Our Spokespeople

Australian Capital Territory

Lisa Donaldson

BEdu, M Nutr & Diet, APD RN

Areas of interest: Weight loss, children’s health, healthy lifestyle, family nutrition, sports nutrition, nutrition education, cooking, weekly food planning and organisation, allergies and intolerance, body image, recipe and menu development

Lisa is an Accredited Practising Dietitian who commenced her career as a school teacher. With qualifications in Education and Dietetics, Lisa can be found educating students at both the University of Canberra and Canberra Institute of Technology.

Lisa juggles a variety of roles and has built a successful dietetic practice FEEDinc. with a team of senior and emerging dietitians. She is the Nutrition Lead at Michelle Bridges 12 Week Body Transformation Program where she has helped expand the number of calorie levels offered and prompted recipe development for a variety of nutritional needs.

Lisa is a presenter for Nutrition Australia and the Department of Health Fresh Tastes Team. She writes for a variety of online sites and has extensive experience in radio and television interviews. Lisa has recently recorded a children’s album under the guise of The Food Detective (Takes Ten Tastes) to help educate children about nutrition through song.

New South Wales

Professor Clare Collins

PhD, BSc, Dip Nutr&Diet, Dip Clin Epi, AdvAPD AN

Areas of Interest: Children’s health, evidence based practice, weight loss and fad diets, family nutrition, cystic fibrosis, nutrition research methods.

Professor Collins is an NHMRC Senior Research Fellow, Director of Research for the School of Health Sciences and Deputy Director, Priority Research Centre in Physical Activity and Nutrition, the University of Newcastle. She leads the largest team of research dietitians internationally in developing food and nutrition eHealth tools, programs and evaluating the impact on eating patterns and diet-related health across key life stages and chronic disease conditions. Professor Collins has published over 350 manuscripts and supervised 28 Higher Degree Research candidates to completion. In 2018 she was awarded the Dietitians Australia (DA) President’s Award for Innovation in Honour of the Memory of Josephine Rogers and in 2017 Hunter Medical Research Institute, Researcher of the Year.

Professor Clare Collins is a Fellow of the Dietitians Australian (DA) and has been a DA spokesperson since the program’s inception in 1999. Prof Collins is passionate about nutrition communication and a sought after media commentator having completed thousands of media interviews, and is a regular guest of Dr Karl on TripleJ Science Hour. In 2018 she was an ABC Catalyst presenter on Feeding Australia. She co-created the Massive Open Online Course (MOOC), The Science of Weight Loss – Dispelling Diet Myths, has been completed by over 45,000 people across 180 countries. Professor Collins is the most read Australian author for The Conversation with over 75 articles and 8 million readers.

 

Dr Trent Watson

PhD, BHSc(N&D), APD AN

Areas of Interest:
Obesity, diabetes, general nutrition, vitamin and mineral supplements, fad diets, men’s health, sports nutrition, nutrition and fatigue.

 

Trent is the principal consultant dietitian of Ethos Health, a Newcastle-based multidisciplinary allied health business. Trent has completed a PhD at the University of Newcastle, which looked at oxidative stress, antioxidants and exercise. He is continuing his research interests in obesity, workplace health and fatigue.

Trent has extensive consulting experience. He has worked with a diverse range of individuals and groups from coal miners to elite athletes. Trent is a sought-after speaker and media commentator and is passionate about providing accurate nutrition, health and lifestyle information that cuts the confusion and can be used in the real world. He has been a DA spokesperson since 2001.

 

Dr Alan Barclayawb-2016

BSc, Grad Dip Dietetics, PhD, APD AN

Areas of Interest: Diabetes and pre-diabetes, heart disease and stroke, metabolic syndrome, overweight and obesity, food allergy and intolerance, carbohydrates (sugars, starches, maltodextrins and dietary fibre), food law (e.g. labelling), food science and commercial cookery.

Alan is an accredited practicing dietitian and nutritionist, with over 24 years of experience. He completed a Certificate III in commercial cookery in 2018 and is also a qualified chef. He completed a PhD at the University of Sydney in the mid 2000’s on the association between glycemic carbohydrate (e.g., sugars and starches) and the risk of developing lifestyle-related diseases (e.g., type 2 diabetes and heart disease) and continues to conduct research in this area.

Alan has extensive experience as a consultant and also works in clinical dietetics maintaining a private practice in Sydney since 1995. He is able to translate complex nutrition science in to practical advice for people from all walks of life and is also able to help with the development of new foods and recipes.

Alan has been a DA Spokesperson since 2004 and has given interviews for a broad range of newspapers, magazines, radio and television stations. He has authored or co-authored more than 30 peer reviewed articles, and has presented the research at scientific conferences around the globe. Alan is also the author or co-author of 5 books for consumers and also manages a monthly blog on healthy eating.

 

 

Kate Gudorfkate-gudorf

BA (Telecommunications), MSc (Nutr&Diet), APD AN

Areas of interest: General nutrition, wellness and prevention, food and cooking, obesity, weight loss and weight management, diabetes, and sports nutrition.

 

Kate is an Accredited Practising Dietitian and also a Credentialled Diabetes Educator currently working with Diabetes NSW & ACT, delivering education programs across Sydney and NSW. Kate has 10 years of experience working as a dietitian, with much of her experience specialising in diabetes, weight management and behaviour change. Her previous experience includes work in private practice and in corporate health, working one-on-one with individuals and delivering group education. She has developed weight loss and behaviour change programs for corporate health and written for a variety of publications and audiences.

Kate takes pride in her ability to facilitate group education, teach and elicit behaviour change using a patient-centred approach, helping others to identify their agenda, motivation and goals. She is skilled at being able to translate scientific evidence for a general audience and in presenting to groups, large and small.

