Dr Sharleen O'Reilly



Senior Clinical Lecturer


Faculty of Health


School of Exercise & Nut. Sci.


Off-Campus (Home)


Graduate Certificate of Higher Education, Deakin University, 2008
Doctor of Philosophy, Dublin University, 2004


Dr Sharleen O'Reilly is a Senior Lecturer within the School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences. Sharleen teaches at postgraduate level and co-ordinates student dietetic placements in addition to supervision of research and honours degree students.

Dr. O'Reilly has an active research interest in a range of issues relating to the translation of lifestyle behaviour change into the prevention of chronic disease (diabetes and heart disease primarily).

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Research interests

Dr. Sharleen O'Reilly's research is primarily related to the translation of research into practice particularly in the area of preventing of diabetes and heart disease through lifestyle behaviour change. 

Her current research is focused on women who have had gestational diabetes and developing ways of preventing diabetes through better care being provided by GPs and national information sources. Other aspects to current research are working with populations at risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes (women who have had gestational diabetes and older adults) to reduce their risk through tailored lifestyle behaviour change programs.

Previous research has focused on the role of folate in the health of the large intestine and whether folic acid supplementation can help promote better bowel health.


Dietitians Association of Australia and Advanced Accredited Practising Dietitian

Nutrition Society of Australia

Health Services Research Association of Australia and New Zealand


Australia Awards-Endeavour Executive Fellowship 2017

Deakin University Teaching Excellence Award 2011

Faculty of Health (Deakin University) 2011 Award for Innovation

FASEB (Folic acid, vitamin B12 and one-carbon metabolism section) 2004 outstanding young scientist award invited short presentation.

TCD Directors Award 1999 for the best presentation of dissertation/thesis.


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Achieving penetration and participation in diabetes after pregnancy prevention interventions following gestational diabetes: a health promotion challenge

K Dasgupta, H Terkildsen Maindal, K Kragelund Nielsen, S O'Reilly

(2018), pp. 1-14, Diabetes research and clinical practice, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1-1


Results of the first recorded evaluation of a national gestational diabetes mellitus register: challenges in screening, registration, and follow-up for diabetes risk

Douglas Boyle, Vincent Versace, James Dunbar, Wendy Scheil, Edward Janus, Jeremy Oats, Timothy Skinner, Sophy Shih, Sharleen O'Reilly, Ken Sikaris, Liza Kelsall, Paddy Phillips, James Best, MAGDA Study Group

(2018), Vol. 13, PLoS One, San Francisco, Calif., C1


Improving follow-up care for women with a history of gestational diabetes: perspectives of GPs and patients

A Pennington, S O'Reilly, D Young, J Dunbar

(2017), Vol. 23, pp. 66-74, Australian journal of primary health, Melbourne, Vic., C1


Comparing a telephone- and a group-delivered diabetes prevention program: characteristics of engaged and non-engaged postpartum mothers with a history of gestational diabetes

S Lim, J Dunbar, V Versace, E Janus, C Wildey, T Skinner, S O'Reilly

(2017), Vol. 126, pp. 254-262, Diabetes research and clinical practice, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1


Folic acid supplementation in postpolypectomy patients in a randomized controlled trial increases tissue folate concentrations and reduces aberrant DNA biomarkers in colonic tissues adjacent to the former polyp site

S O'Reilly, A McGlynn, H McNulty, J Reynolds, G Wasson, A Molloy, J Strain, D Weir, M Ward, G McKerr, J Scott, C Downes

(2016), Vol. 146, pp. 933-939, Journal of nutrition, Rockville, Md., C1


Mothers after gestational diabetes in Australia (MAGDA): a randomised controlled trial of a postnatal diabetes prevention program

S O'Reilly, J Dunbar, V Versace, E Janus, J Best, R Carter, J Oats, T Skinner, M Ackland, P Phillips, P Ebeling, J Reynolds, S Shih, V Hagger, M Coates, C Wildey

