Our People

Julia Sekula

Council Chair

Julia has had over 15 years’ experience as a Dietitian predominately in medical nutrition therapy and more recently, in education at The University of Auckland (UoA).  She provides clinical leadership within the medical nutrition therapy domain of the MHSc (Nutrition & Dietetics), manages the student-led clinics and is a member of the Clinics Governance Committee.  She is currently undertaking her PGDip in Clinical Education and has research interests in interprofessional education and effectiveness of practice. She has been actively involved with Dietitians NZ as a committee member and past-president of the Auckland Branch, a member of the supervision guidelines working group, as a co-author of the NCPT and cardiovascular sections of the clinical handbook and more recently as a member on the NCPT working group and representing Dietitians NZ on the Academy’s ANDHII (health informatics) working group.

Tracy Coote

Council Deputy-Chair

I have been a dietitian for 16 years and worked across a range of healthcare settings in NZ & the UK. My career has included working in the community/ outpatient setting, specialist acute services & service development roles. I am passionate about the dietetic profession and in recent years, I have focused on developing the leadership aspect of my career. I was President of the Auckland Branch for five years from 2014-2019 and Chaired the 2018, 75th Jubilee Conference Committee. My current role is Professional Clinical Leader at Waitemata DHB, which has enabled me to gain governance experience and responsibility for the strategic oversight of the dietetic profession within the DHB.

Brittani Beavis

Council member

Tēnā koutou e te whānau,

Ko Tararua te Maunga, Ko Ohau te Awa, Ko Tainui te waka, Ko Ngāti Raukawa te Iwi, No Taitoko ahau, e noho ana ahua ki Whakatū, Ko Brittani Beavis tōku ingoa.

My name is Brittani and I work for Te Piki Oranga Māori Wellness Service in Whakatū (Nelson). I provide dietetic counselling and education to our whānau in Te Tau Ihu o te Waka a Maui. I am the chair of Te Kahui Manukura o Kai Ora (Māori Dietitians Rōpū) and I currently sit on the Dietitians NZ Council as the voice for Māori Dietitians in Aotearoa New Zealand. I am passionate that all our Dietitians who whakapapa Māori are supported in their career and in their journey in Te Ao Māori.

Gypsy Bullen

Council member

I currently work at Waitemata DHB as a clinical dietitian. I also work in a GP clinic providing funded dietitian consulting services for Māori, Pacific and low socio-economic patients as well as private consulting services for all patients. I joined the dietitians council as I am passionate about creating change and patient advocacy, especially speaking up for those who have less opportunity to do so. I look forward to being involved in creating change and building the dietetics profession in the future.

Tyla Goodsell-Matthews

Council member

Kia Ora kotou,

Ko Whakatangata te Maunga, Ko Rotokakahi te awa, Ko Mātaatua te Waka, Ko Te Rarawa me Ngapuhi te iwi, No Pawarenga ahau, Ko Tyla Goodsell-Matthews toku ingoa.

My name is Tyla and I am a Student Dietitian at the University of Auckland. I am honored to represent Te Kahui Manukura o Kai Ora (Māori Dietitians Rōpū) on the Dietetics NZ Council.

I hope that through my role on the council I can help make positive changes to both support current and future Māori dietitians as well as the dietetics profession moving to be more responsive to all Māori.

Within dietetics I have an interest in Māori health, clinical dietetics and sports nutrition and I am very excited to moving into the profession in the next couple years.

Alayne Healy

Council member

I currently work at Counties Manukau DHB in South Auckland as an Associate Director of Allied Health and Professional Leader Nutrition and Dietetics.  I have more than 11 years experience working as a Dietitian in a variety of positions.  My main areas of interest however are diabetes, renal, bariatrics and malnutrition.  I am passionate about dietetics as a career, and dedicated to the continued efforts of Dietitians NZ to enhance our profession both now and into the future, and in particular as we look to build our workforce professionally and culturally.

Chirag Jivanji

Council member

I joined the council to strengthen the impact and influence dietitians have on the health and wellbeing of the people of Aotearoa. My interest in leadership and project management helps me keep the big picture in mind and work with others towards a common goal.

I currently work at Palmerston North Hospital as a surgical, intensive care, and nutrition support dietitian. I grew up with my Indian family in central Auckland and completed dietetics training at the University of Auckland in 2017. My hobbies include boxing, skiing, and cooking.

Liz Beaglehole

Council member

I have worked as a dietitian for the past 20+ years, with the majority of my experience being in food service management.  I currently work as a private practice dietitian in Christchurch, providing consulting services to a variety of long term care facilities including; aged care facilities, community homes, mental health facilities, student hostels and prisons.  I assist with menu development, menu auditing, implementing food safety programmes and staff training.  I am a member of the Special Interest Group in Nutrition and Gerontology and have been on the implementation team for the introduction of IDDSI to New Zealand.  I enjoy being a dietitian and am proud to be one.  I am encouraged by the positive changes the Council has made over the past year and I look forward to being part of the future successes of Dietitians New Zealand.

 

Kath Eastwood

General Manager

Ph: (021) 104 4416
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Compassionate, glass half-full and motivated to empower others to be the best that they can be.

My dietetic career has been shaped by curiosity, a desire to ‘push the envelope’ to learn & explore what might be possible and opportunities in unexpected places. I’ve worked in various specialities, with my primary focus being Sports Nutrition and supporting our athletes to win on the world stage.

Being surrounded by the goal of optimal performance gives me a unique view on the world. For me it means providing our members opportunities for personal growth and vision to support the forward momentum for our profession.

I believe it’s not about what we say or the information we provide, rather how we make you feel & the impact we have on your life.

I’m inspired by people who are the change they want to see in the world.