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+64 3 479 9428
Department of Preventive and Social Medicine
Research summary
Public health nutrition, dietary sodium, obesity, non-communicable disease


Rachael is a public health physician with an expertise in nutrition. She is researching the relationship between food, nutrition and chronic disease, including cardiovascular disease, cancer, obesity, and diabetes. Her research also focuses on environmental determinants of food and nutrition, with a focus on promoting equity.

Current research interests also include monitoring population dietary sodium intake, public health approaches to dietary sodium reduction, and the relationship between dietary sodium and cardiovascular disease.


Peniamina, R., & McLean, R. M. (2024). Experiences of healthcare practitioners providing nutrition care to people with cancer in New Zealand: A qualitative study. Nutrition & Health. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1177/02601060231207439 Journal - Research Article

McLean, R. M., Wang, N. X., Cameron, C., & Skeaff, S. A. (2023). Measuring sodium from discretionary salt: Comparison of methods. Nutrients, 15, 5076. doi: 10.3390/nu15245076 Journal - Research Article

Widyastuti, N., Turner, R., Harcombe, H., & McLean, R. (2023). Trends in body mass index z-score of Indonesian children and adolescents between 1993 and 2014: A longitudinal population-based study. Proceedings of the New Zealand Biostatistics Conference. Retrieved from Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

McLean, R. (2023, November). Dietary salt reduction: A clear path forward obscured by fog. Verbal presentation at the Edgar Diabetes and Obesity Research Centre (EDOR) 20th Anniversary Symposium, Dunedin, New Zealand. Conference Contribution - Verbal presentation and other Conference outputs

Campbell, N. R. C., He, F. J., McLean, R. M., Cappuccio, F. P., & MacGregor, G. M. (2023). Comment on: Less sodium and more potassium to reduce cardiovascular risk and the PURE study. European Heart Journal Open, 3, oead096. doi: 10.1093/ehjopen/oead096 Journal - Research Other

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