Honorary Life Member
A member who has given long, continued and outstanding service to the profession of dietetics may be elected by the Board as an Honorary Life Member. Nominations close 15 June each year.
Current Honorary Life Members
Liz has been a member of DAA for more than 40 years, providing high level contributions to a wide variety of DAA activities during that time.
Liz first began her contribution to Dietetics in Australia by being a Board Director for 4 years (1976-1980) for the Australian Association of Dietitians (AAD) before we became DAA. She was the SA Branch Chair in 1983. She later returned to the DAA Board in 2005, becoming Vice President in 2012-2013 and then was elected for 2 consecutive terms as President 2013-2017. She has chaired numerous committees and been the DAA’s representative in key areas on many occasions. Liz’s contributions have previously been recognised by being awarded the DAA Outstanding Contribution Award in 2002 and the DAA National Service Award in 2009. Liz was awarded the title of Fellow of DAA in 2016, one of the few non-Academic candidates to receive this level of recognition.
Not only has Liz been a leader of the profession through her involvement in DAA, but also in her clinical career. She was the Manager of Nutrition Education for the Children’s Health Development Foundation in the Adelaide Women’s and Children’s Hospital for 10 years. The function of this role was to improve the health of school children in South Australia, working with a wide variety of stakeholders to provide programs, resources, education for teachers and other school staff. This position also involved tendering for Commonwealth funded research projects and grants. Liz was closely involved in development of the Australian Guide to Healthy Eating, a 3 year project which once again involved working closely with a wide variety of different health experts to deliver key educational resources for the Australian community. Improving school canteens was another area where Liz has had significant influence. She led the development of the school canteen manual for South Australian schools and the setting up of the South Australia School Canteen Association. She was also played a key role in developing the area of food safety in schools in South Australia.
Liz then went on to become the Manager of Nutrition and Dietetics at Finders Medical Centre in 2002. During this time, she was a member of several committees and working parties for both the hospital and Flinders University. She managed a large Dietetic department and was responsible for managing the external food services provider for the hospital. Liz retired from Flinders Medical Centre in 2014 to devote more time to the role of DAA President.
Since retiring from work and completing her role as DAA President, Liz has remained a regular contributor to DAA, not the least of which has been her help to and support of the new CEO, Robert Hunt. Liz has remained committed to DAA by ensuring Robert is well informed of important aspects of previous DAA positions and actions. From personal experience, I know she has given him valuable insight into where we have come from and no doubt will continue to influence where we will be going to in the future.
Liz Kellett has provided long and outstanding service to our profession since she graduated from the University of Sydney as a dietitian in 1975. She has been a member since graduation and has been an active participant and then leader in our profession. That Liz is well known and respected across all areas of Dietetics and in all age groups of dietitians is evidenced by the variety of members who have agreed to endorse this nomination. Rather than being a leader on one particular field, we can safely say that Liz has been a leader in many different areas of Dietetics and has influenced several generations of dietitians. Liz has been a mentor and role model for many of DAA’s members and her legacy of quality leadership should be recognised by conferment of the Award of Honorary Life Member of DAA.
Throughout her career Trish has demonstrated a clear passion for, and commitment to, public health nutrition. Her tireless dedication and exemplary vision has advanced dietetics, both in the public health arena and the wider profession, as well as positively impacting the community through various initiatives she has enabled. Not only has her hard work and dedication influenced the profession within South Australia, but also nationally, through her roles in DAA at an executive level, both Branch and national, and as a strong and inspiring public health nutrition advocate.
Prior to the formation of the national DAA body, Trish was a highly active member in the South Australian Nutrition and Dietetic Association, including roles as secretary, vice-president and president, from 1974 to 1983. She has been a member of DAA for 40 years. She became an Accredited Practising Dietitian when the scheme was first introduced. She has consistently advocated for and supported DAA initiatives, as well as encouraged membership to DAA in her considerable networks.
Despite her busy role as Principal Advisor, Public Health Nutrition at SA Health, Trish ensured that dietetics was represented in imperative key state and regional committees and forums, and consistently advocated for the profession to have a voice in SA Health reforms and new initiatives.
Key nutrition policies Trish led include state level policies for schools and preschools, the state directional policy for nutrition and physical activity and the Eat Well Be Active Strategy for South Australia 2011-2016.
Trish has demonstrated national leadership through her experience as the South Australian representative on various national committees such as the Strategic Inter-Governmental Nutrition Alliance and the Commonwealth Food and Health Dialogue (now Healthy Food Partnership). Further, Trish has had significant involvement in national working groups, such as the team established to strengthen industry self-regulation on unhealthy food marketing to children.
Another area which reflects Trish’s contribution to dietetics is her initiation and support of strategies to build capacity of the profession, particularly dietitians working in less supported areas in Country Health SA, public health nutrition and in community-based services.
Despite Trish’s vast workload, she has always made herself available to support the training of new dietitians, through the dietetic programs at Flinders University and the University of South Australia. Trish has been generous in her offers to supervise final year dietetic students to undertake their public health nutrition placements and benefit from her mentoring. In 2008, she was awarded full academic status at Flinders University in recognition of her substantial contribution to teaching, supervising students and contributing to the Flinders University Nutrition and Dietetics Course Strategic Advisory Group.
Trish has been a huge inspiration to dietitians and dietitians-to-be who share her passion for public health nutrition. Trish remains a nutrition champion; well-recognised and respected throughout dietetics and public health setting by her peers and key stakeholders as the leader in public health nutrition.
Trish’s contribution has previously been acknowledged on several occasions through a number of DAA awards.
During her long career Lynne has made outstanding contributions to the profession in the fields of paediatrics and academia as well as a wide range of voluntary contributions to DAA.
After working in clinical paediatrics, she completed her PhD on the selenium status of pre-term infants, resulting in her appointment as the first dietitian head of the Nutrition and Dietetics program at Flinders University in 1988. This was the beginning of stellar academic career, evidenced by 122 peer reviewed publications in top ranking journals, and over 2500 citations. She has mentored countless students and she is still sought out for her rigour and support not only by recently graduated dietitians but also very senior colleagues.
Lynne’s research excellence extends nationally and internationally. She has contributed to both rounds of the Dietary Reference Values Working Parties. Her appointment to the FSANZ Board from 2013-2016 was testament to her influence on government policy in food and nutrition especially around infant feeding.
She was appointed to Queensland University of Technology in 2006 as one of the Vice Chancellor’s Research Capacity Building Professors and in the 10 years to her retirement, that is exactly what she did, resulting in the very small Nutrition and Dietetics discipline achieving a university ranking of international standard. The last 5 years of her career were spent as the Head of the newly formed School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences. On her recent retirement, Lynne was awarded an Emeritus Professorship, one of the highest honours in the University in recognition of her exemplary service.
Her service to DAA is longstanding, including being a Board member and Vice President in 1989, a member of various national education committees (NOOSR Panel in Dietetics, DSAAC, ADC) and as an associated editor and relieving editor of the Nutrition and Dietetics journal.
Lynne was asked to lead the first accreditation site visit of a course in New Zealand by the NZ Registration Board. Lynne was awarded an Outstanding Contribution award in 2012. In 2016, Lynne achieved the Fellow credential.
In a career spanning forty years, Margaret has provided professional leadership at state and national level in a number of areas of public health nutrition.
Margaret has been a pioneer and advocate for comprehensive nutrition programs and campaigns and was the first to apply social marketing techniques, which have been successfully used in numerous public health initiatives. This includes the highly successful ‘2 Fruit ‘n’ 5 Veg’ campaign, which has been recognised nationally and internationally. Margaret continues to have a stellar career in public health nutrition.
Margaret’s dietetic teaching career began in 1977 at Curtin University and she continues to provide input to nutrition training through supervision and assessment of Honours, Masters and PhD student projects and supervision of student volunteers at the Child Health Promotion and Research Centre at Edith Cowan University.
Margaret is author of forty papers in peer-reviewed journals and twelve commissioned reports and she has authored over 200 articles for the ‘Health and Medicine Lift-out’ in West Australian newspapers demonstrating skills in disseminating evidence-based nutrition and dietetics across multiple audiences and with a broad reach.
Margaret has been a DAA member her whole career and an Accredited Practising Dietitian since 1995. She has contributed an enormous amount of time, and expertise to DAA. This began as WA Branch Secretary in 1976, moving to WA Branch Chair in 1978, and moving up to DAA President 1987-1988. Margaret received a DAA National Service Award in 1992.
Margaret has been acknowledged by her peers as an inspirational, progressive professional and a leader with foresight, commitment, and humility. She has taken on the difficult challenges of the dietetic profession and completed them with tenacity and triumph.
Sue Ash has been an outstanding dietetic practitioner, educator and researcher for almost 40 years. She has worked in most areas of dietetic practice in two states and overseas. In all these settings, she has been a valued colleague, mentor, manager, teacher and supervisor. Sue has been a trailblazer and a leader in many ways. She was amongst the first dietitians to gain a PhD and hold an academic position and she has continued to make an outstanding contribution to dietetic research and evidence based practice. She has 40 peer-reviewed publications, has published eight book chapters and has supervised 15 research higher-degree students.
Sue’s greatest legacy will be the entry-level competency standards that underpin core DAA activities such as the accreditation of academic programs, overseas skills recognition and the APD Program. In many ways, these define both the scope and standard of our practice. In her role as the manager of the first competency project and leader of subsequent revisions, Sue demonstrated leadership, vision, academic rigor and the capacity to negotiate and communicate complex ideas and ensure that these were translated into both policy and practice. Dietetics has had competency standards now for 20 years and it is easy to underestimate how groundbreaking this work was for allied health in the early nineties and the impact they have had on our discipline in Australia. Another key contribution has been her leadership in the development of evidenced-based clinical practices guidelines. Sue brings to all her endeavors a commitment to rigor, excellence and social justice.
Sue’s service to DAA has been both substantial and sustained and she has generously contributed time, energy and intellect over almost four decades. She has chaired several key committees, including the 2008 National Conference committee and DSAAC. She has been an active member of ADC and has chaired numerous accreditation site visits and in this role has been an outstanding ambassador for DAA with senior staff at a number of universities. At the individual level as an educator, manager and researcher, she has mentored and provided leadership to undergraduate and research students and staff. She has also been a much-valued colleague to her peers. Sue is one of our leading and most respected dietetic educators.
Linda Tapsell completed her Graduate Diploma in Nutrition and Dietetics (University of Sydney) in 1976. Her extensive career as a dietitian has included work in clinical dietetics, community dietetics, academia, management and research.
Linda is very well respected in Australia and internationally. She is often asked to deliver keynote addresses and plenary presentations at national and international conferences. She is a current member of several scientific advisory panels in Australia and overseas. These include the Expert Working Group on Climate Change and Food Security (Prime Ministers Science Engineering and Innovation Committee), the Dietary Guidelines Working Committee (National Health and Medical Research Council), the Science Advisory Council for McCormick Science Institute and the Science Advisory Council for the California Walnut Commission.
Linda has also successfully led the research directions for Nutrition and Dietetics at the University of Wollongong. She was responsible for the highly successful ARC grant to develop the Smart Foods Centre, a centre that is still in operation today. She also managed the National Centre of Excellence in Functional Foods during its five years of funding. She and Associate Professor Vicki Flood currently manage the Food and Health Strategic Research initiative at the University of Wollongong. The leadership, innovation and mentoring shown by Linda is very positive for the reputation, and the ongoing research opportunities in nutrition and dietetics related teaching and research at the University of Wollongong.
Linda’s dedication and impact on the dietetics profession in Australia resulted in her being appointed as a Fellow of DAA (FDAA) in 2005 – one of the first four of these honours that were awarded.
