1300 850 246

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P.O. Box 255 Wilston Q 4051

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Providing aged care solutions

Aged care nutrition and hydration

After identifying a growing gap in aged care for consistent and reliable nutrition and hydration services, Food Solutions stepped into fill the need. Now nearly two decades on, Food Solutions is one of the largest providers for aged care services across Australia.

Experienced and focused solely in aged care, with more than 160 years experience combined, our highly qualified team provides 24/7 dietitian services, speech pathology and foodservices assistance and support to aged care staff and their residents.

Here you can get to know our team a little better and read more about our backgrounds and specialties. If you have any questions or would like to speak to any of our team directly please contact us on 1300 850 246.

Samantha Murray

Samantha Murray

Founding Director

 

I’m Samantha Murray, Founder and Director of Food Solutions Diet Consultants, one of Australia’s only specialised aged care nutrition and speech pathology consultancy groups.

I’m a qualified dietitian from Queensland University of Technology and started my career working at the Mater Hospital in Brisbane where I was awarded Mater New Graduate of the Year. It was here that I got my first glimpse into my passion when I worked with older clients in the rehabilitation unit, which I loved. It was also when I got a taste for private practice, consulting on the weekends in a GP practice.

Determined to have diverse career experiences, I went to work in a health retreat, which was amazing and I got the opportunity to work with some incredible people with even more incredible backgrounds. But I kept feeling like I wasn’t making a big difference in the lives of others.

It wasn’t until I moved into the food industry and consulted to aged care that I knew I found my true calling. After seeing a huge gap for consistent, reliable, expert dietitians and speech pathologists, I moved from working alone in my own practice to building an industry leading team and brand under Food Solutions Diet Consultants. The rest, as they say, is history.

Now 15 years, I have made it my mission in life to address the aged care malnutrition epidemic and help Australians over 65 achieve good health and wellbeing. As a result of my work in this area, I have also had the opportunity to serve on the board of the Dietitians Association Queensland for six years and be asked to regularly contribute articles on the topics of health and nutrition in leading aged care magazines.

Meet the Team

Kate Walsh

Kate Walsh

Clinical Manager – Speech Pathology

Qualifications
Bachelor of Speech Pathology (Hons) UQ

Memberships
Speech Pathology Australia, Certified Practising Speech Pathologist

Special Interests
Aged care, Palliative Care, Stroke, Dementia, Dysphagia, Aphasia

Yvonne Feeley

Clinical Manager – Dietetics

Qualifications
BSc, DipND, MHSc, APD, AN

Memberships
Dietitians Australia, Mental Health Professionals Network

Special Interests
Aged Care, Mental Health.

Melissa Ruffa

Operations Manager – NSW

Qualifications
Masters in Nutrition and Dietetics, Deakin University

Memberships
Dietitians Australia

Special Interests
Diabetes, Foodservices

Consultant Dietitians

Jane Williamson

Jane Williamson

Accredited Practising Dietitian

Qualifications
Bachelor of Health Science (Nutrition & Dietetics) QUT

Memberships
Dietitians Australia

Special Interests
Geriatric Nutrition, Enteral Nutrition, Diabetes.

Rebecca Ring

Accredited Practising Dietitian

Qualifications
Master of Nutrition and Dietetics (Griffith University), Graduate Certificate in Diabetes Education and Management, Bachelor of Science in Food Science and Nutrition

Memberships
Dietitians Australia

Special Interests
Diabetes, malnutrition, palliative care, food service

Elizabeth Towner

Accredited Practising Dietitian

Qualifications
Bachelor of Nutrition and Dietetics (University of the Sunshine Coast- USC)

Memberships
Dietitians Australia

Special Interests
Geriatric Nutrition and dementia care

Carly Williams

Accredited Practising Dietitian

Qualifications
Bachelor of Nutrition and Dietetics, Griffith University

Memberships
Dietitians Australia

Special Interests
Aged Care, Food Services, Disordered Eating, Diabetes

Sue Bell

Accredited Practising Dietitian

Qualifications
Bachelor of Nutrition and Dietetics (University of the Sunshine Coast).

Memberships
Dietitians Australia, Crohn’s and Colitis Australia.

Special Interests
Malnutrition, elderly nutrition and diabetes.

