Rachel Bacon

Associate Professor

Accepting PhD Students

PhD projects

Clinical Dietetics including aged care, oncology and mental health;
Communication, Counselling and Behaviour Change;
Education – programmatic assessment, inter-professional education, embedding Aboriginal and / or Torres Strait Islander perspectives and pedagogies in health education and workforce development.


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Personal profile


Rachel Bacon is an Associate Professor in Nutrition and Dietetics at the University of Canberra (UC) in the Faculty of Health at the University of Canberra.  She has over 20 years experience as a dietitian and is an Advanced Accredited Practising Dietitian (AdvAPD) with the Dietitian Association of Australia. She is a core member of the University of Canberra’s Clinical Research Rehabilitation and Translation Area of strength


Areas of Teaching

Rachel is a Fellow of the Academy of Higher Education and has received numerous research and teaching awards for her contribution to health education and work integrated learning including a national citation from the Office of Teaching and Learning. She was responsible for the establishment of the UC 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. 

Research Interests

Rachel’s research interests are in clinical dietetics – oncology, aged care,  mental health; communication, counselling and behavior change, and digital health; and education – programmatic assessment, interprofessional education, Aboriginal and / or Torres Strait Islander perspectives and pedagogies and workforce development.  

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, A pragmatist mixed-methods exploration of Individual Case Management (ICM) placements for dietetic students outside the hospital setting

Award Date: 30 Mar 1996

Master, Master of Science (Nutr & Diet), University of Wollongong

Award Date: 30 Mar 1996

Bachelor, Bachelor of Applied Science (Nutritional Studies)

Award Date: 30 Mar 1993


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