Our awards recognise our members and staff for their outstanding service to dietetics.
Our awards include:
- Life membership
- Fellow of Dietitians Australia (FDA)
- Outstanding Contribution Award
- Young Achiever Award
- Lecture in Honour
- Award of Merit
- Barbara Chester Memorial Award
- Quality in Primary Care Award
- Staff awards
- President's Award for Innovation
- Honorary membership
- Chester Goodsell Memorial Award
Find details of past recipients below. Details on how to apply are on our member portal.
A member who has given long, continued and outstanding service to the profession of dietetics may be elected by the Board as a honorary life member.
Current life members
Laureate Professor Clare Collins has been a member of the dietetics profession for over 40 years, having graduated with a Postgraduate Diploma in Nutrition and Dietetics (University of Sydney) in 1982. Clare’s dietetic career was initially clinically focused. Most notably, from 1991 to 2008 she was the specialist paediatric dietitian to the Hunter Area Cystic Fibrosis Unit at John Hunter Children’s Hospital. This is where Clare’s interest in research was sparked, as she wanted to demonstrate the impact of dietitians in this area. Clare was awarded her PhD (Optimising Energy Intake in Cystic Fibrosis) in 1999. She was the 12th dietitian to obtain a PhD in Australia.
Since 2000, Clare’s has been predominantly an academic dietitian, at the University of Newcastle (UON). Initially, Clare made a significant contribution to the Bachelor of Nutrition and Dietetics program at UON, teaching research methods and establishing the paediatric dietetics course. Since 2010 Clare has been a research fellow, having received three National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) research fellowships. This includes a current NHMRC Investigator Grant- Leadership Level 3. This $3.927M fellowship, saw L/Prof Clare Collins receive the 2021 NHMRC Elizabeth Blackburn Investigator Grant Award as the highest ranked female applicant.
Clare was promoted based on merit from Lecturer to Senior Lecturer in 2004, Associate Professor in 2007, and Professor in 2010. In 2022, Clare was appointed the title L/Prof in recognition of her achievement and outstanding contribution in the field of Nutrition and Dietetics. She is the 1st L/Prof in Nutrition and Dietetics at the UON, and the 1st female L/Prof in the College of Health, Medicine and Wellbeing at the UON.
Professor Judy Bauer (Fellow of Dietitians Australia) has been a member of Dietitians Australia since 1984 and an APD since the program began 1994. She has served on multiple committees as a member of the profession including: Branch Executive (1987-1989), Workforce Committee (1997-1999), Journal and Scientific Publications Management Committee (2009-2013), PEN working party (2011-2013), ICDA Evidence Based Practice Committee (2009-2011), Food Service Management Reference Group (2021), Dietetic Standards and Accreditation Advisory Committee (2005-2009), Australian Dietetics Council (2009-2013 & 2021-present), and as a Board Director (1989-1992 & 2004-2009). Judy has been instrumental in guiding the practice of dietitians through her research as well as leadership in malnutrition guidelines (2009), kidney transplant guidelines (2008-2009) and as editorial board member for Nutrition and Dietetics (2002-2009), supplement editor - Nutrition and Dietetics (2009-2020).
Judy’s leadership is clear through the significant contribution she has made to junior members of the profession, evidenced through her work as Advanced APD assessor (2014-2017) and her 14 PhD student completions - all of whom are dietitians (many supporting this application) who have gone on to be leaders in the profession themselves.
Judy has been instrumental in advancement of dietetics evidence-based practice – particularly in the areas of cancer and malnutrition. Though this work building the evidence base for dietetics practice she has contributed to advancing the objects of Dietitians Australia. She has worked in areas, e.g., private hospital, where she has positioned herself to champion the profession.
Louise is a sports dietitian with 40 years of experience in the education and counselling of elite athletes. She worked at the Australian Institute of Sport for thirty years, first as Head of Sports Nutrition and then as Chief of Nutrition Strategy. She was the team dietitian for the Australian Olympic Teams for the 1996-2012 Summer Olympic Games. Her publications include over 350 papers in peer-reviewed journals and book chapters, and the authorship or editorship of several textbooks on sports nutrition. She is an editor of the International Journal of Sport Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism. Louise was a founding member of Sports Dietitians Australia and is a Director of the IOC Diploma in Sports Nutrition.
She was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia in 2009 for her contribution to sports nutrition. Louise was appointed as Chair in Sports Nutrition in the Mary MacKillop Institute of Health Research at Australian Catholic University in Melbourne in 2014 and took up this position in a full-time capacity in 2020.
