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BSc, DipEd, MNutDiet

Accredited Practising Dietitian, Accredited Nutritionalist

Professional Certificate Medical Nutrition Therapy in Food Allergy and Intolerance 

Monash University FODMAP trained

FRANCES WALKER

 

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Working in food intolerance dietitian specialist means I get to combine all the things I love most in life. People. Science. Working as an educator. Enriching people's lives (and my own). Getting positive outcomes for my clients.

When I was studying to become a dietitian, at the ripe old age of 24, (I had already completed my Science degree at Melbourne Uni as well as my education diploma), I first came across the Royal Prince Alfred Elimination Diet (RPAH diet) in one of the lectures and it immediately  piqued my interest straight away. I declared I would specialises in this  area and gut nutrition.

Many decades later, working across a varied clinical landscape, in  hospitals,  community set ups and on different projects I decided to come back to what I really wanted to all those years ago ! So here I am, and while a part of me thinks I should have started working here from the day dot, I readily acknowledge that the decades of nutritional experience gives me a depth and breadth of knowledge of nutrition and health across all areas. 

I knew that if I started up my own business as a Food Intolerance Dietitian while my partner and I bought up our two wonderful kids, that I would do neither well. I am a singular minded person, and wanted to focus my full attention. Six years ago, with my youngest completing secondary school, I started up my dream. 

The best decision was calling this business THE FOOD INTOLERANCE DIETITIAN. It describes what I do. The worst decision was also using this as an e-mail. Long. Too many chances of spelling mistakes!

 

In line with my personality, my approach is one of empathy, support and flexibility. I emphasise the importance of working together- you are the expert in YOU, I have a lot of information and know how to share in food sensitivity. 

I am NOT invested in telling people what they should do, but I am invested fully in identifying your food triggers, and transferring my knowledge to you- so you can make your own personal food choices.  Knowing which foods are more likely to trigger issues can make you feel less anxious and feel more in control. This is what people tell me. You can decide you will eat a certain food,  expect a reaction and decide that is ok, or not! When I see people making food choices based on their food sensitivity knowledge, it makes me happy.

As an educator, I am really passionate about sharing good quality information. Good food information is hard to come by, having different food sensitivity information in one place can help. Read the blogs, which have been written to provide accurate, up to date information. Come with your questions, as there is so much conflicting formation on hand on social media and the internet that it can be hard to prioritise that information in relation to your personal needs.

 

The aim is for you to be able to walk out my Clinic  or Telehealth door  energised by the options you can choose to improve your health through different food choices. To know you have the support after the consultation, access to further information as required, encouragement and an understanding of your situation.

From breastfed babies to children and adults - all ages and stages! I look forward to meeting and working with you  and/or your child to get you the best possible outcomes.

Food matters to all of us but for some- it matters so much more.

If you suspect food is an issue- you are probably right.

Call up for a friendly chat to see if I can be of any help.

 

I looking forward to meeting  and working with you, 

Fran

BSc (Melb), DipEd (Melb), MNutDiet (Deakin), Accredited Practising Dietitian, Accredited Nutritionalist

Professional Memberships & Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Science, Melbourne University

  • Diploma of Education, Melbourne University

  • Masters of Nutrition & Dietetics, Deakin University

  • Dietitians Association of Australia, DAA

  • Accredited Practicing Dietitian (APD) and Accredited Nutritionalist (AN)

  • DAA Special Interest groups: Dietitians in Private Sector, Food Allergy & Intolerance, Gastroenterology , Food & Environment

  • Professional Certificate: Medical Nutrition Therapy in Food Allergy and Intolerance (2018)

  • Monash University FODMAP trained (2018)

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