A better student, mom, and health provider by virtue of mindfulness – A Q&A with Lulu Cook RDN

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Brisbane based dietitian Lulu Cook reveals that she found solace in meditation, and also shares how mindfulness helped her become a better student, mom, and now a health provider. Here’s how Lulu answered the questions we had for her…. What made you decide to practice mindfulness in your life especially in your career as dietitian? [Read More…]

Is mindfulness “right” for you? Here’s how it transformed my practice – by Amanda Griffiths, founder MHC


I’m not here to say whether mindfulness may be right or wrong for you. Only you can explore that for yourself. However, I would really, really like to share the stuff I’ve come across during my mindfulness journey in the hope that it will give you a greater understanding of what mindfulness is and isn’t. [Read More…]

The top 5 tips for choosing a nutrition degree – by Christina Turner, Bond University

Nutrition & Dietetics students at Bond have the opportunity to complete an international nutrition project abroad. Pictured above are students during their placement in Malaysia.

So, you’re interested in studying nutrition at University but not sure what course to do? It’s a very common question asked by both high school students and those looking to study nutrition as a second degree. I’ve collated my top 5 tips to assist you in selecting the right nutrition degree for you: 1. Understand [Read More…]

Practitioner-patient pairs to conspire for the future of health care

collaborative pairs

A new initiative designed to recruit 4 pairs of professionals and patients is expected to pave the way for a better health care system in Australia. “The Collaborative Pairs” program made possible through the joint effort of Consumers Health Forum and the program’s developer King’s Fund of London will run the trial period for two [Read More…]

Two dietitians, two orthoptists and a microbiologist are asked “what do you love about your job?” Here are their responses…….

Dr Petra Derrington

Sally Marchini, APD at Marchini Nutrition said: “I really do love my job as an Accredited Practising Dietitian. I love people, so being able to help people to improve their well-being, their quality of life and their understanding of their health concerns really does make me happy. I love being able to use my university trained knowledge [Read More…]

What it’s like being a health professional with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder – by Amanda Griffiths, founder MHC

AMG PAH with MHC poster

The two things that distressed me the most with respect to my professional life were my fears. I was scared to death that I was going to make a mistake that would lead to the harm of a patient. I was freaking out that I was going to cause someone to become vision impaired, blind, [Read More…]

2017 – My year in review – by Amanda Griffiths, founder My Health Career

Heart Reef

2017 literally started off with a bang. And ash. Funnily enough it was the ash that made the experience what it was…… I went to the New Years’ Eve Gala at the Opera House, and so saw Sydney’s incredible fireworks display right in the thick of things. The finale of the fireworks was so spectacular [Read More…]

THE WAY FORWARD: INNOVATION – By Prof Liz Isenring, Bond University

Liz Isenring dietetics

How to manage ongoing public health issues is a challenge facing healthcare professionals across the globe. In a world where technology is getting cheaper and more available, and demand and cost of healthcare is rising, practitioners are challenged with balancing the needs of developed countries against health systems burdened by limited funding, human capital, and [Read More…]

Differing views and opinions on Australia’s health care insurance

private health insurance reform 2017 (1)

The government’s process of reforming the private health insurance sector in Australia has drawn a range of criticisms and opinions from organisations including the Australian Dental Association (ADA), the Australian Medical Association (AMA), the Dietitians Association of Australia (DAA) and the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP). Dr Michael Gannon, President of the AMA [Read More…]

World-first guide to developing a workplace wellbeing strategy in health service settings launched by beyondblue

beyondblue health workforce mental health

beyondblue has acted on evidence suggesting that health professionals are at a greater risk of experiencing depression, anxiety and suicide, to produce a guide for health services in developing a workplace mental health strategy. There are a number of benefits for health services that focus on creating mentally healthy workplaces. Research suggests that: Patient experiences [Read More…]

The health and well-being of Australian health professionals – by Kay Dunkely


October is Mental Health Month and it is important for all health professionals to focus on their own mental health to ensure they are in a good position to look after others. Two sayings that come to mind are “put on your own oxygen mask first so that you can help others” and “you can’t [Read More…]

How to land and prepare for an overseas healthcare job as a new graduate – by Bonnie Lau

