Working on our own, and don’t we all? Using food sensitivity investigation as an example

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The dietitians we become develop from how we practice which is shaped by who we are and also by what we do, and how others react to both of these. Working with diet investigation has provided many examples of challenges dietitians face in our fascinating career choice.



Joan has had a fascinating and challenging career working with and researching the role of diet in behaviour, and other symptoms for almost 40 years now. Currently she is semi-retired in private practice as a Dietitian Specialising in food intolerance, particularly in Irritable Bowel Syndrome, in Ipswich. Joan has completed a Masters Degree on the role of diet in food sensitivity symptoms. She also held the position of Adviser in Nutrition and Dietetics to the Department of Health in Queensland from 1979 to 1983 and then Dietitian for Community Child Psychiatry from 1984 to 1994. She collated the research she found with thousands of families into self help books describing her Diet Detective Method. She has written many papers on food sensitivity. See her website where you can go to the Articles section for information, and find her books: Are YouFood Sensitive? her Thesis, Fussy Baby and Tolerating Troublesome Foods.  Joan’s research has been published as an invited chapter in an international book entitled “Food Additives”.


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