Linda has been particularly involved in research and evidence-based practice in nutrition and dietetics. She has supervised many PhD students, has been successful in obtaining ARC and NHMRC research grants, and has shared her expertise and innovations when mentoring the next generation of reserch dietitians. Since 2003, she has been the Editor in Chief of Nutrition& Dietetics, the journal of the DAA and Dietitians New Zealand. During this time, the journal has gone from strength to strength, such that it is now has an impact factor and an international publisher in Wiley-Blackwell. Prior to this Linda was also an Associate Editor (1999-2003).
Linda has held office in numerous positions including her role as Chair of the Dietetics Standards and Accreditation Committee, and member of the Overseas Skills Recognition Committee and the first DAA Competencies Working Party in 1991.
Linda has chaired the Scientific Program Committee for the DAA National Conference (2006) and is the current Chair of the Scientific Program Committee for the 2012 International Congress of Dietetics. She is also a member of the Management Committee for the 2012 International Congress of Dietetics.
Kay has been a continuous member of DAA since 1976 and is a DAA Fellow. Kay has served DAA consistently for the duration of her membership, demonstrating an outstanding commitment. This service has ranged from Branch Executive through to DAA President (a total of 33 DAA executive, committee and director roles) as well as submission contributions. Kay’s list of
DAA awards, including the Joan Mary Woodhill award is impressive and a testament to her commitment to DAA and the profession.
Kay she has been a key member and leader of the Accreditation and Examination committees of DAA since 1989 when she joined the Task Force for the development of the Competency Standards for Dietitians. At that time she also represented the Registration Board of Victoria on the group’s Steering Committee. Since 2008 she has been a key leader in the transition of the Dietetic Standards and Accreditation Advisory Committee (DSAAC) to its current status as the Australian Dietetic Council (ADC). She was also the Chair of DSAAC and now ADC and was also chair of the Steering Group of the Mental Health in Territory Curricula project which reviewed the Competency Standards in 2007-2009. She facilitated the consultation with all universities for that process.
Her work as a paediatric dietitian has always been at a high level and she embraces evidence based clinical care. Kay has advanced clinical pediatric dietetics in Australia through her commitment to individual patient care, training of dietitians and various areas of nutrition research. Her skills are broad ranging and encompass all the aspects of nutrition and dietetics including a highly developed expertise in clinical dietetics, management, food service,education, research and public health.
Anthea has been a continuous member of DAA since 1977. Anthea has worked tirelessly throughout her career to contribute to the DAA strategic goals. Her service has ranged from DAA Director to Branch Executive (a total of 22 positions). She currently serves as the Chairperson on the Journal and Scientific Publications Management Committee, a position which reflects her
advanced research and publication knowledge.
Anthea continues to take a leadership role in improving better health for all, particularly in her contribution to advancing knowledge in the area of obesity prevention in children, which is internationally recognised. She acts as a strong mentor for dietitians seeking experience in nutrition research and evaluation through her higher degree supervision and the time she generously gives to her colleagues.
Anthea commenced her research career in 1980, well before this was a common career path for dietitians. She has secured almost four million dollars of grant funding and has been a chief investigator on five category one (NHMRC and ARC) grants. She was also awarded a competitive NHMRC post doctoral fellowship. She has 72 peer reviewed publications and has been given 19 invited conference papers.
Her work is highly cited, her advice on nutrition matters is frequently sought, and her views on paediatric nutrition are highly respected by health bureaucrats.
Peter has been a continuous member of DAA since 1981 and is a Fellow of DAA. He has served DAA consistently on various committees since 1983. This service has ranged from Branch Executive, committees though to President (a total of 40 DAA executive, committee and director roles) as well as submission contribution. He has been awarded the Joan Woodhill Memorial Award, is one of the first fellows of DAA and gave the Lecture in Honour address in 1998.
Peter has shown professional leadership in all major areas of professional practice:
Administration: Peter took over from Jo Rogers at Royal Price Alfred Hospital, managing the dietetics and food service systems. He was also course coordinator of the Nutrition and Dietetics program at the University of Wollongong where he successfully led the development of the curriculum, various accreditation processes and mentoring of academic staff.
Education: Peter has been a leading educator in Dietetics, most notably in food service. He has mentored and supported others in this area.
Research: Peter has strongly developed research in practice, particularly in areas of food service, consumer behaviours and systematic reviews of the literature to establish for practice.
Lyn Brown commenced her career as a sole dietitian in country Victoria in 1963. She has been employed in the ACT health system since 1966 working mainly in the clinical setting, although more recently her work has included responsibilities covering community and public health.
Lyn has been employed as a dietitian for over 30 years during which time she has worked consistently to advance the profession. She has advocated strongly for the profession and has lobbied for increased nutrition/dietetic involvement in the delivery of health services, both hospital and community as well as in achieving public health outcomes.
As well as being a skilled manager of a busy hospital nutrition department, she has contributed to the development of nutrition policy within Australia by her representation on a number of Commonwealth committees, including the Strategic Inter-Govemmental Nutrition Alliance (SIGNAL), and professional working parties. At a Territory level she has been an active participant in public health policy development.
Lyn generously gives of her time in support of dietitians regardless of their area of employment. She regularly acts as mentor of regional dietitians in sole positions as well as supporting the work of local private practitioners. She seeks to ensure dietitians in the ACT are provided with opportunities to develop their knowledge and skills and actively encourages dietitians to become involved in the work of DAA. She has fostered a culture of excellence through the development of clinical standards for dietitians.
Her professional commitment has been described as unwavering, evidenced by her readiness to take on extra responsibilities rather than see the profession suffer. An recent example of this was her willingness to take on the position of Chairperson of the ACT Branch Executive (2001) in order to lead and assist a young committee develop and gain confidence.
Lyn is an active supporter of the training of dietetic students through her involvement with several dietetic training institutions, most recently in contributing significantly to the establishment of a regional dietetic course at Charles Sturt University.
Lyn has maintained membership of DAA since the establishment of the Association in 1976 including as a DAA Director, member of DAA committees, Branch Executive and DAA Representative.
Lyn has been a leader in the area of diabetes education. She has had an active role as a foundation member of the ADEA and has worked with Diabetes Australia in developing and updating education materials.
Lyn has also made contributions to the development of DAA submissions on a diverse range of topics including food standards (health and related claims), professional indemnity, national health priorities and issues concerning conflict and unregistered health practitioners.
While having contributed to DAA in many different ways, it was her tireless work on the DAA Constitution that stands out as perhaps the most important and valuable service she has given the Association.
Lyn’s contribution to DAA has previously been recognised through a National Service Award (1992), Outstanding Contribution Award (1996) and Branch Service Award (2000).
Nita graduated from The University of Sydney in 1949 with a Bachelor of Science and in 1950 she completed a Certificate of Dietetics at Royal North Shore Hospital.
Nita has been an active member for all of her professional life. She first joined the Dietetic Association of NSW in 1950 and held office-bearing positions of member of Council, President and Vice-President. Nita has been a continuous member of DAA and its forerunner the Australian Association of Dietitians since 1976 during which time she held a range of positions. Her contribution to DAA has included membership of DAA committees, President and Chairperson of the Board of Directors, Branch Executive and DAA representative as well as a founding member of AAD.
Nita has always been committed to a sound scientific education as a basis for dietetic training She has held a broad view of the profession throughout her professional career and believes that appropriate and continuing training is an important aspect of strong growth. Nita strongly supported and advocated for:
- a science degree as a prerequisite for postgraduate training;
- university-based training while also considering the requirements of the profession;
- practical training in hospitals and community health centres;
- continuing education and training for dietitians and studying for higher degrees; and
- introduction of short courses in food services and community nutrition.
The NSW Institute of Dietitians was set up and funded by the NSW Department of Health to oversee hospital-based training of student dietitians before the introduction of university dietetic training courses. The Institute also assessed the qualifications of dietitians who completed their training in other states or overseas. Nita served as Chairperson of the Council from 1983-1992. Under Nita’s leadership, the Institute was involved in many training issues, including preparation of position papers, reports and submissions, which culminated in preparation of the position paper Minimum Standards for Training of Dietitians in NSW in collaboration with DAA (NSW Branch). Other issues addressed by the Institute included registration for dietitians; funding more dietetic training positions and ‘clinical supervisors’; new dietetic training courses; and postgraduate courses in food service management and community nutrition.
In her position as department manager in a large teaching hospital, Nita made a significant personal contribution to training and education in nutrition and dietetics. An outstanding role model, mentor and friend for staff, students, diet supervisors and diet aides, she exhibited integrity, dedication and understanding. The impact has been to enhance the training of dietitians in NSW and nationally. She also worked to improve career structure and career pathways, and many other benefits for the profession. Nita is respected for her leadership, guidance and ongoing support. Nita has led by example, encouraging active contribution to the Association and the profession. Her commitment and service to her profession has been outstanding and an inspiration to us all.
Sandra graduated from The University of Sydney in 1969 with a Bachelor of Science (Honours) and in 1970 with a Graduate Diploma in Nutrition and Dietetics. Sandra was awarded a Master Social Science in 1977 from Birmingham University and a PhD from The University of Queensland in 1994.
Sandra has been a continuous member of DAA and its forerunner the Australian Association of Dietitians since 1978 and has been an active member for all of her professional life. Sandra has held many positions in DAA. In the past ten years her contribution has included: President of DAA, Chairperson of the Board of Directors, DAA Director, Director of the International Confederation of Dietetics (nominated by DAA) and member of DAA committees.
There was enormous change in DAA under Sandra’s leadership, but the change was managed with extreme care and consideration of the potential risks. Changes for which Sandra had made major impact include:
- provided dynamic leadership and strong governance;
- raised the profile of DAA and ensured its relevance to the 21st century;
- provided for a strong well run Association which is a credible authority on issues relating to nutrition, health and the food supply;
- influence politicians, regulators and decision makers from a research base;
- contributed significantly to dietetic competency standards, the credentialing arm of DAA – the Accredited Practising Dietitian Program;
- accepted responsibility for recognising overseas skills in dietetics from a Federal Government department;
- forged links in non-recognised areas of dietetics; and
- assisted with the creation of new positions for dietitians in the workforce.
Sandra’s impact in academia in nutrition and dietetics has also been significant and includes:
- outstanding role model to students with highest standard of integrity, dedication and understanding, mentor and friend;
- outstanding and motivating speaker in her field;
- introduced an undergraduate Dietetic Program at Queensland University of Technology, immediately establishing its high status within the University and the profession;
- curriculum development – strength in linking theory to practice in professional education; and
- academic research – notably in the development of a nutrition screening methodology that is now widely used throughout Australian hospitals, which has raised the standard of patient care.
The impact has been to improve the health and well being of the nation’s population.
Sandra is respected for her vision, exceptional organisational, and management ability to achieve under difficult circumstances. She is an excellent problem solver and lateral thinker. She has assisted the profession at many levels and over many years.
Sandra has been a mentor to many in the profession and at various stages of their careers. She provides each person with whom she meets, the opportunity to extend their natural abilities. She encourages life long learning and continuous self-improvement which can only better the profession and consequently the public.
Sandra is an exceptional person, with enormous capacity, who has made a difference in a number of spheres. Sandra exemplifies an individual who works for the improvement of mankind through her profession of dietetics, her academic ability, vision, commitment, self-sacrifice, dedication and hard work.
(Sandra was awarded a Member in the Order of Australia (AM) in the Australia Day Honours List on 26 January 2003. Sandra’s award was for service to community health, particularly through the advancement and promotion of nutrition and dietetics as an educator and researcher, and to the Guiding movement).
Past Honorary Life Members
Nancy retired as Editor of the Australian Journal of Nutrition and Dietetics (now Nutrition & Dietetics) on 30 October 1995, after serving as Editor for six years. During her period as Editor, the Journal matured from its tentative beginnings to the eminently respectable professional journal it is today.
