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.

Board of Directors, August 2019

Phil Juffs, Vice President

Phil Juffs, Chair – President

Experience and expertise
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.  Phil managed Patient Food Services at RBWH from 2013-2016. Phil is currently Director Nutrition & Food Services for West Moreton Health based at Ipswich.  Phil has chaired the DAA Queensland Branch Executive, been Renal IG Convenor and sat on PEPDAC and MAC.

Qualifications
BAppSc, GradDipNutrDiet, GradCertHlthMgt, AdvAPD

Past Presidents

Melissa Armstrong

Melissa Armstrong, Vice President

Experience and expertise
Melissa is an Advanced Accredited Practising Dietitian. She 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 including being a member of the Australian Dietetics Council Accreditation Reviewer Pool for 9 years. She is currently in her third term as a Director on the Board of DAA. She has been the Board representative on the Journal Strategic Planning Committee, the Food Regulatory and Policy Committee and most recently on the Professional Development Advisory Committee.

Qualifications
BSc, GradDipNutDiet, AdvAPD

Dr Damien Angus, Director responsible for Finance (appointed July 2018)

Experience and expertise
Dr. Damien Angus is a Partner at PwC, is a leader in the Melbourne healthcare advisory 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 and with a strong focus on prevention. He has led numerous growth strategy and transformation engagements for major Australian clients in the health, insurance and government sectors.

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

Glenn Cardwell. Director

Experience and expertise
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, in particular 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 10 years. Currently, he is engaged in a mushroom research program at Curtin University and the National Measurement Institute. 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.

Qualifications
GradDipAppSc, Grad Dip Diet, BSc, AdvAPD

Tara Diversi. Director

Experience and expertise
Tara Diversi is an Advanced 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.

Qualifications
BHSc, MNutr&Diet, GradDipPsyc, MBA, GradCertEdStudies(Higher Ed), AdvAPD

Nicole Saxby. Director

Experience and expertise
Nicole is an Advanced Accredited Practicing Dietitian based in Hobart, Tasmania. Her dietetic career began in 2006 upon the completion of her Graduate Diploma in Dietetics from the University of Canberra. In addition to her dietetic qualifications, Nicole holds an undergraduate honours degree in biomedical science and a post graduate degree in chronic condition self-management. She is currently finishing up her PhD on the topic of ‘chronic condition self-management in children and young people’ at Flinders University. Nicole’s career has been diverse ranging from working as a clinical hospital dietitian to working as an allied health project officer responsible for the redesign of medical imaging services. She also had the privilege of working as an allied health director in regional Queensland overseeing the running of dietetic, podiatry, medical imaging, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, social work and dentistry services. Interdisciplinary practice, chronic condition management, and research translation are where Nicole’s passions lie.

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

Jemma O’Hanlon. Director (appointed November 2018)

Experience and expertise
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.

Qualifications
Bachelor of Health Science (Nutrition and Dietetics), APD

Dr Katrina Campbell. Director (appointed November 2018)

Experience and expertise
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 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.

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

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.