Background

My name is Miriam Tan, I am in my fourth and final year of Nutrition and Dietetics at the University of Newcastle. I have made the move to the outback, living in Tamworth in rural NSW at the student accommodation at the UoN Department of Rural Health where I will complete all of my practical placements. But living rural isn’t a new thing for me, I grew up in a rural town called Singleton in NSW and moved to Newcastle to study dietetics.

Tell me a little bit about yourself and/or describe a typical day for you?​

I am currently undertaking an embedded honours program here at the UoN Department of Rural Health in a project titled ‘Average Australian Woman’ which aims to collect detailed, high quality information about body shape, size and composition data of Australian women of today enabling us to examine changes that have occurred among young women in the past 15 years. Doing my honours project is an experience that I am thoroughly enjoying. It’s a wonderful feeling having the opportunity to be a part of something real and relevant to the local community and to many Australian women! The support has been wonderful and I have been able to research an area that I am passionate about. A typical day for me involves either on practical placements or taking measurements of women as part of my honours project.

What do you most enjoy about studying dietetics?

My passion has always been food and health from a very young age involved in every single sport in the local community to helping mum in our herb garden and making feasts for our family to share. I have been fortunate enough throughout my degree to not only have a passion for nutrition but be involved in enjoyable and certainly rewarding extra curricular activities within the community.

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

As cliche as it sounds, say – YES! Take advantage of every opportunity that comes your way, you never know what may learn. The increasing influence of social media and Dr Google means the general public can source health information easier and faster which may lead to false and misleading information. Stay up to date with current nutritional information, useful resources, controversial topics and evidence based practice

What is one interesting fact about you?

I have travelled to over 20 countries!