After graduating from Curtin University in Western Australia, I moved
to Darwin and worked for three years consulting as a sports dietitian
at the Northern Territory Insititue of Sport, and running my own private
practice. From there I moved to Canberra to work at the Australian Insititue
of Sport for over two years. After a couple of years working in Melbourne for SDA and as a consultant with the Victorian Institute of Sport and the Richmond AFL club, I moved back to Perth and spent some time working at the Western Australian Institute of Sport.
Current Position: Consultant Dietitian
Services provided to local sporting groups, health oriented
groups and corporate groups.
Consultant dietitian for the Western Australian Institute of Sport
Occasional publication of articles in the West Australian newspaper
Consultant Dietitian for Richmond Australian Rules Football Club (2006-2008)
Consultant Dietitian for Victorian Institute of Sport (2006-2008)
Consultant Dietitian for Tenpin Bowling Australia. In this role I
presented at the Asian National Tenpin Bowling Symposium in Hong
Kong plus annually to coaches and national squad members.
Sports Dietitian: Australian Institute of Sport, Canberra, ACT Australia
Jan 2003-Dec 2003 Nestle Fellowship
Jan 2004-Jan 2005 Food Service Dietitian and Sports Dietitian.
1. Management of the nutrition support programmes for Mens and
Womens AIS Basketball programmes, which involves:
Coordination of all nutrition services for these teams, including
the planning and implementation of education sessions, theory and practical,
on topics such as recovery nutrition, supplement usage, bulking up,
weight/fat loss, fluid balance monitoring, shopping excursions and cooking
Individual consultation to all athletes including food diary analysis,
assistance in diet planning, advice on particular supplements.
Attendance at training sessions and games.
Attendance at service provider team meetings.
Regular contact with the coaching and other support staff to ensure
smooth running and success of the nutrition program.
2. Management of AIS camp based sports: Rugby, Rugby League, Winter sports,
Womens Cricket and the Alpine disabled programs.
This is a similar coordination role as above but at a lower level
of contact, due to the nature of these programs. However this requires
greater prioritisation for each group depending on the needs of the
team and the athletes.
3. Coordination of nutrition services for sporting and commercial camp
based programs visiting the AIS. Groups included National Sporting Organisation
athletes in Judo, Swimming, Soccer, Athletics, Motor sports, plus coach
and school groups.
Cordination of the AIS Swimming Residential Program including travel
to an International Swim Meet, coordintation of food provision at all
National Swim Meets and individual consultation to all athletes.
Ongoing management of AIS Winter Sports Camp Based Program including
travel and servicing at on-snow camps. This is a National team, including
mogul skiers, snowboarders, aerial skiers, short track speed skaters
and alpine skiers with a disability.
Food Service Dietitian
Menu Planning for a four-week cyclic menu catering for over 200 athletes
at the AIS.
Regular consultation with contracted catering Chefs to maintain
high quality and appropriate food service.
Regular dealings with food company representatives to cordinate best
possible food supply.
Management of all on-site AIS food provision to ensure appropriate
Cordination of all travel nutrition supplies for teams travelling
nationally as well as internationally.
Managament and upkeep of the AIS Sports Nutrition Department nurtition
analysis program, Foodworks, including updating with all new avialable
foods and recipes.
Attendance at regular professional develpoment sessions, nutrition
journal club and physiology lectures.
Major planning, coordination and involvement in a research project
with Louise Burke; Carbohydrate supplementation during a half
Planning and implementation of a fluid balance research project
comparing flow rates of different water bottles and how this affects
hydration status of athletes.
Involvement in other Nutrition and Physiology departmental research.
Owner/Manager Nutrition Works 2000-2002
This is a busy private dietetic practice based at Nightcliff Sports Complex,
The business specialises in sports nutrition and weight management. However,
it also covers a diverse range of work including: clinical, sports, catering
and community dietetics.
1. Sports Nutrition:
Consultant dietitian to the Northern Territory Institute of Sport
involving planning and implementation of sports nutrition programs.
This included screening and analysis of athletes diets, group
education and practical sessions, plus individual counselling. Sports
that I worked with were: Australian Rules Football, Rugby, Rugby League,
Swimming, Netball, Tennis, Judo, Cricket, Hockey, Touch Football, Basketball,
Tenpin, Motocross, Lawn Bowls.
Assistance in several research projects conducted at the NTIS, mainly
with data collection and in discussion of results. These studies have
had a focus on hydration.
2. Clinical Dietetics:
Regular clinical consultations at Darwin Private Hospital, geriatric
clinical nutrition at Nursing Homes, doctors referrals of general
population and the Defence Forces.
3. Community Dietetics:
Presentations on a variety of topics, regular editorial sections in
the local NT News, and local radio interviews.
4. Catering Dietetics:
Involvement in assessment and planning of menus for Nursing homes
and Child Day Care Centres.