Honorary Life Member
A member who has given long, continued and outstanding service to the profession of dietetics may be elected by the Board as an Honorary Life Member. Nominations close 30 April each year.
Current Honorary Life Members
Liz has been a member of DA for more than 40 years, providing high level contributions to a wide variety of DA activities during that time.
Liz first began her contribution to Dietetics in Australia by being a Board Director for 4 years (1976-1980) for the Australian Association of Dietitians (AAD) before we became DA. She was the SA Branch Chair in 1983. She later returned to the DAA Board in 2005, becoming Vice President in 2012-2013 and then was elected for 2 consecutive terms as President 2013-2017. She has chaired numerous committees and been the DA’s representative in key areas on many occasions. Liz’s contributions have previously been recognised by being awarded the DA Outstanding Contribution Award in 2002 and the DA National Service Award in 2009. Liz was awarded the title of Fellow of DA in 2016, one of the few non-Academic candidates to receive this level of recognition.
Not only has Liz been a leader of the profession through her involvement in DA, but also in her clinical career. She was the Manager of Nutrition Education for the Children’s Health Development Foundation in the Adelaide Women’s and Children’s Hospital for 10 years. The function of this role was to improve the health of school children in South Australia, working with a wide variety of stakeholders to provide programs, resources, education for teachers and other school staff. This position also involved tendering for Commonwealth funded research projects and grants. Liz was closely involved in development of the Australian Guide to Healthy Eating, a 3 year project which once again involved working closely with a wide variety of different health experts to deliver key educational resources for the Australian community. Improving school canteens was another area where Liz has had significant influence. She led the development of the school canteen manual for South Australian schools and the setting up of the South Australia School Canteen Association. She was also played a key role in developing the area of food safety in schools in South Australia.
Liz then went on to become the Manager of Nutrition and Dietetics at Finders Medical Centre in 2002. During this time, she was a member of several committees and working parties for both the hospital and Flinders University. She managed a large Dietetic department and was responsible for managing the external food services provider for the hospital. Liz retired from Flinders Medical Centre in 2014 to devote more time to the role of DA President.
Since retiring from work and completing her role as DA President, Liz has remained a regular contributor to DA, not the least of which has been her help to and support of the new CEO, Robert Hunt. Liz has remained committed to DA by ensuring Robert is well informed of important aspects of previous DA positions and actions. From personal experience, I know she has given him valuable insight into where we have come from and no doubt will continue to influence where we will be going to in the future.
Liz Kellett has provided long and outstanding service to our profession since she graduated from the University of Sydney as a dietitian in 1975. She has been a member since graduation and has been an active participant and then leader in our profession. That Liz is well known and respected across all areas of Dietetics and in all age groups of dietitians is evidenced by the variety of members who have agreed to endorse this nomination. Rather than being a leader on one particular field, we can safely say that Liz has been a leader in many different areas of Dietetics and has influenced several generations of dietitians. Liz has been a mentor and role model for many of DA’s members and her legacy of quality leadership should be recognised by conferment of the Award of Honorary Life Member of DA.
Throughout her career Trish has demonstrated a clear passion for, and commitment to, public health nutrition. Her tireless dedication and exemplary vision has advanced dietetics, both in the public health arena and the wider profession, as well as positively impacting the community through various initiatives she has enabled. Not only has her hard work and dedication influenced the profession within South Australia, but also nationally, through her roles in DA at an executive level, both Branch and national, and as a strong and inspiring public health nutrition advocate.
Prior to the formation of the national DA body, Trish was a highly active member in the South Australian Nutrition and Dietetic Association, including roles as secretary, vice-president and president, from 1974 to 1983. She has been a member of DA for 40 years. She became an Accredited Practising Dietitian when the scheme was first introduced. She has consistently advocated for and supported DA initiatives, as well as encouraged membership to DA in her considerable networks.
Despite her busy role as Principal Advisor, Public Health Nutrition at SA Health, Trish ensured that dietetics was represented in imperative key state and regional committees and forums, and consistently advocated for the profession to have a voice in SA Health reforms and new initiatives.
Key nutrition policies Trish led include state level policies for schools and preschools, the state directional policy for nutrition and physical activity and the Eat Well Be Active Strategy for South Australia 2011-2016.
Trish has demonstrated national leadership through her experience as the South Australian representative on various national committees such as the Strategic Inter-Governmental Nutrition Alliance and the Commonwealth Food and Health Dialogue (now Healthy Food Partnership). Further, Trish has had significant involvement in national working groups, such as the team established to strengthen industry self-regulation on unhealthy food marketing to children.
Another area which reflects Trish’s contribution to dietetics is her initiation and support of strategies to build capacity of the profession, particularly dietitians working in less supported areas in Country Health SA, public health nutrition and in community-based services.