Nancy is also recognised for the many pioneering activities she has undertaken in dietetics in Australian over the past 43 years. She was involved in nutrition research for most of these years – for much of this time almost no dietitians in Australia conducted original research. Reports of Nancy’s work were published widely including: the British Journal of Nutrition, the Medical Journal of Australia; Archives of Disease in Children; The Lancet; and Acta Paediatrica Scandinavica. In 1963, Nancy presented a paper to the International Congress of Dietetics (ICD) in Stockholm – the first for an Australian dietitian.
Nancy was also involved in writing and editing nutrition education material for school children when Australian material for this purpose was nearly non-existent. Nancy worked closely with the Aboriginal group, New Era, in a successful lunch scheme for Aboriginal children in Gnowangerup, Western Australia, in the 1970s.
Over the years Nancy held executive positions in the relevant dietetic associations in the States in which she lived and was a Western Australian representative to the DAA Board in the late 1970s.
Eneid was a very professional person whose commitment and service to our new profession in its most critical and early period were outstanding and inspirational and continued for 25 years. She trained as a dietitian at Kings College London, then returned to be the first Australian-born person to be employed as a dietitian in NSW in 1936. In 1939 she became the first Australian-born dietitian employed at the Royal Newcastle Hospital (RNH) where she stayed to become director of the dietetics and catering departments until her marriage and departure in 1962.
Eneid was an outstanding role model especially in the areas of departmental management and food service and fostered ‘multidisciplinary care’ long before it was ever known as that. She was creative and progressive and instrumental in supporting the first centralised hospital food service in Australia, selective menus for children and the training of dietary aides. Eneid was committed to dietetic education and setting up a postgraduate Certificate in Dietetics course at RNH under the auspices of the NSW Institute of Dietitians, at a time when the future of training dietitians in NSW was in jeopardy.
Eneid was a founding member of the Dietetic Association of NSW and the NSW Institute of Dietitians
Johanna’s career started in Holland. She undertook her preliminary nutrition training in Holland over the years 1939-44, and completed a dietetic diploma in 1946. A two year scholarship enabled her to study in the USA where she completed a Master Degree at the prestigious Harvard School of Public Health. Back in Holland in 1948, her first professional appointment was with the International Refugee Organisation (IRO) based in the American Zone of Germany. She travelled to Australia in 1950 on board the Fairsea, still as an employee of IRO, given the task of making sure that all 60 children on board arrived in Australia without incident or accident.
After resigning from IRO, she sought counsel with Lyn Aitken and Nancy Turner in Melbourne in an endeavour to learn about Australian food habits. As a result, Johanna travelled to Western Australia and spent 1950-1951 as assistant dietitian, working with Shirley Hogan at the Royal Perth Hospital. She helped in the formation of the Western Australian Dietetic Association in 1951.
In 1952, Johanna returned to Melbourne to join the Department of Labour and National Service where her skills were used in organising the testing of recipes for the Large Scale Catering Manual a book that has been used by her colleagues over decades.
An advertisement for a Public Health Nutritionist in Tasmania attracted Johanna’s interest. She applied for the position, her application was accepted and she arrived in Tasmania in December 1953. She spent 34 years with the Tasmanian Department of Health, based in Hobart, in that time working as dietitian, nutritionist, researcher, educator, administrator and innovator. In that time also, she had over 55 papers of which she was sole or joint author published in scientific journals nationally and internationally. The topics covered were diverse, including iodine deficiency, dietary fibre, milk, bread, food and nutrition of infants, children and mothers, longitudinal studies of infant and child growth, and the history of foods and drinks in Tasmania. She has been a respected and important member of the Tasmanian scientific community whose voice on matters of nutrition was heeded.
In the year of Johanna’s arrival in Australia (1950), the first meeting of the Australian Dietetic Council (ADC) was held. A photograph reproduced in The History of Dietetics in Australia by Heather Nash, shows that Johanna Höweler attended the 1954 ADC meeting held in Canberra, presumably as an unofficial observer. In 1961, she was an Australian (ADC) delegate to the ICD gathering in London at which she contributed a conference paper on nutrition education which had been prepared with input from a number of ADC members.
Her support of and work for the ADC 1950-1976; the Australian Association of Dietitians (AAD) 1976-1983; and DAA, 1983 onwards; has continued beyond her retirement in 1987. She was an official observer to the 24th and 25th annual general meetings of the ADC in 1974 and 1975, a Councillor to AAD in the periods 1976-77 and 1977-78, and Vice-President in 1978-79, 1979-80 and 1980-81. Following the formation of DAA, Johanna served as a Councillor in the years 1985-86, 1986-87, and 1987-88. She was a member of the committee which organised the 10th DAA Conference held in Hobart in 1991.
In 1984, Johanna brought together a handful of Tasmanian dietitians and established the Tasmanian Branch of DAA. She was elected the first Chairman of the Branch, a position she held until 1988.
Her leadership, guidance and support are acknowledged by those who have known and worked with Johanna at national and State levels. Her service to her chosen profession spanning nearly 50 years has been outstanding.
Win was awarded a Certificate of Dietetics in 1944. She worked for a year in clinical nutrition at the King George V Memorial Hospital, then in 1946 accepted a position with the New South Wales Department of Health where she remained until 1950. During her years with the Department of Health, Win joined a small team of dietitians working in conjunction with the Department of Agriculture Extension Services, often visiting country centres to give demonstrations and provide dietetic advice to people in rural areas. Win joined the Nutrition Unit established by the Commonwealth Government, located in Canberra, in 1950.
In the five years that she worked in Canberra, she set a precedent for the work of future nutritionists within the public health field. She produced nutrition education pamphlets offering the general public practical and economical food choice advice for families, school tuckshops and aged persons living alone or in institutions. This production and promotion was highly innovative in Australia at that time. She also provided more detailed information for students and practitioners in professions such as home economics, medicine and dietetics, including updating food composition tables for use with Australian foods as an alternative and replacement where possible for the commonly used, but not always appropriate, British and American food tables.
Over those five years, Win nurtured the Journal Food and Nutrition Notes and Reviews, published quarterly by the Nutrition Unit which consisted mainly of reviews and abstracts of research papers published in overseas journals. The Journal, now named Nutrition & Dietetics (previously Australian Journal of Nutrition and Dietetics) and published by the Dietitians Association of Australia, was then and remains the only journal of human nutrition in Australia.
During those years also, Win participated in a number of significant surveys of food and nutrition among station and settlement Aborigines in Western Australia and the Northern Territory. These were invaluable to the people, who subsequently went to work in those areas of Australia. She also had numerous assignments visiting migrant hostels in various parts of Australia, advising on food service arrangements.
In 1976 Win was employed by the Council on Overseas Professional Qualifications (COPQ) to assess the credentials of dietitians from overseas seeking employment in Australia. She retired from this position in 1988, but still remained involved at an administrative level in the affairs of the Dietitians Association of Australia.
Win has given long and outstanding service to DAA for the whole of her career in dietetics, and into her retirement to the present day. Her contributions include President, Vice President and Secretary of the Australian Dietetic Council, member of DAA committees, Editorial Assistant for the DAA Newsletter and Returning Officer.
Elisabeth’s career began in the United Kingdom where she was awarded the Institutional Catering Management Certificate (London) in 1948 and went on to study dietetics at the Edinburgh Royal Infirmary, graduating in 1954.
Elisabeth arrived in Sydney in 1958, and worked at the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital in Sydney and the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne, before taking up an appointment at the Royal Perth Hospital in 1961. In 1962 Elisabeth was appointed the first and only dietitian at Princess Margaret Hospital for Children in Perth.
Throughout her career at Princess Margaret Hospital, Elisabeth was involved in teaching programs for student nurses, graduate nurses, dietetic students and medical students. She was mindful of the isolation of health professionals in remote areas of Western Australia and prepared a practical handbook on child nutrition for use in these areas. Elisabeth also provided talks and lectures to community groups and took a keen interest in school canteens, actively advocating the sale of healthy foods.
Elisabeth published more than 15 articles in Australian and international journals and presented numerous papers at professional conferences, including the Margaret Shoobridge Memorial Lecture at the DAA Conference in 1987.
Elisabeth was the President of the Western Australian Dietetic Association 1966 and 1970 and secretary to the Australian Dietetic Council in 1970. Elisabeth was the DAA delegate to the Council on Overseas Professional Qualifications Expert Panel in Dietetics from 1980 to 1985 and enthusiastically supported the activities of the WA Branch of DAA throughout her career.
Elisabeth’s remarkable contribution to paediatric nutrition was acknowledged by the Commonwealth of Australia when she became a member of the Order of Australia in 1989.
Elisabeth will be long remembered with great affection and admiration. She was a true pioneer of our profession, not only because she was one of those who worked so tirelessly in the early days to establish our profession in Western Australia but because she remained so willing to try new way and accept new ideas throughout her long and distinguished career. Elisabeth passed away in July 1997.
(Information included above from article written by Del McGuiness in the Australian Journal of Nutrition and Dietetics Volume 54, No. 4).
Jo Rogers graduated from The University of Sydney in 1945 with a Bachelor of Science and completed the Certificate in Dietetics program at The Royal Prince Alfred Hospital (RPAH) in 1946.
Hospital Dietitian. Jo spent all of her professional life based at RPAH. She trained there as a dietitian in 1946, became Chief Dietitian in 1948 and took on the additional role of Food Service Manager in 1968. Under her guidance, the department grew from a staff of three dietitians, to the largest department in the country, with 25 dietitians and 25 technical staff. Her achievements in these roles were many, but included the creation of regional services from RPAH to establish dietetic departments in many country and other metropolitan hospitals, design of the first computerised menu system in Australia and the establishment of an innovative specialist frozen special diet unit, employing food technologists in hospitals for the first time and selling products to institutions all over the Sydney area.
Public Health Nutritionist. Jo was certainly a food service pioneer, but this hardly begins to encompass what she did for nutrition in this country. Her first passion was nutrition of the general community and the creation of the Australian Nutrition Foundation (ANF) and the design of the Healthy Diet Pyramid are probably her greatest legacies in this area. Jo was the ANF in its early years – conceiving the idea, lobbying for funds, establishing links with industry, writing publications – and her involvement continued well after official retirement. I think Jo enjoyed the freedom of voice and action that a non-Government organisation could give her, but she also worked powerfully at the official level as well. She was an influential member of the NHMRC Food Standards and Nutrition committees over many years and was acting Chair of the ground-breaking Nutrition Taskforce of the Better Health Commission in 1986 that produced the first quantified nutrition targets for Australians. She also worked as a member of the Dental Health Foundation, the International Year of the Child committee and several NSW government committees on nutrition and food marketing.
Author. All her life, Jo wrote about food and health. She admitted to me recently that in the early days, like most professionals of the time, she never kept any record of this work, so her publication list has many gaps. Jo was prolific not only in scientific writing, but most importantly in books for the general public as well. You and Your Food, co-authored with Dr Fred Clements, became a best-selling high school text that went through 6 editions over 22 years.
Professional. Jo was always a leader in the professional organisation of dietitians in this country. She served two terms each as President and Vice-President of the Australian Dietetic Council (the forerunner of DAA) between 1959 and 1967, was President and Vice-President of the Dietitians Association of NSW, and for many years was Chairman of the NSW Institute of Dietitians. She also served as Chairperson of the Expert Panel in Dietetics of the Council on Overseas Professional Qualifications and was active in the Public Service Association for the improvement of industrial awards for dietitians in NSW. Jo never married, and I think we can all be grateful that so much of her abundant energy and time was given to her work in these various bodies for the benefit of all dietitians.