Overseas jobs for healthcare grads

The allure of working overseas is hard to resist. It may not be as glamorous as you thought, but it’s certainly fulfilling, eye-opening and enriching in many ways, and brings unexpected opportunities and life paths that you may never have imagined. I have been working in Singapore for almost 5 years and thought I would [Read More…]

ATARs and OPs for every dietetics course in Australia

dietetics ATAR

There are undergraduate and postgraduate pathways available in Australia which will lead to a qualification as a dietitian. In this article we will be giving information on the ATAR / OP that was required to enter each course at the beginning of 2017. Please note that this is a rough guide only for future years [Read More…]

The GlycoLeap Story: Technology in Dietetics – by APD Bonnie Lau

Dietitian Bonnie Lau

I remember when I first graduated from university, I only wanted to work in a hospital. Clinical dietetics was the cool thing to get into for almost everybody, and almost all my classmates aspired to score the much coveted (and rare) graduate positions at the hospitals. I jumped at my first job offer at a [Read More…]

From scepticism to rolling out the welcome mat: 8 professions respond to the federal health budget

2017-18 federal health budget response

The 2017-18 Federal Budget was handed down on 9 May 2017 by the Turnbull Government. The budget received mixed responses from various health associations and organisations. The freeze will be lifted from bulk billing incentives for GP consultations from 1 July 2017, from standard GP consultations and other specialist consultations from 1 July 2018, from [Read More…]

How to be a Happy Health Practitioner – by optometrist Carina Trinh

Carina Trinh

So, there’s this talk that I feel extremely passionate about that I give to the new graduate optometrists who enter the workforce in NSW/ACT each year as part of Young Optometrists Inc. NSW/ACT that covers the importance of self-care for optometrists. But really, it applies to all health care practitioners.   Being a Health Care [Read More…]

Mindfulness for health professionals – by Dr Kathryn Choules (PhD) and Dr Samantha Clarke (PhD)

Kathryn Choules

Due to my own developing interest in mindfulness in my own practice as an optometrist, and for the wider community of health practitioners, I thought it was worth asking mindfulness teachers and psychologists about how health practitioners can be mindful in their practice and interactions with patients. I was fortunate enough to receive responses from [Read More…]

Mindfulness practice in nutrition counselling – by Sylvia North, dietitian

Sylvia North

“I strongly believe that a personal mindfulness practice plays an absolute pillar role in being an effective practitioner. Naturally, the health care industry draws empathetic and caring individuals who seek out a career in health because they want to help people. We’re lucky to have a lovely skilled workforce of people who are willing to [Read More…]

Dietitians launch Reconciliation Action Plan to ‘close the gap’

reconciliation action plan launched by DAA

The Dietitians Association of Australia (DAA) is taking action to close the gap by launching the Reflect Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP). Reflect RAP marks DAA’s commitment to building the relationships, respect and opportunities essential to reconciliation. The DAA President, Liz Kellett, unveiled the program with General Manager of the RAP, Darryl Monaghan on 21 February [Read More…]

Should Australia introduce a sugar tax to combat obesity?

sugar tax to reduce obesity

To help recoup some of the costs of obesity to the community, Grattan Institute in its report, A sugary drinks tax: recovering the community costs of obesity, suggests that Australia should introduce a tax on sugary drinks. Excessive consumption of unhealthy foods, including sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs), not only causes long-term problems for consumers, but also [Read More…]

Study finds evidence of bias in the review of artificially sweetened beverages


A systematic review of reviews of the effects of artificially sweetened beverages on weight found that review sponsorship and authors’ financial conflicts of interest may create bias affecting the outcomes. It has been suggested that the bias possibly undermines the quality and transparency of public health evaluations that are reliant on these reviews. The systematic [Read More…]

Over $60,000 raised – dietitians unite in national awareness campaign


Dietitians may be the most misunderstood profession among all health practitioners. As the result, the profession of dietetics is in crisis. Dietitians report that they are underemployed, underpaid, and even unemployed. With so many “competitors” many whom are not qualified, giving people lots of different nutrition information, it’s no wonder the public is confused about [Read More…]

