Staff Profile: Dr Kathy Trieu

Kathy Trieu is a Research Fellow with a background in public health nutrition at the George Institute for Global Health, where she leads policy-oriented research related to improving the nutrition of populations for the prevention of noncommunicable diseases. Kathy was recently awarded her PhD (January 2019) from the University of Sydney, Faculty of Medicine and Health.

Kathy’s PhD focused on ‘The implementation and effectiveness of interventions to lower population salt intake worldwide’. Building on her PhD research, she was awarded a four-year Early Career Fellowship jointly supported by the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) of Australia and the National Heart Foundation of Australia, to examine population strategies to optimise both sodium and potassium intake for the prevention of hypertension and cardiovascular diseases.

Kathy’s research activities are centred on examining the impact of poor nutrition on health, and how to effectively design, implement and evaluate the process and impact of real-world nutrition policies and interventions for different settings around the world. So far Kathy has supported salt reduction research and activities in 6 countries and hopes to continue conducting high quality nutrition research that can be translated into policy and practice.