Fellows of DA and Advanced APDs

Fellow of DA (FDAA)

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

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.

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 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 through her committee work; has made an outstanding contribution to the nutrition research agenda; supported the education of dietitians and influenced population health locally and globally.

Danielle Gallegos has been a dietitian-nutritionist for 28 years. In this time, she has been a passionate advocate for dietetics and for ensuring equity of access to and availability of food and nutrition for some of Australia’s more disadvantaged groups. During her career, Danielle has worked as a dietitian in tertiary and secondary acute care, as a food service dietitian, a community dietitian, a consultant in aged care and a private practitioner. She then moved into working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and migrant and refugee communities in public health nutrition activities; then finally moving into academia to put food and nutrition on the agenda for the humanities and in educating the next generation of dietetic professionals both in Australia and in Vietnam. An enduring theme of Danielle’s career is a strong commitment to diversity, inclusion, social justice and equity. Danielle has devoted much voluntary time to DA as a Board member and Vice President and on a number of committees and working groups. Danielle is DA’s current representative to the International Confederation of Dietetic Associations.

Tracy has been a member of DA since 2004 and was awarded AdvAPD in 2010. Tracy has achieved outstanding excellence in research, teaching and professional service to DA and the wider community. She is an established national leader in food addiction child obesity and dietary methods; and emerging as an outstanding scholar in the field of nutrition and dietetics. Tracy has received numerous awards for her work, including being the first dietitian to receive the Young Tall Poppy of the year award in 2016. She has been involved in numerous committees throughout DA and the wider community, such as Associate Editor for two international journals and an editorial board member for Journal Nutrients. In the coming years, Tracy will further develop her research programs to lead a successful multidisciplinary team investigating food addiction.

Judi has made a significant contribution to dietetics, particularly in the last 9 years since being awarded AdvAPD, including chairing several DA committees. Since 2006, Judi has been a member of the Editorial Board of Nutrition & Dietetics and is now Editor for the journal. Internationally, Judi has published in many peer reviewed journals and is an invited Associate Editor for BMC Nutrition. Judi has led many teams across her roles as Dietetics Manager, particularly at Eastern Health, in Victoria. In 2013, she commenced an academic position at Monash University and received an NHMRC Translating Research into Practice Fellowship. Judi completed two additional qualifications within this fellowship period: Graduate Certificate of Health Professional Education (Monash University) and Masters Certificate of Foodservice Management (Cornell University), in addition to completing a high quality clinical trial of Protected Mealtimes in hospitals. Judi’s particular areas of research interest are foodservices, the subacute setting, and systematic reviews across clinical specialties. This year Judi moved into a newly created conjoint role as Senior Research Fellow/Associate Professor between Eastern Health and Monash University.

Lauren Williams became a Fellow of the Dietitians Association of Australia in 2017. She holds University qualifications in Science (Hons I in Nutrition), public health nutrition (PhD) and in dietetics, health promotion and social science. She moved from public health to the academic sector in 1992  and her current role is Professor of Nutrition and Dietetics at Griffith University. She holds honorary Professorial appointments with her former Faculties at the Universities of Newcastle and Canberra. Lauren joined DA as a student member in 1986 and received the Mead Johnson Young Achievers Award in 1995. She has been of service to the association through the Board of Directors (including two elected terms as Vice President), Associate Editor of Nutrition & Dietetics and she has been a member of the Australian Dietetic Council since 2013. Aside from promoting high standards of dietetics education, her main career focus has been on community and public health nutrition – trying to keep healthy people healthy- and in bringing a social perspective to education and practice in Nutrition and Dietetics. She has written and edited four books, including the widely used textbook ‘A Sociology of Food and Nutrition: the Social Appetite’ (4th edition 2017).

Liz has had a long and varied career, during which her loyalty and commitment to DA have never waivered.

Liz has a strong track record in many aspects of dietetic practice in paediatrics, public health, management and research. She commenced her career at the then Adelaide Children’s’ Hospital becoming Chief Dietitian in 1978., She later worked for 10 years at the Children’s Health Development Foundation, leading the development of the Nutrition component of the Australian Guide to Healthy Eating including professional and consumer resources. and more recently was the manager of nutrition and dietetic services at Flinders Medical Centre where she led and advocated for a high quality team and provided strong support to the academic dietitians and their research at the nearby Flinders University. Liz has always placed great importance on the need for her staff to understand and participate in research and quality improvement as well as supporting many student dietitians on placement throughout the years.