Jane Scott is a long standing and active member of the profession representing Dietitians Australia since 1980. Jane graduated as a dietitian from the Western Australian Institute of Technology (now Curtin University) in 1979. With each year of experience, her involvement with Dietitians Australia has become more substantial in responsibility, influence, and with a heavier workload.
Jane has been a leader in her field of breastfeeding research. Testimony to this is her numerous peer reviewed research papers, chief investigator status on a number of significant grants, and authorship of the 2012 National Health and Medical Research Council Infant feeding guidelines. Jane’s expertise also extends to public health nutrition, dietetic education and editorial capability, where she has held leadership roles in all of these areas both for Dietitians Australia and professionally.
Jane gives her time willingly to advance a cause, a person, a community. Her nomination for a student supervisor award, sheer number of students’ supervised, voluntary membership and contribution to high level committees, and continued mentorship of previous students and colleagues puts Jane in a class of her own. She readily gives her time and is committed to educating and supporting others, always ensuring they are with her on the journey of learning. Jane will always roll her sleeves up to advance the profession, or public health nutrition.
Beverley Wood entered the profession of Dietetics for the same reason that many other women scientists of her era did – it was a setting of social life and customs with a scientific basis. She completed her post-graduate training in dietetics at Royal Newcastle Hospital under Eneid Davies and Joan Woodhill.
The model of practice evident there supported her throughout her professional life - food service management, clinical dietetic practice, nutrition education and research. The setting of community health came much later but every opportunity was taken in the media and the public domain to practice public health nutrition. This experience was enhanced by international work at Hammersmith Hospital in London and Kansas University Medical Centre in the United States.
Beverley was fortunate to undertake studies of thiamin status and complete the Master of Science (1976) and Doctor of Philosophy (1985) at the University of Melbourne. She was only the second Australian dietitian to gain a PhD in Australia. As a member of the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Standing Nutrition Committee for 7 years, she was a participant in the emerging public health nutrition issues of the nation, the first dietary guidelines, the first Australian recommended nutrient intakes, the first call for nutrient claims on packaged foods etc., and the first and last National Nutrition Policy (1992).
Her research on thiamin status in alcohol related brain damage made a significant contribution to the government’s mandatory decision to enrich bread making flour with thiamin (1991), which has improved the thiamin status of the population and prevented many cases of thiamin related alcoholic brain damage.
Beverley Wood has been active member of the dietetic profession. She has known or worked with most of the early dietitians and our supporters in food and medical related fields, and has been informed and inspired by many colleagues in many partnerships over her professional life. She was President of the Victorian Dietetic Association (1976), founding Member of the Australian Association of Dietitians (1976), founding Editor of the Australian Journal of Nutrition and Dietetics (1986 - 1989) (Journal of the Dietetic Association of Australia), and recipient of the Joan Mary Woodhill Award (1999) for her outstanding contribution to the profession. As a self-appointed historian she is currently preparing “A history of the profession of dietetics in Australia to 1950” which will be published next year.
Margaret Allman-Farinelli is a proud Fellow of the Dietitians Australia (FDA).
She completed all her qualifications at the University of Sydney including her:
- Bachelor of Science
- Postgraduate Diploma of Nutrition and Dietetics
- PhD on the nutrition of those with renal failure
- Master of Philosophy in Public Health on the development of a healthy eating index for Australians and its association with chronic disease
Her career has included working as a clinical dietitian at the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital in a variety of areas, and then lecturer and senior lecturer at the Human Nutrition Unit at the University of Sydney, teaching dietitians and other health professionals.
In 2008, after a 10 year break from academia she became an Associate Professor in Nutrition and Dietetics and set about building up the teaching team and redesigning the curriculum and Master degree.
In 2015 she was promoted to professor – there had never been a Professor of Dietetics at the University before this. She is proud that her efforts to continually improve teaching and research at her university have been rewarded with 2 recent teaching awards from the Vice Chancellor for Outstanding Educational Engagement and Innovation in 2018 and Outstanding Teaching and Research in 2020. Since 2010 she has supervised 18 PhD students and was delighted to receive the Sydney University Post-graduate Research Association Supervisor of the Year in 2020.
Since she became a Dietitians Australia member in 1983, Margaret has been an active participant. This includes time on the NSW Dietitians Australia committee, editor (and associate editor twice) of the Nutrition and Dietetics journal, Board member and Vice President of Dietitians Australia, member of the Dietitians Credentialing Council (DCC), member of the reviewers pool of the Australian Dietetic Council (ADC) and involvement in the development of competencies for entry level dietitians since 1988.
