MPPFG is excited to introduce you to our new Dietitian, Alice Mika.
Alice is an Accredited Practicing Dietitian, having graduated from Monash University with a Bachelor of Nutrition Science, closely followed by a Master of Dietetics.
Alice’s approach to health is holistic, incorporating a variety of factors into wellbeing, including diet, mental, and physical health. Alice strives to provide nutrition advice in a way that is accessible, practical, and enjoyable and can support you to make sustainable, long term lifestyle changes. Alice can provide support for a variety of conditions, including but not limited to weight management, IBS and chronic disease management.
Alice has always had a keen interest in sport and nutrition. Her sport of choice is competitive cheerleading, which she has been doing for 10 years. The highlights of her Cheerleading career include winning a world championship for Monash University in 2016 at the ICU World College Cheerleading Championships and representing Australia in 2018 at the FISU World University Cheerleading Championships in Poland.
Like many dietitians, Alice’s other great passion is food. She is always keen for a chat about her latest kitchen adventure or restaurant visit.
What is a dietitian?
A dietitian is a person with a qualification in nutrition and dietetics recognised by national authority [s]. The dietitian applies the science of nutrition to the feeding and education of groups of people and individuals in health and disease.
So what’s the difference between a dietitian and a nutritionist?
In Australia all dietitians are nutritionists, as all dietitians must have studied nutrition and nutrition science. The key difference between a dietitian and a nutritionist is that, in addition to or as part of their qualification in human nutrition, a dietitian has undertaken a course of study that included substantial theory and supervised and assessed professional practice in clinical nutrition, medical nutrition therapy and food service management.
Dietitians treat with evidence based information and practices, and are required to complete ongoing professional development.
What can I expect if I see a dietitian?
While your reason for referral or visiting a dietitian may change, you can expect your dietitian will listen to your concerns, treat you without judgement, and support your needs to help you develop long term nutritional health. Dietitians don’t only want to talk about food! You can expect to also discuss other elements of your health and lifestyle, to ensure that any nutritional intervention or goals are individualised, specific, and practical for you.
What can a dietitian help me with?
A dietitian can support your health in many ways. From assistance with chronic disease management, dietary changes for weight loss, gain or maintenance, IBS or food sensitivities, to safe food preparation, meal planning and cooking.Back to News