Meet   Tracy

Hi!

I’m Tracy, a Gamilaroi woman and founder of Wattleseed Nutrition, Health and Wellbeing. I am a freshwater woman, with a matrilineal line of descent to the Barwon River region in North-West New South Wales.

I was born and raised on Kooma Country, in a remote, riverside country town in South-West Queensland and have been fortunate to call Gubbi Gubbi/Kabi Kabi Country on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast, home since 2007.

“Blending modern permaculture design principles, community and public health nutrition with nutrition counselling, science and therapies together with Indigenous knowledges and philosophies to deliver a unique, inclusive and empowered learning experiences.”

I am here to create a safe and empowering space of connection, healing and sustainability for you, your family, your community, your group, your business, your organisation, your university and/or your school.

I understand the value and significance of traditional food systems and foods and advocate their positive impact on culture, food security, health and wellbeing for First Nation Peoples of Australia.

Combining my passion for First Nations Peoples' Health + Wellbeing with my love of food + commenced my studies in Nutrition and Dietetics

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.

"I take a personalised, holistic and culturally-centred approach to our food, food environments, meal patterns, eating habits, health and wellbeing."

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In 2016, I was awarded "Future Leader in Indigenous Allied Health", at Indigenous Allied Health Australia’s National Forum in Canberra.

After finishing my studies in 2017, I worked as both a clinical and community dietitian for First Nations Peoples in South East Queensland.

During our graduation ceremony in 2018, I was also honoured to be awarded the University of the Sunshine Coast’s Chancellor’s Medal.

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 focus 100% on my business and support community based projects and community based work.

Evidence supports my belief that empowerment has sustainable and positive effects on our self-esteem. It boosts our capacity to self-determine our individual, family and community health and wellbeing. I view health through a strengths-based, holistic and cultural lens, focussing on connections, healing conversations and sustainable strategies.

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