Fellows of DA (FDA)

FDA is both a credential and an award. We award this credential to high profile and proactive leaders who are recognised as experts both nationally and internationally. APDs are awarded the recognition of FDA by demonstrating the attributes of an Advanced Practitioner at a broader and higher level. Fellows have clearly made an outstanding contribution to nutrition and dietetics in Australia, the wider community and to the Association.

The FDA credential is considered an honour by the Association. Once achieved, FDA status is continuous, meaning no further application renewal or evidence is required.

Fellow of DA recipients

Lisa Yates is the Principal Consultant of her private practice and industry consulting business that specialises in marketing horticulture. She has worked in marketing and public relations for 20 years. Lisa is passionate about promoting horticulture using her skills in strategic planning, translating science, and implementing and evaluating health education marketing programs.

All to encourage Australians to enjoy more nuts, vegetables and fruit. Lisa has worked on a range of nutrition projects for the Australian avocado, dried fruit, nut, onion and prune industries, among others. Most recently she worked on Hort Innovation’s Good Mood Food project. Lisa was the Program Manager for Nuts for Life (2005 to 2017) and the first female winner of the Golden Handful Australian Tree Nut Industry Award for services to the industry. Lisa has also managed her own part-time private practice on Sydney’s Northern Beaches since 1996.

She is always keen to explore a new area of dietetics and in 2020 Lisa started a part-time role as a Senior Policy Analyst in the Food Policy Team at the NSW Ministry of Health. Lisa is a long-standing member of Dietitians Australia, joining as a student dietitian in 1994. She is an active volunteer having worked in several roles including as a former DAA Board Director and 10 years on the NSW Branch Executive. She is currently a member of the Food Regulation Policy Committee, the SSPC2021 and thoroughly enjoys mentoring dietitians, both emerging and experienced, to explore what our profession has to offer.

Dr Sara Grafenauer is the Managing Director of the Grains & Legumes Nutrition Council and a Fellow of the School of Medicine, University of Wollongong. Sara is a former Executive Manager at Dietitians Australia and sits on the Boards of the Global Whole Grain Initiative and Nutrition Australia. Her PhD research was in dietary patterns, and current research interests include wholegrains and legumes within a food system, regulatory and advocacy context, particularly in regard to front-of-pack labelling. Sara contributed two chapters to Food, Nutrition and Health, edited by Professor Linda Tapsell. She has expertise in outcomes-driven social media and marketing, is on the editorial board for Legume Science, and is a reviewer for Nutrients, Foods and Nutrition and Dietetics.

Sara collaborates with numerous Universities regarding grains and legume research projects with a view to the entire agricultural value chain. She actively supervises students on community nutrition placements and Honours and PhD research. Sara has a substantial history of mentoring provisional APDs for more than 20 years and is proud of the inspirational impact she has had on the careers of many dietitians. Sara is particularly passionate about public health advocacy on an Australian and international level.

Dr Suzie Ferrie is the critical care dietitian in the ICU at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital in Sydney, as well as holding a clinical affiliate senior lecturer role at the University of Sydney and serving as Deputy Chair of the hospital’s ethics committee. Suzie’s research interests include various aspects of nutritional assessment and monitoring in the critically ill, and she is recognised internationally for her work on the practical application of pancreatic enzyme replacement in enterally-fed patients.

She is an associate editor for two nutrition journals, and her publications include more than 40 papers in peer-reviewed journals as well as health consumer focused magazine articles and health/wellness recipe books. She is a past member of the Australian Dietetics Council and for many years served as convenor of the Dietitians Australia Nutrition Support Interest Group, setting up the ‘Nutrition Support for Beginners’ workshops and coordinating the development of the Enteral and Parenteral Nutrition manuals.

Angela Vivanti is the Research and Development Dietitian at the Princess Alexandra Hospital, Brisbane and has worked in many areas of dietetics during more than 30 years as a DA member. She strives for impacts which benefit individuals and their health care in wide-reaching and sustainable ways. Angela has made a high-level contribution to DA nationally including at board level, national and international conferences, university accreditations and informatics committees amongst other volunteer activities. She represents DA internationally in advancing the Nutrition Care Process Terminology (NCPT). Angela has designed electronic health records which support dietetic practice with the ability to demonstrate outcomes across the continuum of care as part of routine documentation. With over 2000 citations, publications include original research, validated tools, systematic reviews and evidence-based practice. She is co-author of “Nutrition Care Process and Terminology – a practical approach”.

