Liza works in the Department of Nutrition and Dietetics, Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences at Monash University as a lecturer. Liza convenes Public Health Nutrition and Food Sustainability Systems units for BNutSci and MNutDiet. Liza is a co-convenor of Australia's Right to Food Coalition.
Liza is an Accredited Practising Dietitian with over a decade of practical experience in Community Dietetics and Public Health Nutrition. Liza has worked in the Pilbara and Gascoyne regions of remote Western Australia, Alice Springs, the Kingdom of Tonga and Metropolitan Melbourne. Liza worked as the National Nutrition Programs Manager at SecondBite, a non-profit food rescue organisation where she developed, implemented and evaluated two programs which strengthen capacity amongst individuals experiencing hardship throughout Australia. Liza's research interests involve supporting Australia's charitable food workforce to address the determinants of food insecurity and working towards a food system which is healthy, sustainable and equitable.
Julia McCartan is an Accredited Practising Dietitian with over 14 years of experience working in roles that have focused on public health nutrition, food systems research and health promotion project management. She has overseen the implementation of food security and food systems projects in Victoria, Central Australia and the Kingdom of Tonga.
In her current role at Monash University, she has led the data collection for a longitudinal study to monitor food cost in Victorian communities. She has research interests in systems-based and community coalition approaches to improve local food environments and fostering the Indigenous cultural capabilities of health professional students.