Fellows of DAA and Advanced APDs
Fellow of DAA (FDAA)
FDAA is both a credential and an award. We award this crediential to high profile and proactive leaders who are recognised as experts both nationally and internationally. From 2019, applications close 31 March each year.
Fellow of DAA recipients
Sarah has been a member of DAA since graduating in 1996 and an AdvAPD in 2014. After graduating as a dietitian, Sarah completed a PhD in nutritional epidemiology and gained postdoctoral experience with the prestigious nutrition group at the Medical Research Council Human Nutrition Research Unit in Cambridge, UK. She returned to Australia in 2005, having been awarded an NHMRC Postdoctoral Research Fellowship and Sarah has been awarded continuous, nationally competitive research support since that time. She is one of only a handful of dietitians to receive research fellowship funding, and one of only two dietitians in Australia who have had continuous research fellowships for a sustained period. Sarah has contributed largely to DAA and has demonstrated national and international leadership for the DAA through her committee work; has made an outstanding contribution to the nutrition research agenda; supported the education of dietitians and influenced population health locally and globally.
Danielle Gallegos has been a dietitian-nutritionist for 28 years. In this time, she has been a passionate advocate for dietetics and for ensuring equity of access to and availability of food and nutrition for some of Australia’s more disadvantaged groups. During her career, Danielle has worked as a dietitian in tertiary and secondary acute care, as a foodservice dietitian, a community dietitian, a consultant in aged care and a private practitioner. She then moved into working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and migrant and refugee communities in public health nutrition activities; then finally moving into academia to put food and nutrition on the agenda for the humanities and in educating the next generation of dietetic professionals both in Australia and in Vietnam. An enduring theme of Danielle’s career is a strong commitment to diversity, inclusion, social justice and equity. Danielle has devoted much voluntary time to DAA as a Board member and Vice President and on a number of committees and working groups. Danielle is DAA’s current representative to the International Confederation of Dietetic Associations.
Tracy has been a member of DAA since 2004 and was awarded AdvAPD in 2010. Tracy has achieved outstanding excellence in research, teaching and professional service to DAA and the wider community. She is an established national leader in food addiction child obesity and dietary methods; and emerging as an outstanding scholar in the field of nutrition and dietetics. Tracy has received numerous awards for her work, including being the first dietitian to receive the Young Tall Poppy of the year award in 2016. She has been involved in numerous committees throughout DAA and the wider community, such as Associate Editor for two international journals and an editorial board member for Journal Nutrients. In the coming years, Tracy will further develop her research programs to lead a successful multidisciplinary team investigating food addiction.
Judi has made a significant contribution to dietetics, particularly in the last 9 years since being awarded AdvAPD, including chairing several DAA committees. Since 2006, Judi has been a member of the Editorial Board of Nutrition & Dietetics and is now Editor for the journal. Internationally, Judi has published in many peer reviewed journals and is an invited Associate Editor for BMC Nutrition. Judi has led many teams across her roles as Dietetics Manager, particularly at Eastern Health, in Victoria. In 2013, she commenced an academic position at Monash University and received an NHMRC Translating Research into Practice Fellowship. Judi completed two additional qualifications within this fellowship period: Graduate Certificate of Health Professional Education (Monash University) and Masters Certificate of Foodservice Management (Cornell University), in addition to completing a high quality clinical trial of Protected Mealtimes in hospitals. Judi’s particular areas of research interest are foodservices, the subacute setting, and systematic reviews across clinical specialties. This year Judi moved into a newly created conjoint role as Senior Research Fellow/Associate Professor between Eastern Health and Monash University.