Despite Trish’s vast workload, she has always made herself available to support the training of new dietitians, through the dietetic programs at Flinders University and the University of South Australia. Trish has been generous in her offers to supervise final year dietetic students to undertake their public health nutrition placements and benefit from her mentoring. In 2008, she was awarded full academic status at Flinders University in recognition of her substantial contribution to teaching, supervising students and contributing to the Flinders University Nutrition and Dietetics Course Strategic Advisory Group.
Trish has been a huge inspiration to dietitians and dietitians-to-be who share her passion for public health nutrition. Trish remains a nutrition champion; well-recognised and respected throughout dietetics and public health setting by her peers and key stakeholders as the leader in public health nutrition.
Trish’s contribution has previously been acknowledged on several occasions through a number of DA awards.
During her long career Lynne has made outstanding contributions to the profession in the fields of paediatrics and academia as well as a wide range of voluntary contributions to DA.
After working in clinical paediatrics, she completed her PhD on the selenium status of pre-term infants, resulting in her appointment as the first dietitian head of the Nutrition and Dietetics program at Flinders University in 1988. This was the beginning of stellar academic career, evidenced by 122 peer reviewed publications in top ranking journals, and over 2500 citations. She has mentored countless students and she is still sought out for her rigour and support not only by recently graduated dietitians but also very senior colleagues.
Lynne’s research excellence extends nationally and internationally. She has contributed to both rounds of the Dietary Reference Values Working Parties. Her appointment to the FSANZ Board from 2013-2016 was testament to her influence on government policy in food and nutrition especially around infant feeding.
She was appointed to Queensland University of Technology in 2006 as one of the Vice Chancellor’s Research Capacity Building Professors and in the 10 years to her retirement, that is exactly what she did, resulting in the very small Nutrition and Dietetics discipline achieving a university ranking of international standard. The last 5 years of her career were spent as the Head of the newly formed School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences. On her recent retirement, Lynne was awarded an Emeritus Professorship, one of the highest honours in the University in recognition of her exemplary service.
Her service to DA is longstanding, including being a Board member and Vice President in 1989, a member of various national education committees (NOOSR Panel in Dietetics, DSAAC, ADC) and as an associated editor and relieving editor of the Nutrition and Dietetics journal.
Lynne was asked to lead the first accreditation site visit of a course in New Zealand by the NZ Registration Board. Lynne was awarded an Outstanding Contribution award in 2012. In 2016, Lynne achieved the Fellow credential.
In a career spanning forty years, Margaret has provided professional leadership at state and national level in a number of areas of public health nutrition.
Margaret has been a pioneer and advocate for comprehensive nutrition programs and campaigns and was the first to apply social marketing techniques, which have been successfully used in numerous public health initiatives. This includes the highly successful ‘2 Fruit ‘n’ 5 Veg’ campaign, which has been recognised nationally and internationally. Margaret continues to have a stellar career in public health nutrition.
Margaret’s dietetic teaching career began in 1977 at Curtin University and she continues to provide input to nutrition training through supervision and assessment of Honours, Masters and PhD student projects and supervision of student volunteers at the Child Health Promotion and Research Centre at Edith Cowan University.
Margaret is author of forty papers in peer-reviewed journals and twelve commissioned reports and she has authored over 200 articles for the ‘Health and Medicine Lift-out’ in West Australian newspapers demonstrating skills in disseminating evidence-based nutrition and dietetics across multiple audiences and with a broad reach.
Margaret has been a DA member her whole career and an Accredited Practising Dietitian since 1995. She has contributed an enormous amount of time, and expertise to DA. This began as WA Branch Secretary in 1976, moving to WA Branch Chair in 1978, and moving up to DA President 1987-1988. Margaret received a DA National Service Award in 1992.
Margaret has been acknowledged by her peers as an inspirational, progressive professional and a leader with foresight, commitment, and humility. She has taken on the difficult challenges of the dietetic profession and completed them with tenacity and triumph.
Sue Ash has been an outstanding dietetic practitioner, educator and researcher for almost 40 years. She has worked in most areas of dietetic practice in two states and overseas. In all these settings, she has been a valued colleague, mentor, manager, teacher and supervisor. Sue has been a trailblazer and a leader in many ways. She was amongst the first dietitians to gain a PhD and hold an academic position and she has continued to make an outstanding contribution to dietetic research and evidence based practice. She has 40 peer-reviewed publications, has published eight book chapters and has supervised 15 research higher-degree students.
