Emma Stubbs is a newly graduated Accredited Practising Dietitian. She graduated with a Master of Dietetics from Deakin University in 2014, and also holds a Bachelor of Food Science and Nutrition. Currently, Emma is working across the acute inpatient, community outpatient, aged and residential care and health promotion settings in the South Gippsland region. She would love to use her passion for nutrition and health on a preventative approach at the community and population level. She thoroughly enjoys delivering interactive presentations and workshops, and since commencing her role as a community dietitian, would love to use her enthusiasm to educate children on practical food and nutrition education. In addition to the strong interest in gastroenterology she developed as a student, Emma has become extremely passionate about helping people develop healthy relationships with food without the need for fad diets, guilt and restriction. She often channels this through her blog Broccoli & Blueberries where she talks a mixture of food, nutrition and the simple (and often food-related) things in life.

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

Emma works across a variety of health care settings so her days can be spent in community outpatient clinics, on acute hospital wards, at multidisciplinary team meetings, in aged care facilities or working on health promotion activities such as writing blog posts or planning and delivering nutrition education sessions and workshops to various aged groups.

What do you most enjoy about your role?

As I work across different health services, I have a very diverse role which is providing such valuable experience as a new graduate! Every day is different and I get to meet and work with so many different people, in several little towns.

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

Believe in yourself, stay positive and have fun. Don’t spend all your time scrolling through job boards and writing cover letters. Enjoy the break from study and spend the time catching up with your friends and family. Go out for brunch, host a dinner party, volunteer, line up for hours for that restaurant you’ve had wish listed on Urbanspoon for your entire degree, go on a day trip, go out for brunch again. Do anything that makes you remotely happy.