Mrs Kelly Squires


University of Newcastle Department of Rural Health

Career Summary


Kelly is a lecturer in Nutrition and Dietetics with the University of Newcastle Department of Rural Health. She is currently co-ordinating a study evaluating the impact changes in service delivery impact on maternal and fetal health and nutrition outcomes for women with gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM).

Research Expertise
Research into impacts changes of service delivery affect maternal and foetal outcomes for women with gestational diabetes.

Teaching Expertise
Experience in teaching general nutrition, community dietetics and interprofessional learning modules.


  • Bachelor of Nutrition and Dietetics, University of Newcastle
  • Bachelor of Business (Marketing), University of Newcastle


  • Community Dietetics
  • Diabetes
  • Evidence Based Practice
  • General Nutrition
  • Gestational Diabetes
  • Rural Health

Fields of Research

111199Nutrition and Dietetics not elsewhere classified70
111799Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified30

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

DatesTitleOrganisation / Department
1/07/2015 - 31/12/2015LecturerUniversity of Newcastle
University of Newcastle Department of Rural Health

Academic appointment

DatesTitleOrganisation / Department
1/01/2007 - Membership - Accredited Practising DietitianAccredited Practising Dietitian



2013DAA Small Grant
Dietitians Association of Australia


For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.

Journal article (1 outputs)

2015Brown LJ, Macdonald-Wicks L, Squires K, Crowley E, Harris D, 'An innovative dietetic student placement model in rural new South wales, australia.', J Allied Health, 44 117-122 (2015)
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Co-authorsLeanne Brown, Lesley Wicks

Conference (8 outputs)

2014Wakely KML, Wakely L, Squires K, Little A, Crowley E, 'Hanging ten with the teachers - A model for collaborative learning in paediatrics between rural allied health clinicians and the education sector', Surf's Up: Ride the Wave's SARRAH National Conference for RUral and Remote Allied Health Professionals, Kingscliff NSW (2014) [E3]
Co-authorsKatrina Wakely, Luke Wakely
2014Wakely LT, Brown L, Little A, Squires K, Leys J, Harries-Jones H, 'Learning around the campfire: A weekend camp to promote teamwork and interprofessional interaction for rural allied health students', Surf's Up: Ride the Waves SARRAH National Conference for Rural and Remote Allied Health Professionals, Kingscliff NSW (2014) [E3]
Co-authorsLuke Wakely, Jacqui Leys, Leanne Brown
2014Fisher K, Wakely L, Squires K, Shipley L, Wakely K, Brown L, et al., 'A model for enhancing community engagement of undergraduate health professional students on rural placement', The 2014 Muster Global Community Engaged Medical Education, Uluru (2014) [E3]
Co-authorsLuke Wakely, Tony Smith, Katrina Wakely, Nicky Hudson, Karin Fisher, Leanne Brown
2014Squires KM, Henry L, 'Teaching the teachers type 1', Nutrition and Dietetics Journal of the Dietitians Association of Australia Volume 71 Supplement 1 May 2014, Brisbane (2014) [E3]
2014Squires K, Brown L, 'Creating the future: Evaluating a restructure of gestational diabetes melltus (GDM) clinics', Nutrition and Dietetics Journal of the Dietitians Association of Australia Volume 71 Supplement 1 May 2014, Brisbane (2014) [E3]
Co-authorsLeanne Brown
2013Brown L, Williams L, Squires K, 'Building the rural dietetics workforce: a bright future?', Proceedings of the 12th National Rural Health Conference, Adelaide (2013) [E1]
Co-authorsLauren Williams, Leanne Brown
2013Squires K, Brown L, 'Innovative Community Engagement Building Tomorrows Dietitians', Nutrition & Dietetics, Canberra (2013) [E3]
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Co-authorsLeanne Brown
2012Norman K, Squires KM, Dewey S, Downs R, Hames N, 'Building diabetes networks: Assessing the education needs of clinical staff in regards to diabetes', Nutrition & Dietetics: Special Issue: Dietitians Association of Australia 16th International Congress of Dietetics, Sydney, NSW (2012) [E3]
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Grants and Funding


Number of grants2
Total funding$11,294

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20141 grants / $1,294

Dietitians Association of Australia 31st National Conference, Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, Australia, 15 -17 May 2014$1,294

Funding body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Health and Medicine

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle - Faculty of Health and Medicine
Project TeamMrs Kelly Squires
SchemeTravel Grant
Funding Start2014
Funding Finish2014
Type Of FundingInternal

20131 grants / $10,000

Evaluating service delivery to improve health and nutrition outcomes for women with gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM).$10,000

Aim: To assess if changes in dietetic and diabetes service delivery affected client health and nutrition measures and outcomes and evaluate the current service delivery to determine client satisfaction and compare outcomes against current Australian practice and evidenced based practice guidelines. Methods: A two part retrospective study of outcomes for GDM women following the changes in the HNEDS delivery model was conducted to investigate the outcomes over the course of the service delivery changes. An audit of 249 files from January 2010 to October 2013 were analysed to assess outcomes over the course of changes to the service delivery model. Additionally, a patient satisfaction assessment aimed to measure experiences and satisfaction with the clinics and service delivery. Eighteen women were invited to complete the Diabetes Treatment Satisfaction Questionnaire and purpose developed satisfaction assessment with a response rate of 44.4% (n=8). Results: Overall, 92% (n=228) of women were diagnosed as having GDM with an average age of 30.7 ?5.6. Of the complete data set (n=222), a review of the change in service provision found 85.5% (n=118) of women were seen within one week of referral compared to 81.0% (n=68) with the previous service structure. Additionally, the number of women who attended three or more nutrition consultations significantly increased from 23.3% to 76.7% (P 0.00017) with the average number of nutrition consultations increasing from 1.9 occasions of service (OOS) to 3.3. There was no significant difference (P 0.783) found in the total number of foetal complications between the two models (n=209). The results from the questionnaire revealed 87.5% (n=7) were ‘very satisfied’ with their current treatment. All women (n=8) indicated they were ‘very satisfied’ with joint appointments with the DE and dietitian and 87.5% (n=7) were ‘very satisfied’ with their access to a DE and dietitian. Conclusions: Despite an increasing prevalence of GDM within Australia, there are no evidenced based guidelines for the nutritional management of GDM. This study provides an insight into how changes in a service delivery model in a rural location increased OOS to meet benchmarks with nil increase in staffing. Further improvements in service targets are likely to require improved access for GDM clients, with co-location of diabetes consults with antenatal services suggested as a possible solution.
Funding body: Dietitians Association of Australia

Funding bodyDietitians Association of Australia
Project Team
SchemeSmall Grants Program
Funding Start2013
Funding Finish2013
Type Of FundingGrant - Aust Non Government

Mrs Kelly Squires


University of Newcastle Department of Rural Health
University of Newcastle Department of Rural Health
Faculty of Health and Medicine

Contact Details
Phone(02) 67553510
Fax(02) 67612355


BuildingTamworth Education Centre
Location114 - 148 Johnston St Tamworth NSW 2340