Louise Burke OAM, PHD, BSC, GRADDIPDIET, FSMA, FACSM, APD
Louise is a sports dietitian with 40 years of experience in the education and counselling of elite athletes. She worked at the Australian Institute of Sport for 30 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. She is an editor of the International Journal of Sport Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism. Louise was a founding member of the Executive of Sports Dietitians Australia and is a Director of the IOC Diploma in Sports Nutrition.
Louise was appointed as Chair in Sports Nutrition in the Mary MacKillop Institute for Health Research at Australian Catholic University in Melbourne in 2014 and took up this position in a full-time capacity in 2020. In 2009 she received a Citation Award from the American College of Sports Medicine and a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) from the Australian Government in recognition of her work in sports nutrition.
Vicki Deakin MSC(RESEARCH), BSC, GRADDIPNUTRDIET, DIPED, DIPT
Vicki, now semi-retired, is an Adjunct Associate Professor and formerly was Head of Nutrition and Dietetics at the University of Canberra, where she initiated the undergraduate and postgraduate courses in nutrition and dietetics and sports nutrition. Her involvement with elite athletes dates back to her initiation of the nutrition services at the Australian Institute of Sport in 1985 and her role as Nutrition Performance Manager at the ACT Academy of Sport until 2017.
Vicki continues to mentor young professionals and provide input into not-for-profit organisations that advocate for increasing physical activity in the community. Her research interests include iron deficiency, dietary survey methods, and determining the barriers and facilitators that affect food choice and physical activity behaviours in different population groups.
Michelle Minehan PHD, MNUTRDIET, BAPPSC, GRADCERTHIGHERED, APD, ADVSD
Michelle has been a sports dietitian for over 20 years, dividing her professional career between the Australian Institute of Sport, the ACT Academy of Sport and the University of Canberra. She has worked with a full range of individual and team sports. She particularly enjoys working with Paralympic athletes and in weight-making sports.