I took on another two-day role at a second larger rural hospital, with a dialysis unit. I also completed monthly weekend shifts at a major community hospital to remain up-to-date with the practices of a large dietetics department. I continued working in Australia for eight years, until returning to the UK to start a family and to try out some new dietetics roles. Overall, I found dietetics in Australia to be of a very high standard, with great resources available for dietitians and a strong research focus.
My Australian dietetics experience is something I will always be grateful for, professionally and personally. Not all new graduates are prepared to consider rural work, but taking on the opportunity at Yea allowed me to secure the other roles in Victoria afterwards. We have also been lucky enough to see every state in Australia, due to living and working there for so long. The varied experience I had there allowed me to step into an enjoyable and varied locum role on my return to the UK, despite having had no previous NHS work experience. I then entered the world of private dietetics, supporting clients after a catastrophic injury.
Having the confidence to try new things, to ask for help if unsure and to continually strive to learn and improve has been essential to ensure success throughout my dietetics journey. My journey has led me to run my own dietetics business in the UK and I now specialise in supporting adult clients with a brain injury in the private setting and juggle this with being a Mum of two young children. I strongly encourage anyone considering something different in dietetics, to absolutely give it a go and see where it takes you.
Georgina Knox, RD
Georgina is an experienced Registered Dietitian (UK) and Accredited Practising Dietitian (Australia). She specialises in Neurorehabilitation, predominantly supporting adult clients with Acquired Brain Injury. She has a particular interest in taste and smell loss.