Ms Elissa Mortimer

Research Fellow

College of Medicine and Public Health

place Bedford Park
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

Public health nutrition researcher. Master of Nutrition and Dietetics graduate. Doctorate of Public Health candidate.

I am passionate about improving the health and well-being of marginalized and disadvantaged populations. My main focus areas are nutrition, maternal and child health, Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs), HIV, STIs and viral hepatitis.

Throughout my career, I have developed expertise in:
> research management (qualitative, quantitative, clinical trials)
> academic writing for peer-reviewed journals
> public health and clinical services policy development
> health program design, implementation, monitoring, evaluation and learning
> project management including financial, contractual and fundraising responsibilities
> community development
> health promotion

I have gathered diverse experience from academia, non-government, private consultancy, government and research institute settings. Through these networks and experiences, I have become an accomplished and motivated strategist and communicator, developing and harnessing networks to achieve common goals.


Master of Nutrition and Dietetics

Graduate Certificate of Management

Bachelor of Science

Honours, awards and grants

Winner of the Institute of Public Administration Australia (IPAA) High Achiever Award, 2010

Flinders University Research Scholarship, 2017-ongoing

Chancellor's Letter of Commendation, 2017

Matthew Flinders Scholarship, 2020

Australian Federation of University Women Graduate Centenary Scholarship recipient, 2020

Key responsibilities

Public Health Research Lead and Teaching Specialist:

>Research Fellow:

  • Cancer Australia, Increasing resilience and reducing smoking for lower socio-economic groups, 2020-2023.

>Doctorate of Public Health candidate:

  • What is the effect of a dietary resistant starch intervention on the colonic luminal environment and HIV-related immunity and is a feeding trial feasible in HIV-positive adults in India?

>Teaching specialist for postgraduate topics:

  • PHCA9501 Social Determinants of Health and Wellbeing
  • PHCA9509 Public Health Practice Development
  • PHCA9510 Leadership and the New Public Health
  • PHCA9514 Actions on Social Determinants of Health

Prior roles with Flinders University:

>Project Manager, GI Global Health Unit:

  • Managing clinical trials utilizing in vitro and in vivo methods to determine efficacy of interventions to improve gut function and nutritional status in Low-Middle Income Countries.

>Research Associate:

  • Smoking cessation in low SES populations
  • Colorectal cancer patient survey data analysis