(2016), Vol. 13, pp. 1-21, PLoS medicine, San Francisco, Calif., C1


Transitions in reflective practice: exploring student development and preferred methods of engagement

S O'Reilly, J Milner

(2015), Vol. 72, pp. 150-155, Nutrition & dietetics, London, Eng., C1


Effective strategies for weight loss in post-partum women: a systematic review and meta-analysis

S Lim, S O'Reilly, H Behrens, T Skinner, I Ellis, J Dunbar

(2015), Vol. 16, pp. 972-987, Obesity reviews, London, Eng, C1


Challenges of diabetes prevention in the real world: results and lessons from the Melbourne diabetes prevention study

J Dunbar, A Hernan, E Janus, E Vartiainen, T Laatikainen, V Versace, J Reynolds, J Best, T Skinner, S O'Reilly, K Mc Namara, E Stewart, M Coates, C Bennett, R Carter

(2015), Vol. 3, pp. 1-13, BMJ open diabetes research and care, London, Eng., C1


Intervention fidelity for a complex behaviour change intervention in community pharmacy addressing cardiovascular disease risk

K Mc Namara, S O'Reilly, J George, G Peterson, S Jackson, G Duncan, H Howarth, J Dunbar

(2015), Vol. 30, pp. 897-909, Health education research, Oxford, Eng., C1


Supporting culturally and linguistically diverse students during clinical placement: strategies from both sides of the table

S O'Reilly, J Milner

(2015), Vol. 15, pp. 1-12, BMC medical education, London, Eng., C1


Who's responsible for the care of women during and after a pregnancy affected by gestational diabetes?

S Wilkinson, S Lim, S Upham, A Pennington, S O'Reilly, D Asproloupos, H McIntyre, J Dunbar

(2014), Vol. 201, pp. 78-81, Medical journal of Australia, Strawberry Hills, NSW, C1


Prevention of diabetes after gestational diabetes: better translation of nutrition and lifestyle messages needed

S O'Reilly

(2014), Vol. 2, pp. 468-491, Healthcare, Basel, Switzerland, C1


Low colonocyte folate is associated with uracil misincorporation and global DNA hypomethylation in human colorectum

A McGlynn, G Wasson, S O'Reilly, H McNulty, C Downes, C Chang, L Hoey, A Molloy, M Ward, J Strain, G McKerr, D Weir, J Scott

(2013), Vol. 143, pp. 27-33, Journal of nutrition, Bethesda, Md., C1-1


The Melbourne Diabetes Prevention Study (MDPS) : study protocol for a randomized controlled trial

N Davis-Lameloise, A Hernan, E Janus, E Stewart, R Carter, C Bennett, S O'Reilly, B Philpot, E Vartiainen, J Dunbar

(2013), Vol. 14, pp. 1-9, Trials, London, England, C1


Mothers after gestational diabetes in Australia Diabetes Prevention Program (MAGDA-DPP) post-natal intervention: study protocol for a randomized controlled trial

S Shih, N Davis-Lameloise, E Janus, C Wildey, V Versace, V Hagger, D Asproloupos, S O Reilly, P Phillips, M Ackland

(2013), Vol. 14, pp. 1-10, Trials, London, Eng., C1-1


Development and validation of the Diet Quality Tool for use in cardiovascular disease prevention settings

S O'Reilly, L McCann

(2012), Vol. 18, pp. 138-147, Australian journal of primary health, Melbourne, Vic., C1


A pilot study evaluating multiple risk factor interventions by community pharmacists to prevent cardiovascular disease : The PAART CVD pilot project

K McNamara, S O'Reilly, J Dunbar, M Bailey, J George, G Peterson, S Jackson, E Janus, S Bunker, G Duncan, H Howarth

(2012), Vol. 46, pp. 183-191, Annals of pharmacotherapy, Cincinnati, Oh., C1


Nutritional vulnerability seen within asylum seekers in Australia

S O'Reilly, T O'Shea, S Bhusumane

(2012), Vol. 14, pp. 356-360, Journal of immigrant and minority health, New York, N.Y., C1