Lauren Williams became a Fellow of the Dietitians Association of Australia in 2017. She holds University qualifications in Science (Hons I in Nutrition), public health nutrition (PhD) and in dietetics, health promotion and social science. She moved from public health to the academic sector in 1992 and her current role is Professor of Nutrition and Dietetics at Griffith University. She holds honorary Professorial appointments with her former Faculties at the Universities of Newcastle and Canberra. Lauren joined DAA as a student member in 1986 and received the Mead Johnson Young Achievers Award in 1995. She has been of service to the association through the Board of Directors (including two elected terms as Vice President), Associate Editor of Nutrition & Dietetics and she has been a member of the Australian Dietetic Council since 2013. Aside from promoting high standards of dietetics education, her main career focus has been on community and public health nutrition – trying to keep healthy people healthy- and in bringing a social perspective to education and practice in Nutrition and Dietetics. She has written and edited four books, including the widely used textbook ‘A Sociology of Food and Nutrition: the Social Appetite’ (4th edition 2017).
Liz has had a long and varied career, during which her loyalty and commitment to DAA have never waivered.
Liz has a strong track record in many aspects of dietetic practice in paediatrics, public health, management and research. She commenced her career at the then Adelaide Children’s’ Hospital becoming Chief Dietitian in 1978., She later worked for 10 years at the Children’s Health Development Foundation, leading the development of the Nutrition component of the Australian Guide to Healthy Eating including professional and consumer resources. and more recently was the manager of nutrition and dietetic services at Flinders Medical Centre where she led and advocated for a high quality team and provided strong support to the academic dietitians and their research at the nearby Flinders University. Liz has always placed great importance on the need for her staff to understand and participate in research and quality improvement as well as supporting many student dietitians on placement throughout the years.
Liz gave many years of service to the SA Branch executive. Over the last 11 years she has been on the DAA Board first as a Director, then Vice President and now President. She had also been on the very first AAD Board as a new graduate and had returned as and experienced and wise leader. Liz’s broad experience across a range of dietetic practice areas, coupled with extensive management skills and an excellent leadership style have made a significant impact on the way the board, and therefore the organisation, operate.
People want to follow Liz and support her, valuing her calm, analytical style and her generous advice and mentoring. Liz is consultative and collegiate but unafraid to take hard decisions when necessary. She has the ability to defuse difficult situations and find solutions which has been of great value to the national organisation.
Liz’s strong commitment to, and leadership in, continuing professional development and education for others was demonstrated by her being a member of three National Conference organising committees and chairing two of them as well as being the Director responsible for the Conference Management Committee for three years.
Liz is also a strong advocate of evidence based practice and its spread both nationally and internationally through the development and roll out of PEN in Australia, NZ and the Asian region.
Liz has made a difference locally, nationally and more recently internationally. She is a proactive leader, a mentor, a teacher, a strategist, a negotiator. She is deeply committed to the profession of dietetics and its advancement and has demonstrated this consistently for 40 years and is highly respected for her work both paid and voluntary.
It was clear from the beginning that Lynne had a passion for the profession, and for excellence of practice. She promoted the dietitian and our scientific background to a medical and nursing profession at the time when Dietetics was a relatively new profession, especially in South Australia.
Lynne was Chief Dietitian at Adelaide Children’s Hospital in 1982, to 1988. Under her strong leadership the department grew, and she also collaborated with Flinders University to ensure SA trained dietitians would receive up to date and high quality teaching in paediatrics.
In 1988 Lynne moved to Flinders University, from where she had a major impact on Dietetics and Nutrition teaching and research, and the development of the Profession in SA like no one else has achieved. Lynne used her leadership and advocacy skills, extremely hard work, and passion for the profession to singlehandedly build the training of Dietetics and Nutrition at Flinders University. The result was the establishment of two courses, a Bachelor and a Masters, a major increase in staffing, and very significantly a separate department in the School of Medicine. At the same time, she led the development of a strong research program, and had a highly significant impact on the growth of research, and dietetic researchers, in SA and beyond.
