Julie Meek is an Accredited Practising Dietitian and an accredited Member of the National Speakers Association of Australia. Julie has over 15 years experience in the public, sports, school, corporate health and performance industry. To back up this practical experience, Julie’s experience and qualifications enable her to deliver the most current and ground breaking information available.
Julie spent five years as the Dietitian to a major Australian Rules Football Team and the Perth Wildcats Basketball team and is currently working with the athletes at the Western Australian Institute of Sport. She has helped thousands of people achieve personal success through eating well and implementing the strategies of the elite sports person.
Julie is the resident ‘nutrition and performance’ expert with a regular segment on Perth radio and the author of “truth, lies & chocolate”. Julie knows that health is a powerful instrument and is passionately committed to improving the performance of business teams, athletes and individuals.
Tell me a little bit about your job
I love my job for the sheer fact that I don’t have a typical day! Depending on what I have booked in for the week I could be coaching the CEO of a company on the phone or in person, speaking at a conference to anywhere from 20 to a few hundred people, writing blogs for my own website or for clients, reviewing menu’s for clients, speaking on radio, being interviewed for magazines or TV, running my online programs or travelling overseas to work my international clients.
What do you most enjoy about your role?
I most enjoy the range of people and industries that I get to work with. It keeps me 100% interested and engaged all the time. I have also been able to develop my skills in the whole area of personal performance and well-being which I really enjoy.
What would be your number one tip to someone starting their career in dietetics?
I decided that I wanted to be a Dietitian when I was in Year 9 and 14 years of age – I never wavered from that course. I started my career in Cootamundra in NSW followed by Nowra where I was mentored by Claire Hewitt and then returned to Perth where I set up my private practice and specialised in sports nutrition. I ran my practice for 15 years and then sold it which allowed me to pursue professional speaking, writing and consulting which I have been doing ever since. I have been fortunate to work with a number of high profile sports teams, spent years working on mine sites on land and off-shore and have the flexibility to accept new opportunities. What would I advise a new grad – don’t be scared of taking a regional position. Although it can be scary and also isolating, for me it was pivotal to my career. Money can’t buy that kind of experience.
What is one interesting fact about you?
My husband and I plus our three kids are renovating an 800 year old apartment in Lucca, Tuscany Italy! We are doing it remotely with our architect who is based there. As a result I am running my first Wellness Retreat this June in a villa nearby!