Page update 28th August 2020.


Bigger. Better. Welcome to Dietitians Unite. Clear your diaries on Friday 21 May 2021 for our biggest and BEST DAY of the yearWe’re bringing together dietitians and nutritionists from around Australia and the world to unite and showcase inspiring leadership and innovations at the Crown Conference Centre in Melbourne.


Dietitians Unite was originally scheduled for 1 May 2020 and then 26 Oct 2020. The event will now be held on 21 May 2021 due to Coronavirus. Click here to read the full update.


  • Early bird ticket – $239 + gst (ends 29 Mar 2021)
  • After early-bird ticket – $289 + gst
  • Student ticket – $199 + gst



This year, we’ll be offering two streams: clinical and business between our opening and closing speakers plus two breakfast streams [first in, best dressed].

  • Business stream may be recorded to view later
  • Breakfast is from 7.30-8.30am, main event kicks off at 9am.


  • Sam Bloom
  • Clinical: Panel: Dr Emma Ridley, Fiona Willer, Fiona Sutherland, Elissa Robins, Clare Collins and Louise Burke
  • Business: Karen Inge, Tara Diversi, Tawnya Bahr & Lucy Allon
  • MC: Dr Joanna McMillan and Karen Inge
  • Ben Crowe



Breakfast – We have TWO seperate streams this year:
  • Managing metabolic health through the microbiome
    This session, powered by Microba, will discuss the relevance of the gut microbiome in metabolic health and the utility of microbiome profiling to guide personalised dietary strategies to support metabolic balance. Presented by Dr Paula Smith-Brown, PhD, Senior Accredited Practising Dietitian and Dr Alena Pribyl, PhD, Senior Scientist. Supported by Microba
    (Updated 31 Jan 2020). This breakfast stream is sold out as at 5 Mar 2020.

  • Taste: the forgotten message to enjoy a variety of vegetables and mushrooms
    Vegetables are core foods for a healthy eating plan, yet only 1 in 10 Australians eat the recommended Dietary Guidelines of 5 servings each day. And how many Aussies actually enjoy their 5 serves of vegies daily? Join us as we explore how Dietitians & Nutritionists can influence culinary nutrition and entice people to enjoy food for good health with key insights and recipe ideas. At our morning breakfast event, we’ll share the barriers & drivers to vegetable consumption for Australians, alongside the latest scientific research on the health benefits of mushrooms; and discuss a new approach to utilise culinary nutrition to increase vegetable, legume, and fungi intakes for your clients. You will take home practical food tips and bitesize messages to help you communicate the nutritional benefits of vegies for good health, leveraging taste, food preparation and recipe ideas. Supported by Birds Eye, Edgell and Australian Mushrooms. This breakfast stream is sold out as at 6 Mar 2020.


In 2013, Sam’s dream life was suddenly turned upside down by a tragic accident that very nearly took her life. Her journey since has taken her from the harrowing lows of hearing she would “never walk again” after being diagnosed with a permanent spinal cord injury, to the remarkable highs of representing Australia as a paracanoe athlete and more recently, winning a World Championship for Australia as an Adaptive Surfer. Sam (and her family’s) remarkable story has captured hearts and minds across Australia and around the world, so much so that it is now being transformed into a major film, with Naomi Watts to star as Sam. At Dietitians Unite, Sam will share with us her extraordinary story.


Ben Crowe is Australia’s most in demand professional mentor and leadership coach working with Coaches, Teams, CEO’s and executive teams in Australia and all over the world. His work involves helping people with their mindset on the field professionally with their perspective off the field personally, to find a balance between Confidence & Happiness, and Achievement with Fulfilment. He currently works with tennis world no 1 Ash Barty, 7x world surfing champion Stephanie Gilmore, the Australian men’s and women’s Cricket teams, Dylan Alcott and with Richmond FC since 2017.


