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Louise Burke OAM - Head of Sports Nutrition

OAM, PhD, BSc, Grad Dip Diet, FSMA, FACSM

Education

  • PhD – Deakin University
  • BSc (Nutr) – Deakin University
  • Grad Dip Diet – Deakin University
  • Accredited Practicing Dietitian
  • Fellow of American College of Sports Medicine, Sports Dietitians Australia, Sports Medicine Australia

Duties/Responsibilities

  • Manager of AIS Sports Nutrition team of 6 sports dietitians, 3 Fellows in Sports Nutrition, 5 consultant sports dietitians, 2 administrators
  • Chair in Sports Nutrition, School of Exercise Science, Australian Catholic University, Melbourne, Australia
  • Provider of nutrition services for Road Cycling and Track & Field programs within Australia’s Winning Edge program
  • Coordinator of AIS Sports Supplement Framework and member of AIS Sports Supplement Panel
  • Team dietitian for the Australian Olympic team (1996, 2000, 2004, 2008 and 2012)
  • Director of IOC Diploma in Sports Nutrition distance education program

Professional interests

  • Research
    • Nutritional periodisation – fat adaptation, “train low, compete high”
    • Fluid needs for optimal performance
    • Carbohydrate metabolism and performance of exercise
    • Protein needs for adaptation and recovery
    • Nutritional ergogenic aids
    • Pre-cooling strategies for exercise in hot conditions
    • Post-exercise recovery
    • Optimising energy availability and calcium status in athletes
    • New technologies for monitoring and educating athletes

Educational material

  • 2 textbooks (“Practical Sports Nutrition” and “Clinical Sports Nutrition”)
  • Several lay books including “Complete Guide to Food for Sports Performance” and "Caffeine for Sports Performance"
  • 5 cookbooks
  • >250 peer reviewed papers and book chapters

Michelle Minehan - Manager, Clinical Services

Education

  • PhD – University of Canberra
  • MND – Deakin University
  • BApSc - University of Tasmania
  • GCHE – University of Canberra
  • Accredited Practicing Dietitian
  • Accredited Sports Dietitian

Duties/Responsiblities

  • Manager, Clinical services - responsible for over-seeing nutrition services to all AIS programs and mentoring of sports dietitians and nutrition fellows
  • Deliver nutrition support to Australian Women’s Water Polo, Australian Women’s Basketball, national Paralympic track and field athletes
  • Undertake sport specific research projects with designated sports

 

Professional Interests

  • Nutrition support for team sports
  • Nutrition support for Paralympic athletes
  • Communication and education
  • Sustainable nutrition practices
  • Qualitative research methods

Greg Cox - Sports Dietitian

Education

  • BHMS – University of Queensland
  • Grad Dip Nutr Diet – Queensland University of Technology
  • MHSc – Deakin University
  • Berrivale Nutrition Fellowship – Australian Institute of Sport
  • PhD - Deakin University
  • Fellow of Sports Dietitians Australia

Duties/Responsibilities

  • Lead nutrition provider to Australian Canoeing and Triathlon Australia
  • Sports Medicine Coordinator for Triathlon Australia
  • Undertake sports specific research projects with designated sports
  • Assist in department activities such as resource development and leadership initiatives

Professional interests

  • Nutritional management of endurance athletes
  • Carbohydrate metabolism for endurance based sports
  • Acute nutritional interventions to enhance team sport performance
  • Development of an integrated high performance Sports Nutrition Network

Greg Shaw - Sports Dietitian

Education

  • BHSc (Nutr & Diet) - Queensland University of Technology
  • IOC Diploma in Sports Nutrition
  • Level 3 Anthropometrist

Duties/Responsibilities

  • Provide nutrition services to the Swimming, Mens Volleyball, Winter Sports and Swimming Australia nutrition lead
  • Contribute to the delivery of the Foodservice program including the management of the department's Recovery Bar systems and education programs

Professional interests

  • Nutrition and fatigue
  • Body composition manipulation
  • Supplementation and performance

Bronwen Lundy - Sports Dietitian

Education

  • BSc (hons), University of NSW
  • Masters Nutrition Dietetics, University of Sydney 
  • IOC Diploma in Sports Nutrition
  • Level 2 Anthropometrist

Duties/Responsibilities

  • National Nutrition Lead for Rowing
  • Co-ordination of the multi-disciplinary Best Practice Guidelines.

