Position

Head of Nutrition & Dietetics
Nutrition & Dietetics

Biography

Kaye Mehta is Senior Lecturer in Nutrition & Dietetics, and Associate Dean Teaching & Learning in the School of Health Sciences. She teaches social nutrition, public health and community nutrition. Kaye worked for more than 20 years years as a dietitian-nutritionist in community settings prior to teaching, and established herself as a leader in community nutrition in South Australia. Her research interests include: nutrition program evaluation, social determinants of food choice, critical literacy on the food system and food marketing to children. She has had a long-standing interest in food marketing to children, and has been a strong advocate for government regulations to protect children against the marketing of unhealthy foods. Kaye has published and presented extensively on her research interests. She engages strongly with community nutrition programs and provides opportunities for students to engage with community groups in all aspects of nutrition promotion.

Topic Coordinator:

  • NUTD2105  Individual, Social and Environmental Perspectives on Food Consumption
  • NUTD3107  Public Health and Community Nutrition

Supervisory interests

  • Nutrition program evaluation
  • Social nutrition
  • Transformative education

Publications

  • Mehta, K.P. (2015). Public Health Nutrition. In Elizabeth Handsley, Colin MacDougall and Michael Rich, ed. Children's Wellbeing in the Media Age. Sydney - Annandale NSW 2038 Australia: Federation Press, pp. 143-165.
    [Web Link]
  • Smith, J.P., Sargent, G., Mehta, K.P., James, J., Berry, N., Koh, C., et al. (2015). A rapid evidence assessment: Does marketing of commercially available complementary foods affect infant and young child feeding? Canberra, A.C.T.: Australian National University.
    [Web Link] [Web Link]
  • Miller, J., Wray, A., Slattery, A., Dickinson, K., Yaxley, A., Matwiejczyk, L., et al. (2015). A novel student-led clinic using a staged approach to the NCP to enhance placement-readiness. Dietitians Association of Australia 32nd National Conference. Perth, Australia. May 2015.
  • Yaxley, A., Chan, L., Dickinson, K., Thomas, J., Jackson, K., Miller, J., et al. (2015). Masking of vitamin B12 deficiency in older Australians: has folic acid fortification increased the risk? Dietitians Association of Australia 32nd National Conference. Perth, Australia. May 2015.
  • Wilson, A., Mehta, K., Miller, J., Jackson, K., Thomas, J., Yaxley, A., et al. (2014). Teaching Indigenous health to Nutrition and Dietetics students: review of current curriculum and proposed ways forward. Dietitians Association of Australia 31st National Conference. Brisbane, Queensland. May 2014.
    [Web Link]
  • Mehta, K., Cheng, P. and Khoo, A. (2014). Children's views about branded and unbranded foods. DAA - Nutrition & Dietetics. Dietitians Association of Australia 31st National Conference. Brisbane, Queensland. May 2014.
    [Web Link]
  • Elliott, J., Mehta, K. and Watson, A. (2013). Perceived barriers and facilitators to participation in physical activity during the school lunch break for girls aged 12-13 years. 2013 State Population Health Conference. Adelaide, South Australia. Oct 2013.
    [Web Link]
  • Mehta, K., Coveney, J., Ward, P. and Handsley, E. (2013). Parents as neo-liberal citizens: individualizing responsibility for children's exposure to unhealthy food marketing. In Food, Gender and the Family. Australian Food, Society and Culture Network Symposium, Sydney NSW, Australia. Jul 2013.
    [Web Link]
  • Savio, S., Mehta, K., Udell, T. and Coveney, J. (2013). Towards a methodology: A survey of Australian child-oriented food products to monitor reformulation from 2009 to 2011. DAA. DAA 30th National Conference. Canberra, ACT, Australia. May 2013.
    [Web Link]
