Who we are

What is a Dietitian?

An Accredited Practising Dietitian (APD) is a qualified health professional who knows about food and health, and can help you sort through all the confusing information that is around. A Dietitian is an expert in interpreting scientific knowledge about food in relation to health (or disease), and translating this into practical information, considering the social and psychological factors that influence our eating patterns.
A Dietitian undergoes at least 4 years of University training , and then has to maintain a minimum amount of ongoing education each year to remain accredited (30 hours per year).

 

Areas we can assist you with include, but are not limited to the following

 

  • Any food worries, whether it is practical issues in what to eat in our confusing nutrition world, or emotional / psychological issues related to food.
  • Eating Disorders – Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa, or any other in between
  • Newly diagnosed Diabetes -making sense of often contradictory or complex information – tailoring to your needs
  • Any gut issues -indigestion, bowel concerns
  • Clarifying a healthy diet – just for you!

Julie Viney
B.Sc. Nutrition; Graduate Diploma of Dietetics
Graduate Certificate of Counselling Skills
Certifcate of Paediatric Nutrition and Dietetics

Julie is an Accredited Practising Dietitian (APD) and Accredited Nutritionist with over 25 years experience in a variety of areas, including Cancer, Diabetes and Paediatrics. She initially qualified in 1987, and worked at Peter MacCallum Cancer Institute before moving to a local hospital (Maroondah) whilst she started her family. Wanting to specialise more in the psychology of eating, she worked at Austin Health in the Adult Eating Disorder and Psychiatric Unit before beginning in Private Practice in 2005, in order to help a wider variety of people with their eating behaviors.

 

Since 2001 she has specialised in working with clients with Eating Disorders, and emotional eating issues. She completed her “Graduate Certificate in Counselling Skills” through The Australian College of Applied Psychology in 2007, with an additional unit of study on “Working with Adolescents”.

 

Julie is especially interested in a non-dieting approach for health for those clients. These women (usually) have “been there and done that” with diets, with weight yo-yoing, along with their mood. Julie works on helping them find a healthier and more rewarding way to live with food, body and health.

 

She has survived her daughters teenage years and understands the difficulties of raising children to be healthy and respect their bodies in this weight obsessed world.

 

Additional Training

 

“If Not Dieting” Professional training
Use of the low FODMAP (Fructose) diet for Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Mental Health First Aid
CBT and Motivational Interviewing for Eating Disorders


Vikki Wearne
B.Health Sc. (Nutrition and Exercise)
Masters of Nutrition and Dietetics
Certificate of Paediatric Nutrition and Dietetics

Vikki Wearne is an Accredited Practicing Dietitian (APD) with almost 20 years clinical dietetic experience. She commenced working in Melbourne at Western Hospital and then travelled and worked overseas in the UK before heading to the Northern Territory to work at Royal Darwin Hospital. A 6 month locum turned into a 13 year position which Vikki describes as the opportunity of a lifetime, expanding her clinical skills to cover all areas of acute clinical work and gaining extensive experience in critical care and paediatric nutrition. In 2012 Vikki and her family returned to Melbourne and she is currently our Home Visit Dietitian and provides a Paediatric clinic with us once per month. Vikki also works part time at the Royal Children’s Hospital and Angliss Hospital doing Paediatric Outpatient clinics. She is particularly interested in feeding difficulties from birth onwards, including growth “assessment and action” for children with growth faltering to assist them to achieve their optimal growth potential. Other areas of interest include feeding difficulties, allergy and intolerance.

Vikki has a young daughter and says she has “first hand” experience and understanding of dealing with fussy eating and the frustrations it can cause!