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Jun
02
2016

London adventures: Working as an unlicensed dietitian abroad

A Vancouver-based dietitian shares her adventures and unique job opportunities while seeking employment in the United Kingdom.


Laura-Ledas-HS1.pngLaura Ledas graduated from the UBC dietetics program in June 2014 after completing a 10-month internship in Northern British Columbia.  One week later, she moved to London, England and experienced what it was like to work as a dietitian abroad. She has since returned to Canada and is working as a dietitian at a long term care centre in West Vancouver, has a private practice at Expert Physio, and is a master trainer with Food Skills for Families, run by the Canadian Diabetes Association. Find Laura on LinkedIn or Twitter @lauraledas.

You may quiver knowing that I decided to move to the fish and chips capital of the world to further my career in the food and nutrition field. I was warned that I’d have my work cut out for me with much of the population consuming potatoes and mushy peas as their main sources of vegetables.
 
London is known for their unwavering devotion to the royals, an iconic nursery rhyme bridge, love for the handsome David Beckham and, of course, hearty pub food paired with bottomless pints of beer.
 
For those of you who have visited this vibrant city and for those of you who may travel there in the future, I want to open your eyes to the lesser known green smoothie drinking and organic food eating experience that I stumbled upon while living in West Kensington for 14 months. continue reading
Nov
13
2014

Bridging the divide: Key qualities and attitudes for working in remote areas

Cynthia Fallu, MSc, RD holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Nutritional Sciences from McGill University and a Master of Science in International Nutrition from the University of Montreal. Over the years, Cynthia has worked in clinical roles, primary care and in international nutrition. She was also a research coordinator for a food, nutrition and environment study with First Nations populations in British Columbia and Ontario. She has spent time in Tanzania volunteering with a medical caravan. Cynthia currently lives in Montreal and enjoys the outdoors while biking, hiking, camping and skiing. Connect with her on LinkedIn.

Travelling and learning about different cultures have always been key interests of mine. During my undergraduate degree, I had the opportunity to take courses in social studies of medicine in which health and nutrition were viewed through an anthropological lens. The different ways other cultures perceived and adopted approaches to nutrition and health were especially interesting to me. Cree and other indigenous cultures were high on this list.
 
I was fortunate to get a placement at the First Nations and Inuit Health Branch during my dietetic internship, which led to my first job as a dietitian on a First Nations reserve in Northern Ontario. As the sole dietitian for the west coast of James Bay, my practice touched on many aspects of dietetics from clinical work to hospital menu changes and facilitating workshops. It was thrilling to put my freshly acquired skills into practice while travelling to various communities and experiencing life in the north – including taking a helicopter to work! continue reading
Oct
23
2014

The tale of two Canadian dietitians in the United Kingdom: How to transfer your RD credentials for a life changing experience!

Jane Lac is a registered dietitian working in primary health care and community health. Jane has worked and volunteered in many areas focusing on paediatric nutrition. During her spare time she enjoys cycling, snowboarding and planning her next travel adventures – which always includes good local food! Contact Jane at janelac.rd@gmail.com.

Amanda Beales is a registered dietitian whose career has focused on clinical care, most recently complex continuing care and rehab. She is a graduate of the University of Guelph, where she completed a Masters of Applied Nutrition. In addition to travel, her passions include cooking, pottery and running. Contact Amanda at amanda.beales@gmail.com.


In 2011, Amanda’s partner got a secondment to work in his company’s England office. Always curious to experience life in another country, she seized the opportunity to go with him. Around the same time, Jane was finishing a contract position and her adventurous spirit told her to seek out the international experience that she had been pondering.

Fortunately for us, a former university professor who knew of our plans linked us together. This relationship proved invaluable in sharing this incredible experience together; including the blood, sweat and tears involved in transferring credentials and job searching, as well as the joy of experiencing a new culture and exploring the world.

This was a life changing experience for both of us. It was scary and effortful, but well worth it. Here are some of the things we learned for anyone considering doing the same. continue reading

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