Teacher and Mentor. Jo was instrumental in the establishment of the Diploma in Nutrition and Dietetics at The University of Sydney and was a part-time lecturer and member of the Board of Studies of that course from 1967 to 1989. She truly helped shape the views of a generation of NSW dietitians. Her teaching style was rarely didactic; she preferred to question and challenge her students to think for themselves, always insisting that they use their scientific training. I had the privilege of going into her department at RPAH after graduating in 1978, in a new training position in food service that Jo had created. There I found her to be endlessly encouraging and supportive; she emphasised the importance of further postgraduate training and provided me with constant opportunities to take on new challenges – in teaching, management, research, and work for DAA.
Friend. By any measure Jo was an outstanding and dedicated dietitian. Her achievements in one lifetime seem daunting to us all. But what I will remember most is Jo, the person. She had high standards and could be temperamental and demanding – she did not suffer fools gladly, and could be fanatical about salt – but she was also extraordinarily generous, always concerned with the wellbeing of others. Perhaps because she came from a modest background – she used to work in her father’s shop as a girl – she was always grounded in a realistic and practical view of the world. She understood the imperatives of business, as well as the needs and concerns of working people. She enjoyed food and cooking, the theatre and travel, but lived a simple and unostentatious life. She was good company.
Hers was a life of service. She was recognised by DAA with Life Membership and by the nation when she was awarded membership of the Order of Australia in 1980. It seems unfair that in her retirement Jo had so few years to spend time on her own enjoyment. I know that I am not alone in feeling grateful to have had the privilege of being a friend and colleague of this irreplaceable person.
Jo passed away on 3 September 1996.
(Information included above from an article in the December 1996 issue of the Newsletter, written by Peter Williams)
Joan Steel graduated from The University of Sydney in 1944, having trained at the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital (RPAH) in Sydney. She worked at RPAH from 1945 to 1948, and became Chief Dietitian. In 1948 she went to Cambridge, England with her family. After bring up her family, she returned to work at RPAH in 1961. In 1966 she moved to Melbourne, and in 1948 took up a research position at The University of Melbourne in The Child Growth Study Project, and commenced work at the University Dental School. By 1970 she was lecturing in nutrition to physiotherapy students of Lincoln Institute.
Joan has been very active in the nutrition field; being instrumental in the establishment of the Australian Nutrition Foundation, and the formation of the Australian Association of Dietitians (AAD). She has been involved at executive level in both the NSW and Victorian dietetic associations.
The following is a summary of Joan’s activities in support of dietitians and the advancement of nutrition.
- 1948 – Chief Dietitian at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital
- 1948 – Life member of the British Dietetic Association
- 1962 – Instrumental in establishment of the NSW Branch of the Australian Nutrition Foundation
- 1964 – NSW Institute of Dietitians President
- 1979 – AAD representative on the Dietetic Association of Victoria
- 1980-1983 – AAD President
- 1982 – DAV President
- 1983-1984 – DAA President
- 1986 – Member Ad Hoc Committee on Journal of Food and Nutrition
- 1986 – Member Journal Food and Nutrition Committee
- 1982-1987 – Committee member Australian Nutrition Foundation
Joan has been a very active member of the profession and through her efforts has helped in the improved image of dietitians as the authority on the science of nutrition and dietetics. Through her commitment to the formation of a national body of dietitians, Joan has left a lasting legacy to DAA.
Bettie Richardson graduated with a Bachelor of Science from The University of Sydney in 1942, obtained a Certificate in Dietetics from Royal Prince Alfred Hospital (RPAH), and then worked in Sydney including a period as Chief Dietitian of RPAH whilst Joan Woodhill was studying in the USA. Bettie worked in New South Wales, Victoria and the Northern Territory before settling in Canberra. Much of this period she worked as a teacher, returning to professional dietetics in 1963.
Throughout the 1960s until 1984 our profession was inspired by a loyal and committed ambassador. Bettie was determined in her efforts towards conciliation of individual State Associations. It was with great confidence she was able to notify the then Australian Dietetic Council (ADC) that the forecast planning and registration of a National Association, the Australian Association of Dietitians (AAD), would take place in August 1976 – six months ahead of schedule and well before the International Congress of Dietitians held in Sydney in May 1977.
The Constitution Committee of which Bettie was Chairperson, had spent many hours negotiating to formulate the basis of the Articles of Association. This role was followed by a term (1976-1981) as Secretary to the new AAD. The hard work involved in establishing the basis for DAA as members know it today fell largely upon Bettie Richardson. What a long way this is from a box of files in Bettie’s spare room to the National Office today.
The following is a summary of committed and dedicated service by Bettie towards the promotion of our profession in many fields. Bettie was Foundation member of Newcastle Branch of NSW Association, Foundation President ACT Dietetic Association, ACT Representative to Australian Dietetic Council, ADC Secretary, Chairperson of Committee to investigate formation of Australian Association of Dietitians, active on many ADC and DAA committees and Branch Executive
Bettie has contributed to many related organisations in the local ACT community and has never missed an opportunity to promote the profession and dietetics.
- Foundation President of ACT Diabetes Association
- Foundation Member of Home Economics Association, ACT
- Member of the Nutrition Society
- Member of the Catering Institute of Australia, ACT Branch
- Member of the Apprenticeship Board of the ACT
In its first years, the ACT Branch worked towards establishing a sound financial basis. Workshops, seminars and regular newspaper articles all provided income for which Bettie, supported by then Treasurer Nathalie Quinlivan, worked tirelessly.
In 1973 she co-authored, with Nathalie Havenstein (Quinlivan), the Anti-Coronary Cookbook, and received a silver medal for the Best Seller of the Year Award. At that time there were few Australian cookbooks offering sound nutritional advice for diet and heart disease.
As well as her contribution to DAA and its predecessors, the ADC and AAD, Bettie has provided guidance and support to the dietetic workforce in the ACT as Senior Dietitian at both major hospitals and the Community Health Program. This contribution continued after her retirement in 1984.
Bettie received an Award in the Order of Australia in 1999 for service to the profession of dietetics and to the promotion of nutrition education in the community.
Shirley Langelaan (nee Hogan) trained as a nurse in Victoria in 1937, and then in 1942 completed the Royal Victorian College of Nursing Diploma in Dietetics (included at tertiary level subjects at Melbourne Technical College, Emily McPherson College and one year at Royal Melbourne Hospital School of Dietetics). In 1943 she became a Registered Dietitian at the inception of the Dietitians Registration Board, Victoria. Mrs Langelaan’s work experience has included:
- Dietitian, Royal Melbourne Hospital (1942-1943)
- Sole Dietitian, Bendigo Base Hospital (1943)
- Royal Perth Hospital (1946-1963) – Food Services Administration, Chief Dietitian
During this period:
- Pioneered new concept for Western Australian in Food Services administration of dietetics and catering department
- Established School of Dietetics in Western Australia
- Established function of dietitian as advised in equipment and planning of hospital food services and supplies
- In-service training commenced for staff of dietary department including liaison with outside bodies and institutions in this area
- Miscellaneous advisory service to outside bodies and PHD established in early days, before appointment of dietitians at other hospitals
- Consultant to State Public Health Department (1964-1966) in nutrition and dietetics for medical departments, hospitals, state institutions, community and child health. this was a first appointment in Western Australia.
- Therapeutic Dietitian, University College Hospital (London UK) 6 months
- St Johns Hospital, Baltimore (USA) 12 months
- Johns Hopkins Hospital (USA)
- Government School of Nursing (WA)
- 1964-1974 ‘Nutrition and Dietetics’
- 1947-1977 School of Dietetics at Royal Perth Hospital and later Western Australian Institute of Technology (WAIT) ‘Food Services Administration in Hospitals’.
- School of Dietetics, Royal Perth Hospital and later WAIT
- Hospital and Salaried Officers Association (WA)
- Foundation member representing dietitians in establishing rates of pay
- Rehabilitation Cook Apprentice Scheme 1950-1958, (Perth) Hospital Representative
- WADA – responsible for foundation in 1950
- President nine times
- Delegate to Australian Dietetic Council ten years (1953-1963)
- Australian Dietetic Council: President (1959), Vice-President (1957, 1963)
- CIA (WA Branch) Secretary and Treasurer – Hospital Section
- British Dietetic Association – Life Member
- (FCN) Australian College of Nursing – Fellow
- (LFCIA) Catering Institute of Australia – Life Fellow
After graduating from The University of Sydney with a Bachelor of Science degree and completing her dietetic internship at the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Una worked as an assistant dietitian at King George V Hospital and then as dietitian-in-charge of the Food Production Unit at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital. Following this Una was a member of the 1944 Nutrition Survey team which conducted the first national dietary survey to investigate what Australians were eating. Una’s nutritional, managerial and organisational abilities were obviously showing at this stage and a further challenge presented itself with the offer, and her acceptance, to establish and develop the Nutrition Section with the NSW Department of Health in Sydney. This she did for a number of years before taking time off to have her family. Una then became consultant dietitian with the NSW Diabetic Association and then joined Gordon Edgell Pty Ltd where she was responsible for compiling literature and publicity material for Gerber Baby Foods. In time she was handling all complaints and correspondence for the full range of Edgell’s canned foods. By accepting this position, Una became one of the first dietitians to move into private industry, away from the traditional employment places of dietitians in Australia.
In 1966 Una became head of the Nutrition and Consumer Services Division of the Bread Research Institute where she remained for 18 years until her retirement.
Her positions within the Association included:
- President, Secretary and Treasurer of the NSW Dietetic Association
- NSW delegate, Secretary and President of the Australian Dietetic Council (ADC)
- Member of the Committee to establish the Australian Association of Dietitians (AAD)
- Vice-President of AAD 1977-1978 and President 1978-1979 and 1979-1980
- Secretary-General of the Organising Committee for the 7th International Congress of Dietitians held in Sydney, May 1977
- Member of the working party to formulate AAD’s National Nutrition Policy and Dietary Guidelines
- Member of the Organising Committee for the 3rd AAD National Conference held in Sydney in May 1983
Una has edited and co-authored numerous publications and books and is probably best know for co-authoring with Catherine Saxelby The Role of Australian Flour and Bread in Health and Nutrition.
Una’s success and strength within the profession derives not just from knowledge but also from her admirable personal qualities. Her disarming frankness, her interest in people, her warm and caring nature, her willingness to offer help have made her a friend and confidant to many.
Dr Joan Woodhill was one of the pioneers of dietetics in Australia. After graduating in agricultural science from The University of Sydney in 1934, she went on to become the first person to be trained in dietetics at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital where she was to become Chief Dietitian in charge of the food service and the training school. Later she held senior appointments at Royal Newcastle Hospital and at Prince Henry Hospital, Sydney, and for many years until her retirement in 1977 she was Head of the Department of Nutrition and Dietetics of the Prince Henry and Prince of Wales Hospitals and chairman of the division of nutrition in the Department of Medicine, University of NSW.
She has been the recipient of several awards including a Carnegie Scholarship and research grants from the King George V and Queen Mary Maternal and Infant Welfare Foundation (NSW) and the James Foundation (Harvard, USA). Studies overseas led to her being awarded the degrees of Master of Science by the University of Minnesota in 1947 and Doctor of Science by Harvard University in 1951.
In 1960 she undertook an assignment with FAO to assist the Iraqi Government in its program of dietary surveys and in training women students from the University of Baghdad.