Clinical stream
  • DR EMMA RIDLEY: What happens to nutrition post-ICU in COVID-19 patients?
    Dr Emma Ridley is a Senior Research Fellow at the ANZIC-RC, Monash University where she leads the Nutrition Program and a Senior Clinical Dietitian in ICU at The Alfred Hospital. Completing her PhD in 2018, current research interests include understanding the optimum way to determine energy requirements in the critically ill, including the clinical application of indirect calorimetry, as well as the effect of optimal nutrition delivery on short and long-term outcomes in ICU patients. In 2019 Emma was named as a Finalist in the ‘Clinical Research’ category of the Premier’s Awards for Health and Medical Research for the work and outcomes within her PhD. Emma regularly delivers invited national and international presentations, is an Editor with Australian Critical Care and has authored 43 peer-reviewed publications, (including in the New England Journal of Medicine). Emma has been a named investigator on $6.3 million dollars of research funding with the teams she collaborates with and is the CIA on the INTENT trial that is investigating a whole hospital nutrition intervention in critically ill patients
  • LOUISE BOURKE: Tackling Scienceiness in sports nutrition in the age of the Twittersphere

    Louise is a sports dietitian with nearly 40 years of experience in the education and counselling of elite athletes.  She worked at the Australian Institute of Sport for thirty years, first as Head of Sports Nutrition and then as Chief of Nutrition Strategy.  She was the team dietitian for the Australian Olympic Teams for the 1996-2012 Summer Olympic Games.  Her publications include over 350 papers in peer-reviewed journals and book chapters, and the authorship or editorship of several textbooks on sports nutrition.  Louise was appointed as Chair in Sports Nutrition in the Mary MacKillop Institute of Health Research at Australian Catholic University in Melbourne in 2014 and took up this position in a full-time capacity in 2020.

  • Health At Every Size / Weight Management Discussion Panel


Business stream
  • KAREN INGE: The most critical success factor that no one tells you
    Karen Inge is one of Australia’s most established and decorated leaders in the fields of nutrition and dietetics. She is an award-winning author of books on eating for health, fitness, sport and wellbeing and a contributor to state-of-the-art textbooks on sports nutrition. Karen was the first VFL/AFL club dietitian; the founding Head of Nutrition at the Victorian Institute of Sport; the inaugural Vice President then President and Fellow of Sports Dietitians Australia; and the first dietitian Fellow of Sports Medicine Australia. At Dietitians Unite, Karen will discuss the single most important factor for success in relationships, life and business. It’s often overlooked and has never been more important than in today’s world. You don’t often notice it but you know when you no longer have it. What do you think it is?

  • TARA DIVERSI: Customer Acquisition Strategies for Successful Businesses
    Tara Diversi is an Accredited Practising Dietitian, down-to-earth speaker, author and entrepreneur who has worked in almost all fields of dietetics. Tara is an educator at Health Leadership Australia and the Entrepreneurship Facilitator in Cairns, working with young people to help them create their own job. She is also the Co-Founder and Director at Sophus Nutrition and Marathon Swimmer [is there anything she can’t do?]. In her session, Tara will talk about how to get new customers, keep the ones you have and maximise their spend for mutual benefit. She will talk about funding options and encourage you to think differently about the future of your business. 

  • TAWNYA BAHR & LUCY ALLON: Straight To The Source
    Tawnya is a chef, educator, advocate and entrepreneur and Lucy is as an award-winning restaurateur; both leading food industry experts in Australia. At Dietitians Unite, you’ll hear from Straight To The Source, Australia’s regional food experts, on the importance of knowing where your food comes from and how it’s produced.


    Dr Joanna McMillan originally hails from Scotland, and came to Australia in 1999, where she won a scholarship to complete her PhD in Nutritional Science at The University of Sydney. As a dietitian and former fitness instructor, she is driven by a passion to promote the influence that diet and lifestyle have on our health and wellbeing. She is a published author, an international presenter and regular on our TV screens, including being the host for the Gut Revolution series on ABC Catalyst.



Please visit here to book accommodation at the Crown Promenade Melbourne:

Or call central reservations team on the below contact details:

Crown Promenade Melbourne 

Tel: +61 3 9292 6688
Toll Free: 1800 776 612 (within Australia only)


Food Tour

The Food tour has been cancelled. If you have booked, Straight To The Source will be in contact with you shortly.


See you in Melbourne in May 2021!

Condition of Entry:
It is a condition of entry to Dietitians Unite that you may be photographed or filmed at the event, and that your image may be used on promotional material for future events.

Refund policy:
There will be no refunds after 23 Apr 2021.

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