Staff Profile


Career Summary


Dr Katrina King is a research academic with the School of Medicine and Public Health, University of Newcastle. She trained as a research scientist with particular expertise in amino acid biochemistry and chronic illness at the University of Newcastle and received her PhD in Biological Sciences in 1999.

Since commencing with the Department of Medicine and Public Health, Katrina has become involved in a number of projects associated with colorectal cancer screening including an assessment of the effectiveness of community based faecal occult screening programs for colorectal cancer and an evaluation of the follow-up referral patterns, health care utilisation and clinical outcomes for patients with a positive faecal occult blood tests.

She has also been involved in the design and conduct of the Retirement Health and Lifestyle Study, a large multidisciplinary research project conducted by the University of Newcastle in association with researchers from the Central Coast Local Health District Public Health Unit, Urbis Pty Ltd and Hunter Valley Research Foundation. The Retirement Health and Lifestyle study is an on-going cross-sectional study of how older people’s (>65 years of age) homes and neighbourhoods influence their health, well-being and lifestyle.

Dr Katrina King’s current research interests include the investigation of factors that influence the health and lifestyle of older Australians, in particular, understanding the role of facility provision, built environment and social factors in improving health outcomes, and the development of preventative health strategies to promote healthy ageing.


  • PhD, University of Newcastle, 10/12/1999
  • Bachelor of Science (Honours), University of Newcastle, 08/05/1992
  • Bachelor of Science, University of Newcastle, 04/05/1991


Research keywords

  • Built Environment
  • Cardiovascular Disease
  • Colorectal Cancer
  • Gerontology
  • Health
  • Physical Activity
  • Preventative Medicine

Research expertise

Dr Katrina King has been involved in clinical research for a number of years. Over this time she has developed considerable experience working with large multi-disciplinary and collaborative research projects investigating various aspects of human health and disease. She has also developed expertise in all areas of study management, including study administration, study design, the selection and development of research tools, and the management of staff, and the management and analysis of large multifactorial data sets.

Throughout her career she has gained research expertise in the areas of chronic fatigue syndrome, colorectal cancer, cardiovascular disease, preventative and population health and the role of amino acids in disease pathophysiology.


  • English

Fields of Research

111712Health Promotion40
111716Preventive Medicine40
110101Medical Biochemistry: Amino Acids And Metabolites20


Katrina has worked with several large, multi-disciplinary research teams and has formed collaborations with researchers from the:

• School of Environmental and Life Sciences and School of Medicine and Public Health, University of Newcastle;

• School of Population Health, University of Queensland;

• School of Design, Queensland University of Technology;

• Public Health Unit, Central Coast Local Health District;

• Hunter Valley Research Foundation;

• UnitingCare Ageing NSW.ACT;

• Urbis Pty Ltd; and

• Department of Health Promotion & Education and Department of Endocrinology, Royal North Shore Hospital.



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Journal article (2 outputs)

2007Niblett SH, King KE, Dunstan RH, Clifton-Bligh P, Hoskin LA, Roberts TK, et al., 'Hematologic and urinary excretion anomalies in patients with chronic fatigue syndrome', Experimental Biology and Medicine, 232 1041-1049 (2007) [C1]
2000McGregor NR, Niblett SH, Bligh PC, Dunstan RH, Fulcher G, Hoskin L, et al., 'The biochemistry of chronic pain and fatigue', JOURNAL OF CHRONIC FATIGUE SYNDROME, 7, NO.1 3-21 (2000) [C1]

Conference (7 outputs)

2014Veysey M, Siow W, Niblett S, King K, Yates Z, Lucock M, 'Hepatic fibrosis in an elderly population', JOURNAL OF GASTROENTEROLOGY AND HEPATOLOGY (2014) [E3]
2013Siow W, Niblett S, King K, Yates Z, Martin C, Lucock M, Veysey M, 'A community-based study of dietary macro and micronutrients and the risk of colorectal cancer in an elderly Australian population', JOURNAL OF GASTROENTEROLOGY AND HEPATOLOGY (2013) [E3]
2013Siow W, Niblett S, King K, Yates Z, Hampe T, Lucock M, Veysey M, 'Prevalence of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease in an elderly Australian population', JOURNAL OF GASTROENTEROLOGY AND HEPATOLOGY (2013) [E3]
2006King K, Leijten E, Walsh P, Vigenser B, 'A Comparison of the Rotary Bowelscan and National Bowel Cancer Screening Pilot: Is the National Program Cost-Effective', Cairns (2006) [E3]
2002McGregor N, De Becker P, Clifton-Bligh P, Stein E, Butt HL, De Meirleir K, et al., 'Evidence-based model of the pathogenic mechanism associated with symptom expression in ME/CFS', Proceedings of International Clinical and Scientific Meeting, Sydney, NSW (2002) [E3]
1998McGregor N, Dunstan RH, Niblett S, King K, Butt HL, Taylor W, et al., 'Dental Amalgams and CFS', The Clinical and Scientific Basis of Chronic fatigue Syndrome: From Myth Towards Management. Program and Abstracts, Sydney (1998) [E3]
1998Niblett SH, Hoskin LA, Dunstan RH, Clifton-Bligh P, McGregor N, Roberts TK, et al., 'Alterations in Urinary Amino and Organic Acid Excretion in Patients with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.', The Clinical and Scientific Basis of Chronic fatigue Syndrome: From Myth Towards Management. Program and Abstracts, Sydney (1998) [E3]
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Grants and Funding


Number of grants1
Total funding$161,000

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2015 (1 grants)

Is retirement village living good for health: Comparing the health of older adults living in retirement villages and the community$161,000
Funding Body: Central Coast Local Health District

Project Team
Associate Professor Martin Veysey, Doctor Katrina King, Doctor Suzanne Niblett
Research GrantInvestigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish

Research Supervision

Number of current supervisions0

No Supervisions.


Dr Katrina King

Work Phone(02) 43656471
PositionResearch Academic
School of Medicine and Public Health
Faculty of Health and Medicine
The University of Newcastle, Australia
Teaching and Research Unit,
Cnr Henry Parry Drive and Margin Street
Gosford NSW 2250