Background

Juliette completed a Bachelor of Food Science and Nutrition in 2002 and then went on to complete a Master of Nutrition and Dietetics from Griffith University in 2004. Juliette has worked in Queensland Health for the past 10 years in an acute hospital setting in a variety of clinical areas including the specialist clinical areas of Cystic Fibrosis. Juliette has completed published research projects in the past however her current focus is in the Rehabilitation and Acute Stroke clinical area where her research journey begins as she embarks on a PhD!

Tell me a little bit about your job and/or describe a typical day for you?

As a Senior Clinical Dietitian at The Prince Charles Hospital in Brisbane, core business involves advocating for the patients’ nutritional care within the multidisciplinary team setting. I also have the responsibility to escalate the need for improved holistic patient care at clinical management levels within the team. In addition, I have the responsibility of providing supervision to final year clinical students.

What do you most enjoy about your role?

Most senior clinical roles have an element of research built into their job descriptions. I have the prospect to realise this in my current role. It is a great challenge and privilege to have the opportunity to investigate aspects of nutritional care in stroke patients from a clinical research perspective. This is exciting and I am grateful to be able to pursue the improvement of patient nutrition through clinical research.

What would be your number one tip to someone starting their career in dietetics?

Words of wisdom… It is important to know why you decided to do dietetics. What was the primary reason? What was your vision? Write this down. Note down the steps you need to take in order to realise your vision. Focus and go for it. Note that most likely you may go off track. Don’t get discouraged as long as you have your vision written down. As long as you can still envision what you desire and are passionate about it, you will be able to obtain some key learning points as you get back on track!

What is one interesting fact about you?

I love singing, travelling and different languages, French is my favourite!