Sallyanne has recently launched her first book, Eating for You: Your personal guide to mindful eating and living for health and wellbeing. She said that writing ‘Eating for You’ allowed her to collate her experience in nutrition and health. Sallyanne believes that she has been fortunate to enjoy a diverse career. She started her dietetic career in Central Western NSW, with three years at Orange Community Health Centre, and then two years with the regional public health unit. A role in diabetes management and research lured her to the Illawarra region. She commenced her MSc(Hons) in dietetic practice guidelines for type 2 diabetes. Her research founded the current DAA practice guidelines.
A move to Dunedin, New Zealand, led her further into the world of health service management, specialising in Child and Women’s Health for Central Otago. On her return to Australia she was determined to focus on health promotion and prevention. She worked in integrated medical clinics and health retreats, which showed her how different approaches to nutrition and health, can work together. With the support of her husband she then took time-out to reflect, research and write her book. Trips to India and Nepal strengthened her interest in, and appreciation for, Ayurveda and other forms of traditional medicine.
Tell me a bit about your job & describe a typical day for you?
I now live near the Blue Mountains & run a small home-based fruit orchard, as well as being actively involved in the local food co-operative. I don’t really have a ‘normal’ day, my week involves tending to the fruit and vegetable garden, preparing social media posts and weekly blog, and the provision of book talks. I am currently developing a range of online programs, and planning a Sydney book launch for early 2016.
Tell me why you chose dietetics as a career?
I always knew I wanted a career in health, but admittedly I could have chosen psychology or exercise science too. Unlike some of my undergraduate peers, I never believed that a career in dietetics would be narrow. Every person’s nutritional and lifestyle requirements are different, and this is why I was drawn to the practice of mindfulness. Mindfulness assists an individual to work out what is best for them, with some gentle guidance from their health care practitioners as required.
What would be your number one tip to someone starting their career in dietetics?
My advice to new graduates is to take the opportunity to learn from your clients and a diverse range of health care providers. Be active in DAA, and find mentors and role models that inspire you. And remember every skill that you learn, and each experience that you have, will be of benefit to your present and future.
You can find out more about Sallyanne, and Eating for You, at www.eatingforyou.com.au and www.facebook.com/eatingforyou.com.au.