Meet Tracy

 

Hi, I’m Tracy, a Gamilaroi woman and Accredited Dietitian/Nutritionist and founder of Wattleseed Nutrition + Dietetics. I am a freshwater woman, with a matrineal line of descent to the Barwon River region in North-West New South Wales. I was born and raised in a remote, river side country town in South-West Queensland and have been lucky to call Gubbi Gubbi/Kabi Kabi country on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast, home since 2007. 

 

I understand the value and significance of traditional food systems and foods and advocate of their positive impact on culture, food security, health and wellbeing for First Nation Peoples in Australia. In 2013, deciding to be a part of the change I wanted to see, I combined my passion for First Nations Peoples' health and wellbeing and love of food and commenced my studies in Nutrition and Dietetics. During this time, I also conducted an embedded honours project on the cultural safety of a chronic disease self-management program. In 2016, I was awarded "Future Leader in Indigenous Allied Health", at Indigenous Allied Health Australia’s National Forum in Canberra. During our graduating ceremony in 2018, I was also honoured to be awarded the University of the Sunshine Coast’s Chancellor’s Medal.

 

After finishing my studies in 2017, I worked as both a clinical and community dietitian for First Nations Peoples in South East Queensland. In April 2019, I decided to further pursue my passion for traditional food systems, foods and traditional food security and commenced a PhD researching Indigenous food sovereignty and food security for First Nations Peoples of Australia. I have since taken leave from the PhD so that I may support community based projects and community based work.

Download my Capability Statement (pdf).

 
 
  • Accredited Practising Dietitian/Nutritionist

  • Member: Australian Institute of Company Directors

  • Member: Dietitians Association of Australia

  • Member: Indigenous Allied Health Australia (IAHA)

  • Member: Public Health Association of Australia

  • Member: Dietitian Association of Australia’s Reconciliation Action Plan Working Group and Indigenous Nutrition Interest Group

  • Current participant, "Poche Leadership Fellows Program"

  • Current participant, "Aspiring Indigenous Directors Program"

  • Bachelor of Nutrition/Dietetics (Hons)

  • University of the Sunshine Coast Chancellors Medallist

  • Professional Certificate in Indigenous Research

  • Certificate in Micro Business Management

  • Extensive experience working with ACCHOs, AMSs, Aboriginal Groups and Organisations

  • Outreach work to rural and remote areas 

  • Nutrition, cooking and traditional foods workshop designer and facilitator

  • Chaired IAHA’s Student Representative Committee

  • Student and Graduate Director IAHA

  • PhD Student, University of Queensland: Indigenous food sovereignty for First Nation Peoples of Australia (on leave)

  • Poche Scholar

  • Diploma of Beauty Therapy (fun fact!)

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Accreditations, Memberships, Registrations
Member: Public Health Association of Australia
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For further information about Accredited Practising Dietitians​ (APDs), please refer to the Dietitians Association of Australia.

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I acknowledge and pay my respects to the Sovereign Owners and Traditional Custodians across the lands, waters and seas where we live, learn, work and play. I acknowledge and pay my deepest respects to our Elders past, present and emerging.

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