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Denise Kluck

Denise Kluck: Child and Adolescent Community Health Policy Unit.

Denise Kluck wasn’t always a nutritionist. But she has always been interested in health and food related science. She began her career as a microbiologist working to identify pathogens in food and water.

However, in 2009 she decided it was time for a change. Being an advocate for healthy home cooking, a nutrition course seemed like a logical step that allowed her to channel her interests into a new career.

“I have always been passionate about food and health, and I was becoming concerned with obesity and the dominance of fast food,” Ms Kluck said.

When reflecting back on the course Ms Kluck highlighted how work experience helped her build a new professional network.

“Networks can provide amazing opportunities,” Ms Kluck said.

Since graduating in 2013, Ms Kluck has been accepted into the WA Health’s highly competitive Graduate Program that involves three placements to work on three different projects.

“The first placement I worked as a project officer on a project to implement open disclosure at Royal Perth Hospital. During my second placement I developed a mental health consumer and carer engagement framework for WA Country Health.

“My upcoming third placement involves updating the Child and Antenatal Nutrition Manual for the Child and Adolescent Community Health Policy Unit.”

Ms Kluck hopes that her experience in WA Health’s Graduate Program will help her make a difference to the nutrition of Western Australians in the future.

“I’m passionate about changing food taxation to make fresh food inexpensive,” Ms Kluck said.

“I want to improve the diet and health of people and remind them that cooking can be simple, inexpensive, fun and healthy.”