Cindy Needham is PhD Candidate and Associate Research Fellow in the Global Obesity Centre at Deakin University. Coming from a local government background in one of Victoria’s Growth Areas, she has experience in policy and planning for health promotion, recreation, health and obesity prevention.
Ms Needham is an Associate Research Fellow on the VicHealth Innovation project “Food environment inequalities and obesity in Victorian Growth Areas, from paddock to shopping centre gate”. This study seeks to understand the most effective way to measure the food environment and examine the role it plays in diet and obesity outcomes. She is also working to synthesise the evidence on food retail environments in an Australian context.