Trudy is an Accredited Practising Dietitian and Accredited Nutritionist with the Dietitians Association of Australia. Trudy is also a member of the American Dietetic Association. She has more than 30 years experience in weight and health management, and nutrition research and teaching.
Trudy is an expert in portion control and food serve sizes. Whilst working with gastric banding surgery, Trudy designed and produced a world-first book packed full of life-size photos of correct food serves. She won a prestigious award for this first food serve guide that is written for ages 14 years or more. Her clients asked for a kid's version of this book. After five years of comprehensive research, design and testing, Trudy produced a bright and parent-friendly guide about kid-size food portions for ages 4 to 13 years, which also won another award.
Through her private business, the Wesley Nutrition Centre, Trudy consults for food industry and other corporate clients. FoodTalk was founded in 1993 and is the web presence for Wesley Nutrition Centre.
For more than 15 years, she hosted a popular Queensland state-wide radio nutrition talkback show for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation and is a frequent media commentator about nutrition issues.
Trudy's professional qualifications include Bachelor of Science, Graduate Diploma in Nutrition and Dietetics, and Graduate Diploma in Communication.
Trudy's contribution to dietetics in Australia has been recognised with prestigious awards from her professional association, the DAA, and include a National Service Award (1990), the Barbara Chester Memorial Prize for Innovation (1997), the President's Award for Innovation in Memory of Josephine Rogers (2005), and Membership Loyalty Award (2006).