Scientific and Social Program Committee

We would like to thank the following members of the 2019 Scientific and Social Program Committee for their invaluable contribution to the DAA 2019 Conference:

Dr Lynda Ross, SSPC 2019 Chair, AdvAPD

Dr Lynda Ross is a Senior Lecturer and Clinical Domain Lead at Griffith University on the Gold Coast, Queensland and is an Advanced Accredited Practising Dietitian. Lynda is an Associate Editor and member of the Editorial Board for Nutrition & Dietetics, the Journal of the Dietitians Association of Australia. Lynda has a keen interest in nutrition research and is a Visiting Research Fellow at the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital, where she previously held the role of Research Coordinator for eight years. Lynda’s research has focused on secondary prevention strategies for the management of chronic disease risk and more recently on the education of dietetic students. Lynda has had over 100 conference abstracts accepted at national and international conferences and has over 30 published articles in peer-reviewed journals.

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.

Ms Marie-Claire O'Shea

Marie-Claire O’Shea is an Advanced Accredited Practicing Dietitian (AdvAPD) with over 16 years of clinical experience.  Having established and grown a successful private practice, Marie-Claire has spent 15 years training and developing student and new graduate dietitians.  For the past 5 years, Marie-Claire has worked at Griffith University where she is responsible for Simulation-Based Learning Experiences and Work-Integrated Learning which includes designing, implementing and evaluating unique simulations.  Marie-Claire is a member of Griffith University’s Interprofessional and Simulation-Based Learning Advisory Committee (IPSBLAC), leading interprofessional learning activities within the Health Group.  This year, Marie-Claire was a member of the Nutrition and Dietetics teaching team who were awarded a Group Learning and Teaching Citation for work relating to student placement preparation. Marie-Claire contributes widely to the profession as a member of the DAA QLD Engagement and Development Committee, the Scientific and Social Program Committee (SSPC) and the National Conference Redesign Working Party.  When not teaching, Marie-Claire is undertaking her PhD exploring the use of SBLE within dietetics education. 

Dr Dianne Reidlinger

Associate Professor Dianne Reidlinger leads the community and public health nutrition domain for the Master of Nutrition and Dietetic Practice Program at Bond University. She is also the Associate Dean, Learning and Teaching for the Faculty of Health Sciences and Medicine. Dianne is both an Accredited Practising Dietitian and a Registered Dietitian with the Health and Care Professions Council in the UK. She holds a PhD from King’s College London and her research interests are focused on dietary interventions to support the prevention and management of chronic diseases. Exploring consumer and patient preferences for the translation of evidence into practice, and to inform patient-focused service delivery, is an important component of her current research projects. Dianne is passionate about dietetic education, and her publications include several education-focused journal articles.

Dr Therese O'Sullivan

Therese is a Senior Lecturer in Nutrition and Dietetics at Edith Cowan University, in Western Australia. She leads a program of research investigating the potential health benefits of dairy fat in children, her other research areas include breastfeeding and early parenting, food security, chronic disease, and the nutrition care process.   Therese has a particular interest in helping to make conferences more family friendly

Associate Professor Fiona Pelly

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 an Accredited Practising Dietitian with 28 years’ experience 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 and nutrition support at major sporting competition events, has conducted extensive research in this area and has reviewed the menu for seven Olympic and three Commonwealth Games since 2000. Fiona is interested in the translation of knowledge about nutrition and nutrient requirements into food and whole diets, diet quality, eating behaviours and the influence of the food environment. She is also interested in nutrition and dietetic practice, and the relationship to student training.

Dr Hattie Wright, APD

APD, PhD, MSc (Diet), BSc (Diet) (Hons I)

Hattie is a senior lecturer and medical nutrition therapy lead at USC where she teaches medical nutrition therapy, nutrition education and counselling and into sports nutrition and research & methodology.  As an educator she is passionate to implement appropriate learning strategies to bridge the gap between theory and practice and support skill development of pre-placement students. She has an invested interest to train and develop student dietitians for the 21st century using an integrated learning approach, focused on embedding simulation and technology into the curriculum to enhance students’ ability to apply their knowledge and evolve their problem-solving skills. Her research interest lies in the field of nutrition and exercise for health, focusing on energy status and how it relates to health outcomes of active individuals, as well as the role of lifestyle behaviour and disease outcomes in the acute care and ambulatory setting with over 30 scientific publications in these fields.

Professor Sue Ash, FDAA

BSc (Syd), Dip Nut Diet (Syd), MHP (NSW), PhD (Syd), FDAA

Dr Susan Ash is Adjunct Professor of Nutrition and Dietetics at Queensland University of Technology and Monash University and a Fellow and Honorary Life Member of the DAA. She completed her PhD on Nutritional Status of Pregnant Women while on staff at the University of Sydney between 1979-1987. She was the Manager of Nutrition and Dietetics at Princess Alexandra Hospital, Brisbane and Research Coordinator at the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital between 1996 and 2005. From 2005-2012, Dr Ash was Discipline head of the Nutrition and Dietetics course at QUT, during which time she was instrumental in initiating a national dietetic curriculum in Vietnam and establishing practice based research. She was a founding member of the DAA’s Australian Dietetic Council (2009-2012) and Chair of the DAA Dietetic Standards and Accreditation Advisory Committee and Council of Dietetics Skills Recognition from 2003-2008 overseeing accreditation of university courses in Australia and New Zealand. Professor Ash has over 65 peer reviewed publications and has supervised over 10 higher degree students to completion. She has developed guidelines for the nutritional management of cancer cachexia and chronic kidney disease and her areas of research include professional standards and practice; nutrition outcomes of interventions in Parkinson’s disease, malnutrition, obesity, diabetes and chronic kidney disease; and innovative dietary methodologies in extending dietetic practice.

Dr Helen Parker, APD

Dr Helen Parker is an early career researcher, having received her doctorate in 2015. Research interests include omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids, fatty liver, secondary prevention of cardiovascular disease, and the impact of overweight/obesity on health, including how and why young women are recruited to weight management programs, and overcoming barriers for young women to engage with weight management programs. Helen is an Accredited Practising Dietitian, and a lecturer in the Discipline of Exercise & Sport Science at the University of Sydney. On a more social note, Helen enjoys orienteering, bushwalking and bird watching, and Jane Austen’s ‘Pride & Prejudice’.

Dr Varitha Kinghorn, APD

APD, B.Sc. (Biology), M.FoodSc., M.Nutr & Diet, PhD 

Dr Varitha Kinghorn is an Accredited Practising Dietitian (APD), a senior clinical dietitian at Launceston General Hospital, and a Lecturer at the College of Health and Medicine, University of Tasmania. Over the years, she has served on a variety of committees for DAA including Chairperson for 2017 DAA Scientific National Conference Organising Committee. Varitha is recently appointed as the Chairperson for DAA Conference Redesign Working Party.

Varitha is internationally recognised in the area of Nutrition Care Process (NCP) and terminology. She developed and evaluated online education for dietitian’s professional development to learn about NCP globally as part of her PhD research. Owing to the success from her PhD international research, Varitha was invited to be part of two different International Advisory Committees of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, USA. Varitha is recognised as a leader in online education and professional training for the Nutrition Care Process. Her innovative work in this area had influenced and impacted upon the practice of dietitians worldwide.

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Key Dates

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Early Bird/Author Registration Deadline:
12 June 2019

Standard Registration Open:
13 June 2019

Conference Dates:
12 – 14 August 2019

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