1300 850 246

info-at-foodsolutions.com.au

P.O. Box 255 Wilston Q 4051

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Specialists in 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 13 years on, Food Solutions is one of the largest providers for aged care services across Australia.

Specialising solely in aged care, with more than 140 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 hydration healthcare companies.

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 13 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

Consultant Dietitians

Jane Pitcher

Accredited Practising Dietitian

Qualifications
Bachelor of Health Science (Nutrition & Dietetics) QUT

Memberships
Dietitians’ Association of 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 Association of Australia

Special Interests
Diabetes, malnutrition, palliative care, food service

Kelly Davies

Accredited Practising Dietitian

Qualifications
Bachelor Health Science (Nutrition and Dietetics) – QUT

Memberships
Dietitians Association of Australia

Special Interests
Geriatric nutrition, foodservices

Elizabeth Towner

Accredited Practising Dietitian

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

Memberships
Dietitians Association of Australia

Special Interests
Geriatric Nutrition and dementia care

Becky Vaschak

Accredited Practising Dietitian

Qualifications
Bachelor of Science in Dietetics with honours, James Madison University, USA
Registered Dietitian, USA

Memberships
Dietitians Association of Australia, The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, USA

Special Interests
Malnutrition, Dementia and Palliative Care

Elizabeth Newsham-West

Accredited Practising Dietitian

Qualifications
Dip HSc , University of Otago, New Zealand.  New Zealand Registered Dietitian, Australian Accredited Nutritionist

Memberships
Dietitians Association of Australia

Special Interests
Aged Care, Lifestyle diseases -Obesity, Diabetes and Heart disease , Bowel and Digestive diseases, Oncology and Palliative Care.

Kelly Himstedt

Accredited Practising Dietitian

Qualifications
Bachelor of Health Science (Nutrition & Dietetics) QUT

Memberships
Dietitians’ Association of Australia

Special Interests
Foodservices

Claire Galloway

Accredited Practising Dietitian

Qualifications
Bachelor of Nutrition and Dietetics (Hons)

Memberships
Dietitians Association of Australia

Special Interests
Gastrointestinal disorders, diabetes, oncology

Nikki Broad

Accredited Practising Dietitian

Qualifications
Bachelor of Nutrition and Dietetics (Griffith University), Diploma of Professional Practice Management (University of New England)

Memberships
Dietitians Association of Australia, Crohn’s and Colitis Australia.

Special Interests
Geriatric Nutrition, Bowel and Digestive diseases

Sue Bell

Accredited Practising Dietitian

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

Memberships
Dietitians Association of Australia, Crohn’s and Colitis Australia.

Special Interests
Malnutrition, elderly nutrition and diabetes.

Marian Bare

Accredited Practising Dietitian

Qualifications
Masters of Nutrition and Dietetics, Deakin University; Bachelor of Science (Biomedical)(Honours), Monash University

Memberships
Dietitians Association of Australia

Special Interests
Geriatric Nutrition, Malnutrition

Carissa Lanham

Consultant Dietitian

Qualifications
Bachelor of Nutrition(honours) (La Trobe University), Masters of Dietetic Practice (La Trobe University)

Memberships
Dietitians Association of Australia

Special Interests
Geriatric Nutrition, Lifestyle diseases – Obesity, Diabetes and Heart Disease, Bowel and Digestive diseases

Kristen Demedio

Consultant Dietitian

Qualifications
Bachelor Health Science (Nutrition and Dietetics) / Bachelor Applied Science (Human Movement Studies) at QUT.

Memberships
Dietitians Association of Australia

Special Interests
Malnutrition, Geriatric Nutrition, Foodservices.

Agnes Cichosz

Consultant Dietitian

Qualifications
Masters in Nutrition and Dietetics, Flinders University

Memberships
Dietitians Association of Australia

Special Interests
Malnutrition, Geriatric Nutrition, Foodservices

Consultant Speech Pathologists

Kate Walsh

Speech Pathology Clinical Coordinator

Qualifications
Bachelor of Speech Pathology (Hons) University of QLD

Memberships
Speech Pathology Australia (SPA)

Special Interests
Adult communication and swallowing disorders.

Kelly Rodgers

Consultant Speech Pathologist

Qualifications
Masters of Speech Pathology

Memberships
Speech Pathology Australia, LSVT LOUD Certification

Special Interests
Palliative care, family and client education, Parkinson’s and Parkinson’s Plus diseases.

Karen Malcolm

Consultant 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

Kori Ramajoo

Consultant Speech Pathologist

Qualifications
Masters of Speech Pathology, Bachelor of Psychological Science (Hons), University of Queensland

Memberships
Speech Pathology Australia,Certified Practising Speech Pathologist

Special Interests
Adult communication and swallowing disorders.

Frances Cochrane

Consultant Speech Pathologist

Qualifications
Bachelor of Speech Pathology (Hons)

Memberships
Speech Pathology Australia, LSVT LOUD Certification

Special Interests
Adult communication and swallowing disorders.

Kate Jorgensen

Consultant Speech Pathologist

Qualifications
Bachelor of Speech Pathology UQ, GradCertClinEd

Memberships
Speech Pathology Australia, Certified Practising Speech Pathologist

Special Interests
Dysphagia, Neurological Disorders

Susie Plant

Consultant Speech Pathologist

Qualifications
Bachelor of Speech Pathology, UQ

Memberships
Certified Practicing member of Speech Pathology Australia

Special Interests
Dysphagia, Dementia and Progressive Neurological Disorders and Palliative Care

Sheree Brisbane

Consultant Speech Pathologist

Qualifications
Bachelor of Speech Pathology, James Cook University

Memberships
Certified Practicing member of Speech Pathology Australia

Special Interests
Dysphagia

Nuray Ozden

Consultant Speech Pathologist

Qualifications
Bachelor of Speech Pathology, La Trobe University

Memberships
Certified Practicing member of Speech Pathology Australia

Special Interests
Dysphagia, Dementia and Progressive Neurological Disorders

Carol Steele

Consultant Speech Pathologist

Qualifications
Bachelor of Speech Therapy, UQ

Memberships
Certified Speech Pathologist, Speech Pathology Australia

Special Interests
Adult communication and swallowing disorders

Lee Berger

Consultant Speech Pathologist

Qualifications
Masters of Speech and Language Pathology- University of Sydney

Memberships
Speech Pathology Australia

Special Interests
Dysphagia and Dementia management

Angela Darakas

Consultant Speech Pathologist

Qualifications
Bachelor of Speech Pathology, La Trobe University

Memberships
Speech Pathology Australia

Special Interests
Adult swallowing and communication management

Kylie Walton

Nutrition Assistant