Throughout her career she gave continual service to the profession of dietetics. She was the foundation Secretary and later President of the Dietetic Association of NSW. She also served as Chairman and President of the NSW Institute of Dietitians and foundation President of the Australian Dietetic Council. For many years she was the Australian representative on the Council of the International Dietetic Congress, of which she was elected Chairman for the period 1973-1977. She has been a member of numerous medical and paramedical organisations and has served on committees of the National Council of Women, the Nutrition Committee of NHMRC and the NSW Nutrition Committee. She was a foundation member of the Expert Panel in Dietetics of the Council on Overseas Professional Qualifications, member of the Board of Studies in Nutrition and Dietetics, The University of Sydney and part-time lecturer in nutrition in the course in public health and social medicine at the University of NSW. She was the foundation President and Chairman of the University of Sydney Nutrition Research Foundation.
Her research activities have been manifold. In addition to her thesis, she wrote or co-authored more than thirty scientific papers and several books.
After her retirement in 1977, Joan maintained her keen interest in nutrition and dietetics and she continued to serve on a number of important committees.
In 1973 Joan was awarded the Officer Order of the British Empire in public recognition of her services to nutrition and dietetics. Joan passed away in December 1990.
Nancy Turner (later Nancy Cats) completed a Bachelor of Science course at The University of Melbourne in 1940, and went on to the University’s diploma course in dietetics. She became the first dietitian at Castlemaine Hospital in central Victoria. Toward the end of 1941, Nancy left Castlemaine and worked at St Andrew’s Presbyterian Hospital in Melbourne, before joining the army. Most of Nancy’s wartime work was undertaken at the Heidelberg Military (now Repatriation and General) Hospital between 1942 and 1945 before she was transferred to Brisbane’s Holland Park Hospital where her work was mainly among returning prisoners of war.
At the end of the war, Nancy became Australia’s first research dietitian when she was appointed to the newly-formed clinical research unit of the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute and The Royal Melbourne Hospital. Nancy’s work consisted primarily of supervising the diets of patients in the research ward and studying calcium and other mineral balances, as well as compiling hundreds of dietary histories. Her findings were subsequently incorporated in papers produced by research teams on gastrointestinal and liver diseases and alcoholism. She stayed at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute until 1955 when she moved to the Peter MacCallum Cancer Institute where remained until her retirement in 1977. In 1961 Nancy received a Fulbright travel grant and spent a year as an Associate Professor at Kansas State University in the United States, where she lectured in nutrition and dietetics.
Nancy was active in The Dietetic Association, Victoria from the time of its inception when she was a student dietitian. She later served as an office-bearer in both the state association and as President of both the Australian Dietetic Council and the Australian Association of Dietitians. Her other affiliations have included the Australian Nutrition Foundation, the Nutrition Committee of the National Health and Medical Research Council, Victorian Food Standards Committee, Nutrition Society of Australia and various committees concerned with revising the curricula for dietetic courses taught at the Emily McPherson College and Melbourne and Deakin universities. Her positions within the Association included:
- Australian Dietetic Council – Secretary, Vice President, President
- Australian Association of Dietitians – President
Audrey Osborne Cahn became Assistant Dietitian at St Vincent’s Hospital in the late 1930s before becoming a Senior Lecturer in Nutrition and Dietetics at The University of Melbourne. During the course of her career Mrs Cahn followed closely in her father’s footsteps by serving on the Victorian Food Standards Committee as a foundation member and, at various times, President, Secretary and committee member of The Dietetic Association, Victoria. For a twelve-month period in 1939-1940 Mrs Cahn worked in the newly-founded diet kitchen at the Perth Public Hospital in Western Australia where one of her principle achievements was the preparation of a diet manual for use by doctors and nurses. During World War II she joined the army as a dietitian based at the Heidelberg Repatriation Hospital in Melbourne. In the late 1940s Mrs Cahn was one of the prime movers in negotiations leading to the formation of the Australian Dietetic Council in 1950 (she was Vice-President in 1950) – a body in which she subsequently continued to take an active role.
Outstanding Contribution Award
This award recognises the outstanding contribution of members to the Association and/or the profession given at a National level over a three year period. Applications close 15 June each year.
The Outstanding Contribution Award was first presented in 2009.
- Dr Penny Love
- Dr Teresa Brown AdvAPD
- Assoc Prof. Claire Palermo
- Prof Helen Truby
- Merran Findlay
- Liz Munn
- Nicole Kiss
- Anne Swain
- Jan Plain
- Judi Porter
- Jacquie Krassie
- Kim Crawley
- Ruth Vo
- Jen Savanah
- Julie Dundon
- Maria Chan
- Roslyn Giglia
- Lynne Daniels
- Melanie McGrice
- Jane Scott
- Merrilyn Banks
- Toni Eames
- Anne-Marie Mackintosh
- Sarah McNaughton
- Marie Smith
- Julie Hulcombe
- Nicole Senior
Young Achievers Award (in memory of Joan Mary Woodhill)
This award recognises leadership and outstanding service in junior members of the profession. One award may be presented annually. Applications close 15 June each year.
Recipients of Young Achievers Award
Dr Jorja Collins is an Advanced Accredited Practicing Dietitian with experience and expertise in research, foodservice management and education. Since graduating less than 10 years ago, her achievements have been recognised through awards, prizes and grant funding (more than 15 accolades). She is a ‘big picture’ thinker with a vision to improve the health of the population through up-stream systems level approaches. She has made important contributions to dietetic practice and the international literature through her research on the preparedness of dietitians to use nutritional genomics, the nutritional status and nutrition requirements of the elderly and optimising foodservice systems in healthcare. She has 16 publications (8 first author) in international peer reviewed journals and presented 29 research abstracts (12 presenting author) at national and international conferences. Jorja is an enthusiastic and respected educator in nutrition and dietetics. Her investment in curriculum development and delivery using pedagogy and best practice examples will prepare the future generation of nutrition professions to positively influence foodservice and the food supply. Jorja is an ambassador for her profession as a dietitian and holds multiple voluntary leadership roles within the Dietitians Association of Australia, including as Chair of the Victorian Engagement and Development Committee.
Kirstine Bell is a APD, Credentialled Diabetes Educator and Early Career Research Fellow at the University of Sydney. Her research in nutrition and type 1 diabetes has generated great interest in Australia and internationally and established her as an emerging research leader. Following her PhD at the University of Sydney and invited post-doctoral fellowships at Harvard Medical School & University of Newcastle, she has been awarded a prestigious NHMRC Early Career Research Fellowship. Her research is influencing clinical practice in Australia and Internationally and in 2015 her research resulted in new recommendations in the American Diabetes Association’s ‘Standards of Medical Care’ and the (International) Endocrine Society’s Clinical Practice Guidelines. These outstanding research achievements saw her awarded the DAA Prize for Excellence in Research in 2015. Kirstine’s commitment and contribution to DAA and the dietetics profession is also evident through her leadership roles within DAA, where she has served as the National Convenor for the Diabetes Interest Group since Sept 2016 and Secretary and then Treasurer for the NSW Engagement and Development Committee since 2012 and 2017 respectively. She is also Clinical Co-Chair of Program Organising Committee for the Australasian Diabetes Congress, and is Chair of the DAA Joint Pre-Diabetes Position Statement Working Party.
Themis Chryssidis is a worthy recipient of the DAA Young Achiever award for his achievements in promoting optimal health and nutritional status of Australians through establishment of his interactive Sprout Cooking School and allied health private practice Sprout Health Studio. He extends positive health promotion practices through the publication of health cookbooks and healthy cooking resources for adults and children. Themis demonstrates leadership and has increased the profile of Dietitians in the community through his involvement in Australia’s Healthy Weight Week and as a DAA Spokesperson. His dedication has earned him the recognition as a key person of influence in the Dietetics profession and role model especially for male dietitians.
Robyn Delbridge is a passionate dietitian who has worked in nutrition promotion for Aboriginal Communities for nearly ten years. She has been recognised as a leader in the discipline through her appointment to the DAA Board relatively early in her career, where she contributes at the highest level of the organisation. Robyn has also previously acted as convenor of the Indigenous Nutrition Interest Group, which opened her eyes to the needs of the dietetic workforce in the Aboriginal health sector, and lead her to initiate a novel workforce support project: ‘Community of Practice for dietitians working in Aboriginal Health’. This project focuses on strengthening the workforce and supporting dietitians to improve their practice, and is one example of Robyn’s proactive approach and commitment to her peers and to the field of Aboriginal Health. Her ongoing high level leadership and service to the dietetics profession recommend Robyn for the Young Achiever’s Award, in Memory of Joan Mary Woodhill.
Zoe Davidson is an early career researcher and dietitian who has been a strong advocate for nutrition since graduating in 2006. She has been an active member of VIC Branch Executive since 2012, taking up the position of chair in 2014. Zoe has demonstrated nutrition leadership across her many roles both within the association, and in her research and education roles. Since 2008, Zoe has been paving the way of a new area in clinical nutrition by focusing on the nutritional management of neuromuscular disorders. Zoe is now recognised as a national leader in this field. She has a strong track record including nine publications, a book chapter and $189K in research support. Zoe is currently leading two national research projects in this area, including one to develop evidence based guidelines for allied health and nursing. Zoe is building a solid foundation in educating the dietitians of the future, especially about the value of research in her role as Lecturer at Monash University. Zoe’s commitment to her work and the nutritional health of children with neuromuscular goes above and beyond the norm, making her a worthy candidate for the DAA Young Achievers Award.
Pennie Taylor is a worthy recipient of the Young Achievers Award. Pennie is an Accredited Practising Dietitian and has been an active member of DAA and the SA Branch Executive since graduating in 2005. Over this time, she has actively participated in Branch activities and Interest groups, contributing to the work of the Association. Her contributions at the Branch level include the role of Chair-person and vice-chairperson of the SA Executive and co-ordinating and presenting at many obesity and bariatric IG events. Pennie has also contributed substantially to advancement of the profession leadership and in the area of Bariatric surgery and through leading the development of international dietary consensus statement is recognised as an expert in the field. In a short time, she has successfully established a specialty private practice in bariatrics employing 5 APDs and mentors many junior members of the profession and Provisional APDs, and contributes substantially to PEN in her area of expertise.
Dr Adrienne Young actively promotes the nutritional status of older hospital patients through excellence of practice, leadership and research. Adrienne formalised some of her work into a PhD, receiving a national and two hospital scholarships. Adrienne is recognised for her expertise and leadership in conducting action-based research and translating research into clinical practice through change management to implement new models of nutrition care into multi-disciplinary teams. Adrienne has been successful in attracting considerable grant funding to support her research and its implementation. She has also contributed significantly to the literature on malnutrition in older patients by publishing 8 articles in national and international journals and presenting regularly at national and international conferences as well as relevant clinical forums. Adrienne was recognised for her research achievements with the New Researcher Award at the International Congress of Dietetics (2012), and was chosen to present at the “Best of the Best” forum at the Dietitian’s Association of Australia National Conference (2010). Adrienne has also developed an instructive “Nutrition Assessment” DVD for Australia-wide dietitian training. She is Editor of the State-wide Nutrition Education Materials Online (NEMO) program and an active member of DAA Qld Branch Executive.
Katrina has been practising as an accredited dietitian and an active member of DAA and Queensland executive branch since 2004. She achieved Advanced APD status in 2012 and over the last two years has been formally involved at a leadership level as the Queensland branch treasurer and renal interest group chair. Katrina has demonstrated excellence in practice and leadership with recognised expertise in education/professional training, renal nutrition and research. After graduating from a Bachelor of Nutrition and Dietetics with first class honours, Katrina completed her PhD. Katrina has continued her dedication to clinical research and education since, having worked as a Research Officer at the Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation Australia, Lecturer in Nutrition and Dietetics at Kings College London, Clinical Educator within a tertiary hospital and currently is leading the renal research program within the same facility as a Research Fellow. Katrina demonstrates a strong passion and commitment to training clinical staff in research skills to build research capacity in the dietetic profession as evidenced by her supervision of higher degrees and creation of translation documents such as the critical appraisal tool and research competencies. Her expertise in research and education is well respected and recognised and she continues to represent and lead dietetics in many clinical, teaching and research forums/capacities at a state-wide and national level. Katrina is currently a reviewer for 7 journals, has received close to $1.5million in research revenue, authored 20 peer reviewed publications and presented at over 30 conferences.
