Dr Hattie Wright

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Dr Hattie Wright


Teaching areas

  • Medical Nutrition Therapy
  • Sport Nutrition, guest lecturer
  • Nutrition and Dietetic skills

Research areas

  • Nutrition Epidemiology: Changes in lifestyle behaviour during urbanisation and with aging and its impact on various nutrition related health outcomesNutrition Epidemiology: Changes in lifestyle behaviour during urbanisation and with aging and its impact on various nutrition related health outcomes
  • Energy status and its relationship with various health outcomes e.g. mood state, reproductive function, and bone health
  • Exploring medical nutrition interventions and best practice guidelines in health outcomes of various disease states
  • Innovative teaching and learning approaches to improve clinical reasoning skills of undergraduate students


Hattie is an Accredited Practising Dietitian with a passion for medical nutrition therapy. She marvels in how slight changes in dietary habits and food choices can have big impacts on the health outcomes of individuals with nutrition-related diseases or conditions. Hattie teaches medical nutrition therapy and nutrition and dietetic skills to third year dietetic students. She is passionate about developing students’ ability to apply their knowledge and evolve their dietetic skills through innovative teaching and learning methods such as simulation and online serious games. She also has a passion for sports nutrition and has been teaching sport nutrition to under- and postgraduate students. She especially enjoys witnessing how adequate nutrition can improve the performance of recreational and competitive athletes.

Her research interest lies in the field of nutrition and exercise for health, focusing on energy status and how it relates to health outcomes of active individuals, as well as the role of lifestyle behaviour and disease outcomes. She is actively involved in various professional bodies and is a board member of Professionals in Nutrition for Exercise and Sport (PINES) since 2005.

Current research grants
Project Name Diet and Chronic Kidney disease


Dr HH Wright, Dr E Swanepoel, Dr N Gray, Ms H Kickbusch

Funding body

SCHHS Wishlist Research grant, AS $5825

Year(s) of operation

November 2018 – November 2020

Focus Statement

As principal investigator, I work with Dr Nicholas Gray, Nephrologist at SCUH on this project. Funding is managed through USC.


Project Name

Game-based learning: an authentic approach to enhance clinical reasoning skills in student dietitians


Dr HH Wright, U Terton, K Starks, T Ashford, J Tweedie, G Smyth

Funding body

C-SALT Enhancement grant USC, AS$ 19 955

Year(s) of operation

15 Feb 2016 – 13 August 2018

Focus Statement

An online simulation was developed for dietetic students to orientate them to the hospital setting as well as improve clinical reasoning skills in the nutrition care process.

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