In 2006 Lynne moved to QUT, where she has transformed the standing of dietetic research. She has successfully been nationally competitive for research funds in both her university positions and this has significantly contributed to the growth in quality and profile of dietetic research in Australia. To date she has secured $9.5 M of research funding including $2.5M across 4 separate NHMRC grants. Of note is her significant influence on the Dietetic research landscape with the supervision of doctoral and honours students and post-doctoral fellows. and their subsequent contribution to Evidence based practice. At QUT Lynne was appointed Head of School, Exercise and Nutrition Sciences, a direct result of her leadership and capacity.
Lynne has also made a long and high level contribution to DAA over her entire career. Her contributions to DAA at Board level, on the ADC and to University accreditation, Dietetic skills recognition, organising of National Conference programs, the DAA Journal as Associate Editor and Chair of the Journal Management Committee, and Strategic planning are just some of her contributions. As President of DAA I am aware of how important these activities are for DAA and the profession, the time commitment required, and most significantly the level of skills and abilities required at these levels. She has had a significant impact on our profession and these activities are voluntary.
In 37 years she has never stopped striving for excellence, promoting and contributing to the profession, mentoring and assisting others to ensure the future of our profession, and continuing her research at a level of excellence. She has been a leader throughout her career.
Margaret has been a member of the DAA for 30 years and has worked in clinical dietetics and research and academia. She is currently director of nutrition and dietetic training programs at the University of Sydney and supervision of 9 PhD students. Margaret is well known for her research in malnutrition associated with renal failure, n-3 fatty acids and more recently obesity and chronic disease. Among her contributions to the DAA are Editor and Associate Editor of Nutrition and Dietetics, Vice President and Board member and the scientific program committee for the recent ICD. She has also served on the editorial boards of two international journals and state and national committees and boards for government bodies.
Professor Jane Scott is currently Head of Discipline at Flinders University. She previously has held academic positions at the University of Glasgow and Curtin University and in July 2013 will return to Perth to take up a Professorial Research Fellow position at Curtin University. Her research interests are in the area of public health nutrition and early feeding practices and she is recognised internationally for her research into the determinants of breastfeeding. She has published over 80 peer-reviewed publications and was an expert technical writer on the 2012 NHMRC Infant Feeding Guidelines. She has served as an expert consultant to both the World Health Organisation and the United Nations.
Jane is a Fellow of the Dietitians Association of Australia and is currently a member of the Australian Dietetics Council. She has held numerous DAA executive and advisory committee positions at both the state and national level and has served as an Associate Editor of Nutrition and Dietetics. She was awarded a National Service Award in 1993 and an Outstanding Contribution Award in 2011 in recognition of her contribution to the profession and the DAA.
Associate Professor Judy Bauer is a leading clinical academic practitioner and is Program Director of the Master of Dietetics Studies at the University of Queensland and Manager of Nutrition Services at the Wesley Hospital, Brisbane. Judy’s research interests include evidence based practice, malnutrition, oncology and chronic kidney disease. A focus has been in development of appropriate tools in clinical practice, measuring outcomes of dietetic intervention, and role of fish oil in cachexia and inflammation. She has over 70 publications and is recognized internationally for the development and validation of nutrition screening and assessment tools, innovative dietetic intervention programs in oncology and chronic kidney disease, and development of evidence based practice guidelines for the nutritional management of cachexia, radiation therapy, malnutrition and most recently head and neck cancer in a new wiki format. She is a member of the Australian Dietetics Council and Clinical Oncology Society Council and a past DAA board member.
Clare Collins is a Professor of Nutrition and Dietetics in the School of Health Sciences, Faculty of Health and Co-Director of the Priority Research Centre in Physical Activity and Nutrition at the University of Newcastle, NSW, Australia. She holds a National Health and Medical Research Council, Career Development Fellowship and has published over 100 manuscripts. Her main research examines the impact of interventions to improve dietary intake and how this relates to changes in weight and health across all ages and stages of life. Professor Collins is a Fellow of the Dietitians Association of Australian (DAA). She chaired the development of the Best Practice Dietetic Guidelines for the Management of Overweight and Obesity for Adults and led the dietetic team at the University of Newcastle to review the evidence base informing these guidelines in 2011. She represents DAA on the international working party for the Practice Based Evidence in Nutrition (PEN) in collaboration with Dietitians of Canada and the British Dietetic Association. Professor Collins is well known in Australia as a DAA media spokesperson and commentator on nutrition and has conducted over 1000 media interviews.