Carissa Lanham

Carissa Lanham

Accredited Practising Dietitian

Qualifications
Master of Nutrition and Dietetics (Griffith University), Bachelor Applied Science + Graduate Diploma Health Science (both QUT)

Memberships
Dietitians Australia

Special Interests
Aged Care, Oncology, Enteral Nutrition, Palliative Care, Malnutrition

Rebecca Parsons

Accredited Practising Dietitian

Qualifications

Memberships
Dietitians Australia

Special Interests
Malnutrition, Geriatric Nutrition, Foodservices

Kylie Walton

Accredited Practising Dietitian

Qualifications
B Hlth Sci (Nutr & Diet), APD

Memberships
Dietitians Australia

Special Interests
Home support and Food Services

Anita Reeves

Anita Reeves

Accredited Practising Dietitian

Qualifications
Masters of Nutrition and Dietetics (Griffith University)

Memberships
Dietitians Australia
Bachelor of Health Science

Special Interests
Elderly Nutrition, Malnutrition, Bowel and Digestive Diseases

Jennifer Torma

Accredited Practising Dietitian

Qualifications
B. Health Sc (Nutrition & Dietetics) (Hons)
B. Appl. Sc (HMS) (Hons)

Memberships
Dietitians Australia

Special Interests
Malnutrition, Aged Care and Oncology

Julie Scache

Julie Schache

Accredited Practising Dietitian

Qualifications
Bachelor of Science (nutrition); Graduate Diploma Dietetics (Deakin); Accredited Practicing Dietitian (APD)

Memberships
Dietitians Australia

Special Interests
Cardiac Nutrition, Malnutrition, Nutrition for the Aged.

Megan Field

Meegan Field

Accredited Practising Dietitian

Qualifications
Masters of Science (University of Woollongong)

Memberships
Dietitians Australia

Special Interests
Malnutrition and Chronic Disease

Patricia Cowlishaw

Patricia Cowlishaw

Accredited Practising Dietitian

Qualifications
Bachelor of Health Science (Nutrition & Dietetics), Master of Public Health

Memberships
Dietitians Australia

Special Interests
Gastroenterology

Jay Burston

Jay Burston

Accredited Practising Dietitian

Qualifications
Bachelor of Health Science (Nutrition and Dietetics) with Distinctions, Charles Sturt University. Certificate in Health Coaching for Health Professionals, Health Coaching Australia. Certificate in Nutrition for Sports and Exercise, Sports Dietitians Australia.

Memberships
Dietitians Australia

Special Interests
Adult and geriatric nutrition. Chronic disease management

Sally Gaedtke

Sally Gaedtke

Accredited Practising Dietitian

Qualifications
Bachelor of Nutrition and Dietetics (University of the Sunshine Coast)

Memberships
Dietitians Australia

Special Interests
Aged Care, Malnutrition and Chronic Disease

Renee Borg

Renee Borg

Accredited Practising Dietitian

Qualifications
Bachelor of  Science (Food Science and Nutrition) and Masters of Nutrition and Dietetics

Memberships
Dietitians Australia

Special Interests
Chronic Kidney Disease, Diabetes and Complex Aged Care

Frances Pascoe

Frances Pascoe

Accredited Practising Dietitian

Qualifications
Bachelor of Nutrition & Dietetics, Bachelor of Health Science (Nutrition)

Memberships
Dietitians Australia

Special Interests
Aged Care & Malnutrition

Chantel Pusetic

Chantel Pusetic

Accredited Practising Dietitian

Qualifications
Bachelor of Food and Nutrition Sciences, Master of Dietetics (Deakin University)

Memberships
Dietitians Australia

Special Interests
Aged care nutrition, chronic disease management

Camille Davis

Camille Davis

Accredited Practising Dietitian

Qualifications
Bachelor of Nutrition and Dietetics (Griffith University)

Memberships
Dietitians Australia

Special Interests
Aged care, Malnutrition and Chronic Disease

Amy Haughey

Amy Haughey

Accredited Practising Dietitian

Qualifications
Bachelor of Human Nutrition, Masters of Nutrition and Dietetics

Memberships
Dietitians Australia and SDA

Special Interests
Gastroenterology, weight loss, mental health, geriatrics

Inna Parker

Inna Parker

Accredited Practising Dietitian

Qualifications

Bachelor of Health Science, Nutrition and Health Promotion (Deakin University)
Masters of Dietetics (Deakin University)

Memberships
Dietitians Australia

Special Interests
Aged Care, malnutrition, food service.

