Jimmy is a Lecturer in Nutrition and Dietetics and Accredited Practising Dietitian at the University of Wollongong (UOW). His PhD studies examined the effects of a low glycaemic index diet on pregnancy outcomes of women affected by gestational diabetes.
Tell me a little bit about your job and/or describe a typical day for you?
As a Lecturer, Jimmy spends his time teaching Community and Public Health Nutrition, as well as dietary assessment methods to undergraduate and postgraduate nutrition and dietetics students. Outside teaching hours, Jimmy double as an early career researcher where he spends time conducting data analysis, writing manuscripts, and review manuscripts for nutrition journals.
What do you most enjoy about your role?
There are so many things that Jimmy enjoys about his role but the favourite one has to be the freedom, in terms of both academic freedom (i.e. to be able to choose whatever topic to research on) and time (i.e. being able to organize his own time).
Tell me a little bit about your career in dietetics thus far and/or why did you choose dietetics as a career? How did you get into research? Why do you undertake research?
Similar to others who chose dietetics as a career, Jimmy visioned that as a dietitian he can help improve people’s health and life through his expertise in nutrition. He therefore worked as a dietitian in private practice for a few years. During that same period, Jimmy also worked as a research assistant at the Cluster for Public Health Nutrition at The University of Sydney, as well as undertook his PhD under the guidance of Professor Jennie Brand-Miller. It is through these experiences he realises he can help advance the profession, as well as make bigger impact to the health of the community through research.
Jimmy’s current research interests include: added sugars and nutrient dilution, coffee as a functional food for postprandial glycemic control, compilation and use of food composition databases, dairy consumption and health outcomes, dietary intervention for type 2 and gestational diabetes mellitus, front of pack nutrition labelling, monitoring of nutritional quality of Australian foods, population based cohort study, and secondary analysis of national nutrition surveys.
What would be your number one tip to someone starting their career in dietetics?
Do not limit yourself to only one option (often clinical dietetics) – there are FOUR domains (i.e. clinical, food service, community and public health, research) in the field of Nutrition and Dietetics! You may find there are better career opportunities in the other three that you ruled out before you even tried, and chances are you will enjoy working in those fields better!
What is one interesting fact about you?
Jimmy is a chocoholic – but only for those with >70% cocoa content!