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Simone is the Director of Education for the School of Clinical Sciences and an Advanced Accredited Practising Dietitian.  As a senior lecturer in the Master of Dietetics program, she coordinates clinical nutrition and dietetics units whilst pursuing her clinical and educational research interests.

Simone achieved her PhD in 2015 titled "Integrating Academic and Clinical Training - Exploring Opportunities and Innovations". She is an Associate Fellow of the Australian and New Zealand Association for Health Professional Educators and has over 20 years experience as a clinical dietitian working in public and private hospitals and in private practice. She has extensive experience in all major clinical areas including intensive care, surgery and endocrinology. Simone has a special interest in health professional education and research and is committed to improving health professional practice. She has presented nationally and internationally in the areas of health professional education as well as nutrition and dietetics.

Simone was awarded the Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Teaching Excellence and the Dean's Award for Excellence in Education (Quality of Teaching) in 2017, demonstrating her commitment to student training. She hopes to help students excel in preparation for their professional employment whilst further pursuing her research interests.

Simone has acheived funding of over $83,000 in prizes and grants resulting in the establishment of a student teaching clinic, and various research projects including nutrition and wound healing, work-integrated learning and assessment, involving patients in student training and using online media to enhance nutritional health outcomes.

Research interests

Current research includes investigating the impact of an evidence-based nutrition Massive Open Online Course on learning for the general public.  This research also examines how this mode of delivery addresses widespread nutrition misinformation.

Other research projects include: investigating the use of patients and public in competency based assessment in dietetic students; the philosophies of academic and work-based educators in competency assessment; teaching and learning professionalism in dietetics; what are the skills and qualities of effective work-based educators in allied health and how are they measured; and how to engage young adults in nutrition education using social media.  Clinical research areas include nutrition and venous leg ulcer healing, as well as estimating energy requirements in the aged population.


  • Clinical Education
  • Education research
  • Malnutrition
  • Nutrition/Dietetics
  • Obesity
  • Mixed method research

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Projects 2012 2019

Research Output 2007 2018

Effects and associations of nutrition in patients with venous leg ulcers: A systematic review

Barber, G. A., Weller, C. D. & Gibson, S. J. 1 Apr 2018 In : Journal of Advanced Nursing. 74, 4, p. 774-787 14 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview ArticleResearchpeer-review

Exploring approaches to dietetic assessment of a common task across different universities through assessment moderation

Palermo, C., Volders, E., Gibson, S., Kennedy, M., Wray, A., Thomas, J., Hannan-Jones, M., Gallegos, D. & Beck, E. 1 Feb 2018 In : Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics. 31, 1, p. 41-46 6 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access

Programmatic assessment of competence in dietetics: a new frontier

Palermo, C. E., Gibson, S., Dart, J. E., Whelan, K. & Hay, M. Feb 2017 In : Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. 117, 2, p. 175-179 5 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleOtherpeer-review

Taking a systems-thinking approach to competency-based assessment for dietetics

Palermo, C., Gibson, S., Meiklejohn, S., Courtney, J. & Dart, J. Sep 2017 In : Nutrition and Dietetics. 74, 4, p. 428-429 2 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalLetterOtherpeer-review


Dean's Award for Excellence in Education (Quality of Teaching)

Simone Gibson (Recipient), 7 Aug 2017

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Emerging Researcher Fellowship

Simone Gibson (Recipient), 2013

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Vice Chancellor's Award for Teaching Excellence

Simone Gibson (Recipient), 20 Nov 2017

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Activities 2005 2016

  • 7 Peer review responsibility
  • 7 Membership of an advisory panel/policy group/ board

Australian Journal Primary Health (Publisher)

Gibson, S. (Peer reviewer)
2 May 2016

Activity: Peer review responsibility

Dietitians Association of Australia (External organisation)

Gibson, S. (Member)
1 Jan 2016

Activity: Membership of an advisory panel/policy group/ board

The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) (External organisation)

Gibson, S. (Member)
8 Feb 2016

Activity: Membership of an advisory panel/policy group/ board

Nurse Education Today (Publisher)

Gibson, S. (Peer reviewer)
15 May 2015

Activity: Peer review responsibility

Health Services Research (Publisher)

Gibson, S. (Peer reviewer)
15 May 2015

Activity: Peer review responsibility