Smart Foods Centre director awarded top nutrition honour
Friday, 25 May 2012 11:24

The Dietitians Association of Australia (DAA) has awarded the Director of UOW's Smart Foods Centre Professor Linda Tapsell with an Honorary Life Membership of the Association.

Professor Tapsell's achievements will be recognised at the DAA Annual General Meeting to be held in Sydney tomorrow (25 May).

"Professor Tapsell has worked tirelessly throughout her career to contribute to DAA activities and to nutrition and dietetics in this country. So we're delighted to award her with an Honorary Life Membership in recognition of her exceptional input to the profession, which has spanned more than 30 years," DAA President Julie Dundon said.

Professor Tapsell completed a Bachelor of Science (majoring in Biochemistry and Pharmacology) and Graduate Diploma in Nutrition and Dietetics from the University of Sydney in 1976. She also holds a Masters in Health Personnel Education (UNSW) and a PhD in Public Health and Nutrition. Her career as a dietitian has included work in the hospital and community health settings, academia, management and research.

Apart from leading the research team at the Smart Foods Centre, Professor Tapsell also jointly manages the Food and Health Strategic Research Initiative at the University, and has previously led the National Centre of Excellence in Functional Foods.

"Professor Tapsell is an asset to the profession. She is a leader in nutrition research and evidence-based practice, both in Australia and across the globe, and a wonderful mentor to the next generation of research dietitians,' Ms Dundon said.

Since 2003, Professor Tapsell has been the Editor in Chief of Nutrition & Dietetics, the scientific journal of the DAA and Dietitians New Zealand. She is leading the Scientific Program Committee for the International Congress of Dietetics, to be held later this year in Sydney.

"It is a wonderful feeling to be recognised by your professional peers and to look back on your life with pleasure in that regard. The years have flown quickly because there is always so much to be done. I am delighted to have been a part of the growth of this profession in my time," Professor Tapsell said.

Professor Tapsell was appointed a Fellow of DAA in 2005 and has previously received an Outstanding Contribution Award from DAA.

She serves on several scientific advisory panels in Australia and overseas, most recently the Expert Working Group on Climate Change and Food Security (Prime Minister's Science Engineering and Innovation Committee), and the Dietary Guidelines Working Committee (National Health and Medical Research Council).