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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 Research Grants

  • 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.

Recent Publications (within the last five years)

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, DOI: 10.1007/s00394-017-1529-5.
  • 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.
  • 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, DOI: 10.1016/j.jvoice.2016.08.004.
  • 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., 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.
  • 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.
  • 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., (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.
  • 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.
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