It is important that dietitians are outward looking and engage with other organisations. To this end Margaret has held positions on other societies such as the national secretary of the Australian Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition and has been a guest speaker at conferences of the International Public Health Association and Health Services Research Australia and New Zealand. In 2020 she was made a Fellow of the Nutrition Society of Australia.
Margaret has a keen interest in all areas of dietetic practice but currently her research has a focus on prevention of chronic disease. She is a Director of the Physical Activity, Nutrition and Obesity research group leading a research programme for NSW Health and has published more than 270 research papers and book chapters to date. Margaret is passionate about her profession and seeing dietitians thrive.
Ruth Dumont has contributed significantly to the profession of dietetics and been a Dietitians Australia member for over 40 years. During this time she has been an active and well-respected dietitian, renown for her contribution to renal dietetics.
Ruth graduated from WA Institute of Technology (now Curtin University) in 1979 and began working as an Accredited Practicing Dietitian (APD) at Royal Perth Hospital. She began specialising in renal dietetics in 1987, and became a senior dietitian in 2004. She has been working in a coordinator role since 2011 at Joondalup Health Campus.
She has had crucial roles in renal guidelines and role statements that have been developed for dietitians in Australia and New Zealand. Ruth has contributed significantly to renal interest groups, as the Coordinator of the Dietitians Australia WA Renal Interest Group since 2009 and the co-Convenor of the Dietitians Australia National Renal Interest Group since 2013.
Since 2008, she has been a member of the steering group and a presenter for the Postgraduate Renal Nutrition Program. Ruth also assists in providing the dietitians day update at the Australian and New Zealand Society of Nephrology conferences since 2009.
Ruth also lectures regularly in the dietetics course at several Perth universities and supervises student dietitians on placement.
Ruth has made significant contributions to dietetics and to Dietitians Australia as a respected leader of renal dietetics. Her contributions during her 40 years as an APD guide other dietitians’ practices on many levels.
As outlined, her contributions include developing evidence-based guidelines and role statements, chairing interest groups, coordinating and developing education programs and seminars, providing lectures to university students, and providing guidance and mentoring to individuals. In all areas of Ruth’s work, she contributes generously and selflessly.
Liz has been a member of Dietitians Australia for more than 40 years, providing high level contributions to a wide variety of Dietitians Australia 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 Dietitians Australia. She was the SA Branch Chair in 1983. She later returned to the Dietitians Australia 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 Dietitians Australia's representative in key areas on many occasions. Liz’s contributions have previously been recognised by being awarded the Dietitians Australia Outstanding Contribution Award in 2002 and the Dietitians Australia National Service Award in 2009. Liz was awarded the title of Fellow of Dietitians Australia (FDA) 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 Dietitians Australia, 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 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 Dietitians Australia President.
Since retiring from work and completing her role as Dietitians Australia President, Liz has remained a regular contributor to Dietitians Australia, not the least of which has been her help to and support of the CEO, Robert Hunt.
Liz has remained committed to Dietitians Australia by ensuring Robert is well informed of important aspects of previous Dietitians Australia positions and actions.
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.
Liz is well known and respected across all areas of dietetics and by all age groups. This 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 Dietitians Australia members and her legacy of quality leadership should be recognised by conferment of the Award of Honorary Life Member of Dietitians Australia.
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 Dietitians Australia 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 Dietitians Australia 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 Dietitians Australia for 40 years. She became an Accredited Practising Dietitian when the scheme was first introduced. She has consistently advocated for and supported Dietitians Australia initiatives, as well as encouraged membership to Dietitians Australia 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 Dietitians Australia 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 Dietitians Australia.
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 Dietitians Australia 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 & 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.
Outstanding Contribution Award
Our Outstanding Contribution Award recognises the outstanding contribution of members to Dietitians Australia and/or the profession at a national level.
The Outstanding Contribution Award was first presented in 2009.
- Robyn Delbridge (AdvAPD)
- Noell Burgess
- Annabel Sweeney
- Dr Lisa Vincze
- Dr Sze-Yen Tan
- Dr Lynda Ross
- Dr Penny Love
- Dr Teresa Brown AdvAPD
- Assoc Prof. Claire Palermo
- Prof Helen Truby
- Merran Findlay
- Liz Munn
- Nicole Kiss
- Anne Swain
- Jan Plain
- Judi Porter
Young Achiever Award
In memory of Dr Joan Mary Woodhill OBE
This award recognises leadership and outstanding service in junior members of the profession. One award may be presented annually.
