Experts speak during the April ‘Research in Practice’ series

Two experts, Charles Lew from Singapore with expertise in critical care and Dr Karen Walton, an expert in Food Services from interstate, visited Flinders to share their knowledge and skills with staff and students during the ‘Research in Practice’ series


Charles is a Senior Dietitian at Jurong Health Service in Singapore in the specialty area of critical care. Charles is currently undertaking his PhD at Flinders University in nutrition assessment in the critical care setting under the supervision of Prof Michelle Miller. He spent time visiting Flinders in April and presented the findings of his systematic review which explored the evidence demonstrating a relationship between malnutrition and clinical outcomes in critically ill adults. Charles is a graduate of the Flinders University Bachelor of Nutrition and Dietetics Honours program (2006).







Associate Professor Karen Walton from the University of Wollongong also visited the department during April, presenting “Strategies from the food service Dietitians toolbox – Research & Practice”.Karen’s presentation highlighted barriers and opportunities to the growth of food service dietetics, with a particular focus on the healthcare context. Practice and research examples highlighted strategies to improve food service provision in health care and the need for food services to be accepted as a key component of clinical care. This opened up new perspectives for students on food services dietetics. During her visit to Flinders Karen assisted her PhD student Olivia Farrer to conduct focus groups with aged care stakeholders. Karen was also the first interviewee by Food Service Domain Leader Dr Alison Yaxley in a series on “Who’s Who in Food Service” for Nutrition & Dietetic students.




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