Scientific and Social Program Committee (SSPC) 2017

We would like to thank the following members of the 2017 Scientific and Social Program Committee for their invaluable contribution to the DAA 2017 Conference:

Varitha Kinghorn, APD - SSPC 2017 Chair

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

Varitha Kinghorn is an Accredited Practising Dietitian and a senior clinical dietitian. She is internationally recognised in the area of Nutrition Care Process (NCP). Varitha was invited to be a speaker on NCP at Thailand Dietetic Association National Conference in Bangkok (2013,) Asian Congress of Dietetics in Taipei (2014), and International Congress of Dietetics in Spain (2016). She is currently conducting a PhD research study on online education to enhance the adoption of the NCP internationally. Varitha has also held various roles on the Dietitians Association of Australia (DAA), local and national committee including Chairperson of DAA Tasmania Branch, an active member of the DAA Practice, Education and Professional Development Advisory Committee (PEPDAC) and the DAA Health Informatics Working Party (HIWP). Varitha is currently appointed as a Chairperson for 2017 DAA National Conference Management Committee (CMC) and the Scientific and Social Program Committee (SSPC).

Dr Susan Ash, AdvAPD

sue-ashBSc, Dip Nut Diet, MHP, PhD, FDAA, AdvAPD

Dr Susan Ash is Adjunct Professor of Nutrition and Dietetics at Queensland University of Technology and a Fellow and Honorary Life Member of the DAA. She was previously program head of the Nutrition and Dietetics course at QUT and has extensive experience in development of university curriculum for dietetic training, including the initiation of a dietetic profession in Vietnam. She was a founding member of the DAA’s Australian Dietetic Council and Chair of the DAA Dietetic Standards and Accreditation Advisory Committee and Council of Dietetics Skills Recognition 2003-2008.

Glenn Cardwell, AdvAPD

BSc, Grad Dip Diet, Grad Dip App Sc, AdvAPD

His consultancy company advises fresh produce organisations and farmers. His book Gold Medal Nutrition, published in the USA, has been translated to Russian and Mandarin. He is both a teacher and a student at two universities.

Helen Cheng, APD

hcheng-profile-pic-airbrushedBAppSc (Ex&SpSc) / BSc (Nutrition) (Hons I) PhD APD

Helen is an Accredited Practising Dietitian and holder of the the Marie Bashir Clinical Research Fellowship in Adolescent Health at the Children’s Hospital at Westmead, Sydney. She is currently working to understand the fundamental role of pubertal development and hormones in shaping a young person’s diet and long-term health, with the aim of finding better strategies to help adolescents engage in healthy eating practices.

Professor Clare Collins, AdvAPD

clarecollins-croppedFDAA & advAPD, PhD, BSc, Dip Nutr &Diet, Dip Clin Epi

Clare Collins is a Professor of Nutrition and Dietetics and Director of Research in the School of Health Sciences in the Faculty of Health and Medicine at the University of Newcastle. She holds a prestigious NHMRC Senior Research Fellowship and is passionate about nutrition research, which explains why she has published over 270 journal articles and supervised more than 20 PhD candidates so far. As a spokesperson for DAA her other love is translating nutrition science to the public via the media. Since 1999 she has clocked up over 1500 interviews across a range of media outlets.

Lauren Farquhar

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Dr Skye Marshall, APD

skye_marshall-professional-picBNutr&Diet(Hons1), PhD, APD

Dr Skye Marshall, an Accredited Practising Dietitian (APD), is a teaching fellow at Bond University on the Gold Coast, Qld. Skye’s early career as a clinical dietitian in the Northern Rivers, NSW, inspired her doctoral & post-doctoral research to build evidence for the role of dietitians to support happy and healthy ageing.

Natasha Meerding

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Sandra Murray, APD


BSc, GradDipNutrDiet, GradCertManagment, MPH, APD
University of Tasmania, Australia

Sandy is currently a lecturer in Food, Nutrition and Public Health within the School of Health Science at the University of Tasmania.  She has previously worked in a range of settings including private practice, public health nutrition, food industry.  Sandy has a specific interest in food sustainability, food justice and alternative food systems and is committed to promoting the benefits of eating local food and supporting our local farmers.  She is co-facilitator of the University of Tasmania’s Education for Sustainability Community of Practice and is a member of the University’s Sustainability Committee.

Yasmine Probst, AdvAPD

yasmineprobstportrait3BSc (Nutrition), MSc(NutrDiet), MHlthInfo, GradCertBus, IntGradCert(FoodComp), PhD, AdvAPD

Yasmine Probst is Research Fellow of the Illawarra Health and Medical Research Institute and Senior Lecturer with the School of Medicine at the University of Wollongong. Yasmine coordinates the Honours program and the visiting researcher program at the University of Wollongong for the Nutrition and Dietetics discipline.  She has held two consecutive NHMRC fellowships (2009-2016) and her research specifically focuses on nutrition informatics and food composition and its application to dietetic practice. In 2015, she was recognised internationally by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) with a success story award for her work in food composition. Even though she still gets asked regularly how her PhD is going, she completed her PhD (pre kids x3)  in 2006, using eHealth in the primary healthcare setting.

Rose Romeo

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Nicole Saxby

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Judith Seal

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Jean Symes

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Katie Taylor

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18 - 20 May 2017, Hobart

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