Keynote Speakers

Confirmed Speakers

Sandra Vale

Sandra Vale is the National Allergy Strategy Manager working across all National Allergy Strategy projects.  Sandra was the project officer responsible for the development of the National Allergy Strategy launched in August 2015.  Prior to her National Allergy Strategy role, Sandra was the ASCIA Education Officer developing education and training resources for health professionals and consumers. Sandra has a background as a public health nutritionist with extensive experience in training and assessment.

Sandra is PhD student at the University of Western Australia undertaking research in a public health approach to implementing the ASCIA Guidelines for infant feeding and allergy prevention.

Sandra is the parent of an 18 year old with severe allergy and also has adult onset exercise induced wheat anaphylaxis. Sandra is a volunteer for Allergy & Anaphylaxis Australia and has been the WA representative since 2007.

Anne Kelly

Anne Kelly is a registered nurse and a subject matter expert on the application of Montessori principles for Aged Care and Dementia. She is currently the Managing Director of Montessori Consulting Australia. Anne Kelly also holds qualifications in Post Graduate Dementia Management, Assessment and Workplace Training and Dementia Care Mapping. She has worked extensively in aged and dementia care both residential and community for the past 38 years and she is the current chair of the Association of Montessori Internationale, Montessori for Ageing and Dementia Advisory Group. 

 Her work takes her across Australia and the world, providing training, mentoring and consultation to care communities developing Montessori Environments. 

 Anne is considered an Australian and world leader in Montessori Methods for aged care and dementia. She published her first book in 2017, Forgetfulness, Feelings and Farnarkling, a book that examines where aged care has come from, where we are now and where we need to be.

Dr Mary Hannan-Jones

Dr Mary Hannan-Jones is the Academic Lead Education and Discipline Lead for Nutrition and Dietetics in the School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences at the Queensland University of Technology (QUT), Australia.   Mary is a Fellow of the Dietitians Association of Australia with over 28 years of professional experience in both the higher education and public sector settings in nutrition and dietetics.  Mary is responsible for the design and implementation of curriculum and staffing for the nutrition and dietetics programs at QUT with QUT one of the longest running accredited programs in the country of over 44 years.

Mary is recognised internationally for expertise in the management of foodservices and regularly undertakes consultancies and commercial research for government and industry, including as an expert witness, and provides advice in dietetic training in this area.

Mary’s PhD research was in relation to food policy in prisons and contributes to nutrition standards in the health sector and the underpinning research and service evaluation to support this. Mary’s current research focus is on quality and hospital foodservices, including the development and validation of tools to assess quality, as well as educational research in dietetics and interprofessional learning.  Mary also supervises higher degree research in a range of areas in addition to institutional foodservices, including B12 in women on Vegan diets; nutrition and wound healing; nasogastric feed positioning and non-diet approaches with health practitioners.  Mary holds an honorary research position at the Royal Brisbane and Women’s hospital, and supports research particularly focussed on hospital foodservices and service quality.

Mary is active in the dietetics profession in Australia and is the current chair of the Dietetics Credentialing Council in Australia which has oversight of the codes of conduct and certification of dietitians in Australia.