12370.
  9. Brimblecombe, J., Ferguson, M., Liberato, S.C., O’Dea, K., & Riley, M. (2013). Optimisation Modelling to Assess Cost of Dietary Improvement in Remote Aboriginal Australia. PLoS ONE, 8(12).
  10. Thomas, D.P., Ferguson, M., Johnston, V., & Brimblecombe, J. (2013). Impact and Perceptions of Tobacco Tax Increase in Remote Australian Aboriginal Communities. Nicotine & Tobacco Research, 15(6), 1099–106.
Click here to view more Megan Ferguson publications in PubMed.
  1. CAAMA Radio | Traditional food trends

    CAAMA Radio | Traditional food trends

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    Menzies researcher and lead author Megan Ferguson speaks to CAAMA's Paul Wiles about the publication of Traditional food availability and consumption in remote Aboriginal communities in the Northern Territory in the prestigious Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health.

  2. Traditional food trends in remote Northern Territory communities

    Traditional food trends in remote Northern Territory communities

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    The majority of Aboriginal people living in remote Northern Territory communities are regularly using traditional foods in their diets according to research from Menzies School of Health Research published in the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health today

  3. Food price gap shows need for subsidies and promo deals for remote areas

    Food price gap shows need for subsidies and promo deals for remote areas

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    Every year in the Northern Territory, government and non-government public health nutritionists gather data on the cost of a standardised basket of food.