Australian Dietetics Council (ADC)

The Australian Dietetics Council (ADC) is the governance structure for DA accreditation and recognition services and has been operating since July 1, 2009. ADC’s primary function is to provide independent high level strategic advice, on matters relating to accreditation and recognition, to the DA Board. ADC has a key continuous quality improvement role ensuring that DA delivers accreditation and recognition services that are efficient, effective, equitable, accountable and transparent and are framed in a best practice model.

The guiding principles of ADC are to:

  • Enable transparency for members, clients, health services and the Government
  • Enable separation of policy and operational functions
  • Enable broader representation
  • Enable greater independence thus reducing potential conflict of interest
  • Support a move to a business model ensuring a more sustainable service
  • Support corporate governance principles and enable greater accountability
  • Link across other related DA councils and committees, such as the Dietetic Credentialing Council (DCC).

Composition of ADC

The ADC comprises nine members appointed by the Board for a two year term. Of the nine members there are three senior academic dietitians, three senior practitioner dietitians and three external members.

Senior Academic Dietetic Members

BSc, MNutDiet, MPH, Grad Cert Hlth Prof Ed, PhD, FDAA

Claire Palermo joined the ADC in 2018 as an academic member and is  serving her first term. She is a Fellow of the Dietitians Australia and has over 20 years of experience as a Dietitian. Claire has been an academic since 2004 and graduated over 700 students into the profession. Claire is an Associate Professor in the Department of Nutrition, Dietetics and Food and Deputy Director of the Monash Centre for Scholarship in Health Education.  Claire has been awarded a national teaching citation (2016) and teaching excellence award (2017) and a national office for learning and teaching fellowship (2014). Claire is an active member of the profession and served on the board of directors from 2007 to 2011. Claire has forged a research career in competency-based assessment and workforce development. She is Associate Editor (Qualitative methodology) for Nutrition & Dietetics.

PhD, MHlthSc, Grad Dip Nutr Diet, BSc, FDAA

Judy Bauer joined the ADC in 2021 as an academic member and is serving her first term. She was a member of the inaugural ADC as a practitioner member (2009-2013). Judy is a Fellow of the Dietitians Australia and has over 40 years of experience as a clinical and academic Dietitian. She is an Honorary A/Professor, School of Human Movement and Nutrition Sciences, University of Queensland and Acting Research Co-ordinator, Nutrition & Dietetics, Royal Brisbane & Womens Hospital, Queensland. Judy is a Board member of the Clinical Oncology Society of Australia (2019+) and is an active member of the profession having served on the Board of Directors (1989-1992: 2004-2009) and held the role of Translational Research Leader (2013-2020). The major themes of Judy’s research are knowledge translation, medical nutrition therapy with a focus on disease-related malnutrition and oncology nutrition.

PhD, DipNutDiet, BSc, FDAA, Fellow of SDA

adc-fiona-pellyFiona Pelly joined the ADC in 2015. Fiona is the Discipline Leader in Nutrition and Dietetics at the University of the Sunshine Coast and was responsible for establishing this discipline. She has extensive experience in curriculum development and review. She is a a Fellow of the Dietitians Association of Australia with 27 years’ experience, including 20 years in the area of sports nutrition, and has experience in private practice and consultancy to The Wiggles (10 years), the International Olympic Committee (IOC), National Rugby League (NRL) teams, and individual Olympians. Fiona is internationally recognised for her expertise in food provision at major sporting competition events, and has evaluated the menu for six Olympic and two Commonwealth Games since 2000. Fiona is interested in the translation of knowledge about nutrition and nutrient requirements into food and whole diets, diet quality, and eating behaviours. She is also interested in nutrition and dietetic practice, and the relationship to student training.

Senior Practitioner Dietetic Members

BSc, GradDipNutrDiet, AdvAPD

Annabel Sweeney joined ADC at the end of 2018. Annabel has been a member of DA for over 30 years and has been an Advanced Accredited Practising Dietitian since 2008. Annabel is the Manager of Nutrition at the Women’s and Children’s Hospital, Adelaide South Australia and holds academic status for Flinders University, South Australia. Annabel has worked in all clinical areas of paediatric and women’s nutrition and after 30 years continues to work in the speciality area of inborn errors of metabolism (IEM). She has conducted and published research and presented nationally and internationally in IEM and has been actively involved in the Australasian Society of Inborn Errors of Metabolism (ASIEM). Annabel has been a member of many DA accreditation review teams.