Dung Pham

Dung Pham

Accredited Practising Dietitian

Qualifications

Bachelor of Nutrition and Dietetics/Bachelor of Applied Science ( Exercise science) Graduate Certificate of Diabetes Education

Memberships
Dietitians Australia

Special Interests
Diabetes, PCOS, Pre-diabetes, Chronic disease, Aged Care

Christine Tayor-Lewis

Christine Taylor-Lewis

Accredited Practising Dietitian

Qualifications

Bachelor of Nutrition and Dietetics (Griffith University)

Memberships
Dietitians Australia

Special Interests
Elderly Nutrition, Malnutrition, Bowel and Digestive Diseases

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Holly Whitehouse

Accredited Practising Dietitian

Qualifications

Bachelor Nutrition and Dietetics 2013, Griffith University, Graduate Certificate Diabetes Education and Management, Southern Cross University, 2015

Memberships
Dietitians Australia

Special Interests
Enteral Feeding/Nutrition, Malnutrition, Food Service, Parkinsons Disease, Diabetes

Tala Moradi

Tala Moraldi

Accredited Practising Dietitian

Qualifications
Masters of Science

Memberships
Dietitians Australia

Special Interests
Weight management, Diabetes type 2(NIDDM), Polycystic Ovarian Syndrom (PCOS), Celiac disease, Cardiovascular health, Anemia

Emma Butler

Emma Butler

Accredited Practising Dietitian

Qualifications
Bachelor of Health Science (Nutrition & Dietetics)
Graduate Certificate of Diabetes Education

Memberships
Dietitians Australia

Special Interests
Diabetes, Malnutrition

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Charlotte Parke

Accredited Practising Dietitian

Qualifications
University of QLD

Memberships
Dietitians Australia

Special Interests
Dementia, Malnutrition and Diabetes

Speech Pathologists

Karen Malcolm

Certified Practising Speech Pathologist

Qualifications
Bachelor of SpeechTherapy (UQ) ,Grad Cert Health Management (QUT)

Memberships
Member Speech Pathology Association of Australia (MSPAA) Certified Practising Speech Pathologist (CPSP)

Special Interests
Dysphagia, Eating Management in Dementia, Progressive Neurological Disorders, Head & Neck Cancer, Aphasia

Samantha Hendren

Samantha Hendren

Certified Practising Speech Pathologist

Qualifications
Bachelor of Speech Pathology – UQ

Memberships
Speech Pathology Australia

Special Interests
Dysphagia, Aged Care, Neurological Disorders, Communication Disorders, Palliative Care

Whitney Tran

Whitney Tran

Certified Practising Speech Pathologist

Qualifications
Bachelor of Speech Pathology – The University of Sydney

Memberships
Member Speech Pathology Association of Australia (MSPAA) Certified Practising Speech Pathologist (CPSP)

Special Interests
Dysphagia, Aged Care, Communication Disorders

Stacy Gould

Certified Practising Speech Pathologist

Qualifications
Bachelor of Speech Pathology (Honours)

Memberships
Speech Pathology Australia

Special Interests
Dysphagia and Geriatric Care

Jay Nyssen

Jay Nyssen

Certified Practising Speech Pathologist

Qualifications
 Speech Pathology Australia

Memberships
 Speech Pathology Australia

Special Interests
Stroke care, Aged Care, Palliative care, Dysphagia,
Aphasia.

Andrea Sherritt

Certified Practising Speech Pathologist

Qualifications
 Bachelor of Psychological Sciences (Hons)
Master of Speech Pathology Studies

Memberships
 Speech Pathology Australia

Special Interests
Dysphagia, Neurodegenerative disorders, Acquired brain injury, Augmentative Alternative Communication (AAC)

Megan Mathers

Megan Mathers

Certified Practising Speech Pathologist

Qualifications
Bachelor of Speech Therapy, UQ

Memberships
 Speech Pathology Australia

Special Interests
Dysphagia and communication management in aged care, progressive neurological conditions, and palliative care

