Cancer Dietitian Q&A

Cancer Dietitian Q&A

Other
Can you please tell us a little bit about your career so far? The first year of being a dietitian, I hopped around from inpatient clinical, to hospital employee wellness, to a primary care office doing diabetes, cholesterol and weight management. Within a few months on the floors at the hospital, I knew that I did not want to make that my career. When offered a full time position, I turned it down even though I didn’t quite have something else lined up. Lucky for me, I had 2 outpatient options within a few weeks. I was in the primary care office for a year and then decided I was ready for a new challenge and moved over to help establish the hospital’s nutrition care program for the outpatient oncology…
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Shane Jeffrey Q&A

Shane Jeffrey Q&A

Other
Can you tell us a little bit about your career? My career had an interesting start I guess in that I didn’t complete my placement at university. I’ll share a little bit about how I got into eating disorders. I had two clinical placements: the first placement I did really well and the second placement I didn’t do really well with. I like to think it was a bit of a personality clash more than my clinical work. At the time, I wasn’t typical eating disorder dietitian. I ended up having to do an extra couple of weeks work at the Gold Coast Hospital to try and demonstrate my competencies, and out of that I passed the course and then I was offered a locum job—and out of that I…
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Q & A with Brianna from The Ambitious Dietitian

Q & A with Brianna from The Ambitious Dietitian

Other
Can you please tell us a little bit about yourself and your career? Well I always knew I wanted to be a dietitian. I did work experience in year 10 with a community dietitian and from then on that was always going to be the path I was going to take. I started doing Health Science (public health) at uni as a means to transfer into the 4-year bachelor which was relatively at the time… I then moved to Wollongong to do my dietetics, then went back to Melbourne and completed my health science degree so after 7 long years, I got both bachelors! I always thought I would go into community work or public health however my first job was servicing nursing homes across Victoria as well as consulting…
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Are Low-Carb Diets Underutilised for Type 2 Diabetes?

Are Low-Carb Diets Underutilised for Type 2 Diabetes?

Health
As a dietitian I have held back on talking publicly about a lot of things I strongly believe in. Deep down, I think this is based on being concerned with how other dietitians view me. I know that I am not alone in this and a lot of dietitians feel this way as well. My recent article on why I’m not a non-diet dietitian made that point clear to me. The inflow of private messages I got from people sharing their stories and why they weren’t speaking up on the topic was incredible. This is exactly why I am writing about low-carb diets for Type 2 Diabetes (referred to as diabetes for the rest of the post). It’s another topic that I personally have avoided to speaking up about. Maybe…
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Why I’m Not a Non-Diet Dietitian

Why I’m Not a Non-Diet Dietitian

Other
I recently interviewed Tyson Tripcony and asked him the question “what would you like your legacy to be when you finish your career as a dietitian?” It’s a big question. He is 10x (if not more) ambitious than me, so I thought it would get an interesting answer. At the end of the interview, he threw a curveball and asked me the same question. I had never really thought about it. I’m not ambitious enough to want to be the best practitioner in any field within dietetics, or even have a reputation for being near the peak. After a while, I realised that what I want to do is contribute to providing evidence that significant weight-loss is achievable (and maintainable) for a far greater percentage of people than statistics are currently…
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Joyce Haddad Q & A

Joyce Haddad Q & A

Other
1) Can you please tell us a little bit about yourself and your career? I am an accredited practicing dietitian, accredited nutritionist and personal trainer. I am currently a PhD candidate with the CSIRO and Flinders uni looking into improving the diet quality of households (parents and children). I run my own business where I do private consulting, community and public health work and I teach fitness classes. 2) What are some of your favourite healthy snack ideas to recommend to clients? I am a sucker for peanut butter! Anything with that nutty goodness tastes delicious. So for those that enjoy peanut or nut butters, I usually recommend a date with ½ a teaspoon of peanut butter, or healthy seedy crackers with peanut butter and sliced banana. Otherwise, the good…
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Nutrition on Twitter: The Starter Pack

Nutrition on Twitter: The Starter Pack

Other
For all the nutrition gurus or nutrition enthusiasts out there is a Twitter account going to benefit you? Managing multiple social media accounts can be tricky and sometimes time consuming, so is it worth setting up another platform? In my opinion, the answer is yes. Without question Twitter has to be one of the best resources for staying in the loop on trending nutrition and science topics. It is also a great tool for nutrition professionals to network and support each other. While I have been wanting to encourage my peers to get on Twitter for a while now, I recognise that starting out it can be difficult. The initial task of finding people tweeting about topics and issues you are interested in can take some time. So to make…
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Health in Flames

Health in Flames

Health
There are two types of inflammation; acute and systemic. Acute inflammation is what you experience with a headache, wound or back pain. Popping an anti-inflammatory will help you out with this. Systemic inflammation on the other hand, is going to need a hell of a lot more than a few Neurofen to rectify. What Is Systemic Inflammation? Systemic inflammation is described as elevated circulating cytokines, which are molecules secreted by cells that have a biological function. These nasty little molecules wreak havoc on the body by promoting oxidative stress, reducing insulin sensitivity and other negative functions. Systemic inflammation is a silent killer that parallels obesity and is a common denominator of its co-morbidities, of which include hypertension, cancer, stroke, type 2 diabetes and liver disease. The Long Run You may…
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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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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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