Senior Diabetes Dietitian, Rockingham General Hospital
I choose to study nutrition and then dietetics as I always had a strong interest in the relationship between food, health and disease.
The Nutrition and Dietetic courses at Curtin University are a highly recognized and reputable course worldwide. Curtin University provided a fantastic study environment and excellent networking opportunities. I found the degrees very challenging and the staff were always trying to get the best out of their students.
I have gained experience in a number of areas since graduating. These have included a Project officer for the REFRESH program: Running healthy eating and lifestyle group education sessions for Mothers with Young Children under five, private practice experience working with bariatric surgery patients, food allergies and intolerances, paediatrics, weight loss, diabetes and athletes and as a Clinical dietitian at Sir Charles Gardiner Hospital acting in the permanent reliever position covering a number of different workloads including; liver disease, neurology, SWAT (complex discharge team), general surgery, general medicine, gastroenterology, bariatric surgery, outpatients and home visiting with Rehabilitation in the Home.
Over the last three years I have been working as a Senior Diabetes Dietitian at the Rockingham General Hospital. My role is to provide dietary advice for the management of patients with diabetes. I see patients with type 1 diabetes, type 2 diabetes on insulin or with diabetes complications and women with gestational diabetes. I also provide medical nutrition therapy for patients with type 1 diabetes in the means of carbohydrate counting to assist patients with adjusting insulin to their food intake. I work closely with the diabetes educators and endocrinologists to support our patients.
I have met a lot of great friends through this degree. Dietetics is a challenging and rewarding job; I highly recommend it as a career! My advice to future students is the experience you gain through university sets you up for the workforce so make the most of it! Become involved in the nutrition and dietetic community as much as you can i.e. volunteer at events/attend seminars or presentations by experts in field. Use your practical placements & fieldwork as a networking opportunity and keep an open mind, as there are many different avenues in dietetics to work in.