Scaling-up from an implementation trial to state-wide coverage : results from the preliminary Melbourne Diabetes Prevention Study

E Janus, J Best, N Davis-Lameloise, B Philpot, A Hernan, C Bennett, S O'Reilly, R Carter, E Vartiainen, J Dunbar

(2012), Vol. 13, pp. 1-6, BioMed Central Ltd, London, England, C1-1


Implementation salvage experiences from the Melbourne diabetes prevention study

J Dunbar, A Hernan, E Janus, N Davis-Lameloise, D Asproloupos, S O'Reilly, A Timoshanko, E Stewart, C Bennett, G Johnson, R Carter

(2012), Vol. 12, pp. 1-9, BMC public health, London, England, C1-1


Relationship of urinary sodium and sodium-to-potassium ratio to blood pressure in older adults in Australia

C Huggins, S O'Reilly, M Brinkman, A Hodge, G Giles, D English, C Nowson

(2011), Vol. 195, pp. 128-132, Medical journal of Australia, Strawberry Hills, N.S.W, C1


Association of western and traditional diets with depression and anxiety in women

F Jacka, J Pasco, A Mykletun, L Williams, A Hodge, S O'Reilly, G Nicholson, M Katowice, M Berk

(2010), Vol. 167, pp. 305-311, American journal of psychiatry, Arlington, Va., C1-1


The role of folate in colorectal cancer : human studies into folate in those at risk of colorectal cancer

S O'Reilly

(2010), Kohn, Germany, A1


Engaging community pharmacists in the primary prevention of cardiovascular disease : protocol for the pharmacist assessment of adherence, risk and treatment in cardiovascular disease (PAART CVD) pilot study

K Mc Namara, J George, S O'Reilly, S Jackson, G Peterson, H Howarth, M Bailey, G Duncan, P Trinder, E Morabito, J Finch, S Bunker, E Janus, J Emery, J Dunbar

(2010), Vol. 10, pp. 264-280, BMC health services research, London, England, C1


Global DNA and p53 region-specific hypomethylation in human colonic cells is induced by folate depletion and reversed by folate supplementation.

G Wasson, A McGlynn, H McNulty, S O`Reilly, V McKelvey-Martin, G McKerr, J Strain, J Scott, S Downes

(2006), Vol. 136, pp. 2748-2753, Journal of nutrition, Bethesda, Md., C1


Detection of replicative integrity in small colonic biopsies using the BrdUrd comet assay

A McGlynn, G Wasson, S O`Reilly, V McKelvey-Martin, H McNulty, J Strain, G McKerr, F Mullan, N Mahmud, J Scott, D Weir, C Downes

(2003), Vol. 88, pp. 895-901, British journal of cancer, London, England, C1-1


Funded Projects at Deakin

Australian Competitive Grants

Life! diabetes prevention program: a randomised cluster control trial of its efficacy and cost effectiveness

Prof James Dunbar, Prof Rob Carter, Prof Edward Janus, Prof Catherine Bennett, Dr Sharleen O'Reilly, Prof Erkki Vartiainen

NHMRC Project Grant

  • 2011: $266,875
  • 2010: $321,466
  • 2009: $277,725

Bridging the gap for women with gestational diabetes: supporting prevention of Type 2 Diabetes through improved care of a high risk group.

Dr Sharleen O'Reilly

NHMRC Translating Research into Practice

  • 2015: $87,652
  • 2014: $86,455


Associate Supervisor

Lisa Parkinson

Thesis entitled: The Perceptual and Anti-Inflammatory effects of Oleocanthal, an Olive Oil Phenolic

Doctor of Philosophy (Nutrition & Exercise) (Low Cost), School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences


Lisa Barker

Thesis entitled: Malnutrition: Significance, Prevalence and Management of the Hospitalised Surgery Patient

Doctor of Philosophy (Nutrition & Exercise) (Low Cost), School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences