Dietitians Association of Australia 35th National Conference

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

Scientific and Social Program Committee 2018

We would like to thank the following members of the 2018 Scientific and Social Program Committee for their invaluable contribution to the DAA 2018 Conference:

Margaret Allman-Farinelli FDAA, PhD - SSPC 2018 Chair

BSc DipNutrDiet MPhilPH PhD

Margaret Allman-Farinelli BSc DipNutrDiet MPhilPH PhD is Professor of Dietetics at the University of Sydney and a Fellow of the Dietitians Association of Australia. Over the years she has served on a variety of committees for DAA and the Scientific Community such as the Journal Editor, Board of DAA and NHMRC panels. She also managed all the abstracts for the International Congress of Dietetics in 2012. Margaret is actively involved in epidemiological and intervention research for prevention and treatment of obesity and chronic disease by improving diet quality and other lifestyle behaviours. She is a regular presenter at international and national conferences in public health and community dietetics and has around 200 published works.

Karen Charlton AdvAPD, PhD



Associate Professor Karen Charlton, PhD, is an Advanced Accredited Practising Dietitian who teaches public health nutrition at the University of Wollongong. Her research expertise is in nutrition and chronic diseases of lifestyle across the lifespan, including diet and blood pressure. Karen is interested in the role of food and dietary patterns on health outcomes, particularly in the context of healthy ageing including physical and cognitive functioning. Karen spent many years in Africa, and has a keen interest in training nutrition professionals from low-middle income countries. She has published over 160 articles in scientific journals and authored chapters in books.

Amelia Cook APD


PhD   BAppSc (Ex&SpSc) / BSc (Nutr) (Hons I)   

As a Lecturer at Western Sydney University, I teach into the Human Nutrition major.  I have also led the creation of a new Master in Public Health Nutrition.

I am passionate about finding better ways to support healthy lifestyles.  This drives my research interests in behavioural nutrition and health behaviour change, for the purpose of understanding how and why people initiate and maintain changes to their diet.  I am also interested in understanding how the food environment, and broader built environment, impacts food choice and eating behaviours.

Before academia, I worked in both nutrition and physical activity, including private practice and community health promotion.


Janelle Gifford AdvAPD


BBus, BSc, MSc, PhD, Grad Cert Ed Studies, AdvAPD, Adv Sports Dietitian

Janelle Gifford is a Senior Lecturer in nutrition within the Discipline of Exercise and Sport Science, Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Sydney where she teaches sports and public health nutrition on a part-time basis. Janelle is an Advanced Accredited Practising Dietitian and an Advanced Sports Dietitian. She has been in private practice for 15 years as well as working on a range of consultancy projects for professional bodies and industry as part of her business, Core Nutrition Science. Her current research interests include assessment of nutrition literacy and sports nutrition, with a special interest in Masters Athletes.

Peggy Huang APD


BAppSc (Ex&SpSc) / BSc (Nutr) (Hons I), DipRehab, Cert IV Training and Assessment

Peggy is an APD and AEP graduating from the University of Sydney. She is currently the Co-Chair of the NSW Chapter of Exercise and Sport Science Australia and serves as a board director on the Central and Eastern Sydney Allied Health Network, Central and Eastern Sydney PHN. Peggy has experience working in community based projects and health education including the 2017 National Allied Health Conference as a member of the organising committee. She has been recognised as a previous finalist in the HESTA Primary Health Care Awards in recognition of her dedication and impacts in improving health outcomes at all levels of health service as part of various volunteer roles in addition to her employment.


Natalie Lister APD PhD



Natalie Lister (APD) is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Sydney and the Institute of Endocrinology and Diabetes, The Children’s Hospital at Westmead. Natalie has a PhD in Nutritional Science and her research investigates dietary interventions that will prevent and manage obesity, diabetes, and cardiovascular risk in children and adolescents. Other interests include investigating the role of dietary components and diet quality in improving health.