Associate Professor Susan Ash is a high profile and proactive leader who is recognised as an expert both nationally and internationally. She has played a significant role in the evolution of the dietetic profession in Australia through her commitment to dietetic standards, clinical research and best practice’.Susan has Honorary Associate Professor position at the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital. She is a leader in the development of evidence-based best practice guidelines and was an active member of the committees who developed guidelines for the nutritional management of cancer cachexia and chronic kidney disease. Associate Professor Ash was also instrumental in the development and implementation of the endorsement process for evidence based practice guidelines. She has been a dietetics educator for over 20 years, advocates strongly for the profession in all her work and is a mentor and role model to dietetic students and graduates. Her areas of research include evaluating the outcomes of nutrition interventions in chronic kidney disease, diabetes and obesity, as well as dietetic competency and practice. Associate Professor Ash regularly presents her research findings at both Australian and international forums.
Sandra Capra is currently Professor of Nutrition in the School of Health Sciences at the University of Queensland. Sandra’s career has encompassed clinical, community, food service, management, research and teaching roles. She was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia in 2003, is the Immediate Past President of the DAA and the current Chairperson of the International Confederation of Dietetic Associations. Sandra is also a member of the National Nutrition Committee for the Australian Academy of Science, the Director of the Australian Centre for Evidence Based Nutrition and Dietetics and serves on a variety of committees for FSANZ and NH&MRC.
Kay Gibbons is Head of Nutrition Services at The Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne, and holds honorary appointments at the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute and several universities. She has a particular interest in eating and behaviour, including childhood obesity and the role of children’s early learning about eating and its impact on eating patterns in later life. She has undertaken research and writing in these areas, teaches to health professionals and families, and works frequently with the media. In Kay’s role at The Royal Children’s Hospital she is responsible for the food service to the young patients and has recently led the planning and implementation of the food service system in a new facility. Kay is a past DAA President and played a key role in development of DAA’s Accredited Practising Dietitian (APD) program; she currently chairs the Australian Dietetic Council.
Linda Tapsell is Professor of Nutrition and Dietetics at the University of Wollongong. Her research focus is on the role of food in the prevention and management of the lifestyle related disease. She has served as director of a number of large research centres in food, nutrition and health, integrating knowledge from science and technology with market intelligence, regulatory constraints and an understanding of the food supply chain. She works with national and international research agencies, contributing to peer review, strategic direction and policy formulation. She has recently served on the Australian Dietary Guidelines Committee and contributed to a report on Food Security through the Prime Minister’s Science Engineering and Innovation Council. She brings her expertise in dietetics research to mechanistic, human experimental and behavioural studies. Her work in the public health area has contributed to hospital and community interventions and primary healthcare services. Professor Tapsell is a Fellow of the Dietitians Association of Australia and Editor in Chief of Nutrition and Dietetics, the journal of the Dietitians Association of Australia including Dietitians New Zealand.
Peter Williams is a Visiting Principal Fellow in the Smart Foods Centre at the University of Wollongong and an Honorary Associate Professor in the School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences at Deakin University. He is Fellow of the Dietitians Association of Australia and served one term as President of the DAA. For 10 years he headed up the dietetic training program at the University of Wollongong and is currently a member of the Dietetic Credentialing Council. Peter has served on NH&MRC working parties for reviews of the Dietary Guidelines for Australians, the review of recommended nutrient intakes and the steering committee of the Heart Foundation’s Pick the Tick program. He currently is a member of the TGA Advisory Committee on Complementary Medicines and the Advertising Standards Board of Australia.