Michele Pink is an Accredited Practising Dietitian with a Master’s degree in Nutrition & Dietetics. Michele has 15 years’ experience in a number of private practices across Melbourne, as well as completing a 12 month part-time appointment at the Royal Children’s Hospital. Michele has worked and been a consultant to both the pharmaceutical and food industry in sales, marketing, and management roles. After having 4 children Michele set up her own Private Practice ‘Good Health Nutrition & Dietetics’ where she has a special interest in weight management, paediatrics and sports nutrition. Michele is passionate about combining evidence based medicine with practical solutions for busy individuals to help them achieve their nutrition goals as well as improve the health of the whole family. As a busy mum Michele understands the pressures and time constraints of family life, and so is passionate about working with families to place nutrition and health as a priority.
Tell me a little about your job and/or describe a typical day for you
My job is quite diverse and is forever developing. Running a private practice has changed so much in 15 years. Having worked previously in sales and marketing roles I feel I can now bring a lot more business acumen to my practice than I did when I first graduated from dietetics, and now with so much digital marketing and social media possibilities, there is a lot more scope to expand your business. The majority of my day is seeing clients for a whole range of diverse conditions which I find so interesting, but I also consult to the food industry, as well as presenting to businesses, schools and kinders.
What do you enjoy most about your role?
The diversity of my role is what I love the most, as well as the possibility of where it could go. No two days are the same. Nutrition has developed so much and has become very topical; with many possibilities to help families adopt better eating patterns.
Tell me a little about your career in dietetics thus far and/or why did you choose dietetics as a career?
From a young age I was always interested in health and nutrition and my older sister was a dietitian; so after finishing school I decided that I would also pursue a career in nutrition and dietetics. After completing my Masters from Deakin, I worked in various positions from Private Practice to sports nutrition and some part-time clinical work. After a couple of years I was a bit unsure that I wanted to continue in that area so pursued a career in sales and industry nutrition, working for Janseen-Cilag, Dairy Australia and Novartis Medical Nutrition (now Nestle Healthcare Nutrition). I can honestly say this was a turning point for me and really opened my eyes to business management, marketing and was als great fun. After having three children I then cut back on my work to spend more time with the kids at home and shortly after had a fourth child. During this time I continued some consulting work with Nestle Healthcare Nutrition which fitted in perfectly with family life. Now with the children a bit older I have been able set up a private practice which I thoroughly enjoy.
What would be your number tip to someone starting their career in dietetics?
Keep your eyes open for all different job opportunities. Nutrition can fit into many different careers and jobs, and each one teach you some different skills. Don’t be scared to give things a go. Nutrition knowledge is forever changing and being updated, no matter how much experience you have, you will always feel like you don’t know enough or have more to learn.
What is one interesting fact about you?
I have been vegetarian now for about 18 months and loving it! Never knew what I was missing out on before, and so many new recipes to try.