Researcher biography

Dr Oliver Canfell is a postdoctoral researcher at The University of Queensland, an Accredited Practising Dietitian (APD) and transdisciplinary leader dedicated to improving the health and wellbeing of children, young people and adults.

Oliver is working as a Research Fellow in Digital Health across UQ Business School, Centre for Health Services Research (CHSR) (Faculty of Medicine) and the Digital Health Cooperative Research Centre. Oliver is an Affiliate Research Fellow with the Faculty of Medicine and holds an Honorary Appointment with Health and Wellbeing Queensland.

Oliver's current program of research focuses on using data and digital technology to innovate public health action against chronic diseases. As part of the Queensland Digital Health Research Network, Oliver has established a national-first evidence-base for precision public health of chronic diseases.

Oliver has built a nationally-recognised profile in obesity prevention and management. After graduating from UQ with a Master of Dietetics Studies (2016), Oliver gained experience as a clinician-researcher in Queensland's healthcare system, specifically in preventing and managing childhood obesity. As a paediatric dietitian, his prior work focused on co-designing and implementing community, clinical and public health programs to prevent and manage obesity in Queensland.

Oliver is Chair of the UQ Digital Health PhD Cohort (>15 PhD candidates) and directly supervises undergraduate and postgraduate students in digital health.

Oliver was awarded his PhD (UQ) in November 2020. Oliver's PhD developed and validated i-PATHWAY - a clinical model to predict childhood obesity from the first 1,000 days to help guide its prevention. This was the first model of its kind to be developed in Australia.