Diana Canney

Certified Practising Speech Pathologist

Qualifications
Master of Speech Pathology (with Distinction), Charles Sturt University

Memberships
Speech Pathology Australia

Special Interests
Dysphagia, Neurological disorders

Haylee Stevens

Haylee Stevens

Certified Practising Speech Pathologist

Qualifications
Bachelor of Speech Pathology (Honours)

Memberships
Speech Pathology Australia

Special Interests
Dysphagia, Augmentative and Alternative Communication

Anna Giradi

Anna Giradi

Certified Practising Speech Pathologist

Qualifications
Bachelor of Arts (Psychology); Postgraduate Diploma of Psychology; Master of Speech Pathology Studies; Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Memberships
Speech Pathology Australia

Special Interests
Neurological Disorders, Dysphagia Management, Palliative Care

Adrienne Flynn

Certified Practising Speech Pathologist

Qualifications
Bachelor in Speech Pathology (Hons), University of Queensland

Memberships
Speech Pathology Australia

Special Interests
Dysphagia, Communication, Augmentative and Alternative Communication

Jenna Butterworth

Jenna Butterworth

Certified Practising Speech Pathologist

Qualifications
Bachelor of Speech Pathology – The University of Queensland

Memberships
Speech Pathology Australia

Special Interests
Dysphagia, Aged Care, Neurological Conditions

Diminik Prgomet

Dominik Prgomet

Certified Practising Speech Pathologist

Qualifications

Bachelor of Speech Pathology (Honours) – The University of Queensland

Memberships

Member Speech Pathology Australia (MSPA)
Certified Practising Speech Pathologist (CPSP)

Special Interests
Acquired Neurogenic Disorders, Aphasia, Dementia, Dysphagia, Head & Neck Cancer, Motor Speech Disorders, Older Persons, Palliative Care, Stroke

Sheree Brisbane

Sheree Brisbane

Certified Practising Speech Pathologist

Qualifications

Bachelor Speech Pathology JCU

Memberships

Member Speech Pathology Australia (MSPA)

Special Interests
Functional communication and mealtime enjoyment.

Alanna Sydow

Alanna Sydow

Certified Practising Speech Pathologist

Qualifications

Bachelor of Health Science (Speech Pathology), Charles Sturt University

Memberships

Speech Pathology Australia (CPSP)

Special Interests
Dysphagia, Dysarthria

Amelia Bayliss

Amelia Bayliss

Certified Practising Speech Pathologist

Qualifications

Bachelor of Applied Science (Speech Pathology)- University of Sydney

Memberships

Member Speech Pathology Australia (MSPA)

Special Interests
Dysphagia, Voice, Parkinson’s/LSVT, Palliative Care

Amy Elkins

Amy Elkins

Certified Practising Speech Pathologist

Qualifications

Bachelor of Speech Pathology (UQ 2010)

Memberships

Speech Pathology Australia (Certified Practising Speech Pathologist)

Special Interests
Dysphasia, Aphasia, Stroke, Aged Care, Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC)

Christine Bartholomew

Christine Bartholomew

Certified Practising Speech Pathologist

Qualifications

Bachelor of Speech Pathology (UQ)

Memberships

Speech Pathology Australia

Special Interests
Dysphagia, complex communication needs, augmentative and alternative communication.

Dr Valerie Adams

Dr Valerie Adams

Certified Practising Speech Pathologist

Qualifications

PhD BSpPath(Hons)
GCertPTT (Graduate Certificate in the Practice of Tertiary Teaching)

Memberships

SPAA, Dysphagia Research Society (DRS), Australian Aphasia Association (AAA), National Foundation of Swallowing Disorders

Special Interests
Dysphagia & Palliative Care.

Rebecca Musgrave

Certified Practising Speech Pathologist

Qualifications

Bachelor of Speech Pathology (Hons) from The University of Queensland

Memberships

Speech Pathology Australia (SPA)

Special Interests
Dysphagia and Communication Management in Aged Care.

Tyler Ferris

Tyler Ferris

Certified Practising Speech Pathologist

Qualifications

Bachelor of Speech Pathology (Hons) from The University of Queensland

Memberships

Speech Pathology Australia (SPA)

Special Interests
Dysphagia, Acquired Neurological Disorders.

Steph Longden

Steph Longden

Office Manager