She has been a media spokesperson with the Dietitians Australia since 2012.

 

Nicole Dynan

MND (USYD), B.A.(psychology) Dip Sc. Dip Ed. Cert. E.M. APD/AN/ASD

Areas of Interest: Gut health, IBS, food intolerances and FODMAPs, vegetarian / vegan diets, workplace health and nutrition, weight management & the psychology of eating, sports nutrition.

Nicole is an Accredited Practising Dietitian & Accredited Sports Dietitian. She specialises in gut health, good digestion and food intolerances and is one of a handful of dietitians in Australia with qualifications in dietetics and psychology.

Nicole is known as ‘The Gut Health Dietitian’ and runs a network of private practice clinics in Sydney for ‘The Good Nutrition Company’, which she founded in 2012.

Nicole also operates a corporate nutrition service for Benestar (Formerly Davidson Trahaire Corpsych) and is a guest lecturer for The University of Sydney.

Prior to becoming a dietitian, Nicole worked in senior management for Merck, Sharp & Dohme pharmaceuticals for 10 years.

 

Jane Freeman

BSc.Grad.Dip.Diet&Nutr. IOC Dip.Sports.Nutr. Cert.Paed.Nutr. M.Mgt. APD, AN, Accredited Sports Dietitian

Areas of Interest: Cancer nutrition, women’s health, sports performance, weight management, malnutrition, gastrointestinal function, school food, creative menu development (professionally-trained cook)

Jane is a highly-regarded Accredited Practising Dietitian with more than 20 years experience. She now runs her own practice ‘CANutrition’ as well as works as a senior dietitian for Cancer Fit, Australia. Her website includes posts, updates and tips, and features her CANcook recipe program.

Jane commenced as a DA Spokesperson in 2018, after having spent more than 12 years working abroad in London and Singapore. Whilst in London, Jane became known as one of London’s most-trusted dietitians, with regular appearances on BBC breakfast, radio and interviews in The Times, Guardian and Daily Mail. She was also awarded a British Medical Association prize for her cancer nutrition book ‘How To Eat Well When You Have Cancer’.

After moving to Singapore, Jane established a busy private practice called Food Equation, ran the Berlin marathon and became involved in working with international schools to help them transform food cultures and menus. This included development of a ‘Good To Go’ canteen, which was featured on the Asian TV show Food Detectives as it shared how to get high school kids eating and engaging with good food choices. Jane was accredited to the menu development of Singapore’s first healthy fast food café, called YOLO. Hardly a week goes buy without her being contacted by Asian media outlets requesting an interview or comment – and this is despite Jane having been back in Sydney for two years!

Jane’s media style is to bridge the complexities of nutrition science and the myriad of individual needs, with what are ‘penny drop’ type messages that make sense, excite and (if needed) help nudge people toward doable next steps.

 

Felicity Curtain

MNutrDiet, BFSc&Nutr, GradCert Comms, APD.

Areas of interest: Food and nutrition trends, fad diets, vegetarian eating, food and cooking.

 

A love of food, cooking, and healthy eating inspired Felicity’s career as a dietitian, and she has experience working across a variety of areas, including nutrition communications, marketing, and private practice.

Felicity prides herself on keeping ‘in-the-know’ about food and diet trends, and is highly passionate about spreading evidence-based nutrition messages in an easily digestible manner. Felicity has a broad range of media experience, having appeared regularly on 3AW and Health Care Professional Radio, as well as in print media such as Woolworths Fresh and Eat Well magazines. Having previously worked as DA’s Media & Marketing Dietitian, she has a keen appreciation for working with journalists to share credible nutrition information.

As the Nutrition Manager at the Grains & Legumes Nutrition Council, Felicity leads various projects relating to research, nutrition insights, food labelling, and advocacy, ultimately aiming to boost public health through good nutrition.

 

Anika Rouf

BBiomedSc, MND, APD, AN

Areas of Interest: General nutrition, healthy lifestyle, food and cooking, weekly food planning/meal preparation, body image, wellness and prevention, workplace wellness, family nutrition, weight loss and weight management.

Anika Rouf is an Accredited Practising Dietitian and PhD Candidate. Her area of research investigates social media use to improve eating habits of young adults. She believes social media has huge potential in influencing the eating habits of current generation as they are the highest users of this medium.

Anika is passionate about healthy home cooking and working towards small sustainable behaviour changes. Additionally, she has a particular interest in communicating nutrition using digital platforms.

Anika has been interviewed on SBS Food, 9 coach and WYZA magazine. She has written pieces for Men’s Muscle and Health and PostScript magazines. She has also been involved in radio interviews, including with Dr Karl on BBC Five Live and ABC Perth, as a NSW semi-finalist with FameLab.

Queensland

Kate Di Prima kate-diprima_june2010

BSc, M Nutr & Diet, APD AN

Areas of Interest: Children’s nutrition, general nutrition, diabetes, weight management.

 

Kate has her own private practice in Brisbane. She has experience working with industry, corporations, hospitals, nursing homes and correctional centres.  Kate has a particular interest in childhood and family eating. In 2005, she published ‘The ultimate lunchbox and dinner meals for healthy kids’ and has since published two cookbooks.

Kate has been a DA Spokesperson since 2003. She previously held the position of Media Liaison Dietitian with DA. Kate regularly works with the media – both locally and nationally. She has appeared on Brisbane Extra, Sunrise and the Today Show and has recently been interviewed by the Herald Sun newspaper, Choice magazine, and ninemsn online. Kate writes a regular nutrition column for Practical Parenting magazine.

Maria Packard