Dr Claudia Slimings

Senior Lecturer
ANU Medical School

Proud recipient of the ANU Medical School Director's Excellence in Teaching Award 2019

Claudia Slimings (formerly Thomas) is an experienced epidemiologist, health researcher and educator with a demonstrated history of working in higher education. She is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Claudia originally trained as a microbiologist and epidemiologist, receiving a PhD in Population Health from the University of Western Australia in 2003 on the epidemiology of hospital-associated Clostridium difficile infection.

She then held post-doctoral academic positions in the UK, at Queen Mary University of London and the UCL Institute of Child Health where she undertook research into life-course and socio-economic determinants of health using data from the British Household Panel Survey, and the 1946 and 1958 British Birth Cohorts, obtaining a Mid-Career Fellowship from the Economic & Social Research Council in 2007.

She joined St George's Hospital Medical School, University of London, as Lecturer in Epidemiology in 2009 where she contributed to the teaching and research programme of the Division of Population Health and received formal training in Medical Education. She returned to Australia in 2012 working in various roles at the University of Western Australia and Telethon Kids Institute before joining ANU Medical School in 2017.

Fun fact: I was the 100,000th Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Research interests

I have 20 years applied epidemiological research experience and have been involved in a range of studies - from understanding the epidemiology of hospital-acquired C.difficile infection; examining life-course influences on adult health, particularly employment characteristics and mental and cardiovascular health, and long term influences of perinatal and early life determinants; to rural health. I have co-authored 38 publications in peer-reviewed journals which have been cited more than 2500 times (h-index 25, Google Scholar), and co-edited one book on spatial and social disparities in health.


  • Burgis-Kasthala, S, Slimings, C, Smith, M et al. 2019, 'Social and community networks influence dietary attitudes in regional New South Wales, Australia', Rural and Remote Health, vol. 19, no. 305.
  • Selvey, L, Slimings, C, Adams, E et al. 2018, 'Incidence and predictors of HIV, chlamydia and gonorrhoea among men who have sex with men attending a peer-based clinic', Sexual Health, vol. 15, no. 5, pp. 451-459.
  • Selvey, LA, Lim, W, Boan, P, Swaminathan, R, Slimings C et al 2017, 'Cytomegalovirus viraemia and mortality in renal transplant recipients in the era of antiviral prophylaxis. Lessons from the western Australian experience', BMC Infectious Diseases, vol. 17, no. 501.
  • Selvey, L, Slimings, C, Joske, D et al 2016, 'Clostridium difficile infections amongst patients with haematological malignancies: a data linkage study', PLOS ONE (Public Library of Science), vol. 11, no. 6.
  • Murray, E, Jones, R, Thomas, C et al 2016, 'Life Course Socioeconomic Position:Associations with Cardiac Structure and Function at Age 60-64 Years in the 1946 British Birth Cohort', PLOS ONE (Public Library of Science), vol. 11, no. 3.
  • Eyre, D, Tracey, L, Elliott, B, Slimings, C et al 2015, 'Emergence and spread of predominantly community-onset Clostridium difficile PCR ribotype 244 infection in Australia, 2010 to 2012', Eurosurveillance (Online Edition), vol. 20, no. 10.
  • Jones, R, Hardy, R, Sattar, N et al. 2015, 'Novel coronary heart disease risk factors at 60-64 years and life course socioeconomic position: The 1946 British birth cohort', Atherosclerosis, vol. 238, no. 1, pp. 70-76.
  • Srinivasjois, R, Slimings, C, Einarsdottir, K et al. 2015, 'Association of Gestational Age at Birth with Reasons for Subsequent Hospitalisation: 18 Years of Follow-Up in a Western Australian Population Study', PLOS ONE (Public Library of Science), vol. 10, no. 6.
  • Slimings, C, Armstrong, P, Beckingham, W et al 2014, 'Increasing incidence of Clostridium difficile infection, Australia, 2011-2012', Medical Journal of Australia, vol. 200, no. 5, pp. 272-276.
  • Slimings, C & Riley, T 2014, 'Antibiotics and hospital-acquired Clostridium difficile infection: update of systematic review and meta-analysis', Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy, vol. 69, no. 4, pp. 881-891.
  • Slimings, C, Einarsdottir, K, Srinivasjois, R et al 2014, 'Hospital Admissions and Gestational Age at Birth: 18 Years of Follow Up in Western Australia', Paediatric and Perinatal Epidemiology, vol. 28, no. 6, pp. 536-544.
  • Denholm, R, Power, C, Thomas, C et al. 2013, 'Child Maltreatment and Household Dysfunction in a British Birth Cohort', Child Abuse Review, vol. 22, no. 5, pp. 340-353.
  • Silverwood, R, Pierce, M, Hardy, R, Thomas, C et al. 2013, 'Early-Life Overweight Trajectory and CKD in the 1946 British Birth Cohort Study', American Journal of Kidney Diseases, vol. 62, no. 2, pp. 276-284.
  • Silverwood, R, Pierce, M, Thomas, C et al. 2013, 'Association between Younger Age When First Overweight and Increased Risk for CKD', Journal of the American Society of Nephrology, vol. 24, no. 5, pp. 813-821.
  • Power, C, Thomas, C, Li, L et al. 2012, 'Childhood psychosocial adversity and adult cortisol patterns', British Journal of Psychiatry, vol. 201, no. 3, pp. 199-206.
  • Thomas, C, Nightingale, C, Donin, A et al. 2012, 'Ethnic and Socioeconomic Influences on Childhood Blood Pressure: The Child Heart and Health Study in England (CHASE)', Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, vol. 66, pp. 11-12.
  • Thomas, C, Nightingale, C, Donin, A et al. 2012, 'Socio-Economic Position and Type 2 Diabetes Risk Factors: Patterns in UK Children of South Asian, Black African-Caribbean and White European Origin', PLOS ONE (Public Library of Science), vol. 7, no. 3, pp. 1-11.
  • Power, C & Thomas, C 2011, 'Changes in BMI, Duration of Overweight and Obesity, and Glucose Metabolism: 45 Years of Follow-up of a Birth Cohort', Diabetes Care, vol. 34, no. 9, pp. 1986-1991.
  • Power, C, Atherton, K & Thomas, C 2010, 'Maternal smoking in pregnancy, adult adiposity and other risk factors for cardiovascular disease', Atherosclerosis, vol. 211, pp. 643-648.
  • Thomas, C & Power, C 2010, 'Do early life exposures explain associations in mid-adulthood between workplace factors and risk factors for cardiovascular disease?', International Journal of Epidemiology, vol. 39, pp. 812-824.
  • Thomas, C & Power, C 2010, 'Shift work and risk factors for cardiovascular disease: a study at age 45 years in the 1958 British birth cohort', European Journal of Epidemiology, vol. 25, pp. 305-314.