About me

About me

I’m an Australian-based freelance writer covering pretty much anything related to people and science, with a special focus on human, animal and planetary health. I branched out from research to science writing in 2017, after publishing around 60 academic peer-reviewed papers and book chapters.

Since then I have written more than 600 stories for public outlets. These include regular contributions to The Guardian, Cosmos Magazine, Forbes Science (a column covering sustainable solutions), Nature Index, and Health Agenda Magazine.

I’ve also written for Ensia, The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, The Washington Post, The New York Times (Australia Diary), The New Daily, Australia’s Science Channel, UniSA Enterprise Magazine, The Conversation, The QUO and Massive Science.

I am an editor for Warringal Publications (Nutridate; Health & PE), targeted at high school students, and have filled in for the editor of Cosmos online (four weeks from Sept-Oct 2019; three weeks in March 2020).

One of my stories was selected for the Best Australian Science Writing 2019 anthology. I was also awarded the Australasian Medical Writers Association’s 2019 Early Career Award and won the Crawford Fund’s Food Security Journalism Award.

My writing is grounded in seemingly disparate but interrelated qualifications and experience spanning health, psychology, nutrition, dietetics, scientific research, multimedia and parenting.

It’s unlikely that I would have pursued this combination of work and studies if I’d mapped my career in advance. But they evolved to equip me for writing about a broad and sometimes unexpectedly interrelated range of topics, enriched by an online Post Baccalaureate Certificate in Science Writing with Johns Hopkins University, completed in May 2019.

After pulling off an Honours Psychology degree (quite a feat given my prior track record) around the dawn of this century, I embarked on a PhD, followed by more than ten years’ research into emotional intelligence, links between mental health and nutrition, health benefits of the traditional Mediterranean diet, and how parents shape kids’ diets.

During my research career, I graduated from a Master of Dietetics and practiced clinically part-time. I won several awards for my research including a Fresh Science People’s Choice Award in 2005, an Australian Research Council Fellowship from 2007-10, a South Australian (SA) Science Excellence Award in 2011 and an SA Health Award in 2013.

In 2017 I completed an intensive Science in the Media course through the Australian National University. Courses with Johns Hopkins included Techniques of Science-Medical Writing, Science-Medical Writing Workshop, The Literature of Science, Science Narratives Workshop and Science Profiles Workshop – Writing about People – all with Grade A.

My writing interests include health, food and nutrition, parenting, child and adult development, animal welfare, sustainability and biodiversity, and more generally all things related to us fascinating and complex human beings and the wondrous planet we are blessed to inhabit.

I provide quick turnarounds on embargoed stories and love to dive deeper in longer form features. I welcome writing requests at natalie.parletta@gmail.com.

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