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Dr Suzanne Meldrum


Staff Member Details
Telephone: +61 8 6304 5101
Mobile: 0418 952 199
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 ā€“ University of Western Australia (current)
  • Post-Doctoral Research Fellow ā€“ 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.

Research Outputs

Journal Articles

  • Meldrum, S., Heaton, AE., Foster, J., Prescott, SL., Simmer, K. (2020). Do infants of breast-feeding mothers benefit from additional long-chain PUFA from fish oil? A 6-year follow-up. The British Journal of Nutrition: an international journal of nutritional science, 124(7), 701-708.

Journal Articles

  • Koletzko, B., Reischl, E., Tanjung, C., Gonzalez-Casanova, I., Ramakrishnan, U., Meldrum, S., Simmer, K., Heinrich, J., Demmelmair, H. (2019). FADS1 and FADS2 Polymorphisms Modulate Fatty Acid Metabolism and Dietary Impact on Health. Annual Review of Nutrition, 39(21 August 2019), 21-44.

Journal Articles

  • Meldrum, S., Li, Y., Zhang, G., Heaton, A., D'vaz, N., Manz, J., Reischl, E., Koletzko, B., Prescott, S., Simmer, K. (2018). Can polymorphisms in the fatty acid desaturase (FADS) gene cluster alter the effects of fish oil supplementation on plasma and erythrocyte fatty acid profiles? An exploratory study. European Journal of Nutrition, 57(7), 2583-2594.

Journal Articles

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Reynolds, V., Meldrum, S., Slimmer, K., Vijayasekaran, S., French, N. (2016). A randomized, controlled trial of behavioral voice therapy for dysphonia related to prematurity of birth. Journal of Voice, 31(2), 247.e9-247.e17.
  • 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.

Journal Articles

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Journal Articles

  • 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.
  • 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.

Journal Articles

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Journal Articles

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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, 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Journal Articles

  • Meldrum, S., Smith, M., Prescott, S., Hird, K., Simmer, K. (2011). Achieving definitive results in long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acid supplementation trials of term infants: factors for consideration. Nutrition Reviews, 69(4), 205-214.
  • Meldrum, S., D'vaz, N., Dunstan, J., Mori, TA., Prescott, SL. (2011). The Infant Fish Oil Supplementation Study (IFOS): Design and research protocol of a double-blind, randomised controlled nāˆ’3 LCPUFA intervention trial in term infants. Contemporary Clinical Trials, 32(5), 771-778.

Research Projects

  • Early Language Intervention (EARLI) in Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Settings: An international collaboration, Edith Cowan University, ECU Collaboration Enhancement Scheme – 2017 Round 2, 2018 ‑ 2019, $9,576.

Research Student Supervision

Associate Supervisor

  • Doctor of Philosophy, Investigation of the role of dynamic assessment in the diagnosis, referral and language outcomes of multilingual children with developmental language disorder
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