Dr Astrid Poelman
Principal Research Consultant, Public Health & Wellbeing, CSIRO, Westmead. BSc (Nutr & Diet), MSc (Nutr), PhD, RNutr
Dr Astrid Poelman is a behavioural nutritionist in the Public Health and Wellbeing Group in CSIRO, and is based in Westmead, Sydney. Her research focuses on the interface of the person, their environment and the product to generate insights that support healthy eating behaviours. As part of this research, she develops behavioural interventions and educational resources for community settings. A specific area of interest is increasing children’s enjoyment and consumption of vegetables, with evidence-based interventions developed for classrooms, canteens, childcare and parents. Astrid is passionate about conducting translational research that makes a difference.
Astrid was responsible for leading a research activity to develop and evaluate an intervention for primary school canteens to increase children’s vegetable consumption, and also for the development of a product development model and novel vegetable-based product concepts for industry supply chain partners and growers. She also led the development of a curriculum resource for Early Years, Taste & Learn™ for Early Years, and was involved in the evaluation of an early years package of initiatives.