Emma Ridley

Assoc Professor

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Personal profile


I am a Senior Research Fellow and NHMRC Emerging Leadership Fellow (2020-2025) at Monash University, Melbourne.  I am responsible for the strategic development and leadership of the Critical Care Nutrition Program at the Australian and New Zealand Intensive Care Research Centre (ANZIC-RC). After 12 years in critical care nutrition research, I completed my PhD in 2018 titled “Clinical and functional consequences of energy provided by nutrition in critically ill adults”. My research interests include understanding energy requirements across the hospitalisation period, including the clinical application of indirect calorimetry, as well as the effect of optimal nutrition delivery on short and long-term outcomes in ICU patients. I also continue to practice as a clinical dietitian in the ICU at The Alfred Hospital, Melbourne where I have worked for 18 years.

My leadership and research potential has been recognised internationally (European Society of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition Early Career Faculty (2019-2023)), nationally (2011 Churchill Fellowship and 2019 Finalist for Dietitian of the Year), at the state level (2019 Finalist Victorian Premier’s Awards for Health and Medical Research) and locally within Monash University via a Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences Advancing Women’s Success Grant and an Early Career Publication Prize. I have international and national recognition as a critical care dietitian (listed as a Top 1% international expert on Energy Intake, Enteral Nutrition, Feeding Methods, Nutrition Therapy, Nutritional Physiological Phenomena, Nutritional Support, Parenteral Nutrition and Critical Care on Expertscape) and have delivered 46 invited presentations (including 7 keynote/plenary and 11 internationally), authored >95 publications (including in the New England Journal of Medicine and invited commentaries in The Lancet), served as an invited member on multiple conference organising committees and grant review panels (including for the NHMRC) and been the recipient of $10.8 million dollars of research funding with the various teams I work with, including an investigator initiated industry grant of $2.5 million as a CIA for follow up work which relates to my PhD (NCT03292237). I was recently awarded a 2022 MRFF Clinician Researchers: Nurses, Midwives and Allied Health grant of $1.49 million titled "A national platform for improving quality of nutrition care for critically ill adults and children".

I am passionate about contributing to the development of others from all disciplines and serve as the immediate past chair after being the inaugural Chair of the Novice Investigator Group within the Australian and New Zealand Intensive Care Society Clinical Trials Group.

Further details about the Nutrition Program at the ANZIC-RC can be found at https://www.monash.edu/medicine/sphpm/anzicrc/research/anzic-rc-nutrition-program

Media and podcasts:


  1. Australian and New Zealand Intensive Care Society (ANZICS), Meet the Experts series, August 2022. https://www.anzics.com.au/anzics-presents-meet-the-experts-podcast-series-dr-emma-ridley-august-2022/
  2. The Critical Care Practitioner (UK), May 2022. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=osXAs4azMB4&ab_channel=JonathanDownham
  3. Mastering Intensive Care with Andrew Davies October 2021. https://masteringintensivecare.libsyn.com/episode-69-emma-ridley-advocacy-communication-and-leadership-as-an-icu-dietitian
  4. Healthy Conversations with Omy Naidoo, October 2021. https://podcasts.apple.com/mm/podcast/s2-e10-nutritional-intake-post-icu-dr-emma-ridley-aus/id1518321177?i=1000537396028
  5. Healthy Conversations with Omy Naidoo, June 2020. https://anchor.fm/omy6/episodes/Omy-Naidoo-Chats-to-Dr-Emma-Ridley--Senior-Research-Fellow-at-Monash-University-efsg42
  6. Post-ICU nutrition: what you need to know. Presented for Dietitian Connection, May 2020; https://dietitianconnection.com/podcasts/post-icu-nutrition/
  7. Critically ill nutrition requirements. Presented for Dietitian Connection, 2019; https://dietitianconnection.com/podcasts/podcasts-journalclub/critically-ill-nutrition-requirements/
  8. Critical to Your Success with A/Prof Rachael Parke; https://www.podbean.com/media/share/dir-jh3u6-6c3285f?utm_campaign=w_share_ep&utm_medium=dlink&utm_source=w_share
  9. A podcast of the presentation I gave at the Intensive Care Society State of the Art Meeting in London in December 2018 can be viewed at; https://icspodcast.libsyn.com/top-5-nutrition-studies-emma-ridley

Media interviews:

ABC Radio Canberra with Adam Shirley and Carolyn Sailsbury: The role of the ICU Dietitian and COVID-19: https://chirb.it/NbKJxD

Recent presentations I have delivered:


British Association for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition, UK (virtual)

Is IC all it’s cracked up to be?

Fresenius Kabi Asia- FRANC conference (virtual)

Practical implementation of nutrition therapy in ICU

Abbott Nutrition Health Institute, 2022 Enteral Nutrition Academy Annual Event (virtual)

Optimal Nutrition Therapy During and Post-ICU


Intensive Care Society (UK), State of the Art (virtual)

  1. “The elephant in the room: what we have missed in nutrition so far (Soap Box, pre-recorded lecture)”
  2. “My body is my temple (live)”

Fresenius Kabi Germany- FRANC conference (virtual)

  1. “Feeding the ICU patient with COVID- what have we learnt?”
  2. “Issues in the post-ICU period and the impact on nutrition care”

Critical Care Study Group, British Dietitians Association (virtual)

“Intensive Nutrition in Critically Ill Adults- A pilot randomised trial”

Irish Society for Clinical Nutrition and Metabolism Virtual Conference, May

“Rehabilitating the COVID patient post ICU: insights and implications for practice”

Nutricia Global Virtual Conference, June

“Strategies for post-ICU nutritional management”

Other presentations:

“Nutrition management for critically ill patients with COVID-19”


(viewed more than 10 000 times internationally):

“Nutrition in the post-ICU period”. Presented at the World Congress of Intensive Care, Melbourne, October 2019

The Critical Care Society of South Africa and the South African Parenteral and Enteral Critical Care National Congress, Cape Town, South Africa, September 2019:

  1.  “Nutrition in the post-ICU recovery phase”.
  2. “Energy requirements in ICU: why we are usually wrong!”
  3. “Best practice in nutrition research”
  4. “Is indirect calorimetry the answer?”
  5. “How to read a journal article”
  6. “Nutrition in the recovery phase of illness”.Presented atCollaborative Clinical Trials in Intensive Care Medicine, Prato, Italy, May 2019

 ANZICS Asia Pacific Intensive Care Conference, Singapore, April 2019

  1. “Dieticians in the ICU - Changing the Status Quo”
  2. “Energy requirements in ICU: Lessons from the TARGET trial”

Intensive Care Society State of the Art Meeting, London, UK. December 2018

  1.  “Top 5 Studies in Nutrition”: http://icspodcast.libsyn.com/top-5-nutrition-studies-emma-ridley
  2. “The science behind energy estimations during critical illness

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

External positions

Senior Dietitian/Grade 4 Dietitian, Alfred Hospital

Feb 2018 → …

Weekend Dietitian, Alfred Hospital


Senior Dietitian/Grade 4 Dietitian, Alfred Hospital


Clinical Dietitian, Alfred Hospital


Research area keywords

  • Nutrition
  • intensive care
  • dietetics

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