Kerin O’Dea is currently Professor of Population Health and Nutrition at the University of South Australia. She is a nutrition scientist and public health researcher examining diet and lifestyle in the prevention and treatment of non-communicable diseases (obesity, type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular diseases).
Other Appointments and Qualifications: Kerin has held numerous senior academic and research leadership positions over the past 20 years, including Director of the Menzies School of Health Research in Darwin (2000-2005), and has been active on numerous national committees advising government on health and medical research, Indigenous health, nutrition, and diabetes. She was the inaugural chair of NHMRC’s Prevention and Community Health Committee, and is a Director of Outback Stores. She was awarded a PhD from the University of Melbourne in 1971 after completing a Bachelor of Science in 1967.