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Lauren Cotter

(BSc Nutrition and Food Science, and Honours in Dietetics)

After graduating from high school in 1996, I entered into a Fine Arts Degree at Curtin University and, after some consideration, decided to switch to a completely different stream – Nutrition! I’d always had a strong interest in food and nutrition so it seemed like the perfect course for me.

I graduated from Curtin University in 2003 with a BSc Nutrition and Food Science, and Honours in Dietetics. My Honours year involved a community placement which I completed in Kununurra in the beautiful Kimberley region of WA, approximately 3200 km from Perth. This was my first experience of working in remote nutrition and Aboriginal health and it left a huge impression on me. Following graduation I worked as a locum dietitian at Fremantle Hospital and in the private practice setting until September 2004 when I was offered a position as a Community Dietitian at the Kalgoorlie-Boulder Population Health Unit. My work there included a number of nutrition projects that supported local Aboriginal women and the wider community throughout the Goldfields. It was a very rewarding and memorable experience.

I left Kalgoorlie in December 2006 to travel around Australia with my now husband. After six months we stopped in Kununurra, where I was offered the position of Dietitian with the Kimberley Division of General Practice (KDGP) providing outpatient and community nutrition services to Kununurra and surrounding remote Aboriginal communities. I have since completed my Graduate Certificate in Diabetes Education through Curtin University with support from KDGP, and have recently taken on the position of East Kimberley Diabetes Educator. Although challenging and difficult at times, working in a remote area offers so many stimulating and fulfilling experiences that would never be possible in the city.

I feel privileged to be given the opportunity to travel throughout this stunning country and work with some amazing people!

Lauren Cotter