Steve Pratt: Nutrition and Physical Activity Manager, Cancer Council Western Australia
During my degree in exercise science I became interested in physiology and biochemistry. Nutrition and dietetics offered the opportunity translate these sciences into practical advice for the community. I choose Curtin as it was the only university in Western Australia that offered the course. I was keen to gain the vocational training that Curtin offered.
The nutrition, and dietetics, course exposes students to a diversity of professional and research opportunities. Curtin provided me with a solid understanding of the science that underpins nutrition recommendations, across the spectrum from medical nutrition therapy to public health nutrition. I have also had tremendous opportunity for ongoing collaboration with the academics.
My days are typically diverse. Most days are spent driving a computer and attending meetings, but the content and outcomes vary tremendously. Primarily, I manage a wonderful team of health promoters who deliver a range of public health nutrition programs, most of which are funded by the Department of Health WA. Personally, I am privileged to be involved in each of these programs, as well as undertaking work of my own on nutrition, physical activity, body weight, alcohol and cancer prevention more generally. I am lucky to be involved in a number of research projects too, in nutrition and physical activity.
I thoroughly enjoyed my time at Curtin. Use the time to experience everything that nutrition has to offer, and you will end up in a job you love.