Dr Hattie Wright - University of the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia

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Dr Hattie Wright

PhD (Nutrition) N-W(S.Af.), MSc(Diet) N-W(S.Af.), BSc(Hons) (Nutrition) N-W(S.Af.), BSc(Diet) N-W(S.Af.), GD(Diet) Pret.

  • Senior Lecturer, Nutrition and Dietetics
+61 7 5459 4775
Office location
Sunshine Coast
Dr Hattie Wright

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, nutrition communication and nutrition and dietetic skills to 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. Her clinical research interest lies in the field of malnutrition (both over and under-nutrition) and how it relates to health outcomes of individuals, as well as the role of lifestyle behaviour in the management of chronic disease. Her scholarly research interest lies in learning approaches that fosters dietetic skills development.

Current research projects include:
  1. Clinical reasoning skills and self-confidence in the nutrition care process of dietetic students
  2. Renal function, cardiovascular health and the Mediterranean diet in Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) patients
  3. Adherence to low sodium diet of CKD patients
  4. Malnutrition risk of Australian adults with Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome
  5. Health literacy, nutrition knowledge and wellbeing in caregivers of patients with CKD
Current research grants
Project Name Diet and Chronic Kidney disease


Dr H 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 H 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.

Research areas

  • Malnutrition (under and over-nutrition) and health-related outcomes in chronic disease prevention
  • Innovative teaching and learning approaches to improve dietetic student skill development

Teaching areas

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

Dr Hattie Wright's specialist areas of knowledge include sport nutrition and exercise for health, focusing on energy status and how it relates to bone health and reproductive function among active individuals, as well as the role of lifestyle risk factors on body composition and physical ability in the elderly.

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