  • Savio, S., Mehta, K., Udell, T. and Coveney, J. (2013). A survey of the reformulation of Australian child-oriented food products. 2013 State Population Health Conference. Adelaide, South Australia. Oct 2013.
    [Web Link]
  • Mehta, K., Markow, K., Guster, M. and Becker, E. (2013). Strengthening understanding and action on the food system in the South of Adelaide. In Australasian Agrifood Research Network XX: Resistance, Resilience and Security. Agri-Food. Agri-Food XX Conference. Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. Dec 2013.
    [Web Link]
  • Chapman, K., Kelly, B., Mehta, K. and MacDonald, J. (2012). Translating food marketing research into public health policy. the 16th International Congress of Dietetics. Sydney, NSW, Australia. Sep 2012.
    [Web Link]
  • Mehta, K. and Becker, E. (2012). Why is challenging neo-liberal politics critical to dietetic practice? Second International Critical Dietetics Conference. Sydney, NSW, Australia. Sep 2012.
    [Web Link]
  • Mehta, K., ISA, L. and Cheng, P. (2012). Food marketing through the Masterchef reality television cooking program. DAA and ICD. the 16th International Congress of Dietetics. Sydney, NSW, Australia. Sep 2012.
    [Web Link]
  • Mehta, K., Phillips, C., Coveney, J., Ward, P. and Handsley, E. (2011). Food marketing via social network sites: Innovative, broad reaching and insidious methods for promoting unhealthy foods to children. APCCN. The 7th Asia Pacific Conference on Clinical Nutrition. Bangkok, Thailand. Aug 2011.
    [Web Link]
  • Mehta, K. (2011). Parents accepting responsibility for the effects of food marketing to children. The Southgate Institute for Health, Society and Equity.. Families @ Flinders Research Forum.
    [Web Link]
  • Mehta, K. (2011). Neo-liberal parenting and reservations about restricting unhealthy food marketing to children: Implications for public health nutrition advocacy' The Australian Public Health Nutrition Academic Collaboration (APHNAC). The Nurture and Nourish Colloquium: Emerging methodologies and theoretical aspects of public health nutrition. Adelaide, South Australia. May 2011.
    [Web Link]
  • Mehta, K. (2011). Media, marketing and how children think about food. Ministry of Education. the 3rd Educating For Health (EFH) Conference. Singapore. Nov 2011.
    [Web Link]
  • Huang, L., Mehta, K. and Wong, M.L. (2011). Television food advertising in Singapore: The nature and extent of children's exposure' In Nutritional Well-Being for a Progressive Asia - Challenges and Opportunities. 11th Asian Congress of Nutrition, Singapore, 2011. Singapore. Jul 2011.
    [Web Link]
  • Mehta, K., Phillips, C., Ward, P., Coveney, J. and Handsley, E. (2011). Extensive marketing of unhealthy foods to children through product packaging: This public health problem is not going away. DAA. Dietitians Association of Australia 29th National Conference. Adelaide, South Australia. May 2011.
    [Web Link]
  • Mehta, K. and Johnson, L. (2010). Public health nutrition. Harvard-Australia Symposium: Public Forum on Media Use and Children's Well-being. Adelaide, South Australia. Apr 2011.
    [Web Link]
  • Mehta, K., Coveney, J., Ward, P. and Handsley, E. (2009). Parents' and children's awareness of food and beverage marketing on non-braodcast media. In 17th European Congress on Obesity. Amsterdam, Netherlands: European Association for the Study of Obesity. European Congress on Obesity. Amsterdam, Netherands, pp. 55-55.
  • Mehta, K., Handsley, E. and Robinson, J. (2009). Food advertising to children. 16th Biennial Conference of the Australasian Human Development Association (AHDA) Adelaide. Jul 2009.
  • Mehta, K.P., Coveney, J.D., Ward, P.R. and Handsley, E. (2009). Parent's and children's awareness of food & beverage marketing on non-broadcast media. In 17th European Congress on Obesity (ECO2009) May 2009 ed. Freiburg: S. Karger Medical and Scientific Publishers. Amsterdam, The Netherlands. May 2009, pp. 55-55.
