Staff profile - Sharleen O'Reilly

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Dr Sharleen O'Reilly

Position: Senior Lecturer
role description
Faculty or Division: Faculty of Health
Department: School of Exercise & Nut. Sci.
Campus: Melbourne Burwood Campus
Phone: +61 3 924 46778 +61 3 924 46778



Dr Sharleen O'Reilly is a NHMRC TRIP Fellow and 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 is a member of the Centre for Physical Activity and Nutrition Research (C-PAN) and 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).


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


Dietitians Association of Australia and Accredited Practising Dietitian program

Nutrition Society of Australia

Health Services Research Association of Australia and New Zealand

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Subjects and units currently teaching

Course Director Postgraduate Human Nutrition and Public Health Nutrition courses (H511, H517, H616, H714) 2007-2012

Deputy Course Director Postgraduate Human Nutrition and Public Health Nutrition courses (H511, H517, H616, H714) 2012-13

Unit Chair HSN745 Community Nutrition 2006-to date

Unit Chair HSN720 Nutritional Issues in Diabetes 2010-2013

Supervision 1 PhD student

Expertise categories

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Awards and prizes

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.


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.

Research grants

NHMRC TRIP Fellowship 2014-16, Chief Investigator (CIA)

NHMRC Partnership Grant 2010-2014, Associate Investigator (AI)

NHMRC Project Grant 2009-2013, Chief Investigator (CI)

Pharmacist Guild of Australia 2008-2010, Chief Investigator (CI)

Deakin Strategic Teaching and Learning Grant Scheme 2008, Chief Investigator (CIA)

Research groups

Centre for Physical Activity and Nutrition Research

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