Dr Katelyn Barnes

APD, PhD Academic Unit of General Practice

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Katelyn is an Accredited Practicing Dietitian, with a background in Food Science. Her clinical work has centred on chronic disease management. Katelyn graduated from her PhD in 2017. Her research has focused on improving nutrition advice in the fitness industry. Before coming to the ANU, Katelyn worked as an academic and research fellow with Griffith University and Menzies Health Institute QLD.

Katelyn joined the Academic Unit of General Practice in 2019. Her research focusses on how health services and systems can ensure high value care for patients. Katelyn’s current research includes understanding the impact of COVID-19 on general practice, primary care and health systems; understanding out of hours care in the ACT; general practice workforce issues; and lived experience navigating the mental health services and systems for young people.


  • Health Services and Systems Research
  • Diet and lifestyle
  • Public Health

Research Interests

  • Primary Care Health Services
  • Chronic disease prevention and treatment
  • Nutrition and physical activity
  • Contemporary nutrition issues
  • Dietary supplements


O’Brien, K; Barnes, K; Hall Dykgraaf, S; Douglas, S. COVID-19 vaccinations and counselling: a mixed-methods survey of Australian general practice in July 2021. Australian Journal of Primary Health. doi:https://doi.org/10.1071/PY21301

Barnes K, Ceramidas D, Agostino J, Douglas K. Afterhours presentations to community-based primary care in the Australian Capital Territory. Australian Journal of Primary Health (Accepted January, 2022).

Vincze L, Barnes K, Somerville M, Littlewood R, Atkins H, Rogany A, Williams L. Cultural adaptation of health interventions including a nutrition component: A systematic scoping review. International journal for equity in health. 2021; 20 (1), 1-13. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12939-021-01462-x

Barnes K, Scewczyk Z, Kelly JT, Campbell K, Ball L. Is nutrition care in primary care settings cost effective? A systematic review of trial-based economic evaluations. Nutrition Reviews, 2021; https://doi.org/10.1093/nutrit/nuab082

Douglas K, O'Brien K, Hall S, Barnes K: Quick COVID Clinician Survey Summary (Australia), series 9-13. Annals of Family Medicine 2021, Covid 19 - Collection.

Douglas K, O'Brien K, Hall S, Barnes K: Quick COVID Clinician Survey Summary (Australia), series 5-8. Annals of Family Medicine 2021, Covid - 19 Collection.

Douglas K, O'Brien K, Hall S, Barnes K: Quick COVID Clinician Survey Summary (Australia), series 1-4. Annals of Family Medicine 2021, Covid - 19 collection.

Ball L, Sommerville M, Crowley J, Calleja Z, Barnes K: Providing food to patients in primary care to induce weight loss: a systematic literature review. . BMJ Nutrition, Prevention & Health. 2021; 4(1):333

Barnes K, Ball L, Galvao D, Newton R, Chambers SK, Harrison C. Physical activity counselling and referrals by General Practitioners for prostate cancer survivors in Australia. Australian Journal of Primary Health. 2019; 25(2) 152-156

Williams L, Barnes K, Ball L, Ross L, Sladdin I, Mitchell L. How effective are dietitians at managing weight? A systematic review and meta-analysis of RCTs. Healthcare. 2019; 7(1): 20. https://doi.org/10.3390/healthcare7010020

Ross L, Barnes K, Ball L, Mitchell L, Sladdin I, Williams L. 2018. Effectiveness of dietetic consultation for lowering blood lipid levels in the management of cardiovascular disease risk: a systematic review and meta-analysis of Randomised Controlled Trials (RCT). Nutrition & Dietetics, 2018; https://doi.org/10.1111/1747-0080.12509

Ball L, Barnes K, Crossland L, Nicholson C. and Jackson C. Questionnaires that measure the quality of relationships between patients and primary care providers: a systematic review. BMC health services research, 2018; 18(1). https://doi.org/10.1186/s12913-018-3687-4

Barnes K, Ball L, Galvao D, Newton R, Chambers S. Nutrition Care Guidelines to mitigate the side effects of ADT: Do we have enough evidence? Prostate Cancer and Prostatic Diseases, 2018. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41391-018-0099-9.

