Are you eligible for Monash University’s night-shift study?

Researchers from Monash University are conducting a study on shift work and weight gain. 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, and 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 also puts 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 as a solution to helping 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
  • consult with a dietitian 13 times over 18 months
  • 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


Do you work at least 4 night shifts every 2 weeks?
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.

You can find out more about eligibility and enrolment on the study’s website.
For further information you may also contact Dr Marina Iacovou.

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

Approved by David Bloxham, Director, Public Affairs and Communication, 20 July 2020 

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