Joanne Turner is an APD, sports dietitian and exercise physiologist, with a double Masters of Science degree. She is a writer, mother and philanthropist and founder of Raise a Hand Foundation. Joanne is the director of the health consultancy company NuActive Health® with her team helping over 4000 individual clients to date and a vision to help thousands more. Joanne consults to the food industry including Nestle, Creative Gourmet and her own manufacturing company NuFoods. Joanne is a leading sports dietitian to elite sporting teams such as Tennis Australia and Cronulla Sharks NRL and also worked with NSW Swimming and NSW cricket for many years. She is a regular media consultant appearing on Sunrise, The Morning Show, Today Tonight, Channel 10 and Foxtel. Joanne is a consultant to Better Homes and Gardens Magazine, Diabetic Living Magazine, Nickelodeon, ABC radio and various websites, publishing over 100 health related articles and contributing to three books with the much anticipated release of her very own cook books in 2011.
Tara’s achievements in her relatively short career as a dietitian have shown that age is no boundary to leadership and success. She has set up and directed a highly successful private practice that employs five APDs, her keen interest to promote the profession at a national level has seen her volunteer to draft DAA’s submission to the National Human Rights Consultation at short notice, act as a DAA Media Spokesperson, convene the DAA National Dietitians in the Private Sector Interest Group for 2-3 years and co-organise two successful business workshops at the 2008 DAA National Conference, plus improve awareness and access to dietetics for veterans in her role as the National Advisor at the Department of Veterans Affairs. Tara is a worthy receipt of the DAA Young Achievers Award.
Michelle graduated with a Masters of Nutrition and Dietetics in 1999, then went on to complete a PhD in 2006 in which she evaluated the impact of nutrition support on health outcomes in elderly patients with lower limb fragility fracture and explored factors precluding such interventions from improving recovery. During her short career she has worked in a variety of settings including clinical practice, community development, private practice and rural health. She is currently Senior Lecturer in the Department of Nutrition and Dietetics at Flinders University where she is well-respected by her peers and students for her high-quality teaching. She is mainly responsible for the research training of student dietitians and was primarily responsible for establishing the Honours program for the Bachelor of Nutrition and Dietetics. Michelle nurtures the interest of nutrition and dietetic students in research and regularly supports students to disseminate their research findings though conference presentations and publications. She is an excellent role model and an outstanding mentor for students and is helping to build the research capacity of the profession. In addition Michelle is an extremely active researcher with a passion to improve the nutritional status of older people who are at nutritional risk. Michelle has in excess of 30 publications and 30 conference abstracts, a great achievement for an early stage researcher. Michelle is also an active member of DAA and is currently the Treasurer of DAA (SA), an Associate Editor of the DAA Journal Nutrition & Dietetics and a member of the 2009 Social and Scientific Program Committee for the National Conference.
Michelle graduated from QUT with a Bachelor of Nutrition and Dietetics in 1998 and completed a Graduate Certificate in Health Services Management at QUT in 2004 gaining an award for highest academic achievement. She was also a runner-up in the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital (RBWH) Quality Awards for her work on enhancing skills of operational stream staff to support clinical care.Michelle has demonstrated her leadership skills and contribution to the profession via her membership of the advisory group for the ‘Australian Standardised Terminology and Definitions for Texture Modified Foods and Fluids’ project in 2006/07. She has also demonstrated leadership in practice leading the change in the role of Dietetic Assistants at RBWH and the development of the material for the Certificate III in Nutrition and Dietetic Support. She is committed to improving dietetic practice and excellence of practice and has contributed beyond usual practice and work commitments.
Kate has been a member of DAA since 1994 (as a student). She graduated from the University of Sydney with a Masters of Nutrition and Dietetics in 1996. Since 1998 Kate has been active in various national and branch Interest Groups, including the role as convenor. She has also been a member of the NSW Branch Executive and DAA’s representative on various committees.Kate has demonstrated her Excellence of Practice though the conduct of her own business in which she conducts annual client satisfaction surveys and has developed comprehensive strategic and annual plans. She has co-authored and authored many publications, including books and articles. She has been a regular speaker at conferences since 2001. Kate is currently completing her PhD through the University of Sydney.
Sue Shepherd is a worthy recipient of the DAA Award for Achievement. Since graduating in 1997, Sue has displayed outstanding levels of achievement – particularly through her passion for coeliac disease and her dedication to the expansion of the gluten free diet. Sue’s commitment to improving, liberalising and educating on the gluten free diet has been outstanding. She willingly acts as a reference point for a variety of public, medical and food industry related groups. A large component of this work, particulary through the Coeliac Society has been on a voluntary basis, requiring extremely high levels of dedication and commitment. Her career highlights include consultations to food industry, presentations as guest speaker at both national and international conferences, development of various written resources, contributions to many medical newsletters and multiple contributions to media, including live talkback radio. Few dietitians could boast the publication of a gluten-free cookcook, accepted as text for home economic VCE studies, within three years of graduation. In addition to all of these achievements, Sue is an active member of the Gastroenterology Interest Group, the Coeliac Disease Dietitians Working Party and the Coeliac Society of Victoria. Sue continues to actively raise the profile of dietitians and provides an extraordinary model of encouragement and leadership for all.
The 2000 recipient of the DAA Award for Achievement, generously sponsored by Mead Johnson Nutritionals is Susannah King. Susannah has seven and a half years of clinical experience in a variety of clinical areas in three major Melbourne teaching hospitals. She was involved in preparing the guidelines for Gastrointestinal-2nd Edition 1998. This involved writing the relevant nutrition management sections of the publication. This contributed to promoting the role of nutrition and of dietitians in management of digestive disorders to the target group of the publication (predominantly doctors). Susannah has presented at conferences including a free paper at the 2nd Australian Cystic Fibrosis Conference 1997 and an invited presentation at the National Coeliac Disease Symposium in 2000. She was a member of the Organising Committee of the AUSPEN Conference in 1996. She has lectured on coeliac disease to Master of Nutrition and Dietetics students at Deakin University. Susannah is currently health co-editor for The Australian Coeliac Magazine. From 1997 to 2000 she provided group patient information and education sessions on the gluten-free diet for the Coeliac Society of Victoria. Susannah has been the DAA representative to the Digestive Health Foundation (DHF) (the education arm of Gastroenterological Society of Australia) for the period 1998-2000. As part of this role she convened the writing group which has updated the following material: DHF Coeliac Disease Patient leaflet; and DHF Coeliac Disease General Practitioner information, which will be published in Medicine Today. The representation also involved promoting the role of nutrition and dietitians to general practitioners and gastroenterologists in the management of digestive disorders. Susannah has been a member of the Victorian Branch Gastroenterology (including one year as Chairperson), Cystic Fibrosis, Oncology and Renal Special Interest Groups. In 1998 Susannah co-organised the Coeliac Disease Workshop held at the DAA National Conference, and is a committee member of the Coeliac Society of Victoria (1997-2000). Susannah is currently enrolled in a Master of Public Health at Monash University, Melbourne. She received a research grant from the Australian Cystic Fibrosis Research Trust in 1999 and is currently coordinating a research study entitled ‘Prevalence and predictors of reduced bone density in an adult cystic fibrosis population’. Susannah is an outstanding example of a dietitian who is committed to the promotion of nutrition and dietetics at all levels. She is a high achiever and thoroughly deserving of this achievement award.
The 1999 recipient of the DAA Award for Achievement, generously sponsored by Mead Johnson Nutritionals, is Marijka Batterham. Marijka is a most worthy recipient of the Award. She was an active member of the Queensland Branch Enteral and Parenteral Special Interest Group (SIG) between 1994-95, and the NSW Branch HIV/Oncology SIG from 1993 to the present time. Marijka contributed significantly to The Weight Gain Cookbook produced by the NSW Branch of DAA and published in 1995. Marijka’s contribution to the cookbook included: developing the criteria, analysing recipes, and preparing content. In 1993 Marijka was involved in writing the HIV/oncology diet sheets published by Abbott Australasia Pty Ltd and their subsequent updating. She co-authored Eating Well, which was published by the NSW Cancer Council in 1997. Marijka has organised two one-day anthropometry workshops for dietitians; initiated, organised, chaired and presented at a national HIV Dietitian’s Forum held in 1996; co-authored hepatitis C diet sheets produced by the Hepatitis Council and the NSW Department of Health; and promoted the dietitian’s role in HIV by publishing, in 1998, ‘What a dietitian can do for you’ in Talkabout, a magazine for people with HIV/AIDS. Marijka promotes excellence of practice by reviewing and updating nutritional management services to HIV patients in central and south-eastern Sydney. This is evidenced by: the provision and management of a nutritional supplement service for HIV/AIDS patients managed at home; client focused care by appointments at health monitoring clinics; conducting patient necessitated outcomes-based research designed to evaluate and change clinical practice e.g. antioxidant study, diet and lipodystrophy study, appetite stimulant study; and taking a proactive role in organising and initiating multidisciplinary research. Marijka is to be congratulated for her enthusiasm, leadership and the achievement of excellence in dietetic practice, especially in relation to HIV/oncology.
Merrilyn is a most worthy recipient of The Mead Johnson Achiever’s Award. She has an outstanding record of commitment to DAA as evidenced by the many positions she has held within the organisation, and to the promotion of health and nutrition and to the profession of dietetics. Merrilyn has actively contributed to the Association at both national and branch levels. Merrilyn has been a member of the Queensland Branch Executive since 1991. During this time she has represented the Branch at the national level as a Director from 1996-98. Merrilyn was a member of the 14th National DAA Conference Organising Committee. At the Branch level, Merrilyn has been Branch Secretary, actively involved with continuing professional development, and for the last two years, has coordinated the Enteral and Parenteral Special Interest Group. In 1990 Merrilyn was awarded the DAA (Queensland Branch) Student Prize for overall grades, and the Food Technology Association of Queensland Prize for the best food service student project. In 1995 she was awarded a DAA Branch Service Award for her contribution at Branch level. In 1990 Merrilyn was awarded a Graduate Diploma in Nutrition and Dietetics (with distinction) from the Queensland University of Technology. Since graduation Merrilyn has worked in the dietetic departments of Westmead Hospital, NSW, Royal Brisbane Hospital and Redcliffe Hospital, Queensland. Her major responsibilities at the first two hospitals were in clinical dietetics and food service. Merrilyn has been Director of Nutrition and Dietetic Services at Redcliffe Hospital since 1994. Merrilyn’s major areas of work and experience are in nutrition screening and assessment, enteral and parenteral nutrition, oncology and haematology, food allergy and intolerance, surgery, gastroenterology, cardiology, liver disease, diabetes and weight management. Merrilyn is also an able manager and leader. Merrilyn (who also has high school teaching qualifications and experience) is called upon frequently to lecture on nutrition and dietetics to the general public hospital staff, student dietitians and other related nutrition organisations. Merrilyn has written or co-authored 16 papers. Merrilyn is to be congratulated for her enthusiasm, leadership and the achievement of excellence in dietetic practice.
