Dietetics


Melanie McGrice, AdvAPD (Advanced Accredited Practising Dietitian)

Melanie McGrice HeadshotMelanie McGrice is an Advanced Accredited Practising Dietitian with a Masters degree in Dietetics. Melanie specialises in weight management and was awarded the ‘excellence in dietetics’ award in 2012 for her outstanding work in this area. She is the author of ‘The Pregnancy Weight Plan’ and has co-authored several papers published in peer-reviewed scientific journals.

An experienced media spokesperson, Melanie is regularly interviewed for television news, current affairs and lifestyle programs, as well as radio and print media. She also writes regularly for magazines and is a public speaker for corporate companies, professional organisations and schools. Melanie is passionate about educating Australians to eat well, appreciate good food and maintain a healthy lifestyle so that they can feel great and get the most out of life.

Join her free nutrition and wellbeing network at www.melaniemcgrice.com.au.

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Carolina Rossi – Dietitian/Nutritionist APD/ND

Carol completed her undergraduate training in nutrition and dietetics in Brazil. She has spent countless weekends completing post graduate diplomas and certificates, one of these earning her a qualification in Sports Nutrition. She also holds a Masters in Clinical Functional Nutrition, which is similar to a Naturopathy qualification in Australia.

Carol has over 9 years of experience in private practice and has worked with elite athletes including tennis players, dancers, body builders, cyclists, runners, motorcyclists and adventure racers. She attended the Race Across America, which is a 4,000km cycling competition across the USA, with one of her clients, who became the first Latin American competitor to finish the race.

Carol has excelled as a dietitian due to her extensive training and her ability to ascertain her patient’s needs, and ensure that they understand why they need to follow their dietary program. Apart from working with athletes, Carol also provides nutritional advice for women during pregnancy, children, families, and for people with specific conditions such as food allergies, diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol.

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Emily Henry – B. Nutrition & Dietetics (Hons)

Emily graduated from the University of Wollongong with a Bachelor of Nutrition and Dietetics in 2009. She initially practiced as a dietitian in the Whitsundays, and now also consults on the Gold Coast. Emily provides a simple and ‘straight talking’ approach to good health and good nutrition.

Emily completed further training in sports nutrition, and relocated a portion of her practice to the Sport and Leadership Excellence Centre on the Gold Coast. In a period of less than 6 months she has built a large referral base and a busy part-time practice. Emily is now working in private practice and corporate health in locations around South-East and Far-North QLD, and delivers nutrition education presentations and workshops, with topics including healthy eating and optimal nutrition, reaching and maintaining a healthy weight, diabetes, arthritis, osteoporosis, sports nutrition and performance.

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Mitch Peterman – Accredited Practising Dietitian/Accredited Exercise Physiologist – BHlthSc(Nutr&Diet)(Hons)/BAppSc(HMS)(Hons), APD, AEP, ESSAM

Mitch graduated from Queensland University of Technology(QUT) in 2011 with a double degree in Nutrition & Dietetics and Human Movement Studies. Throughout his university degree, Mitch gained practical experience working in a variety of settings, including hospitals, private practices, community clinics and schools. He has been working as an Accredited Practising Dietitian and Accredited Exercise Physiologist at Merendi Health & Wellness since January 2012. Prior to this he was working as an Exercise Scientist running various Fitness Classes with Merendi Health & Wellness.

Mitch is passionate about helping people achieve better health through good nutrition and regular physical activity. He has a particular interest in providing advice on conditions that can be managed through both diet and exercise. Outside of work, Mitch enjoys playing touch football, going to the beach and spending time with family and friends.

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Prof Sandra Capra – AM, PhD (Qld), MSocSc, BSc(Hons), Dip Nutr&Diet, AdvAPD, FDAA

Professor Sandra Capra joined the Faculty of Health at the University of Queensland in 2008 as a Professor of Nutrition, and is now also the Coordinator of the Postgraduate Program in Dietetics. She received her BSc(Hons) and Diploma in Nutrition and Dietetics from Sydney University, her MSocSc from the University of Birmingham and her PhD from the University of Queensland. After more than 15 years in professional practice in NSW, Victoria, Queensland and New Zealand Prof Capra entered academia full time.

