• 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 and the TropED study, 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.  Siobhan is co-director of the cardiovascular research group in the School of Population and Global Health and a member of the Stroke Prevention Advisory Committee for the Stroke Foundation.

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. 

Siobhan teaching experience spans three institutions (UWA, Curtin and TAFE) and three levels (undergraduate, postgraduate and technical).  She is currently coordinator of the postgraduate program in the School of Population and Global Health.


External positions

Member, Stroke Prevention Committee, Stroke Foundation

29 Jan 2019 → …

Research expertise keywords

  • Folate
  • Nutritional epidemiology
  • Public health nutrition
  • Cardiovascular epidemiology


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