Join Monash University’s night-shift study

The reality of shift work and weight gain is the subject of a study being undertaken by researchers from Monash University.

The SWIFt Study (Shifting Weight in Shift Workers) is funded under a $1.43 million grant by the National Health and Medical Research Council. A world‐first, it will compare three diet strategies to help with weight loss and improve overall health.

Shift workers are an essential part of our economy and community. In fact, almost 1 in 5 employed Australians are shift workers. But unfortunately, the nature of shift work may put individuals at a greater risk of weight gain, type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease. With the challenge of irregular sleeping and eating patterns, this makes traditional weight loss plans hard to follow.

To help combat this issue, Monash University are looking at diet strategies that are flexible to the demands of working night shifts and may provide a solution to help shift workers lose weight and live healthier lives.

If you meet the eligibility criteria, you will:

  • be given a dietary weight loss program to follow for six months
  • after this period, follow a one‐year weight maintenance program
  • visit our Melbourne research centre 13 times over 18 months
  • meet with a dietitian at every visit
  • have your blood glucose levels, insulin and fats measured, and your body measurements taken
  • during this time, some of your meals will be provided
  • you’ll also be given a $100 petrol voucher for your time.



If you work at least 4 night shifts every 2 weeks you should be eligible to participate.

If you have a serious health condition (such as type 1 diabetes), are taking certain medications, or are pregnant, you might not be eligible to participate.


How to enrol

Enrol now at or please visit the study’s website for more information. You may also contact Dr Marina Iacovou at


HREC Study References

Monash Health HREC Ref: RES‐19‐0000‐462A

Monash University HREC ID 18426

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