Ms Louisa Matwiejczyk

Lecturer

College of Nursing and Health Sciences

place Flinders Medical Centre (7E:103.1)
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

Louisa is the Course Coordinator for the Bachelor of Human Nutrition and the Bachelor of Human Nutrition/Bachelor Exercise Science combined degree and teaches across the undergraduate and postgraduate nutrition and dietetic programs. Louisa comes to the University with over 20 years of experience as a Community Nutritionist-Dietitian in the Adelaide southern metropolitan area, working with families, children and the services who support them. Known for her leadership and expertise in food policy, project management, primary prevention and early intervention using collaborative approaches, Louisa has worked in various roles including Chief Dietitian, project-manager of state-wide multi-strategy nutrition initiatives, food services, private practice and the lead for inter-disciplinary chronic disease teams. Her interests include increasing the capacity of organisations and communities to 'make healthier food choices easier choices', early childhood nutrition and working with students. Research interests include the translation of knowledge into practice, particularly early childhood nutrition and evidence-based programs and policy.

Qualifications

Bachelor Arts (Biological Sciences) Flinders University, South Australia Honours Degree Bachelor Arts (First Class) Biological Sciences, Flinders University, South Australia Postgraduate Diploma Nutrition & Dietetics Flinders University, South Australia

PhD candidate, School of Health Sciences, Flinders University

Advanced Accredited Practising Dietitian

Accredited Nutritionist

Honours, awards and grants

2017 Vice President and Dean Award for Research (all other researchers)

2015 Award of Merit, DAA

2015 National Obesity Prevention – Planning & Design Award for Healthy Eating Local Policies and Programs (HELPP) Collaboration of Community-based Obesity Prevention Sites (CO-OPS)

2014 Advanced Accredited Practising Dietitian (APD) 2014-current

2009 Right Bite School and Preschool Food and Drink Strategy Technical Reference Group, SA Health nominee (2009-2012)

2005 Southgate Staff Development Award

2005 SA Research Network Bursary

2003 Recipient Zonta Award for Community Services in Health

2003 Recipient Niftey Award for Innovative Health Initiative in Early Childhood

Key responsibilities

ADMINISTRATION

Course Co-ordinator Bachelor of Human Nutrition

Course Co-ordinator Bachelor of Human Nutrition/Bachelor of Exercise Science

Topic Coordinator, Nutrition and Dietetics

Mobility Program Coordinator, including New Colombo Plan Nutrition and Dietetics

TEACHING

Food Sytems, Individual Social-Ecological Perspectives in Food Consumption, Food Products and Food Preparation, Food Studies and Food Skills, Communication & Counselling in Nutrition, Independent Studies in Nutrition & Dietetics, Professional & Organisational Management, Food Services and Professional Practice, Community Nutrition and Public Health, Community Placement Coordination.

COMMUNITY SERVICE

Chair - South Australian Nutrition Network Leadership Group (2017 -current )

Community of Practice Early Childhood Education & Care, National Nutrition Group, Chair Advocacy Stream (2018)

Community of Practice Early Childhood Education & Care, National Nutrition Group (2017-current)

Dietitians Association of Australia Professional Development Advisory Committee (2017 -current )

Dietitians Association of Australia Member Engagement Development Committee (2015-2016)

Community of Practice for Dietetic Educators (2015-current)

Dietitians Association of Australia - SA Branch Committee Member (2008 - 2014)


Research expertise
Childhood obesity
Evaluation
Nutrition and dietetics
Research interests
  • Translation into practice
  • Nutrition best practices in early childhood, particularly in formal childcare settings (Family Day Care and Centre-Based Child Care) and informal childcare ( grandparents and nannies)
  • Healthy eating policy and best practices in childhood settings, aged care facilities, workplaces and local governments
  • Nutrition health promotion interventions in low-income countries directed at children, families and organisations that support them
  • Teaching pedagogies: eg flipped classroom teaching, competency-based learning, reflective practice
Teaching interests

Louisa teaches across the undergraduate and post-graduate nutrition and dietetic programs and is the Course Coordinator for Bachelor of Human Nutrition and the Bachelor of Human Nutrition and the Bachelor of Human Nutrition/Bachelor Exercise Science combined degree. Topics Louisa has coordinated include; Individual Socio-Cultural Issues in Nutrition, Communication & Counselling in Nutrition, Independent Studies, Professional & Organisational Management, Food Services and Professional Practice, Community Nutrition and Public Health, Food Products and Food Preparation, Food Systems, and Community Professional Practice Placements. Louisa is particularly interested in an innovative curriculum and using her experience as a senior practitioner to align the theory taught with practice, work integrated learning and supporting students with their transition into practice. Other interests include reflective practice, competency-based learning and links with industry.

Topic coordinator
NUTD2105 Individual, Social and Ecological Perspectives in Food Consumption
NUTD4106 Independent Studies in Nutrition & Dietetics
NUTD9225 Indepent Studies in Nutrition & Dietetics
Topic lecturer
NUTD2105 Individual Social & Ecological Perspectives in Nutrition
NUTD9661 Food Studies and Skillls
NUTD2102 Food Products and Preparation
NUTD4605 Independent Studies in Nutrition & Dietetics
NUTD9225 Independent Studies in Nutrition & Dietetics
Publications

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