Dr Anne-Therese McMahon APD

BSc (Food Tech), MSc. G.Cert. Bus, APD, PhD

Dr Anne-Therese McMahon is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Wollongong whose research focuses on patient centred practice. Her research to date has investigated approaches to support effective health behaviour change through using qualitative health research methodologies to explore patient and practitioner perspectives and practice, in a broad array of age and condition related contexts. Dr McMahon is an innovative dietitian educator/researcher in the School of Medicine who has focussed on utilising her non-traditional academic background through integrating learning and research opportunities within her roles as Course Director for Masters of Nutrition Management (MNM) program and the Bachelor of Nutrition Science. She is an Accredited Practising Dietitian with over 25 years’ experience with the Dietitians Association of Australia and a member of Nutrition Society of Australia. She has served as Education Coordinator for the Australian Research Council (ARC) Key Centre Smart Foods and has been an active researcher for the National Centre of Excellence in Functional Foods. Dr McMahon has a developing track record in qualitative health research with $100K in research funding from ARC, industry and 20 publications in scientific journals.


Stephanie Partridge APD


BSc (Nutrition) (Hons I) PhD APD

Stephanie is an Accredited Practising Dietitian and research coordinator at the University of Sydney. It was Stephanie’s community placement as a student dietitian in outback NSW, where she recognised the need for population efforts to prevent non-communicable diseases, as early prevention holds better than treatment. She joined a group pioneering research into an innovative, world first mHealth program aimed to prevent weight gain among young adults, which she evaluated as part of her PhD research. Stephanie is continuing her mHealth research, investigating the use of social media for the prevention of non-communicable diseases.

Wendy Stuart-Smith APD

BSc Dip Ed MND (merit)

Wendy is a lecturer in Nutrition and Dietetics at the University of Sydney. She has a background in clinical dietetics with a wide experience in adverse food reactions. One of her two current research areas is the investigation and management of food intolerance symptoms.  The other is reflective practice and competence development during and beyond the student journey.  Wendy takes great delight in mentoring, both formally and informally, the next generation of dietitians with a focus on evidence based practice and critical thinking skills.  Wendy has been an active DAA member for many years, was the FAIIG convener from 2011 to 2016 and remains a part of the executive group.


Rebecca Williams APD

Rebecca Williams is an Accredited Practising Dietitian who is passionate about improving the health of Australians by influencing the food system. She currently works in the Health & Nutrition team at Woolworths to improve the nutrition content of their Own Brand products through reformulation and innovation. She also supports the communication of responsible health and nutrition messages to consumers. Previous to this, Rebecca worked as the Nutrition Manager at the Grains & Legumes Nutrition Council and published research on the link between diet and insulin resistance while at the Garvan Institute.


Lisa Yates AdvAPD



 Consultant Dietitian Adv APD

Lisa Yates is an Advanced Accredited Practising Dietitian with 20 years experience in nutrition communications, strategy development and implementation, event management and clinical practice. Lisa also has over 15 years experience in marketing and public relations and for 20 years has run her own part-time private practice in Sydney. Since 2005 Lisa has been the Program Manager and Dietitian to Nuts for Life a health education initiative of the Australian Tree Nut Industry where she provides advice on key influencer communications, research interpretation, issues management, media liaising and event management. Lisa is also a columnist for Medical Observer a GP magazine and is part of the team that set up Storehouse the nutrition bloggers directory. She has been an active volunteer for DAA since 1996 in numerous roles including: current chair of the Marketing and Social Media Advisory Committee and a member of the Food Regulation Public Health Advisory Committee as well as a former DAA Board Director and a member of many conference and event organising committees. Lisa has a Bachelor of Science with a double major in Biochemistry and Pharmacology as well as a Masters Degree in Nutrition and Dietetics both from the University of Sydney.


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Conference Dates:
17 – 19 May 2018, Sydney

Registration Opens:
15 December 2017

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