Phoebe Starling, Volunteer, Nutrition Australia New South Wales Division

Phoebe is in her final year of a Bachelor of Nutrition and Dietetics at the University of Wollongong and has volunteered for Nutrition Australia NSW Division for over a year. Her involvement has included writing newsletters and assisting in the development of resources aimed at providing nutrition education to adults.

What inspired you to get involved?

I was keen to utilise my nutrition knowledge in the real world whilst completing my degree to enhance my skills and keep me motivated. Meeting others involved with Nutrition Australia and seeing the great work NA was doing in the community to promote healthy and sustainable eating practices inspired me to volunteer.

What did you get up to?

I have been involved in writing newsletters and developing written resources to provide up to date nutrition information to adults. This sort of involvement is great for me as the timing is so flexible!

What do you enjoy most?

I love the fact that I can be creative and I get to research interesting, relevant and varied nutrition topics. I enjoy the challenge of taking scientific information and explaining it into a more easily understood format.

What would you say to someone considering volunteering with Nutrition Australia?

For those thinking of becoming involved I would say “do it!” There are many different ways to be involved depending on your personal interests and skills. You will make connections with fantastic people who have a desire to improve public health through promoting healthy eating. You will learn what it is like to work in the nutrition field and develop valuable skills.