Tracy is a Gamilaroi woman and founder of Wattleseed Nutrition, Health and Wellbeing. She is a freshwater woman, with a matrilineal line of descent to the Barwon River region in North-West New South Wales.
Tracy was born and raised on Kooma Country, in a small, remote, riverside country town in South-West Queensland and has been fortunate to call Gubbi Gubbi/Kabi Kabi Country on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast, home since 2007.
“Weaving modern nutrition sciences, theories and therapies with Culturally Responsive Trauma Integrated Care, Practice and Healing Approaches, Indigenous knowledges and philosophies to provide services that inspire, transform, advance and sustain advocacy, healing, self-determination and culturally consonant nutrition, health and wellbeing."
Tracy is here to create safe and empowering spaces of inspiration, connection, healing, nourishment, empowerment and sustainability for you, your family, your community, your community group, your business, your organisation, your university and/or your school.
Tracy understands the value and significance of ancestral and traditional food systems and foods and advocates their positive impact on culture, food security, health and wellbeing for First Nation Peoples of Australia.
Combining her passion for First Nations Peoples Health + Wellbeing with her love of food + commenced her studies in Nutrition and Dietetics
In 2013, deciding to be a part of the change she wanted to see, Tracy combined her passion for First Nations Peoples health and wellbeing and love of food and commenced her 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 for First Nations Peoples residing in Gympie.
In 2016, Tracy was awarded "Future Leader in Indigenous Allied Health", at Indigenous Allied Health Australia’s National Forum in Canberra.
After finishing her studies in 2017, Tracy worked as both a clinical and community dietitian for First Nations Peoples in South East Queensland.
During their graduation ceremony in 2018, Tracy was also honoured to be awarded the University of the Sunshine Coast’s Chancellor’s Medal.
In April 2019, Tracy decided to further pursue her passion for traditional food systems, bushfoods and traditional food security and commenced a PhD researching Indigenous food sovereignty and food security for First Nations Peoples of Australia. Tracy has since taken leave from the PhD so that she may focus 100% on her business and support grassroots, community based projects, work and action.
Evidence supports Tracy's 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. Tracy views health through a culturally responsive, trauma integrated, strengths-based, holistic and cultural lens, focussing on connections, healing conversations and sustainable strategies.
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