  • Mehta, K.P., Satanek, M.E. and Hill, P.J. (2008). Older men making big gains in cooking skills and small gains in dietary change: challenges for dietitians. In Nutrition and Dietetics. Carlton, VIC: Blackwell Publishing. Dietitians Association of Australia: 26th National Conference 2008. Gold Coast, QLD. May 2008, pp. A37-A38.
  • Mehta, K. and Herzfeld, M. (2007). Advocacy in health promotion; where angels fear to tread. In Grass roots to global actions: health promotion in challenging environments. 17th National Australian Health Promotion Association Conference, Adelaide. Adelaide, South Australia. May 2007.
    [Web Link]
  • Mehta, K. and Johnson, L. (2007). Early investigations into non-broadcast marketing of foods to children in Australia. The psychology and ethics of new marketing workshop. Melbourne. Aug 2007.
  • Bennink, L., Mehta, K.P., Spurrier, N.J., Magarey, A.M. and Nash, P. (2006). Parents' perceptions on TV food ads, food preference and family rules in children attending weight management clinics in Adelaide: A qualitative study. In DAA SA Branch Scientific Meeting 2006. DAA SA Branch Scientific Meeting 2006. Adelaide, SA. Oct 2006.
  • Coveney, J.D., Mehta, K.P. and Ip, J. (2006). Parents' perceptions of the influence of television food advertising on children's food choices. In Obesity Reviews: Abstracts of the 10th International Congress on Obesity (ICO) Oxford: Blackwell Publishing. 10th International Congress on Obesity (ICO) 2006. Sydney, NSW. Sep 2006, pp. 79-79.
  • Udell, T.M. and Mehta, K.P. (2006). Australian newspaper coverage of the debate around television food advertising to children 2002 - 2005. In Obesity Reviews: Abstracts of the 10th International Congress on Obesity (ICO) Oxford: Blackwell Publishing. 10th International Congress on Obesity (ICO) 2006. Sydney, NSW. Sep 2006, pp. 245-245.
  • Mehta, K.P., Coveney, J.D., Magarey, A.M., Spurrier, N.J. and Udell, T.M. (2006). Young children's perception of television food advertising. In International Journal of Obesity: Abstracts from the 16th Workshop of the European Childhood Obesity Group. London, UK: Nature Publishing Group. 16th Workshop of the European Childhood Obesity Group. Rzeszow, Poland. Jun 2006, pp. 20-20.
  • Mehta, K.P., Coveney, J.D., Magarey, A.M., Spurrier, N.J. and Udell, T.M. (2006). What young children say about television food advertising. In Obesity Reviews: Abstracts of the 10th International Congress on Obesity (ICO) Oxford: Blackwell Publishing. 10th International Congress on Obesity (ICO) 2006. Sydney, NSW. Sep 2006, pp. 75-75.
  • Handsley, E., Nehmy, C.S., Coveney, J.D. and Mehta, K.P. (2006). Evaluating diverse models for the regulation of food advertising to children on television. In Obesity Reviews: Abstracts of the 10th International Congress on Obesity (ICO) Oxford: Blackwell Publishing. 10th International Congress on Obesity (ICO) 2006. Sydney, NSW. Sep 2006, pp. 268-268.
    [Web Link]
  • Mehta, K.P. (2005). The Food Ads to Kids Project: Taking Local Concerns to National Platforms. In Abstracts of the AHPA 15th Annual Conference 2005. www.healthpromotion.org.au: Australian Health Promotion Association. 20
  • 20 VISION - 20 years since Ottawa, 20 years from now. Canberra, ACT. May 2005.
    [Web Link]
  • Flanagan, C., Mehta, K.P., Dent, C. and Nash, P. (2005). Empowering communities to have a voice on television food advertising directed at children. In 20
  • 20 VISION - 20 years since Ottawa, 20 years from now. Australian Health Promotion Association. 15th National Health Promotion Conference. Canberra, ACT. May 2005, pp. 27-30.
    [Web Link]
  • Mehta, K.P. and Lindemann, I.C. (2001). Who's in the kitchen? - women and food. In 4th Australian Women's Health Conference - Politics, Action and Renewal. Strathfieldsaye, Victoria: Australian Women's Health Network. Adelaide, SA. Adelaide, SA. Feb 2001, pp. 117-117.