Desbrow B, Hall S, O’Connor H, Slater G, Barnes K, Grant G. Caffeine content of pre-workout supplements commonly used by Australian consumers. Drug Testing and Analysis, 2018. https://doi.org/10.1002/dta.2501.Ball L, Barnes K, Leveritt M, Mitchell L, Williams L, Ball D, Patterson E. Developing Research Priorities in Australian Primary Health Care: A Focus on Nutrition and Physical Activity. Australian Journal of Primary Health, 2018; 23(6), 554-59. https://doi.org/10.1071/PY16068

Mitchell L, Ball L, Ross L, Barnes K, Williams L. Effectiveness of dietetic consultations in primary health care: A systematic review of randomized controlled trials, Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 2017; (In Press). http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/jhn.12526.

Barnes K, Ball L, Desbrow B. An international comparison of nutrition education standards, occupational standards and scopes of practice for personal trainers. International Journal of Sport and Exercise Metabolism, 2017; 27:507-519. https://doi.org/10.1123/ijsnem.2016-0329.

Ball LE, Sladdin, I, Mitchel L, Barnes K, Ross L, Williams L. Quality of development and reporting of dietetic intervention studies in primary care: a systematic review of randomised controlled trials. 2017; Journal of Human Nutrition & Dietetics. http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/jhn.12526.

Desbrow B, Barnes K, Cox G, Young C, Irwin C. A Nutrition recovery station following recreational exercise improves fruit consumption but does not influence fluid recovery. International Journal of Sport Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism, 2017; 27:1-11. https://doi.org/10.1123/ijsnem.2017-0294.

Barnes K, Crowley J, Laur C, Ball L, Ray S. Proceedings of the Second International Summit on Medical Nutrition Education and Research. Public Health, 2016; 140:68-72. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.puhe.2016.09.002.

Ball L, Barnes K, Laur C, Crowley J, Ray S. Setting Priorities for Research in Medical Nutrition Education: An International Approach. British Medical Journal, 2016; 6:e013241. http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2016-013241.

Barnes K, Ball L, Desbrow B, Alsharair, N, & Ahmed, F.  Consumption and reasons for use of dietary supplements in an Australian university population. Nutrition, 2016; 32(5):524-30. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.nut.2015.10.022.

Barnes K, Ball L, Desbrow B. Promotion of nutrition care by Australian fitness businesses: A website analysis. Public Health, 2016; 140: 45-49. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.puhe.2016.08.026.

Barnes K, Desbrow B, Ball L. Personal trainers are confident in their ability to provide nutrition care: a cross sectional analysis. Public Health, 2016; 140:39-44. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.puhe.2016.08.020.

Barnes K, Ball L, Desbrow B. Personal trainer perceptions of providing nutrition care to clients: A qualitative exploration. International Journal of Sport and Exercise Metabolism. http://dx.doi.org/10.1123/ijsnem.2016-0141.

Barnes K, Beach B, Ball L, Desbrow B. Clients expect nutrition care to be provided by personal trainers in Australia. Nutrition & Dietetics. 2019; 76(4):421-427.

Desbrow B, Barnes K, Cox GR, Iudakhina E, McCartney D, Skepper S, Young C, Irwin C. Calorie-Containing Recovery Drinks Increase Recreational Runners’ Voluntary Energy and Carbohydrate Intake, with Minimal Impact on Fluid Recovery. International Journal of Sport Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism. 2019; 29 (4): 359-363.

Book Chapters

Ball L, Barnes K. Chapter 17: How to conduct a survey in primary care. In: How To Do Primary Care Research (Goodyear-Smith G, Marshall R eds.) Florida USA: Taylor & Francis, 2018.


Barnes K, Van Dorssen C, Ball L. Nutrition advice in primary care is worth funding. Nov, 2021. The Health Advocate, Australian Hospital and Health Association.

Barnes K, Van Dorssen C, Ball L. Nutrition advice in primary care is worth funding. Sept, 2021. The Deeble Institute Newsletter.

Ball L, Van Dorssen C, Barnes K. Curious Kids: Are sugar rushes real? July, 2021. The Conversation (AU).

Ball L, Chua D, Barnes K, Johnson T. Be kind: GP receptionists are taking the heat with every policy update during COVID, vaccines included, June 2021. The Conversation (AU).

Barnes K. Caffeine content of Pre-workout supplements in Australia, Professionals in Nutrition and Exercise Science, March 2019. https://pinesnutrition.org/article/

Barnes K. Research Ramblings, Sports Dietitians Australia - FEUL, June 2014, vol. 134, p. 7.


Contact email:katelyn.barnes@anu.edu.au
Contact phone:+61 2 5124 4945
Location: Bdg 4, Level 2, ANU Canberra Hospital Campus, Garran ACT 2605
Centre: Academic Unit of General Practice
Centre: Canberra Hospital campus

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