Kate Agnew is an Accredited Practising Dietitian and the Senior Health and Wellness Lead at healthylife. Kate has a Bachelor degree in Exercise & Nutrition Science and a Masters of Dietetics Studies. Previously, Kate was the Marketing and Communications Director at Dietitian Connection for five years, being a critical part of a new growing business to support dietitians. In her current role she has been a leader in development of and accessibility to a new digital tool Food Tracker, available free to all Australians. Being involved in her profession is important to Kate and she was co-convenor of the Corporate Nutrition Dietitians Australia Interest Group. Kate is passionate about innovating and problem-solving in the area of health and nutrition to ultimately, create a healthier environment for all Australians.
Dr Miranda Blake has promoted population health and nutrition through excellence in leadership in public health and research. She is an active professional volunteer on the Dietitians Australia Food Regulation and Policy Advocacy Working Group since 2017 and has chaired the committee since 2019. The working group prepares evidence-based policy submissions and engages with external public health organisations to strength Dietitians Australia's advocacy. Miranda is a founding member of the Nourish Network, a multisector collective, where she is the founding chair of the Local Government Food Policy Research Action Team. At 3 years post-PhD, Miranda’s outstanding academic track record includes 35 peer-reviewed publications with >750 citations and leadership roles on grants worth >$4.3 million. She is a recipient of a Baker Institute Bright Sparks Award (2015), a VicHealth Award for Promoting Healthy Eating partner (2018), and a Deakin University Institute for Health Transformation Postdoctoral Fellowship (2019-21). Miranda has facilitated local, national and international healthy food policy change via 11 commissioned reports for local, state, and national governments, and international organisations including the World Health Organization and UNICEF. She is also helping to prepare the next generation of public health researchers through supervision of 6 masters students and 2 PhD students.
Dr Elena George is an early career researcher and lecturer in nutrition and dietetics at Deakin University. Elena completed her PhD in 2018 and leads research in Mediterranean diet and metabolic diseases, especially non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. Her research aims to enhance evidence-based practice and the application of dietary modification and lifestyle to prevent and manage chronic conditions.
Elena is passionate about developing dietary interventions that translate to the clinical setting. She also has experience as a private practice dietitian, running her own successful business for over 9 years.
Lina is an Accredited Practising Dietitian (APD) with expertise in critical care nutrition and home tube feeding. She spear-headed the development of the Dietitians Australia Nutrition Support for Critical Care Course and is the Founder of Tube Dietitian, a business aimed at bridging the gap between hospital and home for people with feeding tubes. Her life motto is ‘if you can’t find what you are looking for, do it yourself’. Lina is a Senior Dietitian at Eastern Health, a health service in Melbourne, where her skillset has been recognised beyond the clinical scene as she has led several redesign projects improving intensive care unit patient flow, implementing food service change and monitoring nutrition risk. Lina was appointed Chair of the Scientific and Social Program Committee for the 2021 Dietitians Australia Conference.
Lina is an ambassador of life-long learning with 14 published abstracts (7 as first author) and recent completion of a Master of Public Health, as the principal investigator of a novel systematic literature review and observational study investigating micronutrient intake in critically ill patients. She was recognised with a 2020 Eastern Health Staff Development Scholarship and awarded the Eastern Health Allied Health Researcher of the Year 2020.
Dr Jorja Collins is an Advanced Accredited Practicing Dietitian (AdvAPD) with experience and expertise in research, food service management and education. Since graduating less than 10 years ago, her achievements have been recognised through awards, prizes and grant funding (more than 15 accolades).
She is a ‘big picture’ thinker with a vision to improve the health of the population through up-stream systems level approaches. She has made important contributions to dietetic practice and the international literature through her research on the preparedness of dietitians to use nutritional genomics, the nutritional status and nutrition requirements of the elderly and optimising food service systems in healthcare. She has 16 publications (8 first author) in international peer reviewed journals and presented 29 research abstracts (12 presenting author) at national and international conferences.
Jorja is an enthusiastic and respected educator in nutrition and dietetics. Her investment in curriculum development and delivery using pedagogy and best practice examples will prepare the future generation of nutrition professions to positively influence food service and the food supply. Jorja is an ambassador for her profession as a dietitian and holds multiple voluntary leadership roles within the Dietitians Australia, including as Chair of the Victorian Engagement and Development Committee.
