Teresa Brown


Teresa Brown

2015 Allied Health Scholar

Scholarship biography (at time of award)

Teresa Brown has been awarded the 2016 Sir Robert Menzies Memorial Research Scholarship in the Allied Health Sciences for her outstanding research that aims to reduce recovery times and shorten hospital visit duration for patients suffering from head and neck cancer.

Teresa’s research – which is being conducted at the University of Queensland and Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital – is the first study of its kind in Australia that examines the benefit of providing early nutrition support to patients who are not already suffering from difficulty eating or drinking.

In addition to her excellent research, Teresa has delivered oral and poster presentations around the world and at the time of award has published or co published over 15 journal articles.

Studied at: University of Queensland; Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital

Current Biography

I am an Advanced Accredited Practicing Dietitian who originally trained and qualified in the UK. I completed a BSc (Hons) in Nutritional Science from the University of Southampton and then a Post Graduate Diploma in Nutrition and Dietetics from Leeds Metropolitan University. I have been working in Cancer Care Services at the Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital since 2004 and am currently the team leader for Cancer Care Services in the department. I have been a member of the steering committees for both the evidence based guidelines for the nutritional management of cancer cachexia and of patients receiving radiotherapy, and was the project officer for the evidence-based nutrition guidelines for head and neck cancer with COSA in 2009-2011. I was the dietitian representative on the Cancer Australia's National Reference Group for Head and Neck Cancer, and am the chair of the Oncology NEMO group (Nutrition Education Materials Online). I commenced my PhD studies at the University of Queensland in 2012.

Scholarship Year: 2015

Fields of Interest

Allied Health, Cancer, Science