The benefits of volunteering for new grad dietitians – by Sally Marchini APD

Sally Marchini dietitian

“As a new grad one of the greatest challenges, lack of experience, can also prove to be a greatest opportunity when volunteering is utilised. When I graduated five years ago now, the several jobs that I’d been promised didn’t eventuate as funding was cut. I decided that I needed to demonstrate to potential employers that [Read More…]

ATARs and OPs for every dietetics course in Australia

raining ATARS

There are undergraduate and postgraduate pathways available in Australia which will lead to a qualification as a dietitian. In this article we will be giving information on the ATAR / OP that was required to enter each course at the beginning of 2016. Please note that this is a rough guide only for future years [Read More…]

Media ramps it up from amplifying body fads to straight out misrepresentation of dietitians

misleading health information in the media

The latest craze, the “ab crack” is “whack” according to Exercise and Sports Science Australia (ESSA). ESSA Spokesperson, Katie Lyndon says that for a lot of people the ab crack will be unattainable, even with a low body fat percentage, and that abs are usually influenced by genetics, not how much you do of a [Read More…]

Exhilarating! My week with the Royal Flying Doctor Service – by Rebecca Irwin – medical student and NRHSN Chair

Rebecca Irwin RFDS week

The unique exhilarating experience of flying to remote communities and stations to provide health care is unparalleled by anything I have experienced thus far. I loved flying with the Royal Flying Doctors Service (RFDS) to remote locations, hopping from station to station, community to community, providing health care as we went. Occasionally we were diverted [Read More…]

The non-diet approach to health for dietitians and health professionals

non-diet course for dietitians

Queensland based dietitian Fiona Willer is an advocate of a non-diet approach to health. As well as running a free online course for dietetics students, foundational and advanced courses on the non-diet approach, she also offers the foundational course in an online format for dietitians. “Health Professionals should consider learning about weight-neutral perspectives because even [Read More…]

Q&A with Anna Debenham – dietitian and brand manager at Hit 100

Anna Debenham

We love it when we see health care professionals out there doing innovative things. We love it even more when we get to do a Q&A with them to see what they’re up to!! Without further ado, we present…. a Q&A with recent dietetics graduate Anna Debenham. You started The Biting Truth while you were [Read More…]

3 major industry bodies agree on key recommendations for sports nutrition

sports nutrition recommendations

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND), Dietitians of Canada (DC), and the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) have released a joint position statement to provide the current energy, nutrient, and fluid recommendations for active adults and competitive athletes. The paper outlined four key themes related to nutrition and athletic performance, which are: Nutrition [Read More…]

The 10 commandments of patient-centred care

the ten commandments for patient-centred care

A team of UK researchers has transformed their paper, published in the British Journal of General Practice, into a website fully dedicated to covering the 10 commandments for patient-centred treatment. Although it is about general practice, the principles are similar for any health profession, particularly where the profession involves disgnostics, prescribing medications or giving medications [Read More…]

Happy New University Year to dietetics students!

dietetic student success

As dietetics students around the country are either starting or returning to uni at the moment, we thought it would be a great time to ask around for tips on how to make it successfully through the year. We were lucky enough to hear back from 3 dietetics students and a dietitian!   Clare Jones [Read More…]

9 things I have learnt in the job search – by dietetics recent graduate Emma Stubbs

getting your first job as a dietitian

“After writing 39 job applications (I swear it was more than this) and undergoing 7 face to face, 3 phone, 1 skype & 1 bloodbath group interview, it would be safe to assume I know one or two things about the dietitian job hunt. There have been some cringe worthy moments – I remember in [Read More…]

$250 million for translating medical research into real benefits

Biomedical Translation Fund

The Australian Government will invest $250 million over two years to help translate Australian health and medical research into commercial reality as part of the National Innovation and Science Agenda (NISA). This investment will provide the funds to improve the quality of life of Australians. The Biomedical Translation Fund alongside the Medical Research Future Fund [Read More…]

Dietitians are calling for equitable home enteral nutrition services

equitable home enteral nutrition services

Following a new research finding that the use of home enteral nutrition (HEN) services at one of the largest teaching hospitals in New South Wales has increased by more than 250 per cent since 2005, dietitians are appealing to the Federal Government to make HEN services fair and equitable across the country. Dietitians suggest a [Read More…]