Claire is an associate professor at Monash University. She holds joint positions between the department of nutrition, dietetics and food and the Monash centre for scholarship in health education- a specifically dedicated faculty wide centre to the advancement of health professions education. Claire has been awarded an Australian national teaching citation (2016) and teaching excellence award (2017) and a national office for learning and teaching fellowship (2014). Claire has forged a research career in competency-based assessment and workforce development, with a particular focus on preparing the health workforce for addressing the determinants of health.  She currently chairs the Australian Dietetic Council.

Professor Eleanor Beck is Discipline Leader, Nutrition and Dietetics at the University of Wollongong. Eleanor has nearly 30 years experience as a dietitian and sees her most important role as an educator of students, inspiring them to make a difference in their careers. Eleanor was part of the expert working group for review of the National Competency Standards for Dietitians and both the AdvAPD and FDA standards. Eleanor’s key research areas include investigating grains, especially whole grains, and dietetics education. Eleanor is Deputy Chair of the Council of Deans of N&D (ANZ) and the Chair of the ANZ Need for Nutrition Education and Promotion group, which as part of a global network, works on promotion of nutrition education and research in health professions.

Professor Fiona Pelly is the Discipline leader of Nutrition and Dietetics at the University of the Sunshine Coast, is an academic member of the Australian Dietetic Council and has been a member of DA for 30 years.  She has received an Australian Learning and Teaching Council citation for outstanding contribution to student learning for her curriculum development at USC. Fiona is internationally recognised in the area of nutrition strategies, eating behaviours and food provision for athletes competing major sporting competition and is a Fellow and inaugural member of Sports Dietitians Australia. She has reviewed the food provision for major competition events including the Olympic Games, and has collaborated with organising committees and caterers since the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games. She is the current president of PINES (Professionals in Nutrition for Exercise and Sport).

Dr Mary Hannan-Jones is the Director of Academic Programs and Acting Discipline Lead for Nutrition and Dietetics in the School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences at the Queensland University of Technology (QUT), Australia. Mary is a Fellow of the Dietitians Association of Australia with over 27 years of professional experience in both the higher education and public sector settings in nutrition and dietetics. Mary is responsible for the design and implementation of curriculum and staffing for the nutrition and dietetics programs at QUT with QUT one of the longest running accredited programs in the country of over 43 years.

Mary is recognised internationally for expertise in the management of foodservices and regularly undertakes consultancies and commercial research for government and industry, including as an expert witness, and provides advice in dietetic training in this area.

Mary’s PhD research was in relation to food policy in prisons and contributes to nutrition standards in the prison and health sector and the underpinning research and service evaluation to support this. Mary’s current research activities include quality and tools in hospital foodservices; competency based education; inter-professional learning; B12 in women on Vegan diets; and nutrition and wound healing.

Mary is active in the dietetics profession in Australia and is the current chair of the Dietetics Credentialing Council in Australia which has oversight of the codes of conduct and certification of dietitians in Australia. Mary’s previous roles for the association include as a National Director and Chair of the 2014 National Conference of the Association.

Associate Professor Robyn Littlewood is the Director, Health Services Research, Children’s Health Queensland Hospital and Health Service and Co-Chair, Queensland Child and Youth Clinical Network and most recently, member of the Queensland Clinical Networks Executive within the Clinical Excellence Division.

Associate Professor Littlewood holds a conjoint A/Professor position at the University of Queensland in the School of Human Movement and Nutrition Science.  She has completed both a Masters of Medical Science and PhD in the area of Paediatric Nutrition and is currently completing an MBA after completing a Graduate Certificate of Executive Leadership.

Associate Professor Littlewood has recently is a Board Member, Health and Wellbeing Queensland and previously held a Board Director position, Dietitians Australia.

Associate Professor Littlewood also leads a small provide practice which provides specialised nutrition services to children and has also partnered with the Dietitians Australia to deliver the only National Paediatric Dietetic Training course throughout Australia.

Sarah has been a member of DA since graduating in 1996 and an AdvAPD in 2014. After graduating as a dietitian, Sarah completed a PhD in nutritional epidemiology and gained postdoctoral experience with the prestigious nutrition group at the Medical Research Council Human Nutrition Research Unit in Cambridge, UK. She returned to Australia in 2005, having been awarded an NHMRC Postdoctoral Research Fellowship and Sarah has been awarded continuous, nationally competitive research support since that time. She is one of only a handful of dietitians to receive research fellowship funding, and one of only two dietitians in Australia who have had continuous research fellowships for a sustained period. Sarah has contributed largely to DA and has demonstrated national and international leadership for the DA thr