Kirstine Bell is an APD, Credentialled Diabetes Educator and Early Career Research Fellow at the University of Sydney. Her research in nutrition and type 1 diabetes has generated great interest in Australia and internationally and established her as an emerging research leader.
Following her PhD at the University of Sydney and invited post-doctoral fellowships at Harvard Medical School & University of Newcastle, she has been awarded a prestigious NHMRC Early Career Research Fellowship. Her research is influencing clinical practice in Australia and Internationally. In 2015 her research resulted in new recommendations in the American Diabetes Association’s ‘Standards of Medical Care’ and the (International) Endocrine Society’s Clinical Practice Guidelines. These outstanding research achievements saw her awarded the Dietitians Australia Prize for Excellence in Research in 2015.
Kirstine’s commitment and contribution to Dietitians Australia and the dietetics profession is also evident through her leadership roles within Dietitians Australia. She has served as the National Convenor for the Diabetes Interest Group since September 2016 and Secretary and then Treasurer for the NSW Engagement and Development Committee since 2012 and 2017 respectively. She is also Clinical Co-Chair of Program Organising Committee for the Australasian Diabetes Congress, and is Chair of the Dietitians Australia Joint Pre-Diabetes Position Statement Working Party.
Themis Chryssidis is a worthy recipient of the Dietitians Australia Young Achiever award for his achievements in promoting optimal health and nutritional status of Australians through establishment of his interactive Sprout Cooking School and allied health private practice Sprout Health Studio.
He extends positive health promotion practices through the publication of health cookbooks and healthy cooking resources for adults and children. Themis demonstrates leadership and has increased the profile of dietitians in the community through his involvement in Australia’s Healthy Weight Week and as a Dietitians Australia Spokesperson. His dedication has earned him the recognition as a key person of influence in the Dietetics profession and role model especially for male dietitians.
Robyn Delbridge is a passionate dietitian who has worked in nutrition promotion for Aboriginal Communities for nearly ten years. She has been recognised as a leader in the discipline through her appointment to the Dietitians Australia Board relatively early in her career, where she contributes at the highest level of the organisation.
Robyn has also previously acted as convenor of the Indigenous Nutrition Interest Group, which opened her eyes to the needs of the dietetic workforce in the Aboriginal health sector, and lead her to initiate a novel workforce support project: ‘Community of Practice for dietitians working in Aboriginal Health’. This project focuses on strengthening the workforce and supporting dietitians to improve their practice, and is one example of Robyn’s proactive approach and commitment to her peers and to the field of Aboriginal Health.
Each year we invite a Dietitians Australia member to present a special lecture, usually at the Dietitians Australia Conference.
Since 1999 this has taken the form of a Lecture in Honour of a member who has made major contributions to Dietitians Australia and the profession.
List of Lectures in Honour
In Honour of Professor Manny Noakes
To be presented by Julie Dundon at the 39th National Dietitians Australia Conference, Adelaide.
In honour of Joan Steel, Dr Beverley Wood, Dr Rosemary Stanton, Noel Roberts, Christine Roberts, Emma Stirling, Dr Maree Ferguson, and the founders of Sports Dietitians Australia – Prof Louise Burke, Prof Deb Kerr, Dr Liza Broad, Holly Frail, Lorna Garden and Glenn Cardwell
Presented by Karen Inge at the 38th National Dietitians Australia Conference.
In Honour of Dr Ruth English AO (dec)
Presented by Prof Lauren Williams at the 36th National Dietitians Australia Conference, Gold Coast
'Nutrition: A Science not a religion'
In Honour of Peter Williams FDA
Presented by Claire Hewat. Presented at the 35th National Dietitians Australia Conference, Sydney
‘Empowerment through Education'
In Honour of Shirley Murray
Presented by Julie Williams, Department of Health and Human Services, TAS. Presented at the 34th National Dietitians Australia Conference, Hobart.
‘Life, Leadership and Landing’
In Honour of Fiona Cumming
Presented by Professor Helen Truby, Monash University. Presented at the 33rd National Dietitians Australia Conference, Melbourne.
‘In search of evidence: A career in Dietetic Research’
In Honour of Nancy Hitchcock
Presented by Jane Scott, Curtin University, WA. Presented at the 32nd National Dietitians Australia Conference, Perth.