10 year road map for Closing the Gap

ten year road map to close the gap

Minister for Rural Health Fiona Nash has launched an Implementation Plan as a further commitment to Closing the Gap. The Implementation Plan is a ten-year road map: a strategy to better health for Indigenous children, Indigenous youth and Indigenous adults. The Coalition decided to adopt and build on the 10 year National Aboriginal and Torres Strait [Read More…]

Is a degree no longer enough? An experience in international nutrition and dietetics

Bond dietetics 250 x 249

In today’s competitive work environment, many employers are seeking ‘work ready’ graduates with clear evidence of job specific skills. When looking at a pool of applicants it is important to query if a graduate simply studied the theory, or if they are able to apply demonstrated experience in putting theory to practice? Real-world experience can [Read More…]

Should you weigh your child – by Melanie McGrice

should you weigh your child

There is a lot of information in today’s media about childhood obesity, our current obesogenic environment and the associated risks they may have on the health and vitality of our next generation. With all this bombardment of scary statistics it is common for parents to feel concerned. They may ask you “Should I weigh my [Read More…]

ATAR or OP for every dietetics course in Australia

dietitian ATAR

Click here for our most recent ATAR for dietetics in 2017 article. Click here for our ATAR for dietetics in 2016 article. There are undergraduate and postgraduate pathways available in Australia which will lead to a qualification as a dietitian. In this article we will be giving information on the ATAR / OP that was [Read More…]

Dietitians Association Australia raises diet of ATSI people as a key area in Closing the Gap – by Amanda Griffiths

will diet policy help Close the Gap

The Dietitians Association of Australia (DAA) is calling on the Federal Government to get serious about improving food and nutrition for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. The call comes after University of Newcastle researcher, Dr Mark Lock, recently exposed the failings of the Federal Government to address this crucial public health issue. Robyn Delbridge [Read More…]

Allied health misses a guernsey in the Medicare Benefits Schedule Review Taskforce – by Amanda Griffiths

Medicare Benefits Scheme Review Taskforce

It’s been about a month since Minister for Health Sussan Ley announced the members of the Federal Government’s Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) Review Taskforce and the Primary Health Care Advisory Group (PHCAG). Although the PHCAG is made up of members from a number of health professions including physiotherapy, medicine and pharmacy, it is blatantly obvious [Read More…]

#WhyWeDoResearch campaign – by Cheryl Prescott and Claire Gibbs

Claire Gibbs and Abby Greaves

“The #WhyWeDoResearch campaign was conceived and launched via Twitter by Claire Gibbs, Senior Clinical Research Nurse (@ClaireGibbsUK) and Abby Greaves, Research Administrator, (@JPUHResearch) at the James Paget University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust in December 2014. Their intention was to use the hashtag #WhyWeDoResearch as a way to introduce core research team members to the public, [Read More…]

Nutting out the nutrition issues: the dietitian’s call for dialogue – Dietitians for Professional Progress is launched!

Dietitians for Professional Progress

At My Health Career, we couldn’t help but notice when Dietitians for Professional Progress came onto the scene via social media recently. So we thought we’d ask founders Skye Marshall and Hannah Mackay why they started DPP and what they are looking to achieve with the movement. Here is their response…. “Dietitians for Professional Progress [Read More…]

How phytoestrogens decrease symptoms of menopause – by Melanie McGrice AdvAPD

Melanie McGrice Headshot

Melanie McGrice (AdvAPD) is one of Australia’s best known dietitians. She is a highly respected author and health presenter on nutrition and dietary issues – and a lover of great food! Learn more about dietary recommendations for menopause or other health conditions or join her free nutrition and wellbeing network at www.melaniemcgrice.com.au   Did you [Read More…]

Call for health professionals to be more aware of signs of child sexual abuse surfaces during royal commission

child sexual abuse in institutions royal commission

The ABC has again reported on the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. They recently published revelations by psychologist Terence Kirkpatrick that he was sexually abused by a psychologist at the Royal North Shore Hospital (RNSH) in 1967 when he had been referred to the clinic to be treated for what was [Read More…]

My rant following the most recent round of careers expos….