The 1996 recipient of the Mead Johnson Achiever’s Award is Sharon Croxford. Sharon is a most worthy recipient of The Mead Johnson Achiever’s Award. She has an outstanding record of commitment to DAA as evidenced by the many positions she has held within the organisation, and to the promotion of health and nutrition and to the profession of dietetics. Sharon has actively contributed to the Association at both National and Branch levels. From 1992 to 1994, Sharon was Chairperson of the Northern Territory Branch. During this time she represented the Branch at the National level as a Director on the Board. Sharon chaired the 13th National Dietitians Association of Australia Conference Organising Committee. The Conference was held at Ayers Rock Resort in September 1994. The aim of the conference was to look at new directions in Australia’s health system and the impact and interaction of the wider environment on food and nutrition and the Australian population. Papers focused on ways in which dietitians were developing innovative partnerships with others in the health sector, industry and the community to work with socially disadvantaged Australians and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders. Sharon has actively promoted DAA and dietitians through her membership of the DAA Marketing and Public Relations Committee. She was also involved in the development of DAA’s Marketing Plan. On her return to Victoria she joined the Victorian Branch Executive and once again represented the Branch as a Director on the Board during 1995-1996. She was also a joint editor of the Victorian Branch Newsletter. Sharon is currently an active member of the Victorian Branch Public Health and Community Nutrition Special Interest Group. In 1989 Sharon was awarded the DAA (Victorian Branch) Student Prize in Dietetics and the Deakin University Professor’s Prize in Dietetics. Since graduation Sharon has worked in a diverse range of areas of professional practice. She has demonstrated an active interest in the promotion of nutrition and dietetics and consequently the health of the population. After graduation, Sharon was employed at the Western Hospital, Victoria, specialising in the areas of ante-natal nutrition and aged care. She then moved to Alice Springs to commence work in community nutrition. Sharon was employed as Community Nutritionist at the Alice Springs Community Health Centre from March 1991 until September 1994. Sharon is currently employed in Victoria by the Inner South Community Health Services as a community dietitian. This position involves working with community groups in developing food and nutrition programs. Clients include: low income; disadvantaged; homeless; migrant; and refugee groups. Sharon has well developed cross cultural skills. She has been involved in the outreach gestational diabetes program with Central Australian Aboriginal Congress (CAAC) Alukura Women’s Health Service. She has assisted with the development of a support group for Russian immigrants in Prahran, Melbourne, and is a member of a Steering Committee on the Migrant Women’s Health project in inner Melbourne. Sharon works with many migrant and refugee groups including Russian, Greek, Turkish, Chinese and Somalian. Sharon is a leader in nutrition and dietetics in the area of public health.
Hilda is a most worthy recipient of The Mead Johnson Achiever’s Award due to her dedication both to promotion of health and nutrition and to the dietetic profession. Some of Hilda’s accomplishments follow. Since graduating in 1990 from The University of Sydney, Hilda has been working in the area of human immunodeficiency virus/acquired immune deficiency syndrome (HIV/AIDS) and is currently the head of the Nutrition Unit at the Albion Street Centre. During this time she has clearly shown a dedication to the promotion of optimal health and nutritional status, predominantly of the HIV/AIDS population, both within her working hours and in a voluntary capacity outside work hours. Hilda is the Chairperson and Convenor of the NSW Branch HIV/Oncology Special Interest Group and was a driving force in the initiation and completion of many projects which have directly or indirectly had impact on the health and nutritional status of the HIV and Oncology population. Some projects of note are: The development and publication of 16 nutrition information sheets for people with HIV or cancer. These sheets are now utilised nationally in nutrition education. The redrafting of the Commonwealth Department of Human Services and Health Nutrition Booklets for persons living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHAs) and their carers. The development and publication of The Weight Gain Cookbook of which Hilda is editor. She extensively promoted this excellent resource and undoubtedly the dietetic profession, through national radio and television interviews highlighting its application for the general population as well as individuals with HIV/AIDS. In her capacity as a dietitian at the Albion Street Centre Hilda has: Enhanced community access to HIV/AIDS nutrition services by providing individual nutrition counselling both at the Albion Street Centre and two general practitioner surgeries. Improved access of the HIV/AIDS population to subsidised nutrition supplements by liaising with the AIDS Council of New South Wales (ACON) and the PLWHA Centre, NSW. Obtained a Government grant for the establishment of cooking classes for individuals with HIV/AIDS and their carers, partners, etc. Given lectures and run workshops on HIV and nutrition in NSW and nationally to audiences including dietitians, doctors, nurses, allied health professionals, university students and people with HIV/AIDS. Travelled overseas during 1995 as the recognised nutrition expert to train staff in nutritional surveillance and body composition assessment for an international clinical trial. Hilda is very keen to share her wealth of knowledge and acts as a national HIV/AIDS nutrition resource person. She has contributed to various newsletters directed at PLWHAs and HIV specialist doctors. In addition, Hilda has been sought by the AIDS Bureau, CSIRO and the Commonwealth Government with regard to position statements, research, and to collaborate in the writing of patient information. In a research capacity for HIV/AIDS, Hilda has developed a computer-based weight surveillance program. She has recently completed a Master in Community Health at The University of New South Wales for which she received the Master in Community Health prize. Her thesis, ‘Quality of life in HIV infection’ has been submitted to the journal Medical Care for publication.
Lauren is a most worthy recipient of The Mead Johnson Achiever’s Award. Lauren has an outstanding record of commitment to DAA as evidenced by the many positions she has held within the organisation and the many times she has represented the organisation to other bodies. Lauren presents a model of excellence in practice in areas of public health and community nutrition. This model has been influential in training dietitians, and will lead to a more effective approach to public health nutrition and, hopefully better health outcomes. She is also a dynamic communicator to a wide range of people; health professionals, the media, students, academics and the general public. Lauren has been a Director of DAA since 1993, and has been the Chairperson of the DAA Community Nutrition Committee, and the Public Health Nutrition Committee. She is also the DAA nominee to the Consumers’ Federation of Australia (previously the Australian Federation of Consumer Organisations) on the DHSH Food and Nutrition Policy Implementation Consultative Group and was the DAA representative on the 1994 National Bread Promotion Campaign Consultative Committee. In these positions she has contributed to many submissions which DAA has provided to both government and industry. In NSW, Lauren has been a member of the Branch Executive since 1993 and a member of the NSW Continuing Professional Development Sub-Committee. She is also a member of the Community Nutrition Special Interest Group. Lauren has worked as both a clinical and community dietitian since graduation. However, it is in the area of community nutrition and dietetics that she has spent most time. Throughout this time, she has been active in promulgating the importance of nutrition in relation to optimal health on a community-wide basis, to specific sectors of the community in which she has worked, and to individuals. In her current position as Lecturer in Community Nutrition and Dietetics, at The University of Newcastle, Lauren is actively involved in dietetics in the Hunter Region. She is a member of the Regional Dietetic Strategic Planning Team, has contributed to a number of continuing education forums for the dietitians in the area, and has recently recommenced practice as a community dietitian, working with the dietitians in the Cessnock area. She has also recently been keenly involved with the initiation of a Hunter Community Dietitians Group. Lauren’s research is focused on essential nutrition related issues in the Australian community: determining barriers to healthy eating in dieting women, and eating disorders in adolescents. She is utilising qualitative research methodology to investigate these scenarios from both a nutritional and sociological perspective. Previously Senior Community Dietitian at Gosford Hospital, Lauren was involved in the planning, implementation and evaluation of the ‘Caring for Children’ project. Grants totalling $66,000 over three years were obtained to develop, implement and evaluate a resource on behalf of the NSW Department of Health. This project is now being implemented statewide. Lauren undertook a Graduate Diploma of Social Sciences from The University of New England during this time. Lauren has demonstrated leadership in a number of areas of dietetics, in both DAA and in her career. She is widely recognised as having made an outstanding contribution to community nutrition and dietetics. Lauren Williams provides an excellent role model for all young dietitians.
The 1994 recipient of the MeadJohnson Achievers Award is Kim Tikellis from the Victorian Branch. Kim has actively contributed to the Association at both National and Branch levels. From 1991 to 1994, Kim was a member of the Victorian Branch Executive, and Chairperson of the Victorian Publicity Sub-Committee. She was secretary of the DAA Marketing and Public Relations Committee from 1991 to 1993. She developed material for careers education in dietetics on behalf of DAA, including production of a careers display, work experience package and text for the DAA pamphlet Career as a Dietitian. Kim has actively promoted DAA and dietitians through her membership of the DAA Marketing and Public Relations Committee and the Victorian Marketing and Public Relations Sub-Committee. Public relations activities included participation in Harvest Picnic, Royal Melbourne Show, Kindergarten Teachers’ Association, Science Week and the Maribyrnong Community Health Program. Kim was a member of the Victorian Branch Oncology and AIDS Special Interest Group from 1990 to 1993. Kim has worked in a diverse range of areas of professional practice since graduation. She has demonstrated an active interest in the promotion of nutrition and dietetics and consequently the health of the population. After graduation, Kim was employed at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Institute specialising in the care of oncology patients. She became a volunteer for the Canteen Society for teenagers with cancer. Kim’s contributions also include the development and evaluation of a nutrition education program for flight attendants, a consultancy to the Victorian Food and Nutrition Program and research to determine community requirements for dietetic services at a community health centre. Kim is currently employed by the National Food Authority (NFA). The primary objective of the NFA is ‘public health and safety’. Her work includes contributing to the evaluation of applications and proposals to develop or vary food standards, reviewing policy and standards, researching and analysing scientific information and liaising with consumers, industry and government agencies. Kim is a member of the Australasian Society for the Study of Obesity, the Australian Nutrition Foundation, and the Australian Institute of Food Science and Technology (AIFST) Nutrition Sub-Committee.
The 1993 recipient of The MeadJohnson Achievers Award is Sue Crane from the Queensland Branch. Sue has been a continuous member of DAA since 1983. She undertook her Graduate Diploma in Nutrition and Dietetics at The University of Sydney. Sue has contributed actively to the Association at national level and to the Queensland and New South Wales Branches. From 1985-86 Sue was a member of the New South Wales Branch Executive and from 1988-1991 a member of the Queensland Branch Executive. This also included a period as Vice-Chairperson of the Branch and in 1990 a Director of DAA. Sue has a genuine interest in heart disease which affects three out of four Australians. Her interests include: dietary modifications to reduce the incidence of heart disease; nutritional changes to produce a more favourable plasma lipid profile; and, changes to reduce other risk factors for heart disease. Sue is a member of the National Heart Foundation Queensland Cardiac Rehabilitation Sub-Committee, and is a member of the Australian Atherosclerosis Society. She has provided comments to the media and the Australian Doctor on oatbran, trans fatty acids, fat and monounsaturated fatty acids. She has also published results of oatbran and wheatbran supplementation on lipid profiles. She is currently completing research on the effects of olive and palm oil on lipid profiles and oxidised low density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol concentration.
The 1992 recipient of The MeadJohnson Achievers Award is Helen McFarlane from the ACT Branch. Helen has been a member of DAA since 1983, a period of nearly ten years. She was also a student member whilst undertaking her Postgraduate Diploma in Nutrition and Dietetics at The Flinders University of South Australia. Helen has contributed actively to the Association at National and Branch levels. Helen has been a member of the ACT Branch Executive since 1990 and a Director of the DAA Board from May 1991 to the present. Helen is the Director Responsible for the Membership Committee, Constitution Committee and is a member of the ACT Branch Education and Accreditation Sub-committee. Helen was also a member of the 11th National DAA Conference Organising Committee. In these roles, Helen has demonstrated a very active interest and participation in DAA. In her employment at the Commonwealth Department of Health, Housing and Community Services, Nutrition Section Helen is currently responsible for the management of the food and nutrition sub-program of the National Health Advancement Program. Her work in this area will influence the nutrition and health of all Australians through the implementation of the National Food and Nutrition Policy. In her previous employment as Senior Community Nutritionist, ACT Department of Health, Health, Helen was responsible for planning, directing and reviewing community nutrition services in the ACT. Helen has been a very active member of the ACT Branch and firmly committed to the promotion of nutrition both within the ACT community and at a national level.