  • Mehta, K.P. and Verity, F.E. (2001). Facilitating self-management in community nutrition projects. In Nutrition and Dietetic Practice: Reflections and New Horizons. Deakin, ACT: Dietitians Association of Australia. Dietitians Association of Australia 20th National Conference. Adelaide, SA. May 2001, pp. 60-60.
  • Dickinson, K.M., Chan, L.T., Moores, C.J., Thomas, J.M., Yaxley, A., Jackson, K.A., et al. (2016). Sources of sodium at meal and non-meal time eating occasions in adults: Secondary analysis of Australian Health Survey data. Journal of Nutrition & Intermediary Metabolism, 4 pp. 25.
    [10.1016/j.jnim.2015.12.243]
  • Mehta, K.P. (2010). Statutory restrictions of unhealthy food marketing to children: The debate continues. Public Health Nutrition, 13(7) pp. 1001-1002.
    [10.1017/S1368980010001527] [Scopus]
  • Mehta, K.P. (2007). Childhood obesity: the unacceptable price of successful marketing. Diabetes Voice, 52(2) pp. 38-40.
    [Web Link]
  • Mehta, K.P. (2007). Food advertising to children: The battle for children's dollars or health? Public Health Bulletin South Australia, 4(1) pp. 20-22.
  • Wilson, A.M. and Mehta, K.P. (2013). Teaching Indigenous health with the Nutrition and Dietetics Curriculum at Flinders University.
  • Mehta, K. (2013). supermarket product packaging. Australian Healthy Food Guide magazine.
    [Web Link]
  • Mehta, K. (2013). Energy-dense nutrient-poor food marketing to children through product packaging: a problem for health and parenting. International Fruit and Vegetable Alliance Scientific Newsletter, pp. 2.
    [Web Link]
  • Handsley, E., Nelson, S., Coveney, J.D., Mehta, K. and Ward, P. (2010). International Regulation of Non-Broadcast Marketing of Food to Children. Report to SA Health.
  • Coveney, J.D., Ward, P., Mehta, K. and Handsley, E. (2010). Targeting Children with Integrated Marketing Communications. Report to SA Health.
  • Coveney, J.D., Mehta, K.P., Ward, P.R. and Handsley, E. (2010). Children and Food Marketing Research Project. Final Report to SA Health.
  • Mehta, K., Banytis, F., Coveney, J.D., Ward, P. and Handsley, E. (2010). Food and Beverage Sponsorships of Children's Sport in South Australia: A Pilot Study. Report to SA Health.
  • Mehta, K.P., Phillips, C., Banytis, F.H., Ward, P.R., Coveney, J.D. and Handsley, E. (2010). Marketing Food and Beverages to Children via Product Packaging in Supermarkets. Report to SA Health.
  • Mehta, K., Phillips, S., Ward, P., Coveney, J.D. and Handsley, E. (2010). Marketing Food and Beverages to Children, on three Internet platforms: Company websites, Popular websites and Social network websites. Report to SA Health.
  • Mehta, K., Coveney, J.D., Ward, P. and Handsley, E. (2010). Parent's and Children's Awareness and Experience of Food Beverage Marketing on Non-Boroadcast Media. Report to SA Health.
  • Nehmy, C., Handsley, E., Mehta, K. and Coveney, J.D. (2008). Food Advertising to Children: Evaluation of Diverse Regulatory Models. Report on ARC Linkage Study.
  • Mehta, K. (2007). Questioning the ethics of junk food ads. St James Ethics Centre newsletter.
    [Web Link]
  • Mehta, K.P., Sanders, E. and Smith, A.M. (2003). Advocacy in community settings.
  • Dickinson, K.M., Chan, L., Moores, C.J., Miller, M.D., Yaxley, A., Miller, J., et al. (2017). Eating occasions and food sources of sodium and potassium in adults. Public Health Nutrition,
  • Thomas, J.M., Chan, L.L.H., Wray, A.L., Miller, J., Mehta, K.P., Yaxley, A., et al. (2017). Does the presence of cardiovascular disease risk factors or established disease influence the dietary intake of affected adults and their children residing in the same household? A secondary analysis of the Australian Health Survey (2011–2013) BMC Cardiovascular Disorders, 17(1) pp. Art: 146.
    [10.1186/s12872-017-0578-2] [Scopus]
  • Matwiejczyk, L.K., Mehta, K.P. and Scott, J.A. (2016). Engaging South Australian local governments in the development of healthy eating policies. Health Promotion Journal of Australia,
