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Vicki McWilliam

Vicki McWilliam

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Role Research Officer
Research area Population health

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Dr Vicki McWilliam is a Clinician-Scientist fellow in the Population Allergy Group, Senior dietitian in the Department of Allergy and Immunology at the Royal Children's Hospital and Senior Research Fellow in the Department of Paediatrics at the University of Melbourne.

Vicki is one of Australia's leading paediatric allergy dietitians with more than 20 years of clinical experience and a decade of specialisation in food allergy. Her expertise has seen her not only involved in the care of children and families with food allergies but teaching, training, resource development, service delivery review and policy work in the area of food allergy.

Vicki embarked on formal research alongside her clinical role with completion of her PhD in 2019 with the University of Melbourne. The primary outcomes from her PhD have contributed to international understanding of the prevalence and natural history of tree nut allergies, and prediction of tolerance to cashew nut in children with IgE mediated cashew allergy.

She continues her research alongside her clinical role and is passionate about streamlining the interface between clinical care and research. Her program of work is focused on exploring dietary interventions that will prevent food allergy development and improve the management and treatment of established food allergies.
Dr Vicki McWilliam is a Clinician-Scientist fellow in the Population Allergy Group, Senior dietitian in the Department of Allergy and Immunology at the Royal Children's Hospital and Senior Research Fellow in the Department of Paediatrics at the...
Dr Vicki McWilliam is a Clinician-Scientist fellow in the Population Allergy Group, Senior dietitian in the Department of Allergy and Immunology at the Royal Children's Hospital and Senior Research Fellow in the Department of Paediatrics at the University of Melbourne.

Vicki is one of Australia's leading paediatric allergy dietitians with more than 20 years of clinical experience and a decade of specialisation in food allergy. Her expertise has seen her not only involved in the care of children and families with food allergies but teaching, training, resource development, service delivery review and policy work in the area of food allergy.

Vicki embarked on formal research alongside her clinical role with completion of her PhD in 2019 with the University of Melbourne. The primary outcomes from her PhD have contributed to international understanding of the prevalence and natural history of tree nut allergies, and prediction of tolerance to cashew nut in children with IgE mediated cashew allergy.

She continues her research alongside her clinical role and is passionate about streamlining the interface between clinical care and research. Her program of work is focused on exploring dietary interventions that will prevent food allergy development and improve the management and treatment of established food allergies.

Top Publications

  • Palmer, DJ, Sullivan, TR, Campbell, DE, Nanan, R, Gold, MS, Hsu, PS, Netting, MJ, McWilliam, V, Koplin, JJ, Perrett, KP, et al. PrEggNut Study: protocol for a randomised controlled trial investigating the effect of a maternal diet rich in eggs and peanuts from <23 weeks’ gestation during pregnancy to 4 months’ lactation on infant IgE-mediated egg and peanut allergy outcomes. BMJ Open 12(6) : e056925 2022
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  • Roche, I, Vale, SL, Hornung, CJ, Zurzolo, GA, Netting, MJ, Dharmage, SC, Gray, C, Lee, NA, Lacis-Lee, J, Jorgensen, PF, et al. An international first: Stakeholder Consensus Statement for Food Allergen Management in Packaged Foods and Food Service for Australia and New Zealand. The Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology In Practice 2022
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  • Brettig, T, Koplin, JJ, Dang, T, Lange, L, McWilliam, V, Sato, S, Savvatianos, S, Perrett, KP. Cashew allergy diagnosis: a two-step algorithm leads to fewer oral food challenges. The Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology In Practice 10(6) : 1652 -1654.e2 2022
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  • Dang, TD, Peters, R, Neeland, MR, Brettig, T, Green, H, McWilliam, V, Tang, MLK, Dharmage, S, Ponsonby, A, Koplin, J, et al. Ana o 3 sIgE testing increases the accuracy of cashew allergy diagnosis using a two‐step model. Pediatric Allergy and Immunology 33(1) : e13705 2021
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  • Durban, R, Groetch, M, Meyer, R, Coleman Collins, S, Elverson, W, Friebert, A, Kabourek, J, Marchand, SM, McWilliam, V, Netting, M, et al. Dietary Management of Food Allergy. Immunology and Allergy Clinics of North America 41(2) : 233 -270 2021
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