Get to know your NDIS dietitian, Lauren Bailey
We’ve asked our very friendly dietitian, Lauren Bailey, a couple of questions so that you can get to know her!
Why did you become a dietitian?
I am a foodie and I have a passion for health and helping others. I love that being a dietitian allows me to combine all of these things on a daily basis and is also very rewarding!
What has led to your passion for disability?
When I was at Uni, I wasn’t sure what area of dietetics I was going to end up in. It wasn’t until I did a placement at an NDIS provider which gave me the opportunity to work within the disability space and I really enjoyed it. I knew that I wanted to find a role that would allow me to work with the disability community and so here I am!
Do you have a memorable experience of assisting a client to achieve their goals that you’d like to share?
A client of mine has severe intellectual disability and sensory processing difficulties which impacts his oral intake. During his NDIS plan period, I worked closely with his formal supports to come up with strategies to implement a high energy and high protein diet to promote healthy weight gain. By the end of our intervention my client achieved healthy weight gain, was within the healthy weight range and was weight stable! This was really rewarding as I was able to assist him in reaching his NDIS goals which included maintaining his functional capacity and ability to continue to participate in community activities!
What do you like to do in your spare time?
In my spare time I like to go for brunch, coastal walks and catch up with friends and family.
What is your favourite food?
This is a tough one! I have so many! If I had to pick, my favourite food would be sushi or a roast dinner. Very different, I know!
In another life, if you weren’t a dietitian, what do you think you’d be doing?
I think I would be an interior designer; I don’t know if I would be any good but it seems like it would be fun haha
What is one thing that people would be surprised to learn about you? Do you have a hidden talent?
I recently achieved a goal of mine and ran a half marathon!
I don’t think I have any hidden talents, unfortunately.
What is your favourite movie, book?
Movie – The Holiday with Cameron Diaz
Book – I don’t read that much. The last book I read was The Girl on the Train which I enjoyed
Holiday – When I went to New York with my partner for the first time!
Thanks so much to Lauren for sharing more about herself and her reason for working in disability with our community!! We hope that you’ve enjoyed getting to know her! If you’d like to arrange services with Lauren or another of our therapists, please contact us today!
Lauren Bailey provides Active Ability’s dietetic services in the North West of Sydney. Specifically, you would see Lauren in Dural, Kenthurst, Box Hill, Rouse Hill, Schofields, Blacktown, Seven Hills, Toongabbie, Baulkham Hills, Castle Hill and Kellyville.