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About Rachelle

 

I’m a kind and compassionate Accredited Practising Dietitian (APD) and Credentialed Eating Disorder Clinician (CEDC), with 18 years’ experience in research and clinical practice. From working in a variety of health-care settings (private & public hospital, community health), I have developed specialised expertise and a passion for supporting adults with mental health disorders, eating disorders and disordered eating. 

 

I have advanced training and skills in nutrition counselling, delivering person-centred, trauma-informed care, using a non-judgmental, caring and empathic approach. I use a non-diet, weight-inclusive approach to health management, with the aim of supporting clients improve their relationship with food, eating and their body.

 

 As a research dietitian, I regularly contribute to the current scientific literature and remain at the forefront of nutrition knowledge. Whilst utilising the most the up-to-date evidence in sessions with clients, I make sure to translate the science into user-friendly, practical strategies to suit your lifestyle. I aim to empower and support my clients engage in health behaviour changes for improved health and well-being.

Areas of Expertise

- Mental health  

- Eating disorders 

- Disordered eating

- Gut health and IBS 

- Pregnancy and postpartum 

- Cardiovascular disease, stroke, high blood pressure, high cholesterol

- Neurodivergence 

- General nutrition, lifestyle, and well-being

Research 

My PhD focused on supporting adults with mental health disorders, where I designed and delivered the highly successful dietary intervention (“ModiMed”) used in the SMILES trial. The SMILES trial was the first study of its kind and has received widespread international interest after showing it can improve the mood and symptoms of adults with depression. Importantly, ModiMed was found to be effective in improving clinical depression using a weight neutral, non-diet approach. 

I have produced 40 peer reviewed manuscripts, with a particular focus on nutrition and mental health. 

 

My work has been highly impactful, highly cited (2245 citations), and has received international interest.

 

A list of the peer reviewed articles can be found here:

https://scholar.google.com/citations?hl=en&user=QHeOTdEAAAAJ&view_op=list_works&sortby=pubdate

 

I regularly engage in professional development, clinical supervision and reflective self-practice to ensure I provide high-quality care for clients.

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Professional Development

Recent professional development training completed:  

- Eating Disorders

- Body Image

- Non-Diet Approach

- Trauma-Informed Dietetic Care

- Mental Health First Aid

- Motivational Interviewing and Health Coaching

- Mindfulness and Mindful Meditation

- Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) for Dietitians

- Neurodiversity affirming care

Qualifications

- Doctor of Philosophy, PhD

- Bachelor of Nutrition and Dietetics (Honours)

- Bachelor of Nutrition and Dietetics

- Bachelor of Science

Memberships

​- Dietitians Australia (DA)

- DA mental health interest group leadership committee

- Dietitian Supervision Resources Australia (DSRA)

- Australia & New Zealand Academy for Eating Disorders (ANZAED)

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