The ‘Wild West’ nails the DAA 2015 National Conference





More than 600 delegates travelled to Perth WA in May to attend the 32nd DAA National Conference including a contingency of staff and students from SA. Presentations and workshops aligned with the theme of “Dietitians Driving Change” with Flinders delivering 5 oral presentations (Dr Jacqueline Miller, Dr Alison Yaxley, Louisa Matwiejczyk, graduate Maddy Freeman and final year MND student Jessica Kruger) and 6 posters profiling our Child and Family research theme and work in teaching and with Aged Care.

PhD student Olivia Farrer co-hosted a workshop on Menu Planning and Review for Aged Care Facilities. Dr Malcolm Riley and Andrew Slattery, Head of Department at RGH, also presented on work co-authored by NUTD department staff. The conference was a great opportunity to network and catch up with colleagues, including former Head of Department, Jane Scott! Now Professor of Public Health Nutrition Research, Curtin University Western Australia, Jane gave the Lecture in Honour about dietetic pioneer, Nancy Hitchcock.

Other successes celebrated by SA Dietitians at the conference included the

  • DAA Award of Merit to Louisa Matwiejczyk (AdvAPD) and Melissa Colombo APD (MND alumni 2005. Pictured with the flowers).
  • Young Achiever Award to Pennie Taylor for her leadership in the field of bariatric dietetics
  • Outstanding Contribution Award to Gabbi Heruc for her work in eating disorders
  • and recognition of Annabel Sweeney’s outstanding 30 membership of DAA award. Annabel is the Nutrition Manager at the Women’s and Children’s Health Network. Fellow Alumni from 1985, Maryanne Silvers (Senior Manager Nutrition and Dietetics at Monash Health) also made the 30 year mark.

Visit our Facebook page for photos from the conference and you can view conference posters our researchers presented at DAA 2015 Conference here (

Abstracts from the conference are also available for viewing



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