In Honour of Judith Devine Walker OAM
Presented by Christina Stubbs, University of Sunshine Coast, QLD. Presented at the 31st National Dietitians Australia Conference, Brisbane.
Award of Merit
This award recognises substantial contributions at either a branch, local or national level by members who may not qualify for other awards.
NGlenn Cardwell AdvAPD
Gary Slater AdvAPD
Wendy Stuart-Smith AdvAPD
Letizia Sasanelli, SA
Marguerite Conley, QLD
Susan de Jersey
Donna Hickling AdvAPD
Jenna Stonestreet, QLD
Jordan McCamley, QLD
Louise Elvin-Walsh, QLD
Louise Moodie, QLD
Marion Vasudevan, QLD
Emma Osland AdvAPD
Conference Redesign Working Group:
Jane Musial, QLD
Jennifer Ellick, QLD
Dr Angela Byrnes, QLD
Claire Blake AdvAPD, QLD
Clare Cutmore, QLD
Hilary Powlesland, QLD
Kylie Matthews, QLD
Janica Jamieson, WA
Emily Jeffery, WA
Emily Robertson, VIC
Lucy Bell, SA
Jennifer Ellick, QLD
Hilary Powlesland, QLD
Lee-anne Chapple, SA
Dominique Condo, VIC
Claire Blake, QLD
Jodie Ellis, NSW
Judy Seal, TAS
Sandy Murray, TAS
Kacie Dickinson, SA
Barbara Chester Memorial Award
This award honours the contributions of the late Barbara Chester who was the driving force behind establishing the Queensland Branch of Dietitians Australia. She was one of the first 3 dietitians employed in the major Queensland hospitals and assisted in developing the dietetic course at Queensland Institute of Technology. Barbara played a leading role in the training of new graduates in the 1970s.
The Barbara Chester Memorial Award is a fitting tribute to her life and dedication to her work.
The award has been funded by the Qld Health Director General since 2004 in recognition of outstanding contribution to the profession of dietetics in Queensland.
The award is presented to a Dietitians Australia Queensland Branch member.
- 2023 - Dr Robyn Littlewood
- 2022 - Lauren Williams
- 2021 - Marina Reeves
- 2020 - Dr Lynda Ross
- 2019 - Dr Adrienne Young AdvAPD
- 2017 - Danielle Gallegos
- 2016 - Jan Hill
- 2015 - Mary Hannan-Jones
Quality in Primary Care Award
This award recognises high-quality private practice dietetic services that assure a person-centred, safe, and effective dietetic service through partnering with consumers and employing a continuous improvement approach.
Category 1: Medium-Large Business Division
Category 2: Small Business Division
Kids Dig Food
Highly commended: Tube Dietitian
Category 1: Medium-Large Business Division
Category 2: Small Business Division
Category 1: Medium-Large Business Division
Category 2: Small Business Division
This award recognises a member of Dietitians Australia staff, or a contractor who is a member, where they have demonstrated outstanding commitment to Dietitians Australia. They have given a level of service above and beyond the requirements of their position or contract.
- 2021 - Fiona McKendry
Recognition of Service
This certificate is presented to staff for each ten years of completed service.
President's Award for Innovation
In Honour of the Memory of Josephine (Jo) Rogers, AM
This award recognises innovation amongst members of Dietitians Australia. This award is made by the President and is in memory of Josephine Rogers AM, a pioneer of dietetics in Australia. One award may be presented annually.
- 2023 - Hannah Rohrlach
- 2022 - Rowan Stewart
- 2021 - Kara Landau
- 2017 - Clare Collins
- 2017 - Sally McCray
- 2016 - Alice Gibson
- 2015 - Rachel Bacon
Honorary membership may be awarded to a person who does not practice in the profession of dietetics but who has made an outstanding contribution to the aim, object or purpose of Dietitians Australia.
- N Chiavaroli - awarded 2022
- Prof C Binns – awarded 1994, conferred 1995
- Prof A S Truswell – conferred 1980
- Prof M Wahlqvist – awarded 1980-1988
- Dr F Clements – conferred 1980
Chester Goodsell Memorial Award
This award honours the contributions of the late Chester Goodsell who was the creator of FoodWorks (Xyris). FoodWorks is the leading software package for nutrition analysis in Australasia. Chester considered developing innovative nutrition analysis solutions for the good of all to be his life's work. This award recognises outstanding contribution to the use of technology in the field of evidence-based nutrition analysis for health and wellbeing.
- 2023 - Sally McCray
- 2022 (inaugural year) - Megan Rollo