Dr Sue Shepherd is an Advanced Accredited Practising Dietitian and Accredited Nutritionist who graduated with a Bachelor of Applied Science in Health Promotion and post graduate Masters in Nutrition and Dietetics. She specialises in the treatment of dietary intolerances. Sue also has coeliac disease herself – she lives and breathes all good tastes gluten free, both personally and professionally!
Sue was diagnosed with coeliac disease whilst undertaking her Masters Degree to become a dietitian. It changed her career path – but she believes only for the better! Since being diagnosed with coeliac disease, Sue has maintained a strong commitment to educating people with special dietary needs.
Although only 39 years of age, Sue is recognised internationally as a leading expert dietitian in the area of coeliac disease and irritable bowel syndrome, having completed her PhD research in 2008. She previously worked as senior lecturer at Monash University and is now Senior Lecturer for La Trobe University Department of Dietetics and Human Nutrition. She is a clinical investigator in numerous national and also international ethics-approved research studies. She is an invited speaker at national and international medical conferences.
She has won many professional awards, including a Dietitian Association of Australia’s Award for Achievement for Excellence in Contribution to the Profession. Sue developed a dietary management approach which has revolutionised the management of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (the Low FODMAP diet) – her pioneering research contributed world-first information, and for this she was awarded the Gastroenterological Society of Australia’s Young Investigator of the Year Award in 2006. Sue was the first non-medical health professional to win this Award, which has had past Awardees including Dr Barry Marshall (Helicobactor Pylori eradication). Sue has also been awarded the prestigious honour of State Finalist for Telstra Businesswoman of the Year in 2009 and again in 2012. And impressively, Sue was recently included in the Financial Review’s 100 Women of Influence in 2013.
Sue’s passion for promoting good nutrition extends beyond the research field. She has written eleven cookbooks of which the first three were self-published best-sellers. Included in this impressive range is her cookbook, “Gluten Free Cooking”, published by Penguin Books, which won the “Best Health and Nutrition Cookbook in Australia” Gourmand (Cordon Bleu) Cookbook Awards. Fuelled by her absolute belief that a dietary condition is an invitation rather than an obstacle to good eating, her collection of recipes proves that having a dietary condition, such as gluten, FODMAP or lactose intolerance, coeliac disease, fructose malabsorption or irritable bowel syndrome does not mean having to miss out on the delights and adventures of a good food life. Sue regularly performs cooking demonstrations on stage at food festivals and Expos, showcasing her gluten free and low FODMAP diet delights in an engaging and informative style.
Sue is also the director of a busy private dietetic practice (Shepherd Works), specialising in gastrointestinal nutritional conditions, such as coeliac disease and irritable bowel syndrome, employing twelve dietitians. She is the consultant dietitian on numerous medical National Advisory Committees for Coeliac Disease and other Gastrointestinal conditions, including the Medical Advisory Board to Coeliac Australia, Digestive Health Foundation and Therapeutic Guidelines. Sue has authored over 20 medical journal papers. She is on the Editorial Advisory Board for “Healthy Food Guide” magazine. Sue was the chairperson for the Organising committee for the 2010 Dietitians’ Association of Australia National Conference. Sue was the host of the world’s first gluten free cooking program, “Gluten Freedom” and has previously worked as the resident dietitian for TV morning program “9am with David and Kim”. She is a regular media spokesperson for print and radio commentary on dietary intolerances.
Sue was also the Event Organiser for the biggest Gluten Free Food Expo held in Australia. First run in 2006, it broke records at Melbourne Exhibition Centre for attendance figures for a first-time show, with over 10,000 people attending in one day. The Show is run annually, showcasing all great tastes, gluten free from over 100 Exhibitors.
Sue has pioneered the world’s first low FODMAP-dedicated food brand, with the launch of her “Sue Shepherd” range of food products. These products are all FODMAP Friendly (low FODMAP) and gluten free. They are made in Australia and have no artificial colours, flavours or preservatives. The sensational range taste great and are available throughout Australia in the health food section of Coles supermarkets.
Sue is a passionate, enthusiastic advocate for promotion of good nutrition and good bowels!