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…]

Longitudinal carotenoids study results released


A longitudinal study has found an association between higher consumption of dietary carotenoids and a reduced risk of insulin resistance (IR). Carotenoids, the natural plant chemicals in vegetables, may halve the risk of insulin resistance in adults. The study involved 1106 Iranian adults, men and women, aged 19–74 years. Their eating habits were tracked over [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 impact of food and beverage consumption on rehydration following exercise.

food and drinks post-exercise

It has long been believed that the lost body fluid we secrete through exercise has to be replaced by either sport drinks or milk-based beverage. But which one is the best to optimise the fluid restoration after exercise? Are there any influences the food has in fluid recovery? Inspire magazine’s winter edition has featured a [Read More…]

Dietitians recommend comfort foods this winter

dietitians recommend comfort foods for winter

The Dietitians Association of Australia (DAA) is nutritious comfort foods to help immunity this winter. They are encouraging a focus on whole foods, including those containing vitamin C, zinc and protein, stating that these can help fight off the germs that cause colds and flu. DAA spokesperson, Simone Austin, said that making nutritious meals a [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…]

Are you really listening? A view from the other side. By Gitte Backhausen – patient

Gitte Backhausen profile

Okay, so I know it’s practitioner month on My Health Career in May and that most of what we’re doing is sharing stories about the inspiring things health professionals are up to. When I got this article through from Gitte, I literally felt a bit sick in my stomach reading about everything she’d been through. [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…]

Healthy Food Partnership to tackle obesity and poor health due to nutrition

Healthy Food Partnership

The Healthy Food Partnership held its first meeting in Canberra on 13 November 2015. The meeting was chaired by Rural Health Minister Fiona Nash, and brought together preventative health groups, food industry bodies, and government. It was determined that initiatives under the Partnership would be voluntary in nature and that they would focus on making [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…]

First registration for dietetics, exercise physiology and sports science graduates

registration for dietitians and exercise professionals

Although many health professions in Australia are regulated through the National Registration & Accreditation Scheme (NRAS) which is administered by the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA), some professions such as dietetics, exercise physiology and sports science have different governing bodies.   Dietetics The credential for a dietitian in Australia is the Accredited Practising Dietitian [Read More…]

Opportunities for inspiration and career progress with Dietitian Connection

Dietitian Day

Well it’s been a busy year for Dietitian Connection! We asked founder Maree Ferguson what’s been happening and this is what she told us……   Did you miss out in 2015? Where were you on 13 March, 2015? If the answer is, anywhere except for our Dietitian Day celebration in Brisbane, you missed an incredible [Read More…]

ATAR or OP for every dietetics course in Australia

dietitian ATAR

The information in this article has been superseded by our 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 required to enter each course at the beginning of 2015. [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…]

Misleading the masses with bad science about food and diet

does chocolate help you lose weight

A few months ago, a new study made it into headlines around the world. The title of the study? “Chocolate with high Cocoa Content as a Weight-Loss Accelerator”. Such a topic was bound to draw mass attention, it put together two things many people around the world probably wish went together: weight loss and chocolate. [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…]

New dairy recommendation for endurance athletes from AIS

dairy reccomendation for endurance athletes

A study by the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) in conjunction with Monash University and the University of Queensland has found that eating a dairy based meal before cycling reduces bone breakdown during and after exercise. Endurance athletes, such as cyclists, are at risk of low bone mineral density causing poor bone health. Professor Louise [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   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…]

New Look Healthy Eating Pyramid Released by Nutrition Australia

Healthy Eating Pyramid 2015

In an effort to combat growing nutrition confusion and risky fad diets, Nutrition Australia has released a new Healthy Eating Pyramid for the first time in 15 years. Lucinda Hancock, Executive Officer of Nutrition Australia’s Victorian Division said “The new Pyramid cuts through the misleading information and fad diets that are getting so much attention, [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…]

Pre-budget submission from DAA, ESSA and ADEA calls for no change to Medicare for diabetes care

Diabetes model of care Australia

The Dietitians Association of Australia (DAA), Exercise & Sports Science Australia (ESSA) and the Australian Diabetes Educators Association (ADEA) are calling for no changes to be made to the current model of care for health services for patients with Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus. This has come following the suggestion from the Australian Lifestyle Medicine Association [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…]

Announcement of successful applicants for Primary Health Networks

Medicare Locals to Primary Health Networks

Minister for Health Sussan Ley has announced the successful applicants to run the 31 Primary Health Networks which will replace the 61 Medicare Locals from 1st July. In a statement from The Department of Health, the Primary Health Networks will “replace Labor’s flawed Medicare Local system of 61 fragmented regions, which were found by an [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…]

ADA says go see “That Sugar Film”

sugar and oral health

The Australian Dental Association (ADA) urges all Australians to watch “That Sugar Film” as it raises awareness of the effects of a high sugar diet on the body. In the film, Damon Gameau has embarked on a unique 60 day experiment to discover the impact of hidden sugar in supposedly healthy food. In the experiment [Read More…]