    [10.1071/HE15109]
  • Miller, J., Chan, L.L.H., Mehta, K.P., Roberts, R.J.G., Dickinson, K.M., Yaxley, A., et al. (2016). Dietary intake of working women with children does not appear to be influenced by hours of employment: A secondary analysis of the Australian Health Survey (2011–2013) Appetite, 105 pp. 106-113.
    [10.1016/j.appet.2016.05.007] [Scopus]
  • Watson, A., Eliott, J. and Mehta, K. (2015). Perceived barriers and facilitators to participation in physical activity during the school lunch break for girls aged 12-13 years. EUROPEAN PHYSICAL EDUCATION REVIEW, 21(2) pp. 257-271.
    [10.1177/1356336X14567545] [Scopus]
  • Wilson, A.M., Mehta, K.P., Miller, J., Yaxley, A., Thomas, J.M., Jackson, K.A., et al. (2015). Review of Indigenous Health Curriculum in Nutrition and Dietetics at One Australian University: An Action Research Study. Australian Journal of Indigenous Education, 44(1) pp. 106-120.
    [10.1017 /jie.2015.4] [10.1017/jie.2015.4]
  • Handsley, E., Nehmy, C.S., Mehta, K.P. and Coveney, J.D. (2014). A Children's Rights Perspective on Food Advertising to Children. International Journal of Children's Rights, 22(1) pp. 93-134.
    [10.1163/15718182-55680024] [Scopus]
  • Mehta, K.P., Coveney, J.D., Ward, P.R. and Handsley, E. (2014). Parents' and children's perceptions of the ethics of marketing energy-dense nutrient-poor foods on the Internet: implications for policy to restrict childrens exposure. Public Health Ethics, 7(1) pp. 21-34.
    [10.1093/phe/phu002] [Scopus]
  • Savio, S., Mehta, K., Udell, T. and Coveney, J. (2013). A survey of the reformulation of Australian child-oriented food products. BMC Public Health, 13(836)
    [10.1186/1471-2458-13-836] [Scopus]
  • Huang, L., Mehta, K. and Wong, M.L. (2012). Television food advertising in Singapore: the nature and extent of children's exposure. Health Promotion International, 27(2) pp. 187-196.
    [10.1093/heapro/dar021] [Scopus]
  • Mehta, K., Phillips, C., Ward, P., Coveney, J., Handsley, E. and Carter, P. (2012). Marketing foods to children through product packaging: prolific, unhealthy and misleading. Public Health Nutrition, 15(9) pp. 1763-1770.
    [10.1017/S1368980012001231] [Scopus]
  • Mehta, K.P., Coveney, J.D., Ward, P.R., Magarey, A.M., Spurrier, N.J. and Udell, T.M. (2010). Australian children's views about food advertising on television. Appetite, 55(1) pp. 49-55.
    [10.1016/j.appet.2010.03.011] [Scopus]
  • Handsley, E., Mehta, K.P., Coveney, J.D. and Nehmy, C.S. (2009). Regulatory Axes on Food Advertising to Children. Australia and New Zealand Health Policy, 6(1)
    [10.1186/1743-8462-6-1] [Scopus] [Web Link]
  • Morley, B., Chapman, K., Mehta, K.P., King, L., Swinburn, B.A. and Wakefield, M.A. (2008). Parental awareness and attitudes about food advertising to children on Australian television. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, 32(4) pp. 341-347.
    [10.1111/j.1753-6405.2008.00252.x] [Scopus] [Web Link]
  • Udell, T.M. and Mehta, K.P. (2008). When two sides go to war: newspaper reporting of 'television food advertising restrictions' as a solution to childhood obesity. Health Risk and Society, 10(6) pp. 535-548.
    [10.1080/13698570802533705] [Scopus]
  • Handsley, E., Nehmy, C.S., Mehta, K.P. and Coveney, J.D. (2007). Media, public health and law: A lawyer's primer on the food advertising debate. Media and Arts Law Review, 12(1) pp. 1-20.
    [Web Link]
  • Ip, J., Mehta, K.P. and Coveney, J.D. (2007). Exploring parents' perceptions of television food advertising directed at children: a South Australian study. Nutrition and Dietetics, 64(1) pp. 50-58.
    [10.1111/j.1747-0080.2007.00069.x] [Scopus]
  • Morton, H., Stanton, R., Zuppa, J. and Mehta, K.P. (2005). Food advertising and broadcasting legislation - a case of system failure? Nutrition and Dietetics, 62(1) pp. 26-32.
