I’m actually a Canberra girl who commuted back and forth to Sydney graduating from Sydney University in 1992 (yep…I have been out now for 23 years!!!). There were no jobs available down south so I moved up to sunny Brisbane for a 2 week Locum at Princess Alexandra Hospital. Over the next few years I worked at both PA and The Royal Brisbane hospital and tried my hand working with Mead Johnson, an infant formula company-training Child Health Nurses. I Married my husband Paul who was a chef at the time and opened my first private practice in my home in 1995, expanding into the suburbs and City shortly afterwards. We started our family in 2000 with Jack, adding Rosie to Team Di Prima in 2003. It was during this time that I realised how much I enjoyed Paediatrics and feeding my own children; however I also realised the lack of clear information available for parents about children’s nutrition. I have enjoyed working in Private Practice and providing consultancy to various companies over the last 20 years. I have written a few recipe books (with my husbands help!) and co-authored ‘More Peas Pleases- solutions for feeding fussy eaters’. Specialising in this area has provided me with many speaking opportunities both here and internationally to educate and train health professionals about feeding fussy and picky eaters.
Tell me a bit about your job and/or describe a typical day for you
No two days are the same for me which I love. After getting the 12 year old, 15 year old and the 46 year old out the door I either continue on to my practices at Paddington or New Farm (3 days per week) or grab a well-earned coffee before I start my consultancy day. These days include meetings with companies planning various activities, phone calls, writing or editing articles for various print or online media. Companies that I work with include Sunny Queen Farms, Practical Parenting Magazine, Little Tummy Tucker, Aspen Nutritionals and Serco. Sometimes meetings can go beyond work hours here in Australia especially if you have international teleconferences with the US or the Middle East; it is handy that my office is at the other end of the house away from the bedrooms where everyone is usually asleep!
What do you most enjoy about your role?
I love the diversity and the fact that next week there will be something new and exciting. I also love that I can be sitting in my pyjamas or pink fluffy slippers, having a professional conversation with a team in the Philippines!
Tell me a little bit about your career in dietetics and why you choose dietetics as a career.
I always wanted to do Medicine but sadly didn’t have the marks! A family friend, Lynn Brown was the Head Dietitian at Woden Valley Hospital when I was doing my Science Degree and she took me for a day of work experience and I loved it. Coupled with my love of food – it seemed like the perfect career. Back then I would never have guessed I’d be loving it quite this much!
What would be your number 1# tip to someone starting their career in dietetics?
Stick your neck out and take a risk – it might be the best thing you ever do! Believe in yourself and find your passion.
What is one interesting fact about you?
I didn’t win any academic prizes in year 12 however I did photography as one of my relaxation subjects in year 12. Surprisingly I ended up topping the grade and have subsequently used photography extensively throughout my Dietetic career.
Kate is also co-hosting a Picky Eater Professional Development Workshop for Health Professionals in August, which you can access more information by clicking here.