Board of Directors and Executive

The DAA Board are responsible for governing the Association. The Board comprises eight elected Directors including the President and Vice-President.

The Board are supported by the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and members of the Executive Team.

Phil Juffs, Vice President

Phil Juffs, President

BAppSc, GradDipNutrDiet, GradCertHlthMgt, AdvAPD

Phil is an Advanced Accredited Practising Dietitian.  He completed a Bachelor of Science and a Graduate Diploma in Nutrition and Dietetics from QUT in 1997.  He has worked as a Clinical Dietitian in Murwillumbah, Alice Springs, Scotland and London.  He worked as a dietitian at Princess Alexandra Hospital Brisbane from 2003.  Since 2006 he was Medical Team Leader and Renal Dietitian at Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital, and spent 2012 in the role of Assistant Director of Nutrition & Dietetics.  Phil manages Patient Food Services at RBWH.  Phil has chaired the DAA Queensland Branch Executive, been Renal IG Convenor and sat on PEPDAC and MAC.

Phil was elected President of DAA in May 2017.

Past Presidents

Melissa Armstrong

Melissa Armstrong, Vice President

BSc, DipNutDiet, AdvAPD, CDE

Melissa graduated from the University of Sydney with a Bachelor of Science and a Post Graduate Diploma in Nutrition and Dietetics in 1985. She has held clinical dietetic positions in a variety of hospital settings in Australia and the UK and has taught dietetic and diabetes educator students at several universities. Melissa is currently Manager of Nutrition and Dietetic Services at St Vincent’s Hospital in Sydney. She has been a member of DAA since 1987, contributing to several state and national interest groups and committees for both DAA and the Australian Diabetes Educators Association over the past 20 years. She is currently in her second term as a Director on the Board of DAA and is a member of the Australian Dietetics Council Accreditation Reviewer Pool.

National Directors

Dr Damien Angus, Director Responsible for Finance

Bachelor of Science (Hons), PhD (Physiology), MBA

Dr. Damien Angus is a Partner at Strategy& and a leader in the Melbourne healthcare practice. He has 15 years of strategy consulting experience across Australia, Asia and the USA. Damien has a PhD in physiology and is passionate about improving the health and wellbeing of Australians through driving transformation and reform in the healthcare system. He has managed numerous growth strategy and transformation engagements for major Australian clients in the health and insurance sectors.

Glenn Cardwell

Glen Cardwell, GradDipAppSc, Grad Dip Diet, BSc, APD

Glenn Cardwell is an Advanced APD who has written four nutrition books, including the international best seller Gold Medal Nutrition (5 editions, translated in two other languages), a life member of Sports Dietitians Australia (a professional body he helped establish), and a life member of Nutrition Australia for services to nutrition education. He has run his own company since 1996, consulting broadly to the food industry, locally and internationally, and currently to the mushroom, asparagus, cherry and banana farmers. His company has also been responsible for managing a total of $2.92 million of government grants over the past 10 years. He has been on the organising committees for the past three Perth DAA conferences, the 2017 Hobart conference, the Corporate Sponsorship committee and the Member Engagement Advisory Committee.

Tara Diversi

Tara Diversi – BHSc, MNutr&Diet, GradDipPsyc, PGradDipPsyc, MBA, GradCertEdStudies(Higher Ed)

Tara Diversi is an Accredited Practising Dietitian who has worked in almost all fields of dietetics. Entrepreneurship, business and communications is where her passion lies, and she has worked in self-employment for her entire career. Currently, alongside her consulting, communications and academic work, she is an Entrepreneurship Facilitator in Cairns, working with young people to help them create their own job. Tara holds an MBA, and two psychology degrees in addition to her dietetic qualifications. She is the author of three books on communication for health professionals, and the co-author of the The Good Enough Diet and co-author of the text, Totora’s Anatomy and Physiology.

Nicole Saxby

Nicole Saxby, BBioMedSci(Hon1), GradDipHealth(self-management), MNutr&Diet, AdvAPD

AdvAPD status since 2014; 7 years senior and middle management experience in hospital and health services; co-chair of the 2017 Nutrition guidelines for cystic fibrosis in Australia and New Zealand (NHMRC approved); awarded DAA PEN evidence based practice prize in 2015 and national award of merit in 2012. Successfully redesigned paediatric cystic fibrosis services in Tasmania (2010), and currently in the process of redesigning allied health services in Central West Queensland (2016 to current); experienced in creating 5 year strategic plans. As an allied health director since 2016 I have been responsible for the management of a multimillion dollar budget.

Jemma O’Hanlon

Bachelor of Health Science (Nutrition and Dietetics), APD

Jemma is an Accredited Practising Dietitian with over 13 years experience across the foodservice, food manufacturing and public health sectors. A strategic thinker and with a strong business acumen, Jemma has led teams of dietitians in both the commercial and not-for-profit sectors. Jemma has extensive experience working with the media and is passionate about communicating messages that are engaging and create behaviour change. Jemma is currently the Research & Development Manager at Hort Innovation and manages the Health, Nutrition, Food Safety and Value Chain projects. These align with her values of supporting Australian farmers and encouraging Aussies to eat more fresh fruit and vegetables.

Dr Katrina Campbell

Bachelor of Health Science(Nutrition and Dietetics), PhD, AdvAPD

Katrina is an Advanced APD with a unique combination of expertise in research, clinical dietetics, academia, management and consultancy. She currently holds a strategic health service-wide conjoint in Health Services Research (Allied Health) in Metro North and Menzies Health Institute. She leads pragmatic clinical trials and implementation trials measuring patient, health service and economic outcomes. She also has an international profile in renal nutrition and published more than 100 papers in this area.
Katrina is passionate about building the dietetic profession to challenge the status quo, evaluate outcomes and harness opportunities to improve the health of all Australians.


Robert Hunt, Chief Executive Officer

Robert is a highly experienced CEO with significant health industry management experience with the National Heart Foundation, Australian Medical Association and most recently as National CEO of St John Ambulance Australia.  Robert is a qualified CPA, born and bred in Canberra.  Robert’s strong focus throughout his career has been to advance professional conduct and he is a passionate advocate for support and encouragement of professional life.  As a long time member of his professional body CPA Australia and the Australian Institute of Company Directors, Robert is keen to protect and enhance the professional standing and recognition of Dietitians in Australia.