Sydney University scientist appointed to Dietitians Association Board

13 June 2008

Associate Professor Margaret Allman-Farinelli, from the School of Molecular and Microbial Biosciences at the University of Sydney, was appointed to the Board of the Dietitians Association of Australia in June, with her first official meeting in July.

Associate Professor Margaret Allman-Farinelli
Associate Professor Margaret Allman-Farinelli

The Dietitians Association of Australia (DAA) is Australia's leading nutrition organisation, representing more than 3 400 dietitians and nutritionists. The DAA provides accreditation for practising dietitians via the only national credential recognised by the Australian Government, Medicare, the Department of Veterans Affairs and most private health funds.

Associate Professor Allman-Farinelli leads the Nutrition and Dietetics programs at the University of Sydney. Her research interests include all aspects of dietetics, from food and nutritional science, to prevention of lifestyle-associated chronic diseases such as obesity, to nutritional assessment and intervention in acute hospital care.

Her most recent research work is in public health addressing the rising rates of obesity among young adults. Associate Professor Allman-Farinelli's research also includes other chronic diseases caused by obesity and being overweight, the economic impact of obesity and innovative health promotion to limit obesity in the population.

"It's an honour to be appointed to the Board of the DAA, an organisation which not only serves as a professional body for dietitians in Australia, but advocates good nutrition and health for all Australians," said Associate Professor Allman-Farinelli.

"I am keen to ensure that dietitians continue to become increasingly acknowledged as the nutrition experts by government sectors. With the DAA Board, I will work on ensuring appropriate DAA representation in national decision making, including the Preventative Health Agency proposed by the 2020 summit, and for appropriate funding to improve community access to dietitians."

As an active member of DAA for many years, Associate Professor Allman-Farinelli has had a number of roles in DAA including: editor of the journal Nutrition and Dietetics; continuing education subcommittee member in NSW; branch committee member; DSAAC reviewer to accredit university dietetics courses; and a member of JSPAC.

She has also held office in other nutrition bodies, such as Australasian Society of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition, and been on the editorial boards of two international nutrition journals.

Associate Professor Allman-Farinelli is the only member of the current DAA Board from NSW.

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