Melanie McGrice Q & A

Melanie McGrice Q & A

Other
Can you please tell us a little bit about yourself and your career? I have been a dietitian for around 15 years now and my passion is fertility, pregnancy and women’s health. It’s what we call ‘early life nutrition’ and I’m particularly passionate about that because I have come to learn that what a woman eats in the lead up to pregnancy, during pregnancy and then what we feed our babies during the first couple of years of life—that period of time is often called the first 1,000 days—and that has a humungous impact upon the genetics of our babies, which goes on to impact their future health. The research is currently suggesting that the next generation are actually going to have shorter lifespans than we will because of the…
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Jessica Spendlove Q & A

Jessica Spendlove Q & A

Other, Sports
Can you please tell us a little bit about yourself and your career? I grew up in Sydney and did a lot of sport when I was younger, particularly swimming, that was my sport of choice. There were many hours in the pool and lots of training before and after school. While I was Swimming, I actually saw a sports dietitian, Helen O’Connor, and it was at that point I thought, “This nutrition thing is pretty interesting, maybe that’s what I want to do with myself.” By the time I finished high school, I was really interested in sports nutrition and decided that’s what I wanted to do. I went to Wollongong University and did my undergraduate there, which was a Bachelor of Science in nutrition. When I finished that,…
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Simone Austin Q & A

Simone Austin Q & A

Other, Sports
Can you tell us a little bit about yourself and your career? I always wanted to work in sports nutrition and community nutrition. After graduation, I started working at a community health centre and then shortly after, part-time at the Western Bulldogs AFL club. So, I was doing what I wanted. And then, to cut a long story short because it’s been 23 years, I increased my sports work when my son was born. It’s been nearly 18 years! The next thing I did was work with the Australian cricket team part-time for seven years. I have always done some private practice and some form of presenting throughout. For the past nine years, I have been working at Hawthorn Football Club. I’ve seen three premierships there and during that time…
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Gemma Sampson Q & A

Gemma Sampson Q & A

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Can you please tell us a little bit about yourself? I’m originally from near Sydney and I spent about six years of my teenage years overseas in Zambia in Africa before moving back to Australia for year 12. I was interested in nutrition and sport, so went into dietetics at The University of Wollongong. After that I got straight into work, moved to the country for a bit, then moved back to Sydney and decided, “Alright, let’s go overseas,” because there weren’t any jobs in Australia at the time. I thought, “I’ll do a couple of locums in the UK”—seven years later, I’m still here. I’m looking at moving back to Australia in the next year or two because I’ve started missing Australia and the beach. I’m also quite passionate…
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Guaranteeing a grad job

Guaranteeing a grad job

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Finishing a dietetics degree is stressful. Be it a Bachelors or Masters, there remains a constant chatter amongst both students and staff about the difficulty of finding a job. There are several hundreds of dietitians that graduate each year. Of the ~6000 APD’s in Australia, countless dietitians are out of work, looking for new jobs or returning from leave. Large hospitals offer 1-4 positions each year. You don’t have the business skills to run a private practice nor the time to learn them and industry rarely realises the value of dietitians. In the end, is it all worth it? There can be no doubt that finding a graduate job is an arduous task. But there are many steps you can take to put yourself in prime position to get not…
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Emma Stubbs Q & A

Emma Stubbs Q & A

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Can you tell us a little bit about yourself? I graduated from Deakin with my Master of Dietetics in 2014, and following this, worked in several different dietetic positions for a year or so across Melbourne and Gippsland before gaining my current job. I’ve moved back to my hometown in Regional Victoria and am currently working in a full time clinical/health promotion role. Three days per week are my clinical duties; due to the nature of the health service I work with, my clinical role is varied. As our hospital is only about a total of 60 beds, we are not confined to one or two patient groups and as a result see quite a variety of different patients. I’m particularly interested in the areas of GI surgical and am…
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Joe Leech Q & A

Joe Leech Q & A

Other
Can you tell us a little bit about yourself? I am a dietitian from Sydney, but currently living in Stockholm. I have a website, DietvsDisease.org that provides science-based resources for those living with diet-related diseases and conditions. As you can imagine this is a huge area, so I am building the database slowly with a few topics at a time. I also collaborate with AuthorityNutrition.com to produce all their videos which you can find on youtube and on my Diet vs Disease Facebook page. What is one piece of nutrition advice that you give which surprises people? Very few foods are absolutely healthy or unhealthy - it’s the quantities you eat and your relationship with that food that makes it healthy or unhealthy. Do you have a nutrition philosophy? What…
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Joel Feren Q & A

Joel Feren Q & A

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Can you tell us a little bit about yourself? I’ve been a dietitian for four years. My background is in the biomedical sciences; I studied Behavioural Neuroscience and I completed my Honours in exercise physiology. For a while I thought I might pursue a career in sport science. But it was a chance meeting with Karen Inge in 2008 that swayed me to become a dietitian. And I haven’t looked back since. You’ve got the whole #getyourmaninthekitchen thing, can you tell us a little bit about that? The campaign is about encouraging men to get back in the kitchen and have a crack at making their favourite meals. I believe that all foods can form part of a healthy diet. With that said, I also believe that any type of…
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Rachel Ben-David Q & A

Rachel Ben-David Q & A

Other
Can you tell us a little bit about yourself? When I finished high school, I had no idea what I wanted to study. I was thinking about perusing an arts degree when I stumbled across a seminar on nutrition at one of the university open days. Four and a bit years later (2016) I completed the Bachelor of Nutrition and Dietetics (Honours) at Monash University, excited and ready to start my career as a dietitian. Like many new graduate and young dietitians, I really struggled with the job search. It felt like I was constantly writing and submitting applications and attending interviews – but with no luck. Throughout my degree, I thought I had developed a great resume that would be attractive to employers – I had volunteered for several…
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Q&A with Mets Analin

Q&A with Mets Analin

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“When people tell me I’m too obsessed with what I do, I ask them one question: Is Mother Teresa a good person? Mother Teresa was obsessed with helping more people than anyone on this earth. If you’re adding value to people’s lives, what’s wrong with being obsessed?” says Mets Alanin CEO of Titan Fitness Coogee. This week I had the privilege to sit down with Mets to discuss success, mindset and motivation. When it comes to the fitness industry, Mets has done it all; from personal training, to group fitness, to sales and marketing. At just 20 years old Mets bought his first gym in Rockdale. A few years later he opened a second gym in Kensington. He used the triumphs and failures of these gyms to create Titan Fitness;…
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