The dark side of career expos

I have just returned from a series of 4 careers expos in the New South Wales towns of Young, Forbes, Dubbo and Bathurst. Although this website was started especially for high school students considering a career in health and has lots of resources such as videos from real health practitioners and pathways information, there are [Read More…]

Dietitians in the UK head towards prescribing rights

prescribing rights for dietitians

The National Health Service (NHS) has recently concluded its 8 week consultation period on their proposal to introduce supplementary prescribing for dietitians across the UK. The consultation closed on 24th April. If all elements of the proposal are approved, and there are no delays to the process, it is estimated that the first intake of [Read More…]

Hot or not? The Mediterranean Diet – by APD Katrina Mills

Is the Mediterranean diet healthy

The Mediterranean diet wasn’t created in a lab or hospital. It has evolved over 5000 years and is simply the diet eaten by those living in Mediterranean countries including Greece and Italy. There is no set diet because each region used whatever food was available to them, common features are fresh fruit and vegetables, olive [Read More…]

Male nutrition and how it can improve fertility – by Melanie McGrice AdvAPD

Melanie McGrice Headshot

Current reports indicate that fertility problems affect approximately 15% of Australian couples. There’s a lot of focus on women improving their diet and lifestyle but dad’s-to-be should aim to improve their diet just as much as their partners. Sub-optimal diets can contribute to low sperm outputs and/or sperm abnormalities. Three key dietary changes that men [Read More…]

Multidisciplinary care of chronic diseases for cost effectiveness and surgery prevention

multidisciplinary care of chronic disease

Services for Australian Rural and Remote Allied Health (SARRAH) have released a report revealing that surgery could be avoided if patients with diabetes, stroke, and osteoarthritis were seen by multidisciplinary teams of health professionals. Allied health professionals can provide effective treatment that improves outcomes and reduces costs for patients with diabetes, stroke, and osteoarthritis, thus [Read More…]

Calling for the rise of dietitians following the fall of Pete Evans

rise of dietitians

If News Limited website www.news.com.au is anything to go by, the tide is turning against Pete Evans. Fast. Their story published in October 2014 painted the Dietitians Association of Australia (DAA), who advocate against the paleo diet, as an organisation aligned with multinational processed food corporations that “litter the supermarket shelves with so-called healthy foods.” [Read More…]

Recipes in Bubba Yum Yum paleo book co-authored by Pete Evans could cause infant death claim public health and dietitian groups

Pete Evans

Update 16/3/2015 – Pan Macmillan book publishers have made a statement to SBS, saying that “The authors of Bubba Yum Yum – The Paleo Way – for new mums, babies and toddlers have decided to release a digital version of the book very shortly, and will, therefore, no longer publish the book, in any format, [Read More…]

Hot (or not) diets – the 5:2 – by APD Katrina Mills

Katrina Mills

Paleo, raw food, 5:2, Mediterranean; the endless choice of diets is even more overwhelming than the breakfast cereal aisle at the supermarket! I am constantly getting asked what do you think about X diet? The claims of all these fad diets are splashed across magazines, TV, radio, Facebook, so in an effort to try and [Read More…]

Dietetics courses in Australia

dietetics career

The Dietitians Association of Australia (DAA) is responsible for the accreditation of dietetic programs in Australia and maintains a list of programs that are currently accredited or seeking accreditation. The following is a list of universities running undergraduate and postgraduate programs in nutrition and dietetics. You are strongly advised to check with DAA regarding the [Read More…]

Cardiologist in a truck becomes the Heart of Australia

Heart of Australia

The Heart of Australia is a 25 metre clinic on a truck that is the brainchild of Dr Rolf Gomes, a Brisbane cardiologist. He had been moved by his concern about the lack of cardiac care in rural and remote areas, and the difficulties undertaken by rural people to access adequate health service. Compared to [Read More…]

Upskilling online made possible by Monash University

Monash Online courses for health professionals

The health industry is incredibly rewarding yet can be a mentally draining area to work in. Take it from Natasha Jennings of the Alfred Hospital’s Emergency and Trauma Centre, who shared her typical day online at Health Victoria. Her exhausting day begins at 5am and she is seeing patients as soon as she steps into [Read More…]

