Shirley Webber is an Accredited Practising Dietitian (APD) who graduated from Deakin University with a Masters of Dietetics. As well as working as a private practice dietitian with Nutritious Life, Shirley also works for Monash University’s department of Gastroenterology where she assists in coordinating research studies to improve nutritional advice and information reaching the public as well as in a clinical setting.
Shirley is very passionate about working closely with individuals and families to achieve their health goals. Shirley has always had a heart for people and wanting to help others felt working in the area of dietetics was an obvious way in which she could make a difference.
Shirley grew up in a South Africa where food is very much at the center of their culture and growing up in this environment has taught Shirley to appreciate food and the complexity of food with it being such an intrinsic aspect of a person’s cultural identity.
Being surrounded by good food and a family who loved cooking it was only inevitable that this passion would be passed onto Shirley. However, with developing IBS food became a complex issue for Shirley. She soon developed a love-hate relationship with food something that is so crucial to health and life. Eager to understand more Shirley undertook her Masters in Dietetics and learned not only how to manage her own dietary issues but also how to best support others with a similar experience.
Shirley has learned that there is a lot of confusing health messages in the media causing numerous issues for people who try multiple diets without getting the results they wanted. This has led Shirley to get involved in this endeavour so that the right information gets out there. She has learned through personal and professional experience that each person is different and therefore it is key that nutritional information be tailored to an individual. Shirley believes that establishing a positive relationship with food is essential to maintaining health.
Shirley’s particular areas of interest include food intolerances, coeliac disease, IBS (irritable bowel syndrome), IBD (irritable bowel disease), diverticulitis, PCOS, endometriosis, eating disorders, weight management, malnutrition, oncology, nutrition support, and diabetes management.
Low FODMAP diet certified by Monash University
Food allergies & intolerance
Healthy cooking / meal planning