Siobhan Hickling

BSc GradDipDiet MPH Curtin, PhD W.Aust.

  • The University of Western Australia (M431), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


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Dr Siobhan Hickling is a research dietitian and epidemiologist with twenty years experience in public health teaching, research and practice.  Her research work embraces cardiovascular disease and nutritional epidemiology and ranges from small and qualitative studies to much larger quantitative projects such as the VITATOPS study - a major international trial of folate in the prevention of stroke.  Dr Hickling's current research is coordinating an Australia-wide study determining whether a new test for chest pain in Emergency Departments can improve health care, outcomes and costs.  She also collaborates on projects examining the association and influence of the built environment on eating behaviours, monitoring the impact of mandatory folate fortification on Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians and dietary intake and depressive symptoms in children and adolescents.

The value of research is in its effective dissemination. Siobhan is experienced in developing communication strategies according to the particular audience. She is a seasoned public speaker and enjoys the challenge of leading an audience through what can sometimes be highly technical material. She has presented her research at conferences and to lay-audiences, published her work in reports, peer-reviewed articles and has authored a book chapter on post-coronary diet therapy.  She has written two technical articles commissioned by Meat and Livestock Australia on the topic of iron deficiency and wrote a scientific assessment of the potential secondary benefits of an increase in folic acid intake for Food Standards Australia New Zealand. 

Siobhan’s Masters research was recognised by the Public Health Association of Australia through its Student Award for Outstanding Academic Achievement. She secured a prestigious Healthway scholarship for her doctoral studies, was awarded a University of Western Australia Teaching Internship and a National Heart Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship. Siobhan has co-written successful applications for grants to the National Health and Medical Research Council, the National Heart Foundation of Australia, Healthway and The University of Western Australia.

Dr Hickling's teaching experience spans three institutions (UWA, Curtin and TAFE) and three levels (undergraduate, postgraduate and technical).  She currently teaches in the School of Population and Global Health and is program coordinator for the undergraduate major in Population Health.

Siobhan has taken three periods of maternity leave (January-August 2002, September 2005-June 2006, December 2009-June 2009).

Research expertise keywords

  • Folate
  • Nutritional epidemiology
  • Public health nutrition


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