Invited Speakers

Dietitians Association of Australia 35th National Conference

17-19 May 2018, ICC Sydney, NSW, Australia

Is Body Mass Index the Real Issue Here? A ‘Weighty’ Discussion


Ms Tracy Burrows, AdvAPD

  Associate Professor Tracy Burrows, is an Advanced Accredited Practising Dietitian (AdvAPD) and Co- lead of the Nutrition and Dietetics stream of the Priority Research Centre of Physical Activity and Nutrition, University of Newcastle. Tracy has expertise in the areas of the assessment and validation of dietary intake, obesity management across the lifespan and addictive eating behaviours. She has published  > 100 peer reviewed manuscripts in international journals and received >$2 million dollars in research funding. She has received multiple research awards including 2016 NSW Tall Poppy of the year and 2014 Scopus researcher of the year.

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Mr Tim Cassetarri

 Tim Cassettari, research dietitian and health coach, is one of Australia’s few health professionals with separate university studies in dietetics, psychology and exercise science.

As a research dietitian, Tim has over 7 years experience working with some of Australia’s largest food manufacturers. He has worked on numerous manuscripts and provides credible scientific substantiation for health and nutrition claims, including the delivery of systematic literature reviews.

As a coach, Tim helps women to live healthy, wholehearted lives at any size. He has a keen interest in the psychology of eating and body image, and the role of non-dieting approaches in improving physical and mental health.

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Ms Janet Franklin

 Janet is a senior clinical dietitian and research coordinator at Metabolism and Obesity Services, RPA hospital, with 18 years’ experience in the management of adult obesity. She is a guest lecturer at the University of Sydney and University of Wollongong.  She founded and chaired for 10 years the DAA State and then National Obesity Interest Group. She completed her PhD in psychosocial aspects of childhood obesity, but has spent most of her career looking at adult clinical obesity.  She currently conducts both original and collaborative research.  Janet has been involved with 21 publications plus 18 Oral and 31 poster presentations.



Ms Sarah Garnett

Sarah Garnett is a Senior Research Fellow/Dietitian in the Institute of Endocrinology and Diabetes at the Children’s Hospital at Westmead, a conjoint A/Professor, Discipline of Child and Adolescent Health, University of Sydney and Chair, Sydney Children’s Hospital Network, Human Research Ethics Committee.  Her research is primarily focused on developing evidence based interventions for the prevention and treatment of childhood obesity, insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes.  Sarah has extensive experience in leading epidemiological studies and clinical trials including RCTs examining the effects of different diets on weight loss and insulin sensitivity in adolescents and has over 70 publications.



Precision Medicine & Medical Nutrition Therapy

Dr Samantha Hocking

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Professor Judith Swift

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Public Health Nutrition & Food Service

Professor Danielle Gallegos, AdvAPD

Danielle Gallegos is Professor of Nutrition and Dietetics at Queensland University of Technology where she is the discipline leader for nutrition and dietetics. She has worked in all areas of nutrition and dietetics including acute care, foodservice, private practice and for the last 20 years in public health nutrition. She teaches community nutrition and coordinates the dietetic Honours students. She undertakes research related to the nexus between nutrition and social justice, including food security, food literacy, developing nutrition and dietetics as a profession in Vietnam and supporting breastfeeding through the use of innovative technologies. Danielle is currently chair of the Council of Deans of Nutrition and Dietetics (Australia New Zealand).

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Ms Fifi Spechler, APD

Fifi Spechler’s working life has been dedicated to attaining and maintaining the highest food quality standards within NSW public hospitals. 

Her work for Royal North Shore Hospital, Northern Sydney Local Health District and HealthShare NSW has included an active involvement in a number of food service reforms which have improved the quality, choice and menus for public hospital patients and enhanced processes within the Food Services working environment. 

As Quality Systems Manager for HealthShare NSW, Fifi oversees food quality and safety for 155 public hospitals across NSW and is playing a key role in the role out of My Food Choice reforms, including ensuring food safety in vendors as well as within hospital Food Services.

Role of the Microbiome in Chronic Disease

Professor Stephen Simpson

 Steve Simpson is Academic Director of the Charles Perkins Centre and Professor in the School of Life and Environmental Sciences at the University of Sydney.

After graduating as a biologist from the University of Queensland, Steve undertook his PhD at the University of London, then spent 22 years at Oxford before returning to Australia in 2005 as an Australian Research Council Federation Fellow, then ARC Laureate Fellow.

Stephen developed an integrative modelling framework for nutrition (the Geometric Framework), which was devised and tested using insects. This has since been applied to a wide range of organisms, from slime moulds to humans, and problems, from aquaculture and conservation biology to the dietary causes of human obesity and ageing. He has also revolutionised understanding of swarming in locusts, with research spanning neurochemical events within the brains of individual locusts to continental-scale mass migration.

In 2007 Steve was elected a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science, in 2008 he won the Eureka Prize for Scientific Research, in 2009 he was NSW Scientist of the Year, in 2013 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of London and in 2015 was made a Companion of the Order of Australia.

Steve has also been prominent in the media, including presenting a four-part documentary series for ABC TV, “Great Southern Land”.


Woman’s Health Through the Lifecycle

Professor Lauren Williams, FDAA

Lauren Williams is Professor of Nutrition and Dietetics at Griffith University and is a Fellow of DAA. She holds university qualifications in Science (Hons I in Nutrition), Public Health Nutrition (PhD) and in Dietetics, Health Promotion and Social Science. Lauren commenced her research journey with a project on obesity 35 years ago, and since then has conducted observational, RCT and qualitative studies on the prevention and treatment of overweight and obesity, including a sub-study of the Australian Longitudinal Study on Women’s Health. Her work has been published in four books, 25 book chapters and over 60 journal articles.


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Key Dates

Conference Dates:
17 – 19 May 2018, Sydney

Registration Opens:
15 December 2017

Early Bird/Author Registration Deadline:
21 March 2018

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Call for Late Breaking Abstracts:
9 January 2018

Late Breaking Submission Deadline:
30 January 2018

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