    [Web Link]
  • Zuppa, J., Morton, H. and Mehta, K.P. (2003). Television food advertising: counterproductive to children's health? a content analysis using the Australian guide to healthy eating. Nutrition and Dietetics, 60(2) pp. 78-84.
  • Dickinson, K.M., Chan, L., Moores, C.J., Miller, M.D., Yaxley, A., Miller, J., et al. (2017). Eating occasions and food sources of sodium and potassium in adults. Public Health Nutrition,
  • Thomas, J.M., Chan, L.L.H., Wray, A.L., Miller, J., Mehta, K.P., Yaxley, A., et al. (2017). Does the presence of cardiovascular disease risk factors or established disease influence the dietary intake of affected adults and their children residing in the same household? A secondary analysis of the Australian Health Survey (2011–2013) BMC Cardiovascular Disorders, 17(1) pp. Art: 146.
    [10.1186/s12872-017-0578-2] [Scopus]
  • Matwiejczyk, L.K., Mehta, K.P. and Scott, J.A. (2016). Engaging South Australian local governments in the development of healthy eating policies. Health Promotion Journal of Australia,
    [10.1071/HE15109]
  • Miller, J., Chan, L.L.H., Mehta, K.P., Roberts, R.J.G., Dickinson, K.M., Yaxley, A., et al. (2016). Dietary intake of working women with children does not appear to be influenced by hours of employment: A secondary analysis of the Australian Health Survey (2011–2013) Appetite, 105 pp. 106-113.
    [10.1016/j.appet.2016.05.007] [Scopus]
  • Wilson, A.M., Mehta, K.P., Miller, J., Yaxley, A., Thomas, J.M., Jackson, K.A., et al. (2015). Review of Indigenous Health Curriculum in Nutrition and Dietetics at One Australian University: An Action Research Study. Australian Journal of Indigenous Education, 44(1) pp. 106-120.
    [10.1017 /jie.2015.4] [10.1017/jie.2015.4]
  • Watson, A., Eliott, J. and Mehta, K. (2015). Perceived barriers and facilitators to participation in physical activity during the school lunch break for girls aged 12-13 years. EUROPEAN PHYSICAL EDUCATION REVIEW, 21(2) pp. 257-271.
    [10.1177/1356336X14567545] [Scopus]
  • Mehta, K.P., Coveney, J.D., Ward, P.R. and Handsley, E. (2014). Parents' and children's perceptions of the ethics of marketing energy-dense nutrient-poor foods on the Internet: implications for policy to restrict childrens exposure. Public Health Ethics, 7(1) pp. 21-34.
    [10.1093/phe/phu002] [Scopus]
  • Handsley, E., Nehmy, C.S., Mehta, K.P. and Coveney, J.D. (2014). A Children's Rights Perspective on Food Advertising to Children. International Journal of Children's Rights, 22(1) pp. 93-134.
    [10.1163/15718182-55680024] [Scopus]
  • Savio, S., Mehta, K., Udell, T. and Coveney, J. (2013). A survey of the reformulation of Australian child-oriented food products. BMC Public Health, 13(836)
    [10.1186/1471-2458-13-836] [Scopus]
  • Mehta, K.P. (2015). Public Health Nutrition. In Elizabeth Handsley, Colin MacDougall and Michael Rich, ed. Children's Wellbeing in the Media Age. Sydney - Annandale NSW 2038 Australia: Federation Press, pp. 143-165.
    [Web Link]

Professional and community engagement

Chairprson South Australian Nutrition Network

Contribution to community health and community nutrition programs

Advocate for restrictions on unhealthy food marketing to children

Expertise for media contact

Subject Titles

  • Nutrition

Interests

  • Food and Bevrage Marketing to Children (exposure and impact of food marketing on children's health and nutrition; regulation of food advertising and marketing to children)
  • Social Nutrition (sociology of food and eating, social and environmental influences on food choice)
  • Community Nutrition (community nutrition projects and health promotion)

Contact

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Location: Flinders Medical Centre (7E:105.2)
Postal address: GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia
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