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 a long standing interest in the epidemiology of Clostridium difficile infection. I also conduct social epidemiological research, with a specific interest in the social and environmental determinants of health over the life-course.

I am skilled in epidemiological research design, quantitative data analysis, analysis of linked data and systematic reviews.


  • 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.
  • Lim, W, Boan, P, Swaminathan, R 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, Slimings, 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.
  • Srinivasjois, R, Slimings, C, Einarsd�ttir, 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.
  • Eyre, D, Tracey, L, Elliott, B 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 2014, 'Novel coronary heart disease risk factors at 60-64 years and life course socioeconomic position: the 1946 British birth cohort.', Atherosclerosis.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Silverwood, R, Pierce, M, Hardy, R 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.