What to do if you just graduated and can’t find a dietitian job – by Maree Ferguson, Director, Dietitian Connection


“Congratulations you have graduated as a dietitian!  Now comes the task of finding a job.  Unfortunately this can be easier said than done. I am constantly talking to new graduates who are struggling to find that elusive first job.  So firstly it’s important to know that you are not alone.  Below are my tips on [Read More…]

Are your clients gluten free for the right reasons? by Sally Marchini APD

Sally Marchini dietitian

Accredited Practising Dietitian Sally Marchini was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes almost 40 years ago and then coeliac disease 13 years ago. It was that second chronic disease diagnosis that inspired her to go to university to become a dietitian, both to benefit her own health and lead by example to help others to enjoy [Read More…]

The influence of Omega-3 on postnatal depression – by Melanie McGrice, AvdAPD

Melanie McGrice Headshot

My Health Career is pleased to publish an article by dietitian Melanie McGrice where she discusses omega-3 fatty acids, their role in post-natal depression and what you can do to make sure you and your patients are getting enough. “For most women, having a baby is the most significant life changing event they will ever [Read More…]

What do patients think about digital health? By Cathie Reid – Digital Health Summit post 4

technology in health

This is the fourth and final post in my series from the Digital Health Summit at CES 2015, following on from posts on wearables, disrupting the doctor visit, and how pharmacy can avoid its own Kodak moment. It was fantastic to see the program include a session on the patient perspective, as all too often [Read More…]

Becoming a medical writer

medical writing career

Medical writing is the term used for a field that can include journalists who specialize in writing in healthcare and medicine as well as doctors, nurses and other health professionals who go into the areas of writing and editing. Medical writing is a small profession, with the peak body, the Australasian Medical Writers Association having [Read More…]

Apples “fresh for Spring” that were harvested in April…. Coles in trouble again….

Are apples really fresh

Coles has had to stop airing its advertisement featuring Curtis Stone spruiking Tasmanian pink lady apples where he says “feed your family better, fresher, with spring fruit and veg from Coles.” It follows a complaint to the Advertising Standards Board which included the following statement: This is wrong and not possible, I live in Tassie [Read More…]

Dietitians take to Twitter following Catalyst episode spruiking the high fat, low carb diet

Catalyst high fat low carb

Dietitians have taken to Twitter to voice their concerns over the segment “Low Carb Diet Fat or Fiction” aired on the ABC’s Catalyst on Thursday night. The segment, which included comments from cricketer Shane Watson, exercise science Professor Tim Noakes, sports medicine and exercise physician Dr Peter Brukner and Dietitians Association Australia spokesperson Melanie McGrice. [Read More…]

Pete Evans vs Dietitians

Paleo diet flow chart

Pete Evans has been a regular in the tabloid headlines over the last few months. Getting some publicity just in time for the launch of his paleo cook book in November perhaps? Most recently, Evans has claimed that the Paleo diet can prevent autism. He has also called for the National Heart Foundation to be [Read More…]

Nutrition tips to maximise performance in exams!

food for exam performance

The 2013 CensusAtSchool survey result shows that 15% of school students are missing breakfast. While breakfast is considered as the most important meal of the day, they likely to lose the right fuel to perform their academic best. Dietitians Association of Australia (DAA) through their spokesperson, Julie Gilbert, said that a proper breakfast can help [Read More…]

Australian HealthFusion Team Challenge 2014….. and the winners are….

Team UQ

A couple of months ago I was asked to be the Master of Ceremonies at the Australian HealthFusion Team Challenge. Being offered such a great opportunity is a bit of a privilege, and although I was keen to take part in the day, I was also a bit daunted as it is such a full [Read More…]

Reminder about Therapy Choices for the NDIS

Therapy Choices

In 2013 Occupational Therapy Australia entered into a partnership with the Australian Government to produce Therapy Choices, a website which aims to help people with a disability to better understand the roles of the allied health professionals who are able to provide them support under the National Disability Insurance Scheme. The website lists the roles [Read More…]

