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Dr Suzanne Meldrum


Contact Information Telephone: +61 8 6304 5101, Mobile: 0418952199, Email:, Campus: Joondalup, Room: JO21.539
Staff Member Details
Telephone: +61 8 6304 5101
Mobile: 0418952199
Campus: Joondalup  
Room: JO21.539  


Suzanne is a lecturer in Speech Pathology in the School of Medical and Health Sciences.

Current Teaching

  • SPE1102 Language Across The Lifespan
  • SPE2103 Analysis of Speech and Language
  • SPE3106 Management of Speech and Language Disorders
  • SPE4110, 4111 Clinical Practicum (Tutor)


  • Adjunct Research Officer – University of Western Australia (current)
  • Post-Doctoral Research Fellow – University of Western Australia (past)
  • Speech Pathologist, Therapy Focus (past)
  • Speech Pathologist, WA Department of Health Shire Wyndham East Kimberley (past)

Research Areas and Interests

  • The pathogenesis and development of autism spectrum disorders (ASDs)
  • Infant and early childhood language development
  • Effects of early experiences upon language development
  • Effects of prematurity on later speech and language development.
  • Nutritional effects on neurodevelopment, particularly long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids


  • Doctor of Philosophy, The University of Western Australia, 2012.
  • Bachelor of Science (Human Communication Science), Curtin University of Technology, 2006.

Recent Publications (within the last five years)

