Infuse Issue 13 May 2021 - Page 13

Rebuilding relationships with food : Talia Cecchele , eating disorders dietitian

Talia Cecchele wanted to become a dietitian from a very young age after being inspired by a sports dietitian that visited her local netball club . Fast forward a few years , Talia completed her studies at the University of Wollongong and landed one of a handful of coveted new graduate roles in Sydney . From there , she moved into a role at The Children ’ s Hospital at Westmead – and that ’ s where the stars aligned . “ On my first day , I was told I was working on the adolescent eating disorders unit . I had no interest working in eating disorders and as a new grad , I felt it was a really challenging area … but I absolutely loved it .”
Images courtesy of Talia Cecchele
Six years on , Talia made her way to London – and , luckily , was able to get a bit of travelling in before the COVID-19 pandemic hit . “ When I first moved here , I had three or four different locum positions . I did one and a half years of changing hospitals and travelling in between ,” explained Talia . Now , Talia has a permanent part-time position in one of London ’ s psychiatric hospitals where she ’ s the sole dietitian on the adult eating disorders unit , most commonly seeing people for anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa .
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