Breaking The Ice With… Tracey Higgins

What is rocking your world?

I have just attended the first forum of the ‘Nourish Network’ at Deakin University. It’s a network of passionate people and includes researchers, dietitians, health promotion officers, and policymakers working towards making our spaces healthier. One great example of the ‘Nourish Network’ being used in the retail space is Eat Well @ IGA.

What are you most excited about in your job this year?

I like contributing to changing the mindset of junk food being the norm by improving the ‘food’ space in our workplaces, sports and recreational centres. We are currently collecting sales data, surveying customers, training staff, changing the environment and writing policies. As strange as it seems, that is exciting. Additionally, I have started to do some partnership work with Eastern Health and Belgravia Leisure around crossing physiotherapy with dietetics to improve the health and quality of life for clients with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). I am learning  a lot and finding dietetics is not being utilised to its fullest potential.

Where would you like to see your work go? What are your ambitions?

I love what I do, so my ambition is to stick with it and see positive changes in school canteens, workplaces and sports and recreational centres. Then ideally, one day have some work published.

What do you want to be known for professionally?

I don’t have any great desire to be ‘known’ for anything in particular other than simply ‘getting the job done’. In most of my work, it’s the community that needs to feel that they have driven the ideas and found the solutions – not me or my role.

In your job, what is something you are proud of?

Having a strong and positive work ethic to make positive changes within our sports and recreation centres.

Who inspires you?

I love the passion of the staff at Inspiro and Yarra Ranges Council, and their drive and enthusiasm in wanting to make a difference – especially when you look at the concerning statistics on the health of the community.

What are three things on your bucket list?

In my professional life, I would like to be more involved in research, publish a paper and have all contracts and tenders stipulate requirements for Healthy Choices in as many settings as possible.

In my personal life I would like to see more of the world by spending a month in the south of France and walking part of the Camino de Santiago trail in Spain.