While I was living in the Whitsundays, I ventured into my own practise. I started small and advanced. I am from a nursing background, and have always had a comfort and a unique and very effective way of communicating with older people, a skill which I have adapted from nursing into dietetics and health goals. I also had a big interest in Eating Disorders, and spent my first few years learning and growing in this area. After a while in the job, I started realising exactly how succinctly diet and exercise correspond to people’s health goals, so I relocated to work from a gym, sat the SDA Sports Nutrition course, ISAK anthrop, and got myself an inspirational mentor. Fairly soon after I moved again to the Gold Coast, where I am now working in a sports medicine clinic, working with recreational athletes and touring national and international sporting teams, sitting the IOC Diploma in Sports Nutrition in 2013, and looking very forward to the Comm Games in 2018! The greatest part about my position in business right now is that I work with great people; I have a 60 year old client who is now gym training and has lost 20kg, I work with a sports physician on clients with the female athlete triad, and I work with and around athletes on all my work days.
Tell me a little bit about your job and/or describe a typical day for you?
I have so many things on the boil business-wise at the moment, that typical is a rarity. I’m working two days a week in the clinic, providing individual consults, and some great team activities like seminars and hydration assessments. I also travel monthly to FNQ to work in corporate health, which is it’s own excellent challenge. Something I am striving toward at the moment is bridging the gap between PT’s and allied health professionals – the rough divide that desperately needs bridging.
What do you most enjoy about your role?
I enjoy that I have been able to combine a hobby (fitness and exercise) with an interest (nutrition), and I love inspiring change in people – a selfishly sweet feeling.
Tell me a little bit about your career in dietetics thus far and/or why did you choose dietetics as a career?
Not an interesting story; I liked food and cooking, and in school I enjoyed the subject about nutrition. That was the only subject I did like, so I went with it. My career so far has been a battle, business always is (so I’m told). Between learning to be a business woman, to learning what kind of dietitian I want to be, it’s been a whole lot of learning!
How did you go about starting the business?
I moved to the Whitsundays, with no hospital or community dietetic positions, so I had to combine the profession I loved with the lifestyle I loved, and went to private practice. When I started, I had NO business clue – I got a card made up, met some doctors, had some clients, got some results and business was soon flowing.
What is your vision for the business?
Core Nutrition is always evolving. I would love to continue my private work, and I am hoping to branch out into a more dynamic sports nutrition education network (watch this space).
What have been some of the challenges and how have you overcome them?
Working rurally was difficult, it was all the more difficult because other health professionals were sparse. Working with colleagues from all disciplines is so important- being able to knock on a door and ask a question, and being able to work as a team with exercise specialists, diabetes educators, doctors – it makes a huge difference to client outcomes.
What would be your number one tip to someone starting their career in dietetics?
Market nutrition and a healthy lifestyle well. As nutrition professionals we are on one side of the fence, preaching our years of knowledge to the blind side. No matter what you know, if you don’t package it to your client, they won’t understand to listen.