Career nuggets from foodservice manager & dietitian Michelle Suter

Foodservice dietitian Michelle Suter

“For the last 5 years I have worked as a foodservice manager and head of the dietetic department at Caboolture Hospital in northern Brisbane. Prior to this I worked in both foodservice and clinical roles at the Royal Brisbane and Women’s hospital and The Park Centre for Mental Health (formerly Wolston Park Hospital).    I haves [Read More…]

A dietitian’s take on energy in/energy out – understanding how much you need and where you get it

Sally Marchini DCO dietitian

My Health Career is pleased to present a guest blog post from dietitian Sally Marchini, who has her own business Marchini Nutrition. Sally has Type 1 diabetes, and is a regular contributor to the blog on Diabetes Counselling Online. The following article was originally published on the Diabetes Counselling Online blog, and provides great insight [Read More…]

Brett Parker aka – DietitianToBe: Thrilled to be a minority

Brett Parker dietetiantobe

“My name in Brett Parker and I am now in my 3rd year of my Bachelor of Nutrition and Dietetics degree at Griffith University on the Gold Coast. When I enrolled I had no idea what I was getting into. I loved food (I am a cook and have run my own café’s) and wanted [Read More…]

Patients with chronic diseases – which health practitioners are they being referred to?

Chronic disease referrals

The percentile statistics for the use of the allied health item numbers for patients with a chronic condition who are being managed by their GP under an Enhanced Primary Care (EPC) plan have been released on the Medicare website. Under this plan, Medicare rebates are available for a maximum of 5 allied health services per [Read More…]

Allied health practice owners conference – Maida Learning

Cropped DL Flyer FRONT

Allied health professionals and practice owners now have access to education and professional development specifically for their unique business requirements with the establishment of Maida Learning and its inaugural Healthy Practice Conference being held at Canberra’s Hotel Realm on 16 and 17 May. Director of Maida Learning, Amy Geach launched the conference and her third [Read More…]

Health Fusion Team Challenge registration open to uni students

Health industry report

University students studying a health degree in an Australian university are now able to register a team for the 2014 HealthFusion Team Challenge (HFTC). The HFTC is an award winning program aimed at educating students from different disciplines in the area of collaborative patient care. There are 4 basic steps to being involved in the [Read More…]

Australian dietetics workforce in focus

Dietitian employment rate

Health Workforce Australia recently released Dietitians in Focus as part of its Australia’s Health Workforce Series. Here we have a summary of the key findings…… Less than half of those with a dietetics qualification were working as a dietitian At the time of the 2011 census, approximately 6,200 Australians reported having a qualification as a [Read More…]

Want to fly to the Northern Territory to inspire the next generation of health practitioners?

NT Rural High School Visits

The Northern Territory Medicare Local is now taking applications for university health students to fly to the Northern Territory to connect with high school students to promote health careers. Participating uni students will have the opportunity to present workshops to high school students to demonstrate the challenges and rewards of health careers, and also share [Read More…]

My career as an oncology specialist dietitian – by Merran Findlay AdvAPD

Oncology dietitian Merran Findlay

Merran Findlay is an Advanced Accredited Practising Dietitian who is the Senior Oncology Dietitian at the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital. She specialises in the nutritional care of patients with head and neck cancer. She is also a contributor to the University of Sydney dietetics learning program, and can be contacted via email: Merran.Findlay@sswahs.nsw.gov.au or LinkedIn. [Read More…]

The current and changing world of a cystic fibrosis dietitian

Micallef LinkedIn Photo_2013

My Health Career is pleased to present a guest blog post from Accredited Practicing Dietitian Nicole Micallef. Nicole coordinates a state-wide cystic fibrosis service (Tasmania).  This role allows her to combine her passions for clinical dietetics, interdisciplinary practice, leadership, chronic condition self-management, and research.  She is currently the Cystic Fibrosis Interest Group Convenor for the [Read More…]

What’s the difference between a dietitian and a nutritionist? Choosing the right course for you!