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

rise of dietitians

If News Limited website 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’s the best diet? Free public event in Brisbane run by Dietitian Connection

Dr Joanna McMillan

Dietitian Connection has put together a world-class program of speakers so that your patients / clients and any member of the public can go along and hear about what they should REALLY be eating. With the theme “What’s the best diet? Paleo? Gluten-free? Sugar-free?” the event is sure to do some major myth-busting about what [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…]

Dietitians Association Australia says prevention better than surgical cure for the nation’s weight loss

prevention rather than cure for obesity

The Dietitians Association Australia (DAA) has called on the federal government to focus on prevention rather than cure in preventing poor health due to obesity. According to research from the Sax Institute, an average of 1 in every 6 days spent in hospital by people over the age of 45 is as a result of [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…]

Have you been #blockedbypete? There’s a Facebook page for that….

Pete Evans

A new movement #blockedbypete has started on social media, following claims of dietitians and other health professionals being blocked by celebrity chef Pete Evans on his Facebook page Paleo Chef Pete Evans. According to the health professionals involved, they were blocked from Pete Evans’ page when they shared evidence contradicting his claims about a paleo [Read More…]

Reflecting the risk of anorexia nervosa on the death of Alana Goldsmith

anorexia physical and mental toll

An eating disorder is an illness, and can be deadly. Apart from the physical complications that are caused, one in five people who die prematurely from anorexia nervosa will do so by suicide. Alana Goldsmith was an anorexia nervosa sufferer who ended her life when she slipped out of the eating disorder clinic where she [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…]

Understanding information in food labels

understanding food labels

The Australian Government has produced a guide to assist consumers in understanding what the numbers mean on food labels, and which ones are the better choices. The guidelines include: In general, limiting the total fat to 10g per 100g. It is different for each product, the good amount of dairy products are less than 2g [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…]

The Lantern Project to shine the light on malnutrition in aged care

The Lantern Project

The Lantern Project is research project centering on the importance of nutrition in the elderly population, as it is estimated that up to 80% of aged care Australian residents are malnourished. It will be headed up by Gold-Coast based dietitian Cherie Hugo, whose private practice team at My Nutrition Clinic consult to more than 15 [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…]

Queensland event in May – patient stories in dietetics

Dietitian Connection discovery interview workshop

Dietitian Connection, with support from the Translational Research Institute, is holding a half day event on Wednesday 14th May to help health professionals to understand the patient and carer experience. The process – using discovery interviews – will be covered, as this conversation between the interviewer and patient is used to swap the views of [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…]

Dietitians Day celebrated on Friday 14th March

Prof Jennie Brand-Miller

Dietitian Connection and Education in Nutrition have joined forces to pull off an event for Dietitians Day, which was held in Brisbane on Friday 14th March 2014. Here is Dietitian Connection’s summary of what the three speakers had to say on Friday: Professor Sandra Capra presented “Our work as dietitians and nutritionists to celebrate and [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: or LinkedIn. [Read More…]

Australia’s Healthy Weight Week is coming up!

Australia's Healthy Weight Week

The Dietitians Association of Australia (DAA) is again promoting Australia’s Healthy Weight Week (AHWW). It will run from 17th to 23rd February 2014. There are many ways you can get involved with Australia’s Healthy Weight Week. In 2013, events were held in locations such as the Royal Women’s Hospital, a Queensland Health Facility in Rockhampton, [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…]

Dietetians working with people who have food allergies

Food allergies

Australia has one of the highest prevalence rates of food allergies on a global scale. According to a recent study, food allergy occurs in 1 out of 20 children and in 1 about 100 adults. Food allergies are inherited and have a genetic predisposition of occurrence. Currently, there are around 160 food allergens identified, but [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…]

Top 5 worst celebrity diets to avoid in 2013

Celebrity diets

Drum roll please……. The British Dietetic Association (BDA) has released the results of its annual Top 5 Worst Celebrity Diets to Avoid in the New Year…… and wow – there’s everything from binge drinking to getting your nutrients via an intra-venous drip….   Here’s the count down: 5. The 6 Weeks to OMG Diet – [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…]

World Food Day

Dietetics world food day 2012 v2

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) promotes World Food Day once a year, and this year it’s celebrated on October 16. The theme this year is “Agricultural Cooperatives: Key to Feeding the World”.   In the FAO’s leaflet about World Food Day, it states that nearly one in seven people in [Read More…]

Don’t overlook the humble sponge – dietitians know not to!!!

Dietetics food prep - is your sponge making you sick

Dietitians are all over people’s eating habits like a rash….. and that includes….. cooking and food preparation habits. Think about it….. the sponge in the kitchen at your house…. have you EVER suspected it of making you sick?   A recent blog post on (a website that is an initiative of the Academy of [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…]