Journal Articles

  • Reynolds, V., Meldrum, S., Simmer, K., Vijayasekaran, S., French, N., (2016), Voice problems in school-aged children following very preterm birth. Archives of Disease in Childhood, 101(6), 556-560, BMJ Publishing Group, DOI: 10.1136/archdischild-2015-309441.
  • Meldrum, S., Simmer, K., (2016), Docosahexaenoic acid and neurodevelopmental outcomes of term infants. Annals of Nutrition and Metabolism: European journal of nutrition, metabolic diseases and dietetics, 69(1), 23-28, Basel, Switzerland, S. Karger AG, DOI: 10.1159/000448271.
  • Reynolds, V., Meldrum, S., Simmer, K., Vijayasekaran, S., French, N., (2016), Dysphonia in extremely preterm children: A longitudinal observation. Logopedics Phoniatrics Vocology, 41(4), 154-158, Taylor and Francis Ltd, DOI: 10.3109/14015439.2015.1054307.
  • Meldrum, S., Dunstan, J., Foster, J., Simmer, K., Prescott, S., (2015), Maternal Fish Oil Supplementation in Pregnancy: A 12 Year Follow-Up of a Randomised Controlled Trial. Nutrients, 7(3), 2061-2067, Basel, Switzerland, MDPI AG, DOI: 10.3390/nu7032061.
  • Jones, A., D'vaz, N., Meldrum, S., Palmer, D., Zhang, G., Prescott, S., (2015), 25-hydroxyvitamin D3 status is associated with developing adaptive and innate immune responses in the first 6 months of life. Clinical and Experimental Allergy, 45(1), 220-231, United Kingdom, Blackwell Publishing Ltd, DOI: 10.1111/cea.12449.
  • Reynolds, V., Meldrum, S., Simmer, K., Vijayasekaran, S., French, N., (2015), Laryngeal pathology at school age following very preterm birth. International Journal of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology, 79(3), 398-404, Elsevier Ireland Ltd, DOI: 10.1016/j.ijporl.2014.12.037.
  • Reynolds, V., Meldrum, S., Simmer, K., Vijayasekaran, S., French, NP., (2014), Dysphonia in preterm children: Assessing incidence and response to treatment. Contemporary Clinical Trials, 37(2), 170-175, USA, Elsevier, DOI: 10.1016/j.cct.2013.12.004.
  • Reynolds, V., Meldrum, S., Simmer, K., Vijayasekaran, S., French, N., (2014), Dysphonia in very preterm children: A review of the evidence. Neonatology: foetal and neonatal research, 106(1), 69-73, Switzerland, Karger , DOI: 10.1159/000360841.
  • French, N., Kelly, R., Vijayasekaran, S., Reynolds, V., Lipscombe, J., Buckland, A., Bailey, J., Nathan, E., Meldrum, S., (2013), Voice Abnormalities at School Age in Children Born Extremely Preterm. Pediatrics, 131(3), e733-e739, United States, American Academy of Pediatrics, DOI: 10.1542/peds.2012-0817.
  • Meldrum, S., Strunk, T., Currie, A., Prescott, S., Simmer, K., Whitehouse, A., (2013), Autism spectrum disorder in children born preterm - role of exposure to perinatal inflammation. Frontiers in Neuroscience, 2013(7 July), Article 123, Frontiers Research Foundation , DOI: 10.3389/fnins.2013.00123.
  • Heaton, A., Meldrum, S., Foster, J., Prescott, S., Simmer, K., (2013), Does docosahexaenoic acid supplementation in term infants enhance neurocognitive functioning in infancy?. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 7(NOV), Article 774, DOI: 10.3389/fnhum.2013.00774.
  • D'vaz, N., Ma, Y., Dunstan, J., Lee-Pullen, T., Hii, C., Meldrum, S., Zhang, G., Metcalfe, J., Ferrante, A., Prescott, S., (2012), Neonatal protein kinase C zeta expression determines the neonatal T-Cell cytokine phenotype and predicts the development and severity of infant allergic disease. Allergy, 67(12), 1511-1518, West Sussex, United Kingdom, DOI: 10.1111/all.12027.
  • Meldrum, S., D'vaz, N., Simmer, K., Dunstan, J., Hird, K., Prescott, S., (2012), Effects of high-dose fish oil supplementation during early infancy on neurodevelopment and language: a randomised controlled trial. British Journal of Nutrition, 108(8), 1443-1454, DOI: 10.1017/S0007114511006878.
  • D'vaz, N., Meldrum, S., Dunstan, JA., Lee-Pullen, T., Metcalfe, J., Holt, B., Serralha, M., Tulic, M., Mori, T., Prescott, S., (2012), Fish oil supplementation in early infancy modulates developing infant immune responses. Clinical and Experimental Allergy, 42(8), 1206-1216, United Kingdom, Blackwell Publishing, DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2222.2012.04031.x.
  • Dunstan, J., West, C., McCarthy, S., Metcalfe, J., Meldrum, S., Oddy, W., Tulic, M., D'vaz, N., Prescott, S., (2012), The relationship between maternal folate status in pregnancy, cord blood folate levels, and allergic outcomes in early childhood. Allergy, 67(1), 50-57, West Sussex, United Kingdom, Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Ltd, DOI: 10.1111/j.1398-9995.2011.02714.x.
  • D'vaz, N., Meldrum, S., Dunstan, J., Martino, D., McCarthy, S., Metcalfe, J., Tulic, M., Mori, T., Prescott, S., (2012), Postnatal Fish Oil Supplementation in High-Risk Infants to Prevent Allergy: Randomized Controlled Trial. Pediatrics, 130(4), 674-682, United States, American Academy of Pediatrics, DOI: 10.1542/peds.2011-3104.
  • Meldrum, S., D'vaz, N., Dunstan, J., Mori, T., Hird, K., Simmer, K., Prescott, S., (2012), Allergic disease in the first year of life is associated with differences in subsequent neurodevelopment and behaviour. Early Human Development, 88(7), 567-573, DOI: 10.1016/j.earlhumdev.2011.12.032.
  • West, C., Dunstan, J., McCarthy, S., Metcalfe, J., D'vaz, N., Meldrum, S., Oddy, W., Tulic, M., Prescott, S., (2012), Associations between Maternal Antioxidant Intakes in Pregnancy and Infant Allergic Outcomes. Nutrients, 4(11), 1747-1758, Basel, Switzerland, DOI: 10.3390/nu4111747.
  • Meldrum, S., D'vaz, N., Casadio, Y., Dunstan, J., Krogsgaard-Larsen, N., Simmer, K., Prescott, S., (2012), Determinants of DHA levels in early infancy: Differential effects of breastmilk and direct fish oil supplementation. Prostaglandins, Leukotrienes and Essential Fatty Acids, 86(6), 233-239, London, UK, Churchill Livingstone, DOI: 10.1016/j.plefa.2012.03.006.
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