Liz gave many years of service to the SA Branch executive. Over the last 11 years she has been on the DAA Board first as a Director, then Vice President and now President. She had also been on the very first AAD Board as a new graduate and had returned as and experienced and wise leader. Liz’s broad experience across a range of dietetic practice areas, coupled with extensive management skills and an excellent leadership style have made a significant impact on the way the board, and therefore the organisation, operate.

People want to follow Liz and support her, valuing her calm, analytical style and her generous advice and mentoring. Liz is consultative and collegiate but unafraid to take hard decisions when necessary. She has the ability to defuse difficult situations and find solutions which has been of great value to the national organisation.

Liz’s strong commitment to, and leadership in, continuing professional development and education for others was demonstrated by her being a member of three National Conference organising committees and chairing two of them as well as being the Director responsible for the Conference Management Committee for three years.

Liz is also a strong advocate of evidence based practice and its spread both nationally and internationally through the development and roll out of PEN in Australia, NZ and the Asian region.

Liz has made a difference locally, nationally and more recently internationally. She is a proactive leader, a mentor, a teacher, a strategist, a negotiator. She is deeply committed to the profession of dietetics and its advancement and has demonstrated this consistently for 40 years and is highly respected for her work both paid and voluntary.

It was clear from the beginning that Lynne had a passion for the profession, and for excellence of practice. She promoted the dietitian and our scientific background to a medical and nursing profession at the time when Dietetics was a relatively new profession, especially in South Australia.

Lynne was Chief Dietitian at Adelaide Children’s Hospital in 1982, to 1988. Under her strong leadership the department grew, and she also collaborated with Flinders University to ensure SA trained dietitians would receive up to date and high quality teaching in paediatrics.

In 1988 Lynne moved to Flinders University, from where she had a major impact on Dietetics and Nutrition teaching and research, and the development of the Profession in SA like no one else has achieved. Lynne used her leadership and advocacy skills, extremely hard work, and passion for the profession to singlehandedly build the training of Dietetics and Nutrition at Flinders University. The result was the establishment of two courses, a Bachelor and a Masters, a major increase in staffing, and very significantly a separate department in the School of Medicine. At the same time, she led the development of a strong research program, and had a highly significant impact on the growth of research, and dietetic researchers, in SA and beyond.

In 2006 Lynne moved to QUT, where she has transformed the standing of dietetic research. She has successfully been nationally competitive for research funds in both her university positions and this has significantly contributed to the growth in quality and profile of dietetic research in Australia. To date she has secured $9.5 M of research funding including $2.5M across 4 separate NHMRC grants. Of note is her significant influence on the Dietetic research landscape with the supervision of doctoral and honours students and post-doctoral fellows. and their subsequent contribution to Evidence based practice. At QUT Lynne was appointed Head of School, Exercise and Nutrition Sciences, a direct result of her leadership and capacity.

Lynne has also made a long and high level contribution to DA over her entire career. Her contributions to DA at Board level, on the ADC and to University accreditation, Dietetic skills recognition, organising of National Conference programs, the DA Journal as Associate Editor and Chair of the Journal Management Committee, and Strategic planning are just some of her contributions. As President of DA I am aware of how important these activities are for DA and the profession, the time commitment required, and most significantly the level of skills and abilities required at these levels. She has had a significant impact on our profession and these activities are voluntary.

In 37 years she has never stopped striving for excellence, promoting and contributing to the profession, mentoring and assisting others to ensure the future of our profession, and continuing her research at a level of excellence. She has been a leader throughout her career.

Margaret has been a member of the DA for 30 years and has worked in clinical dietetics and research and academia. She is currently director of nutrition and dietetic training programs at the University of Sydney and supervision of 9 PhD students. Margaret is well known for her research in malnutrition associated with renal failure, n-3 fatty acids and more recently obesity and chronic disease. Among her contributions to the DA are Editor and Associate Editor of Nutrition and Dietetics, Vice President and Board member and the scientific program committee for the recent ICD. She has also served on the editorial boards of two international journals and state and national committees and boards f