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About this supervisor

Dr Melissa Whitelaw

Accredited Practising Dietitian

About my practice

Following a career as a secondary school teacher, I changed career to become a dietitian (2004) and complete a PhD at the University of Melbourne (2019). Teaching, mentoring and supervision of other dietitians has always been an important part of my role as a dietitian. In my supervision I hope to provide the opportunity for you to reflect on your practice in a supportive space with the opportunity for you to identify your strengths and areas for further development for clinical work and career progression.

I was fortunate to have the opportunity to build on my teaching career and work for 18 years as the lead dietitian in the Department of Adolescent Medicine at the Royal Children’s Hospital. My job included clinical work with adolescents admitted to the hospital and in outpatient clinics as well lecturing in the Graduate Certificate in Paediatric Nutrition & Dietetics and leading the student dietitian program. Since 2005, I have worked part-time in private practice and continue this work in two specialist paediatric practices. The opportunity to undertake research in my clinical work provided me with a very exciting and rewarding dimension to my work. This included, opportunities to publish in international peer reviewed journals, present at international conferences, author a book chapter about nutrition in male eating disorders, contribute as a reviewer for international journals and a career highlight in developing a network of colleagues working in adolescent eating disorders across the world.

I am very supportive of the supervisory process and welcome the opportunity to work with dietitians working particularly with adolescents diagnosed with eating disorders and/or dietitians undertaking the challenges of combining research and clinical work (and trying to maintain a work life balance!).

I am very pleased to offer individual supervision and welcome the opportunity to discuss any of your supervisory needs and answer your questions.

Areas of interest

Eating Disorders ARFID
Eating Disorders Child and Adolescent
HAES and Weight Inclusive Health Care
Health Behaviour and Weight Management
Paediatrics

Qualifcations & background

PhD, APD, CEDC
Years of professional experience: 15-20 years
Years of experience as a supervisor: 10-15 years
Completed Supervision Training: Yes
My supervision is supervised: Yes
HAES Aligned Practice: Yes

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