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Guest biography

Natalie Thompson is an Accredited Practising Dietitian. Over the past 8 years, Natalie has held positions in community dietetics and aged care. Currently, she provides dietetic services to patients at a medical centre located in Cairns, Queensland Australia.

Natalie also runs her own blog and newsletter called Delectable Dietetics. She promotes positive relationships with food and one’s body and shares her passion for intuitive eating to her online community.

Hosted by Kate Agnew, we discuss:

– Natalie’s experiences working in aged care dietetics, and the diverse roles it came with –  allied health co-ordinator and infection control representative, to name a few.

– The steps Natalie took for securing her first job.

– Natalie’s advice for new dietitians:

– Practice, practice, practice.

– Embrace failure.

– Take action.

– Prioritise; you don’t have to do everything in one consultation.

– Continually improve your counselling skills.

– Nutrition intuition and the non-diet-approach.

– Key learnings from Natalie’s career journey so far and how her approach to dietetics has changed since she started consulting.

– Natalie’s interesting role and her range of duties at Department of Veterans Affairs.

– Natalie’s advice for upskilling in health coaching and nutrition counselling.

– Some pointers for students who want to get into aged care and/or community dietetics.

Additional resources

– Read more about Natalie’s food philosophy and connect with her on social media. Click here to visit Delectable Dietetics.

– Search ‘DINER’ on the DAA website for the resources Natalie refers to during the episode.