Researcher biography

Dr Oliver Canfell is a postdoctoral researcher at The University of Queensland, an Accredited Practising Dietitian (APD), interdisciplinary leader and health transformer dedicated to pursuing new knowledge to build better lives for all children, young people and adults, equally and equitably.

Oliver is working as a Research Fellow in Digital Health Transformation with UQ Business School, collaborating with the Centre for Health Services Research (CHSR) (Faculty of Medicine), Digital Health CRC and Queensland Health. Oliver also holds an Affiliate Research Fellow position with the CHSR. Oliver's current program of research focuses on digital health transformation for precision prevention of chronic disease. Oliver's primary research themes include obesity, paediatrics, chronic disease prevention, health services research, health systems, predictive analytics and decision-making.

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. Oliver has held clinical, research and project positions across Children's Health Queensland, Queensland Child and Youth Clinical Network and Health and Wellbeing Queensland.

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.