Sue’s greatest legacy will be the entry-level competency standards that underpin core DA activities such as the accreditation of academic programs, overseas skills recognition and the APD Program. In many ways, these define both the scope and standard of our practice. In her role as the manager of the first competency project and leader of subsequent revisions, Sue demonstrated leadership, vision, academic rigor and the capacity to negotiate and communicate complex ideas and ensure that these were translated into both policy and practice. Dietetics has had competency standards now for 20 years and it is easy to underestimate how groundbreaking this work was for allied health in the early nineties and the impact they have had on our discipline in Australia. Another key contribution has been her leadership in the development of evidenced-based clinical practices guidelines. Sue brings to all her endeavors a commitment to rigor, excellence and social justice.
Sue’s service to DA has been both substantial and sustained and she has generously contributed time, energy and intellect over almost four decades. She has chaired several key committees, including the 2008 National Conference committee and DSAAC. She has been an active member of ADC and has chaired numerous accreditation site visits and in this role has been an outstanding ambassador for DA with senior staff at a number of universities. At the individual level as an educator, manager and researcher, she has mentored and provided leadership to undergraduate and research students and staff. She has also been a much-valued colleague to her peers. Sue is one of our leading and most respected dietetic educators.
Linda Tapsell completed her Graduate Diploma in Nutrition and Dietetics (University of Sydney) in 1976. Her extensive career as a dietitian has included work in clinical dietetics, community dietetics, academia, management and research.
Linda is very well respected in Australia and internationally. She is often asked to deliver keynote addresses and plenary presentations at national and international conferences. She is a current member of several scientific advisory panels in Australia and overseas. These include the Expert Working Group on Climate Change and Food Security (Prime Ministers Science Engineering and Innovation Committee), the Dietary Guidelines Working Committee (National Health and Medical Research Council), the Science Advisory Council for McCormick Science Institute and the Science Advisory Council for the California Walnut Commission.
Linda has also successfully led the research directions for Nutrition and Dietetics at the University of Wollongong. She was responsible for the highly successful ARC grant to develop the Smart Foods Centre, a centre that is still in operation today. She also managed the National Centre of Excellence in Functional Foods during its five years of funding. She and Associate Professor Vicki Flood currently manage the Food and Health Strategic Research initiative at the University of Wollongong. The leadership, innovation and mentoring shown by Linda is very positive for the reputation, and the ongoing research opportunities in nutrition and dietetics related teaching and research at the University of Wollongong.
Linda’s dedication and impact on the dietetics profession in Australia resulted in her being appointed as a Fellow of DA (FDAA) in 2005 – one of the first four of these honours that were awarded.
Linda has been particularly involved in research and evidence-based practice in nutrition and dietetics. She has supervised many PhD students, has been successful in obtaining ARC and NHMRC research grants, and has shared her expertise and innovations when mentoring the next generation of reserch dietitians. Since 2003, she has been the Editor in Chief of Nutrition& Dietetics, the journal of the DA and Dietitians New Zealand. During this time, the journal has gone from strength to strength, such that it is now has an impact factor and an international publisher in Wiley-Blackwell. Prior to this Linda was also an Associate Editor (1999-2003).
Linda has held office in numerous positions including her role as Chair of the Dietetics Standards and Accreditation Committee, and member of the Overseas Skills Recognition Committee and the first DA Competencies Working Party in 1991.
Linda has chaired the Scientific Program Committee for the DA National Conference (2006) and is the current Chair of the Scientific Program Committee for the 2012 International Congress of Dietetics. She is also a member of the Management Committee for the 2012 International Congress of Dietetics.
Kay has been a continuous member of DA since 1976 and is a DA Fellow. Kay has served DA consistently for the duration of her membership, demonstrating an outstanding commitment. This service has ranged from Branch Executive through to DA President (a total of 33 DA executive, committee and director roles) as well as submission contributions. Kay’s list of
DA awards, including the Joan Mary Woodhill award is impressive and a testament to her commitment to DA and the profession.
Kay she has been a key member and leader of the Accreditation and Examination committees of DA since 1989 when she joined the Task Force for the development of the Competency Standards for Dietitians. At that time she also represented the Registration Board of Victoria on the group’s Steering Committee. Since 2008 she has been a key leader in the transition of the Dietetic Standards and Accreditation Advisory Committee (DSAAC) to its current status as the Australian Dietetic Council (ADC). She was also the Chair of DSAAC and now ADC and was also chair of the Steering Group of the Mental Health in Territory Curricula project which reviewed the Competency Standards in 2007-2009. She facilitated the consultation with all universities for that process.
Her work as a paediatric dietitian has always been at a high level and she embraces evidence based clinical care. Kay has advanced clinical pediatric dietetics in Australia through her commitment to individual patient care, training of dietitians and various areas of nutrition research. Her skills are broad ranging and encompass all the aspects of nutrition and dietetics including a highly developed expertise in clinical dietetics, management, food service,education, research and public health.