Busselton Diet and Nutrition Study

Who we are and what we do:

The BPMRI Busselton Health Study is collaborating with researchers at the Institute for Nutrition Research, Edith Cowan University (ECU) to work with the nutrition data collected as part of the Busselton Baby Boomer Study. Our vision is to reduce the burden of heart disease, diabetes, cancer, and other chronic diseases through diet, based on the best scientific evidence and innovative technologies. You can read more about ECU’s nutrition team here.


A major area of research focus is on blood vessel (vascular) health. Vascular disease results in heart attacks, strokes and several other chronic diseases that are responsible for more than one-third of all deaths. You may have already heard about some of our research on apples, vegetables, and protective compounds in our diet called flavonoids.

However, our work to understand the link between diet and disease is far from over.

We would like to invite you to take part in an extension of the Busselton Baby Boomer Study, focusing on Diet and Nutrition. Participation is completely voluntary, and you may withdraw at any time.

What we would like to do:

Firstly, we would like to thank you for taking the time to answer the ‘Diet and Nutrition’ section of the Busselton Baby Boomer Study questionnaire that you completed after your clinical visit to the Busselton Health Study Centre. As part of our research we will explore how your diet, along with the diet of all other study participants, relates to the many health outcomes that were assessed at your clinical visit. This will contribute crucial pieces of information to the complex puzzle that we are working hard to understand: the relationship between diet and disease. To ensure that this dietary data is used to its full potential, we would very much like a group of participants to provide us with further information on their diet, over a one-year period so that we can assess how your answers to the questions may change overtime.

 What this involves:

If you consent to participating in this extension, we will ask you to complete the ‘Diet and Nutrition’ questionnaire during the next week (see link provided in your invitation email), again in 3 months’ time, and once more in 9 months’ time. Completing this questionnaire will take approximately 20-30 minutes and can be done at home from your own device or PC. A new link will be emailed to you each time .

How will participating benefit me?

At the end of the study, we will provide you with personalised feedback on your dietary habits. We will point out areas where you are meeting current dietary guideline recommendations and areas where there is room for improvement. In addition to this, we will include tips for healthy eating, based on the best available scientific evidence to date.

I am happy to participate, what do I do now?

If you are happy to participate, please access the questionnaire by clicking on the link  that was provided in your invitation email.

Remember, you can withdraw at any time, simply by emailing busseltonhealthstudy@bpmri.org.au. Withdrawing from this extension project will not affect your involvement in the original Busselton Baby Boomer Study or any future studies.

I do not wish to participate, what do I do now?

If you do not wish to participate, please simply ignore this invitation.


If you have any queries about the Busselton Diet and Nutrition Study please contact Dr. Nicola Bondonno (n.bondonno@ecu.edu.au).

Thank you for taking the time to read this invitation.

We wish you a happy and healthy 2021!


The Busselton Baby Boomer Study Nutrition Team

Dr. Nicola Bondonno

Dr. Lauren Blekkenhorst

Associate Professor Joshua Lewis


Approval to conduct this research has been provided by the University of Western Australia, in accordance with its ethics review and approval procedures.  Any person considering participation in this research project, or agreeing to participate, may raise any questions or issues with the researchers at any time.

In addition, any person not satisfied with the response of researchers may raise ethics issues or concerns, and may make any complaints about this research project by contacting the Human Ethics Office at the University of Western Australia on (08) 6488 3703 or by emailing to humanethics@uwa.edu.au