Rachel Bacon

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Rachel was appointed at the University of Canberra as an Assistant Professor in 2010 due to her professional experience. She has worked as a dietitian since 1996 in clinical, community and research settings. Rachel's expertise is in clinical education where she has delivered plenary and international presentations on her practical innovations and research. She has been the recipient of Professional, University and Community nominations, commendations and awards for her achievements in this area.

Areas of Teaching

Rachel is the Discipline Lead for Nutrition and Dietetics and Health Faculty Convenor for Work-Integrated Learning at the University of Canberra. She was responsible for the establishment of the student-led dietetics clinics including outreach services to aged care facilities.  Rachel convenes all the work-integrated learning and teaches Counselling and Communication in the Masters of Nutrition and Dietetics. In 2015 Rachel was the recipient of the Dietitians Association of Australia President's Award for Innovation for the development of a research and Web-based program for clinical supervisors in competency-based assessment.

Research Interests

Rachel's PhD research and publications explore the use of clinical placements in community and aged care settings to better prepare students for the demands of the future workforce. She has also published research on competency-based assessment in the work setting.

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Projects 2012 2014

Research Output 2009 2019

What is healthy eating? A qualitative exploration

Mete, R., Shield, A., Murray, K., Bacon, R. & Kellett, J., 17 May 2019, In : Public Health Nutrition. p. 1-11 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Social Media
2 Citations (Scopus)

A Consensus Model: Shifting assessment practices in dietetics tertiary education.

BACON, R., KELLETT, J., Dart, J., KNIGHT-AGARWAL, C., METE, R., Ash, S. & Palermo, C., Sep 2018, In : Nutrition and Dietetics. 75, 4, p. 418-430 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle


Assessment and remediation practices in Australian Dietetics courses

Shaaf, Z., BACON, R. & KELLETT, J., 2018, Nutrition and Dietetics: Dietitians Association of Australia 25th National Conference . 1 ed. Nutrition and Dietetics, Vol. 75. p. 14 1 p. (Dietitians Association of Australia ).

Research output: A Conference proceeding or a Chapter in BookConference contribution

Open Access

Clinical Placement Experiences of International Student Dietitians in Australia

Aawulenna, D., BACON, R. & KELLETT, J., 31 May 2018, In : Nutrition and Dietetics. 75, s1, p. 68 1 p., 395.

Research output: Contribution to journalMeeting Abstract

7 Citations (Scopus)

Dietetics students' construction of competence through assessment and placement experiences

Palermo, C., Dart, J., Begley, A., Beck, E. J., Bacon, R., Tweedie, J., Mitchell, L., Maher, J., gallegos, D., Kennedy, M., Kellett, J., Margerison, C., Crawford, R. & stuart smith, W., 1 Jul 2018, In : Nutrition and Dietetics. 75, 3, p. 307-315 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Mental Competency
Focus Groups

Activities 2017 2017

  • 1 Oral presentation

Clinical educators’ perceptions of an integrated interpretivist approach to competency-based assessment

Rachel BACON (Speaker)
11 Jul 201714 Jul 2017

Activity: Talk or presentationOral presentation