Dr Liza Oates


Casual Academic

School /
Work Unit

School of Health and Biomedical Sciences

Contact Details

+61 3 9925 7440



Building: 202
Level: 04
Room: 016

Bundoora West campus


Science, Engineering and Health

Liza Oates

Summary of responsibilities

  • Course co-ordinator for Food as Medicine (Wellness) and Introduction to Food as Medicine (undergraduate elective).
  • Course co-ordinator for Wellness Practices & Perspectives (Wellness)


  • PhD
  • GradCert Evid-based CompMed UQ/SCU
  • BHSc (Nat) ACNM
  • BA Curtin


  • National Herbalists Association of Australia
  • Australasian Integrative Medicine Association
  • Australian Register of Naturopaths & Herbalists (Past Victorian Board Member)


  • Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Teaching (RMIT)
  • Certificate of Recognition for Good Teaching Scores (RMIT)
  • College of Science, Engineering and Health Higher Degree by Research Student Conference (2010) - Runner's Up Best Oral Presentation; Poster - Highly Commended
  • Academic Blue for Teaching Excellence (2004)
  • Most Outstanding Graduating Student (1988)


Liza’s research focusses on pesticide exposure and the health and wellness effects of organic diets. As part of her PhD she ran a biomonitoring study entitled ‘Intrapersonal variation in pesticide residues in response to an organic diet' which demonstrated that a week-long organic diet significantly reduces urinary pesticide metabolites. Her research has also explored the beliefs of organic consumers, and she has developed a dietary assessment tool for quantifying organic food consumption and conducted several online surveys. The findings suggest organic food has multidimensional benefits that include reduced pesticide exposure and psychological, social and contextual factors.

Key research publications

  • Oates, L., Cohen, M., Braun, L., Schembri, A., & Taskova, R. (2014). Reduction in urinary organophosphate pesticide metabolites in adults after a week-long organic diet. Environmental Research, 132(0), 105-111.
  • Oates L., (2014) Complementary Medicines for Oral Health. Australian Pharmacist 33:1; 50-53
  • Oates L., (2013) Complementary Medicines for Wound Healing. Australian Pharmacist 32:12; 50-53
  • Oates L., (2013) Complementary Medicines for Hyperthyroidism. Australian Pharmacist 32:11; 62-65
  • Oates L., (2013) The Complementary Approach: Urinary tract infections and cranberries. Australian Pharmacist 32:9; 62-65
  • Oates L., (2013) Complementary Medicines for the Digestive System. Australian Pharmacist 32:8; 50-53
  • Oates L., (2013) Complementary Medicines for Rheumatoid Arthritis. Australian Pharmacist 32:1; 54-7
  • Oates L, Cohen M, Braun L (2012) Characteristics and consumption patterns of Australian organic consumers. Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture 92:14; 2782-7
  • Oates L., (2012) Complementary Treatments for Irritable Bowel Syndrome. Australian Pharmacist 31:10; 808-11
  • Oates L, Cohen M (2011) Assessing Diet as a Modifiable Risk Factor for Pesticide Exposure. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 8:6,1792-1804.
  • Braun L, Cohen M. (2010) Herbs and Natural Supplements: An evidence based guide (3rd Edition). Elsevier, Australia (Contributing author Editions 1,2, and 3)
  • Oates L., Cohen M., (2009) Human consumption of agricultural toxicants from organic and conventional food. Journal of Organic Systems 4:1;48-57
  • Oates L., (2009) Phytosterols and cholesterol. Journal of Complementary Medicine 8:5;36-40
  • Oates L. (2009) Medicinal Mushrooms. Journal of Complementary Medicine 8:3;44-48
  • Oates L., 'Naturopathy' in: Trisha Dunning (ed) (2006) Complementary Therapies and the Management of Diabetes and Vascular Disease: A Matter of Balance. John Wiley and Sons, UK

Key conferences

  • Oates L, Cohen M, Braun L (Presentation) What's in my wee? Reducing pesticide residues using an organic diet, Organic Food Quality & Health Conference. 5-7 June, Warsaw, Poland
  • Oates L, Cohen M, Braun L (2013) (Presentation) Reducing pesticide residues using an organic diet. 3rd International conference on the Science of Nutrition in Medicine. 4-5 May, Sydney, Australia.
  • Oates L, Cohen M, Mann N (2011) (Presentation) Defining organic consumers. 3rd Scientific Conference of the International Society of Organic Agriculture Research (ISOFAR): 28 September - 1 October. Namyangju, Republic of Korea.
  • Oates L., (2011) (Poster) Evaluating pesticide exposure in organic and conventional consumers: selecting suitable participants, Organic Food Quality & Health Conference. 18-20 May, Prague, Czech Republic