Professional interests

  • Behavioural aspects of nutrition
  • Nutrition and recovery from injury
  • Making weight for sport and body composition manipulation

 


Joanne Mirtschin - Food Service Dietitian

Education

  • BHSc (Nutr & Diet) - Queensland University of Technology
  • Acc Sports Dietitian and APD
  • Level 1 anthropometrist

Duties/Responsibilities

  • Foodservice management and menu planning
  • Food provision around the AIS
  • Nutrition education

Professional Interests

  • Foodservice management
  • Efficiency of foodservice systems and policies
 

Meg Ross - Post Doctoral Fellow

Education 

  • PhD – Edith Cowan University
  • BAppSci (Hons) – RMIT University
  • BAppSci (Human Movement) – University of Ballarat
  • Phlebotomist
  • Level 2 Anthropometrist - ISAK

 Duties/Responsibilities 

  • Coordinate and support research activities of AIS Sports Nutrition, the interdisciplinary AIS Physique and Fuel Centre and the collaboration between AIS Sports Nutrition and Australian Catholic University
  • Develop and manage systems that underpin the research output of AIS Sports Nutrition, including but not limited to collaboration, Best Practice Protocols, statistical methods and referencing
  • Supervision and coordination of students

Professional interests 

  • Investigating the efficacy and performance benefits of a range of nutritional strategies
  • Practical precooling for athletic performance in the heat
  • Thermal physiology

Taryn Richardson - Sports Nutrition Fellow

Education

  • BHlthSc (Nutrition & Dietetics) (Hons) - Queensland University of Technology
  • IOC Diploma Sports Nutrition (Second year candidate)
  • Level 1 Anthropometrist (ISAK)

Duties/responsibilities 

  • Assist with the delivery of best-practice nutrition services to Triathlon Australia, Gold Coast National Performance Centre
  • Assist in the development and delivery of the Gold Coast high performance kitchen
  • Contribute to departmental resource development and research projects

Professional interests

  • Performance nutrition for endurance sports, in particular triathlon and cycling
  • Food intolerances/allergies and other gastrointestinal issues

Julia Bone - PhD Student, Physique and Fuel Centre

Education

  • BAppSc (Sports & Exercise Nutrition) (Hons) – University of Otago
  • MSc (Human Nutrition) – University of Otago
  • MDietStud – The University of Queensland
  • PhD Candidate – ACU
  • Level 2 Anthropometrist (ISAK)
  • APD and Acc Sports Dietitian

Duties/responsibilities

  • Physique and Fuel Centre PhD research- application of DXA for monitoring body composition in elite athletes

Professional interests

  • Physique of elite athletes
  • Body composition assessment techniques
  • RMR and Energy availability

 


Reid Reale - PhD Student, Combat Centre

Education

  • BHlthSc (Exercise Science & Nutiriton) (Hons) –Deakin University
  • MDiet – Deakin University
  • PhD Candidate – University of Sunshine Coast
  • Level 1 Anthropometrist (ISAK)

Duties/responsibilities

  • Combat Centre sports nutrition research
  • Provide nutrition services to AIS combat sports
  • Contribute to departmental resources development and research projects

Professional interests

  • Body composition manipulation
  • Making weight for weight category sports
  • Combat sports nutrition

 


Lynne Mercer - Coordinator Nutrition

Duties/Responsibilities

  • Coordinate and deliver a range of administrative tasks to ensure that the Nutrition Discipline functions effectively and efficiently, meeting accountability and client servicing requirements
  • TRIM management and record keeping
  • Budgets
  • Management of AIS Nutrition assets
  • Support to AIS Supplement Program
  • Policy support
  • Create a supportive, efficient and enjoyable working environment for staff

 

 

Ali Disher- Sports Nutrition Fellow

Education

  • BHlthSc (Nutrition & Dietetics) (Hons) - Queensland University of Technology
  • BAppSc (Exercise Physiology) (Hons) - Queensland University of Technology
  • PhD Candidate - Queensland University of Technology
  • Accredited Practising Dietitian & Accredited Sports Dietitian
  • Level 1 Anthropometrist (ISAK)

