Dr Alison Yaxley

Senior Lecturer

College of Nursing and Health Sciences

place Bedford Park (N323)
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

Alison is an Accredited Practising Dietitian and an academic in Nutrition and Dietetics with experience in a range of practice areas. Her teaching interests are broad covering a range of topics from general nutrition to food service, with particular interest in all things food. She is the Honours coordinator for Nutrition and Dietetics. Alison's PhD was awarded for research conducted in the area of unintentional weight loss in older adults, which remains one of her research areas of focus. Her other research interests include healthy ageing, body composition, inflammation, pain and food service. She is an active member of the Aged Care Food and Nutrition Research Team that developed the evidence-based Flinders University Food Service Satisfaction Questionnaire toolkit. Currently Alison is developing a research project to investigate nutrition in the home-based aged care setting.


2006 Bachelor of Nutrition and Dietetics, Flinders University

2007 Bachelor of Science (Honours) First Class, Flinders University

2014 Doctor of Philosophy, Flinders University

2015 Master Certificate in Foodservice Management, Cornell University

Accredited Practising Dietitian (full)

Honours, awards and grants

2013 New Researcher Award, Dietitians Association of Australia 30th National Conference
2008 Flinders University Department of Rehabilitation & Aged Care Private Scholarship
2008 Flinders University Research Scholarship
2007 Chancellor's Commendation for outstanding academic achievement
2006 Flinders University Department of Rehabilitation & Aged Care Honours Scholarship
2002 Commendation from Dean of Medicine for outstanding academic achievement
2001 Chancellor's Commendation for outstanding academic achievement
2001 Entrance to Golden Key Honours Society

Key responsibilities

Food Service Placement Coordinator

Honours Coordinator

Member, Flinders University Human Research Ethics Committee

Teaching interests
  • Food Service Management
  • Research Skills
Topic coordinator
NUTD9167 Food Service and Professional Practice
NUTD3109 Food Service and Professional Practice
NUTD9222 Food Service Management Placement in Nutrition and Dietetics
NUTD7106 Honours Research Project in Nutrition and Dietetics
Supervisory interests
General nutrition in health
Health and wellbeing, body compositional changes and impact
Healthy Ageing
Inflammation and nutritional status
Nutritional health of older adults
Higher degree by research supervision
Associate supervisor: Medicine (1), Nutrition and Dietetics (3)
Higher degree by research student achievements
Dr Tom Walsh

Vice-Chancellor's Award for Doctoral Thesis Excellence - MAR 2019

Dr Morgan Pankhurst

HDR Student Research Impact Prize (June 2023) -