Merrilyn Banks BSc GradDipEd GradDipNutrDiet MHSci PhD AdvAPD

Merrilyn is Director Nutrition & Dietetics at Royal Brisbane & Women’s Hospital and also holds a NHMRC Health Professional Research Training Fellowship (part time). She is respected for her expertise in clinical dietetics and hospital food service management. She has authored approximately 30 peer reviewed articles, is regularly invited to speak at national and international conferences and currently supervises 5 PhD students.


Judi Porter DC photo 2015-2Dr Judi Porter joins us on the scientific advisory board at Dietitian Connection. Judi is Dietetics Manager at Eastern Health in Victoria, and Adjunct Senior Lecturer at Monash University.  This year Judi commences her NHMRC Translating Research into Practice (TRIP) Fellowship.  Her research combines her interests in hospital food service and malnutrition, where she will lead a prospective protected mealtimes study in the subacute setting. Additionally, Judi has been an Associate Editor of Nutrition & Dietetics for the past nine years.


Dr Katrina Campbell, PhD AdvAPDDr Katrina Campbell is a Senior Research Fellow in the Department of Nutrition and Dietetics at Princess Alexandra Hospital and an emerging leader in renal nutrition in Australia. Having developed a track record in clinical nutrition research focused on the nutritional management of renal disease, Katrina is the principal investigator on a number of clinical trials and multi-centre investigations. She is funded by fellowships from Office of Health and Medical Research and Lions Medical Research Foundation.


Professor Sandra Capra received her BSc(Hons) and Diploma of Nutrition and Dietetics from Sydney University, her MSocSc from the University of Birmingham and her PhD from the University of Queensland. During 15 years in professional practice she held a number of senior dietetic positions both in Australia and overseas. She entered academia in 1988 and is currently Professor of Nutrition at the University of Queensland. Professor Capra has served on many national committees including those setting the nutrient reference values for Australia and New Zealand and the Dietary Guidelines for Australia. She served three terms as President of the Dietitians Association of Australia. She has been a Director of the International Confederation of Dietetic Associations since 2000 and has been Chair of the Board since 2004. She was an Independent Director of Health Workforce Australlia from 2010-2014. Professor Capra’s research has focussed on practice based research, tools development, systems and outcomes. She has published more than 200 written works including more than 80 peer reviewed articles. Professor Capra has been recognised for her service to nutrition and dietetics by being appointed a Member of the Order of Australia, a Fellow of DAA and elected to life membership of the DAA.


Dr Ingrid Hickman is an Advanced Accredited Practicing Dietitian and Principal Research Fellow with the Department of Nutrition and Dietetics at the Princess Alexandra Hospital, Brisbane, Australia. In 2004, she obtained her PhD from the University of Queensland and since then has developed a strong internationally recognised track record in nutrition research in the fields of metabolism, liver function and obesity-related chronic diseases. She is a recognised expert in clinical research methodologies and has a passion for building research capacity within the dietetic profession.


Professor Liz Isenring is the program lead for Nutrition and Dietetics at Bond University. Liz is passionate about improving the nutritional management for patients and their carers via an evidence-based approach. Professor Isenring recognises that in order to demonstrate beneficial nutritional interventions, we need to have valid and useful outcome measures, including nutritional status and body composition measures. She has authored/co-authored over 80 articles, abstracts and evidence-based guidelines, is the chair of the Nutrition and Cachexia group (Multinational Association for Supportive Care in Cancer), chair of the AuSPEN Research group, Editor for Current Oncology and Associate Editor for Nutrition and Dietetics.


Dr Shelley Wilkinson is an Advanced Accredited Practising Dietitian and is the Senior Research Dietitian in the Mater Mothers’ Hospitals, Brisbane. She has an NHMRC TRIP fellowship for 2012-2013 and is also a chief investigator in a Centre of Research Excellence for building quality, governance, performance and sustainability in primary health care through the Clinical Microsystems Approach. Shelley has a PhD in Psychology and is a co-program leader for the Mothers and Babies Theme, ‘Optimising outcomes for mothers and babies at risk’ program. Shelley received her Graduate Diploma in Nutrition and Dietetics from Queensland University of Technology, and her Doctoral Degree from the University of Queensland.


Therese-OSullivan1Therese O’Sullivan is a senior lecturer and researcher at Edith Cowan University, where she teaches in the Masters of Nutrition and Dietetics and conducts research in the area of child health and the Nutrition Care Process. She previously worked on the longitudinal Raine Study at the Telethon Kids Institute, and in private dietetics practice. Since receiving her PhD at the Queensland University of Technology, Therese has published 40 peer reviewed publications and two text book chapters, and is passionate about practical and translatable research.