B Health Sc (nutrition and dietetics), MPH
For the last nine years Margaret has worked on the Central Coast in her own dietetics consulting practice, including other clinics at the Salvation Army’s Dooralong Transformation Centre, the Eleanor Duncan Aboriginal Medical Centre and in several aged care facilities on the coast.
Qualified in Nutrition and Dietetics at Newcastle in 1996, Margaret complemented her studies with her masters degree in public health and worked in that field for ten years on national quality use of medicines programs for consumers, general practice programs for cardiovascular disease, and literature reviews for the National Prescribing Service, the NSW Cancer Council and other health organisations. Additional training and acreditation in 2011 were undertaken with the Sports Dietitian’s Association of Australia and ISAK (International Society for the Advancement of Kinanthropometry) Level 1 accreditation at the University of Queensland.
Eating habits are part of who you are, so strategies such as mindfulness, health coaching, motivational interviewing and the decision-balance model may be used to find a way to bring healthy changes into your diet.
Currently her interests are in nutrition therapy for obesity, type 2 diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, PCOS, gastrointestinal health including food intolerances, coeliac disease, ulcerative colitis, the adverse effects of medications on food intake and wellbeing, osteoporosis, and weight gain.