Professor Capra’s research interests focus on nutrition and dietetics practice, food and nutrition policy and quality outcomes for food and nutrition services in a variety of settings. Much of her work focuses on the development of tools to use in practice and developing systems for quality improvements and outcomes measurements of service delivery. This includes nutrition service delivery models, best practice, tools development, measurement in dietetics and outcomes research in dietetics.

Professor Capra has a strong commitment to allied health professions and has served three terms as National President of the Dietitians Association of Australia, has been a member of the Council of Pro Vice Chancellors and Deans of Health Sciences and served on many national policy making. She is currently serving her second four year term as the Chair of the Board of Directors of the International Confederation of Dietetic Associations. Professor Capra is on the board of Health Workforce Australia, an organisation which will address the challenges of providing a skilled, innovative health workforce that meets the needs of the Australian community. She was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia in 2003 for her contribution to community health, nutrition and dietetics education.

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Dr Maree Ferguson – PhD, AdvAPD, MBA

Maree is an Advanced Accredited Practising Dietitian and is an internationally renowned nutrition and dietetics expert.  Maree is currently the Director Nutrition and Dietetics, Princess Alexandra Hospital in Brisbane.  She has held leadership positions both within the Dietitians Association of Australia and the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (formerly American Dietetic Association).  Maree developed the Malnutrition Screening Tool to identify patients at risk of malnutrition.  Her innovative malnutrition screening tool has been implemented in many hospitals worldwide.

Maree is an invited speaker at national and international dietetic conferences.  She has received more than $1 million in research grant funding and authored over 30 peer-reviewed journal articles.  She is a reviewer for many international nutrition and dietetics journals. Maree has been awarded the Dietitian’s Association of Australia National Award of Merit and the President’s Innovation Award.  She also received an Australia Day Achievement Award in 2011.

Maree received her Graduate Diploma of Nutrition and Dietetics and Doctoral degrees from Queensland University of Technology and Masters in Business Administration from Franklin University in the USA. In 2012 Maree launched Dietitian Connection, the essential link for nutrition leaders, and resources can be viewed at www.dietitianconnection.com.

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Megan Ariotti – BApSc(Food Science), BHlthSc(Nutr&Diet)

Megan is an accredited practising dietitian (APD) with the Dietitians’ Association of Australia. She completed a degree in nutrition and dietetics at the Queensland University of Technology in 2005 following on from a bachelor of food science and nutrition at the University of Queensland in 2003.

Megan has worked in a variety of clinical and community dietetic positions, including a year as a community dietitian in London. She is now a Senior Dietitian at the Princess Alexandra Hospital in Brisbane; specialising in critical illness, parenteral nutrition, and the management of nutritional supplements to patients at home.

Megan has a keen interest in clinical dietetics in particular gastroenterology, surgical, and intensive care. She is passionate about patient care and improving service delivery.

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Bonnie Lau – BHlthSci(Nutr&Diet)(Hons)

Bonnie graduated from Nutrition & Dietetics at Queensland University of Technology (QUT) in 2012. She finished high school in 2007 and completed a semester of landscape architecture before her decision to become a dietitian. Bonnie had a diverse range of experiences in her university placements, from a small private hospital and a community health centre in Brisbane, New Zealand’s largest hospital in Auckland, and two hospitals in Vietnam for her research project.

Bonnie is looking forward to starting a job as a clinical dietitian in Singapore General Hospital in early 2012. She is passionate about clinical dietetics and research, and aspires to empower people and advocate for healthy lifestyle behaviours at an individual and broader level. Bonnie has a keen interest in the nutritional management of chronic lifestyle diseases, particularly chronic kidney disease. She enjoys understanding and embracing different cultures while optimising clients’ health in a holistic approach.

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