Lecture in Honour
Each year we invite an eminent member to present a special oration, usually at the DAA National Conference. Since 1999 this has taken the form of a Lecture in Honour of a member who has made major contributions to the Association and the profession in the past.
List of Lecture in Honour Lectures and Presenters
Presented by Prof Lauren Williams
Presented at: 36th National DAA Conference, Gold Coast
Presented by Claire Hewat, Chief Executive Officer, DAA
“Nutrition: A Science not a religion”
Presented at: 35th National DAA Conference, Sydney
Presented by: Julie Williams, Department of Health and Human Services, Tasmania
‘Empowerment through Education’
Presented at: 34th National DAA Conference, Hobart
Presented by: Professor Helen Truby, Monash University
‘Life, Leadership and Landing’
Presented at: 33rd National DAA Conference, Melbourne
Presented by: Jane Scott, Curtin University, WA
‘In search of evidence: A career in Dietetic Research’
Presented at: 32nd National DAA Conference, Perth
Presented by: Christina Stubbs, University of Sunshine Coast, QLD
Presented at: 31st National DAA Conference, Brisbane
Presented by: Jennifer Hazelton, Food Standards Australia and New Zealand, ACT
‘Our Dietetic Heritage: A Shared Legacy’
Presented at: 30th National DAA Conference, Canberra
Presented by: Anthea Magarey, Flinders University SA
Presented at: 29th National DAA Conference, Adelaide
Presented by: Caryl Nowson, Deakin University, VIC
‘Nutrients in Chronic Disease’
Presented at: 28th National DAA Conference, Melbourne
Presented by: Dympna Leonard, Tropical Public Health Unit, Cairns, QLD
‘Navigating New Territory’
Presented at: 27th National DAA Conference, Darwin
Presented by: Susan Ash, Queensland University of Technology, QLD
‘Our Elders, Our Stories, Our Culture’
Presented at: 26th National DAA Conference, Gold Coast
Presented by: Malcolm Riley, Nutrition Manager, Dairy Australia
‘Skills of a Wizard’
Presented at: 25th National DAA Conference, Hobart
Presented by: Linda Tapsell, University of Wollongong, NSW
‘Exploring frontiers in science and practice: a tale of two dietitians’
Presented at: 24th National DAA Conference, Sydney
Presented by: Jill Sherriff, Curtin University, WA
‘Nutrition on the Outside – Nutritional management of prems’
Presented at: 23rd National DAA Conference, Perth
Presented by: Kay Gibbons, Royal Melbourne Children’s Hospital, VIC
Presented at: 22rd National DAA Conference, Melbourne
Presented by: Sally Evans, Manager, Nutrition Services, Eurest
‘Behind every great professional – is a great professional’
Presented at: 21st National DAA Conference, Cairns
Presented by: Lynne Daniels, Flinders University, SA
‘A bright future for dietitians – where’s the evidence’
Presented at: 20th National DAA Conference, Adelaide
Presented by: Nerida Bellis-Smith, Health Pact, ACT
‘Dietetics: a boutique service for the rich’
Presented at: 19th National DAA Conference in Canberra
Presented by: Robyn Charlwood, National Heart Foundation (Victoria Division), VIC
Presented at: DAA National Symposium and Annual General Meeting. Melbourne
Margaret Shoobridge Lectures
Prior to 1999 the Lecture in Honour was called the ‘Margaret Shoobridge Lecture’
1998 17th National Conference in Sydney
Dr Peter Williams, Director, Scientific and Consumer Affairs, Kellogg (Aust) Pty Ltd – ‘Deviance and Diversity’
1997 16th National Conference at Hobart
Dr Karen Webb, Senior Lecturer in Community Nutrition, University of Sydney, NSW – ‘Collaborating for better nutrition’.
1996 15th National Conference at Perth
Ms Yvonne Draydon, Hotel Services, Royal Perth Hospital, Perth, WA – ‘Dreams, dilemmas and deliberations: the future, the present and the past’.
1995 South-West Pacific Regional Dietitians’ Conference (14th National DAA Conference), Brisbane.
Dr Sandra Capra, School of Public Health, Queensland University of Technology, Red Hill, Qld – ‘Challenges and Change’
1994 13th National Conference at Yulara, Northern Territory
Ms Cecily Dignan, Nutritionist, South Pacific Commission, New Caledonia – ‘Pacific neighbours: Pacific partners’.
1993 12th National Conference in Adelaide
Ms Patricia Carter, Department of Primary Health Care, Flinders Medical Centre, Adelaide – ‘Dietitians at the Cutting Edge’.
1992 11th National Conference in Canberra
Mrs Cheryl Rae, Principal Nutritionist, Department of Health and Community Services, Darwin, NT – ‘Culture, Calories and Campfire’.
1991 10th National Conference in Hobart
Mrs Rosemary Stanton, Dietitian/Nutrition Consultant, Beecroft, Sydney – ‘An Outward Perspective’.
1990 9th National Conference in Melbourne
Mr John Coveney, Health Promotion Services Branch, Health Department of Western Australia, Perth – ‘Towards 2000 – Planning the dietetic odyssey’.
1989 8th National Conference in Sydney
Dr Fiona Cumming, Lecturer, Department of Human Nutrition, Deakin University, Victoria – ‘Women in Dietetics’.
1988 7th National Conference in Brisbane
Mrs Narelle Isaacs, Manager (Food Services), Prison Department, Brisbane – ‘Feast or Famine – A Dietitians’ Dilemma’.
1987 6th National Conference in Perth
Miss Elisabeth Owles, Chief Dietitian, Princess Margaret Childrens Hospital, Perth – ‘A History of Dietitians as Health Promoters in the Clinical Setting’.
1986 5th National Conference in Adelaide
Dr Beverley Wood, Chief Dietitian, St Vincent’s Hospital, Melbourne – ‘The Profession of Dietetics – Goals for the Year 2000’.
1985 4th National Conference in Canberra
Mrs Ruth English, Nutrition Section, Commonwealth Department of Health – ‘Australians are well fed – do we know?’.
1984 Prior to the AGM of the DAA held in Melbourne
Mrs Margaret Robinson, Senior Lecturer in Human Biology, Canberra College of Advanced Education – ‘Nutrition Education – Identifying the Educators’.
1983 3rd National Conference in Sydney
Miss Jo Rogers, Chief Dietitian and Food Service Manager, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Sydney – ‘Expanding Professional Horizons’.
1982 2nd National Conference in Melbourne
Mr Noel J. Roberts, Chief Dietitian of the Cancer Institute – ‘Nutrition Counselling of the Cancer Patient with gastrointestinal tract problems’.
1977 7th International Congress of Dietetics in Sydney
Ms Virginia Stuckey, Professor in Nutrition, School of Nursing, Wesley Medical Centre, Wichita, Kansas, USA – ‘Nutrition Education’.
1976 AGM, Australian Association of Dietitians in Hobart
Professor Ian C. Lewis, Department of Paediatrics, University of Tasmania – ‘Eat, Drink and be Merry’.
1974 AGM, Australian Dietetic Council in Perth
Professor E.S. Underwood, Member of Executive, CSIRO – ‘Human Nutrition in Our Changing Environment’.
1970 AGM, Australian Dietetic Council in Melbourne
Dr F.W. Clements, Senior Lecturer in Child Health , School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine – ‘Conflict in Nutrition, Commerce versus Consumer’.
Award of Merit
This award recognises substantial contributions at either a branch, local or national level by members who may not qualify for other awards. Applications close 15 June each year.
Emma Osland AdvAPD
Conference Redesign Working Group
Jane Musial, QLD
Jennifer Ellick, QLD
Dr Angela Byrnes, QLD
Claire Blake AdvAPD, QLD
Clare Cutmore, QLD
Hilary Powlesland, QLD
Kylie Matthews, QLD
Janica Jamieson, WA
Jennifer Ellick, QLD
Hilary Powlesland, QLD
Lee-anne Chapple, SA
Dominique Condo, VIC
Claire Blake, QLD
Jodie Ellis, NSW
Judy Seal, TAS
Sandy Murray, TAS
Kacie Dickinson, SA
Kim Faulkner-Hogg, Nazy Zarshenas
Jo McKinstry, VIC
Peter Talbot, NSW
Sharonna Mossenson, WA
Zoe Nicholson, VIC
Patrica Marshall, WA
Margaret Hays, WA
Charlene Grosse, WA
Gabriella Heruc, Kelly Lambert
Louisa Matwiejczyk, SA
Melissa Colombo, SA
Aditi Patwardhan, NSW
Carmel Crosbie, NSW
Natasha Wilton, VIC
Jan Hill, QLD
Michelle Miller, SA
Lynda Ross, QLD
Narelle Simm, WA
Jacqui Tuck, WA
Caterina Hart, VIC
Jacqueline Hoggan, NSW
Helen Jackson, NSW
Melissa Armstrong, NSW
Sheridan Collins, NSW
Robyn Barnes, NSW
Suzanne Kennewell, NSW
Jan Plain, NSW
Dawn Vanderkroft, NSW
Patricia Carter, SA
Tracey Denman, TAS
Lauren Hallyburton, VIC
Jane Winter, VIC
Ingrid Roche, WA
IDNT working party:
Deborah Hoffman, NSW
Jane Porter, WA
Kylee Cox, WA
Hayley Erickson, WA
Kim Gibson, NSW
Denise Griffiths, WA
Vicki McWilliam, VIC
Kaye Mehta, SA
Steve Pratt, WA
Joo Li Robertson, WA
Tracey Tasker, TAS
Janet Bell, NSW
Marissa Olsen, NSW
Elizabeth Scott, NSW
Joanna Stocking, NSW
Alison Wakefield, NSW
Hazel Williams, NSW
Lisa Yates, NSW
Barbara Chester Award of Merit (Queensland members only)
This award honours the contributions of the late Barbara Chester who was the driving force behind establishing the QLD Branch of DAA. She was one of the first three dietitians employed in the major Queensland hospitals and assisted in developing the dietetic course at QIT. Barbara played a leading role in the training of new graduates in the 1970s. Applications for this award close 30 March each year.
The Barbara Chester Memorial Award is a fitting tribute to her life and dedication to her work.
When submitting a nomination please address all criteria that are appropriate and in enough detail so the response can be scored. The following criteria will be considered when nominating Queensland branch members for this award, the candidates must satisfy one or more of the following criteria:
- Recognised leadership role in nutrition and dietetics within the profession or within the community.
- Has improved the profile of dietitian-nutritionists within the community.
- Has contributed significantly to Association activities without financial reward.
- Has initiated the introduction of a policy in nutrition or dietetics at governments or industry level.
- Is sought by the media as an expert in nutrition matters.
- Has demonstrated innovative thoughts and excellence in practice, or has published in a new area of research.
- Has contributed significantly to high quality student training.
The Barbara Chester Award has been funded by the Qld Health Director General since 2004 in recognition of outstanding contribution to the profession of dietetics in Queensland.
2014 – Lynne Daniels
2013 – Maree Ferguson
This award recognises a member of DAA staff, or a contractor who is a member, where they have demonstrated outstanding commitment to the association and provided a level of service above and beyond the requirements of their position or contract. Meritorious Staff nomination form.
Recognition of Service
This certificate is presented to staff for each ten years of completed service.
Honorary Membership may be awarded to a person who does not practice in the profession of dietetics but who has made an outstanding contribution to the aims, objects or purposes of the Association.
- Prof C Binns – awarded 1994, conferred 1995
- Prof A S Truswell – conferred 1980
- Prof M Wahlqvist – awarded 1980-1988
- Dr F Clements – conferred 1980