B App Sc/ B. Nursing,  MNutDiet,  MPH,  APD

Andrea Elliott joined the ADC in 2021.  Andrea is the Director of Dietetics at Eastern Health, a 6 hospital metropolitan health service in Victoria and a PhD candidate at Monash University in the Department of Dietetics, Nutrition and Food. Andrea has been a DA member for over 20 years and has extensive clinical and leadership experience in a variety of clinical settings. She has a passion for workforce re design and exploration of models of care that are responsive to client need. She project managed Stage 2 and 3 of the delivery of the DHHS allied health workforce project that resulted in the Victorian Assistant Workforce Model. Her doctorial thesis is focused on design research using the Design Thinking approach, to design a ‘patient centred model of nutrition care for weight loss’ for patients who co-present with overweight and obesity in the acute hospital setting.  The outcomes of this research will inform a framework that will address national health priorities and enhance health system effectiveness to provide dietetic care engineered for the ultimate end-users, patients, while also informing curriculum design to ensure we are producing ‘fit for purpose’ graduates.

BSc, MNutDiet, Grad Cert Hlth Mgmt, PhD Candidate, AdvAPD  

Andrea was appointed to the ADC in 2021 as a senior practitioner. Andrea is an Advanced Accredited Practising Dietitian, an adjunct senior lecturer for La Trobe University and is currently the Allied Health Education Lead for Monash Health. Prior to her current role at Monash Health, she held joint roles as the Senior Endocrinology Dietitian at the Royal Melbourne Hospital and as Course Co-ordinator of the Dietetics program at La Trobe University.  Andrea brings to the council a wide perspective on health profession education as academic, clinical teacher and employer. Andrea is currently a PhD candidate who is investigating the use of Entrustable Professional Activities to support competency-based education and work-based assessment in dietetic education.     ​

External Members

PhD, BSpPath, MSPA

Simone Arnott joined the ADC in 2021 as the Professional Education Representative. Simone is a Certified Practising Speech Pathologist. She is currently employed at Speech Pathology Australia as a Senior Advisor of Professional Standards where her portfolio focuses primarily on university accreditation, competency based assessment, professional recognition and qualification assessment. Since commencing at Speech Pathology Australia in 2018, Simone has been heavily involved in the development and implementation of the profession’s new Professional Standards and subsequent development and alignment of new accreditation standards. Simone has previously held senior clinical, professional practice and academic roles in two Australian universities. Simone also works privately; providing training and supervision to speech pathologists in the area of stuttering, as well as providing clinical services to individuals who stutter.

DEd, MEd (Curriculum), Dip T (Primary), Grad Dip Ed (TESOL), BA

Susanne Owenadc-susanne-owen joined the ADC in 2014 as the accreditation expert from other professions. Susanne holds a Doctor of Education and Master of Education (Curriculum) qualification and Bachelor of Arts, Diploma of Teaching and several other post-graduate qualifications. Over 35 years, she has worked as a teacher, high school leader and state education department manager. She has also worked for the South Australia teacher registration board where she led the development of registration standards and competency standards. As Director of Owen Educational Consultancy, Susanne developed accreditation standards and competency standards for various national health bodies and led national projects related to university programs in pharmacy and law.  Over 50 publications, book chapters and conference papers reflect her academic research work.  She is currently the community representative on the Qualification and Skills Assessment Committee for the podiatry profession.

John Stubbs joined ADC in 2019.  John holds degrees in Accounting and Arts and is a regular speaker at medical conferences in Australia and internationally about health policy, cancer advocacy, clinical trials, research and related issues.

Nineteen years ago John was diagnosed with Chronic Myeloid Leukaemia. He had a successful bone marrow transplant in 2001 and called upon his experience to become a committed and passionate advocate for people affected by cancer.

John was awarded an Honorary Associate of the University of Sydney – School of Medicine in 2009 for work in the promotion of Clinical Trials in Australia and a Recognition Award from the Federal Department of Health in 2011 for – “Long standing commitment to advancing the quality of radiation oncology services in this country”.

He currently holds three Board positions – Cancer Institute NSW; Health Consumers NSW, NSW Illawarra and Shoalhaven Health District as well as a member of Federal and State Government Health and Research Committees.

John has contributed to over 44 research papers as an Investigator and Associate Investigator.


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