Zulfah Albertyn (PhD student) visits the NHMRC Centre for Research Excellence (CRE) to reduce inequality in heart disease, Preventative Health, Baker IDI, Melbourne, Australia


Project overview

The primary objective of Zulfah’s project is to determine whether or not health education delivered through touchscreen technology and led by a research nurse has the potential to promote a decrease in excessive weight-gain in African pregnant mothers throughout their pregnancy. Further assessments would include neonatal health and the potential cost saving ability of the intervention from a health sector and community-wide perspective.


Zulfah visited the CRE unit in Melbourne between the period of 20 July 2013 to 3 August 2013 and was privileged to visit the the Baker IDI offices in Alice Springs, Central Australia as well during her stay.

During my stay I was exposed to various roles undertaken by the preventative health unit at the Baker IDI. The main knowledge skills that I was exposed to were trial study design, data management and the process of writing a systematic review, all of which will play a substantial role in my PhD project.



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