Duties/responsibilities 

  • Assist with the delivery of best-practice nutrition services to Australian Canoeing, Gold Coast National Performance Centre
  • Assist in the development and delivery of the Gold Coast high performance kitchen
  • Contribute to departmental resource development and research projects

Professional interests

  • Hydration and sports performance
  • Performance nutrition for endurance and ultra-endurance athletes
  • Nutrition and behaviour: disordered eating/eating disorders

 


Sara Forbes - Foodservice Dietitian ( ETC )

Education

  • Bachelor of Physical Education (Hons) - University of Otago
  • Bachelor of Science - University of Otago
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Dietetics - University of Otago
  • Accredited Practising Dietitian

Duties/Responsibilities

  • Foodservice management and menu planning
  • Food provision around the AIS
  • Special diet and allergen management

 Professional interests

  • Foodservice provision to athletes
  • Foodservice management
  • Sustainability in Foodservices

Bronwen Charlesson - Sports Dietitian

Education

  • BSc (Nutrition and Food Science) Curtin University of Technology
  • MDiet Curtin University of Technology
  • IOC Diploma in Sports Nutrition
  • Level 2 Anthropometrist

Duties/Responsibilities

  • Provide nutrition services to Men's Artistic Gymnastics, Women's Basketball, Women's Football and Netball
  • Contribute to departmental resource development and research projects

Professional interests

  • Gut health, immune function and athletic performance
  • Optimising nutrition intake in people with high energy demands or in a catabolic state 

Chris Fonda- Sports Nutrition Fellow

Education

  • Master of Nutrition and Dietetics - Edith Cowan University
  • Bachelor of Science (Exercise & Sports Science)- Edith Cowan University
  • Accredited Practising Dietitian
  • Accredited Sports Dietitian
  • IOC Diploma of Sports Nutrition (First year candidate)
  • ISAK Level 1 Anthropometrist

Duties/responsibilities 

  • Assist with the delivery of high performance nutrition services to Paralympic swimming, Men's Volleyball Centre of Excellence, Rowing, Athletics & Netball
  • Deliver world class sports nutrition presentations to commercial sports and school camps
  • Work collaboratively with corporate sponsors to maintain ongoing synergy and innovation
  • Contribute to departmental resource development and research projects including but not limited to developing best practice protocols

Professional interests

  • Performance nutrition for combat, team, aesthetic and power sports
  • Performance nutrition for Crossfit
  • Body composition manipulation
  • Supplements and performance

Margot Rogers- Postgraduate Scholar

Education

  • Bachelor of Nutrition and Dietetics - Monash University
  • Bachelor of Nutrition (Honours) - Monash University
  • Accredited Practising Dietitian
  • Provisional Accredited Sports Dietitian
  • Level 1 Anthropometrist -ISAK

Duties/responsibilities

  • Assist in applied research in the area of body composition and energy availability
  • Conduct RMR testing and DXA scanning
  • Deliver food supplies to training venues to improve body composition and energy availability of athletes
  • Deliver sports nutrition presentations to commercial sports camps

Professional interests

  • Disordered eating and eating disorders in athletes
  • Energy availability
  • Body composition manipulation

 


Melissa Holloway - Foodserice Fellow

Education

  • Master of Science in Dietetics - Victoria University, Melbourne
  • Bachelor of Biomedical Science - Victoria University, Wellington

Duties/responsibilities 

  • Special diet and allergen management
  • Foodservice management and menu planning
  • Food provision around the AIS

Professional interests

  • Foodservice for individuals with special dietary needs
  • Foodservice management

Rebekah Alcock - PhD Student, Brumbies Rugby

Education

  • BPH (Nutrition) - Griffith University
  • MNutrDiet - Griffith University
  • BNut (Hons) - Monash University
  • PhD Candidate - ACU
  • Certificate III and IV in Fitness
  • Level 1 ISAK Anthropometrist
  • APD and AccSD

Duties/responsibilities

  • Performance Dietitian for Brumbies Rugby
  • Tendon and bone health research
  • Contribute to departmental resource development and research projects

Professional interests

  • Nutrition intervention and supplementation for injury prevention and rehabilitation
  • Sports nutrition research
  • Body composition manipulation
  • Energy availability

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