Mrs Kelly Squires

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. This role involves her working with rural undergraduate students in their final year of the degree through supervision and support of clinical, community, food service and independent placements. Kelly also worked as a diabetes dietitian for eight years before moving into general outpatient dietetics. She is an accredited practising dietitian and member of the Dietitians Association of Australia. Kelly is also currently the convenor of the Nutrition Informatics Discussion group.

Research Expertise
Kelly is currently completing her HDR in the topic of integrating simulation into nutrition and dietetics medical nutrition therapy placements. Prior to this she co-ordinated 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).

Teaching Expertise
Experience in teaching general nutrition, sports nutrition, community dietetics and dietetics in food service.


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


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

Fields of Research

Code Description Percentage
111199 Nutrition and Dietetics not elsewhere classified 70
111799 Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified 30

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

Title Organisation / Department
Casual Academic University of Newcastle
School of Health Sciences

Academic appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
1/01/2007 -  Membership - Accredited Practising Dietitian Accredited Practising Dietitian



Year Award
2013 DAA Small Grant
Dietitians Association of Australia


For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.

Chapter (1 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2016 Fisher KA, Squires K, Woodley I, 'Community collaboration beyond the red tape: Complying without being constrained', Collaborating in Healthcare Reinterpreting Therapeutic Relationships, Sense Publishers, Rotterdam, The Netherlands 211-220 (2016) [B1]
Co-authors Karin Fisher

Journal article (3 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2019 Croker A, Brown L, Little A, Squires K, Crowley E, 'Developing and maintaining collaborative practice: Exploring perspectives from dietetics and speech pathology about 'what works well'', NUTRITION & DIETETICS, 76 28-37 (2019)
DOI 10.1111/1747-0080.12506
Co-authors Anne Croker, Leanne Brown, Alexandra Little, Elesa Crowley
2018 Fisher KA, Smith A, Brown L, Little A, Wakely K, Hudson J, et al., 'Value-adding to health professional student placement experiences: Enhancing work readiness and employability through a rural community engagement program', Journal of Teaching and Learning for Graduate Employability, 9 41-61 (2018) [C1]
DOI 10.21153/jtlge2018vol9no1art698
Co-authors Tony Smith, Katrina Wakely, Alexandra Little, Luke Wakely, Nicky Hudson, Karin Fisher, Leanne Brown
2015 Brown LJ, MacDonald-Wicks L, Squires K, Crowley E, Harris D, 'An innovative dietetic student placement model in rural New South Wales, Australia', Journal of Allied Health, 44 117-122 (2015) [C1]

© 2015 Association of Schools of Allied Health Professions, Wash., DC. Over the past 10 years, the University of Newcastle Department of Rural Health, based in Tamworth, New South... [more]

© 2015 Association of Schools of Allied Health Professions, Wash., DC. Over the past 10 years, the University of Newcastle Department of Rural Health, based in Tamworth, New South Wales, has supported increased opportunities for short- and longterm rural dietetic placements through an ongoing collaboration between Hunter New England Local Health District dietitians and University of Newcastle academic staff, using an innovative student placement model. A recent strategy has been the implementation of year-long student attachments to a rural area in an attempt to improve long-term recruitment and retention of staff to rural and remote areas. This paper describes the dietetic student placement model and outcomes to date. There has been an increase in the number and diversity of student placements in Tamworth, from 2 student placements in 2002 to 33 in 2013 and a maximum increase of 317 student weeks. Students have rated the short- and long-term options highly. Intention to work rurally after graduation was reported at 49% for the 2011/2012 cohort of students. Seventy-three percent of all year-long students have obtained work in a rural setting after graduation. An increased exposure to a rural location has the potential to increase the recruitment of staff in rural areas.

Citations Scopus - 2
Co-authors Elesa Crowley, Leanne Brown, Lesley Wicks

Conference (10 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2017 Robinson A, Brown LJ, Plunkett B, Urquhart L, Bohringer E, Squires K, Crowley E, 'Establishing academic roles in rural areas to cultivate the dietetic workforce', Dietitians Association of Australia 34th National Conference 'Cultivating Fresh Evidence', Hobart (2017)
DOI 10.1111/1747-0080.12354
Co-authors Amy Robinson, Lisa Urquhart, Leanne Brown, Elesa Crowley
2016 Brown L, Crowley E, Harris D, Squires K, 'Sustaining the rural dietetic workforce in Australia: Outcomes from an immersive rural placement program', Revista Espanola de Nutricion Humana y Dietetica, Granada, Spain (2016)
DOI 10.14306/renhyd
Co-authors Elesa Crowley, Leanne Brown
2014 Wakely 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-authors Katrina Wakely, Elesa Crowley, Luke Wakely, Alexandra Little
2014 Wakely 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-authors Alexandra Little, Jacqui Leys, Leanne Brown, Luke Wakely
2014 Fisher 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-authors Nicky Hudson, Katrina Wakely, Leanne Brown, Karin Fisher, Luke Wakely, Tony Smith
2014 Squires 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]
2014 Squires 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-authors Leanne Brown
2013 Brown 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-authors Leanne Brown, Lauren Williams
2013 Squires K, Brown L, 'Innovative Community Engagement Building Tomorrows Dietitians', Nutrition & Dietetics, Canberra (2013) [E3]
Co-authors Leanne Brown
2012 Norman 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 grants 2
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 body University of Newcastle - Faculty of Health and Medicine
Project Team Mrs Kelly Squires
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2014
Funding Finish 2014
GNo G1400458
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE

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 body Dietitians Association of Australia
Project Team

Kelly Squires

Scheme Small Grants Program
Role Lead
Funding Start 2013
Funding Finish 2013
Type Of Funding Grant - Aust Non Government
Category 3AFG

Mrs Kelly Squires


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

Casual Academic
University of Newcastle Department of Rural Health
School of Health Sciences
Faculty of Health and Medicine

Contact Details

Phone (02) 67553510
Fax (02) 67612355


Building Tamworth Education Centre
Location 114 - 148 Johnston St Tamworth NSW 2340