Louisa teaches across the undergraduate and postgraduate nutrition and dietetic programs and is a researcher with the Caring Futures Institute. With over 20 years of experience as a Community Nutritionist-Dietitian working with families, children and the services who support them, Louisa is known for her leadership and expertise in food policy, project management, primary prevention and early intervention using collaborative approaches. Her interests include working with students and empowering the next generation of health professionals. Research interests include the translation of knowledge into practice, particularly early childhood nutrition and evidence-based programs and policy.
PhD, College Nursing & Health Sciences, Flinders University
Bachelor Arts (Biological Sciences) Flinders University, Honours Degree Bachelor Arts (First Class) Biological Sciences, Flinders University, Postgraduate Diploma Nutrition & Dietetics Flinders University, South Australia
Advanced Accredited Practising Dietitian
2020 Vice Chancellor's Award of Teaching Excellence
2020 Vice President's Teaching Excellence Award
2019 Advanced Accredited Practising Dietitian (AdvAPD), 2014-2024
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)
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
Topic Coordinator, Nutrition and Dietetics
Mobility Program Coordinator, including New Colombo Plan Nutrition and Dietetics
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.
Chair - South Australian Nutrition Network Leadership Group (2017 -current )
Community of Practice Early Childhood Education & Care, National Nutrition Group, Chair Advocacy Stream (2018-current)
Community of Practice Early Childhood Education & Care, National Nutrition Group (2017-current)
Dietitians Association of Australia Professional Development Advisory Committee (2017 -current )
Nutrition Society Australia, committee member (2019)
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)
Louisa teaches across the undergraduate and post-graduate nutrition and dietetic programs. 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.
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