National Dietetic Advisor
Health & Wellbeing division
Health Service Executive
Presenting Hogan Suite 14.00pm
Margaret is a dietitian currently working as the national dietetic advisor in the health and wellbeing division in the HSE. This role was established in late 2014 to provide the division with expert leadership, guidance and support in the context of the delivery of the nutrition related actions in the Healthy Ireland framework. Her role has allowed a national focus on nutrition in the health services and is key to the implementation of the actions set out in the HSE service plan and operational plans.
Margaret graduated from DIT / TCD in February 1992 with BSc in Human Nutrition and Dietetics and began her career as a Dietitian with a dairy food company. She left Golden Vale plc in 1995 and worked in St James’ Hospital in the areas of oncology, ENT and provided the dietetic service in Mountjoy prison for three years. She moved to the HSE as a Community Dietitian in 1998 working with disadvantaged groups based in Dublin and establishing the dietetic service in primary care in South west Dublin. She progressed to a Community Dietitian Manager post in 2000 to 2014 when she was re-assigned to her current role in the health and wellbeing division of the HSE as National Dietetic Advisor.
She advocates for improved nutrition across the lifecycle and advises on nutrition across all services with a focus on infant and child nutrition, healthy eating in the schools setting, chronic disease prevention and management including diabetes structured patient education, obesity prevention and management and malnutrition management in primary care and residential care sites. She was a member of the working group in the Department of Health who developed the new “Healthy Food for Life” resources and is responsible for supporting the implementation of the new healthy eating guidelines across the health services supporting staff, service users and the general public.
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