Nutritionist vs dietitian

There is SO MUCH confusion out there about the difference between a dietitian and a nutritionist. Luckily, we have a great video from Prof Sandra Capra, who served three terms as national president of the Dietitians Association Australia to help with any confusion about the difference between nutrition degrees and dietetics degrees: Points worth noting: [Read More…]

Front of pack labeling for packaged foods

Health Star Rating

In December of 2011, the Forum on Food Regulation complied with the ministers’ requests to develop a sensible front-of-the-pack labeling system. A committee comprised of members from numerous national groups focused on health and dietetics was formed in March of 2012 to come up with a system by December 2012. In June of 2013, the [Read More…]

From fast food to future dietitian

Brett Parker dietitian

My Health Career is pleased to publish the career story of Brett Parker, who is a second year dietetics student at Griffith University on the Gold Coast. His career profile was first published on Dietitian Connection, where he volunteers and adds content to the Dietitian Connection Student Page on Facebook.   “Background My family travelled [Read More…]

A dietitian gives some hot tips about making it in the food industry!

Dietitian Jemma O'Hanlon

At My Health Career, we saw this profile about dietitian Jemma O’Hanlon first published on Dietitian Connection and couldn’t help but get permission to re-publish it on our site!! This atricle starts with how Jemma became interested in a career in dietetics, and progresses to a typical day in her role at Nutrition Australia, and [Read More…]

The career progression of superstar dietitian Maree Ferguson!!


It is a privilege to have a guest blog post from Maree Ferguson, the Director of Nutrition and Dietetics at the Princess Alexandra Hospital in Brisbane.  She developed the innovative Malnutrition Screening Tool to identify patients at risk of malnutrition, and it has been implemented in hospitals worldwide. Maree is also the founder of Dietitian [Read More…]

Registered Dietitians Call For Integrity

Dietitians for Professional Integrity 1

While My Health Career usually focuses on stories about health professions in Australia, we couldn’t help but raise awareness about a controversial issue that is causing a bit of a stir in the US at the moment. From what we hear, things similar to this happen to a much lesser extent in Australia. So here [Read More…]

From patient to dietitian

Sally Marchini DCO dietitian

A blog post with a twist!! Sally Marchini has lived with both type 1 diabetes and coeliac disease for many years. She was inspired to change careers and become qualified as an Accredited Practising Dietitian and set up her own business – Marchini Nutrition. She offers personalised consultations that aim to enhance her client’s quality [Read More…]

Australian Dietary Guidelines

Australian Dietary Guidelines 2013

The Australian Dietary Guidelines were updated recently, with the document being released in February 2013. The five guidelines are: 1.    To achieve and maintain a healthy weight, be physically active and choose amounts of nutritious food and drinks to meet your energy needs. 2.    Enjoy a wide variety of nutritious foods from the 5 food [Read More…]

Dietitian salary survey

Dietitian salary

Dietitian Connection, a leading website for dietitians, completed a dietitian salary survey in late 2012, and acquired results from 117 dietitians around Australia.   Results of the dietitian salary survey are as follows: 60% earned between $51,000 and $80,000 per year 8% earned over $100,000 per year Respondents practiced in settings such as public hospitals [Read More…]

A student’s journey through her dietetics degree

Dietitian Bonnie Lau

Here we have a guest post by Bonnie Lau, who became qualified as an Accredited Practising Dietitian in 2012. She graduated from Queensland with a BHlthSc(Nutr&Diet) and a university medal. Bonnie is looking forward to starting a job as a clinical dietitian in Singapore General Hospital in early 2013. You can check out Bonnie’s blog: [Read More…]

International Congress of Dietetics – A Student’s Perspective

Dietetics - ICD12

  Hey cool – our first dietetics guest blog post!!! The honour has gone to Queensland University of Technology’s dietetics student Holly Harris because she was brave enough to go to the ICD2012 in Sydney recently and rub shoulders with world leaders in the field. Brilliant!! Holly has a blog too, so check it out!!  [Read More…]

London Olympics 2012 – A Great Time To Talk Sports Dietetics!!

Sports dietetics Olympics

With the Olympics being on lately, we’ve seen that Sports Dietitians Australia (SDA) have been putting it out there on Twitter!! And we’ve loved it!!! So what have they been talking about? Here we quote their tweets and give you the links to their fact sheets…… INCREASING MUSCLE MASS On 6th August, SDA tweeted: “And [Read More…]