Melanie Bouras

Senior Dietitian | Youthrive, North Lakes – Flinders

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Biography

Melanie Bouras is an Accredited Practicing Paediatric Dietitian, specialising in children with an Autism Spectrum Disorder and Food Aversions.

As a Paediatric Dietitian, Melanie sees a variety of clients and families with varying conditions and needs, such as: faltering growth/poor weight gain, premature infants, the introduction of solids, nutrient deficiencies, overweight/obesity, irritable bowel syndrome, food allergies and intolerance’s, including coeliac disease and general fussy eating.

Melanie is passionate about the management of children with Restricted Eating with or without a Diagnosis of an Autism Spectrum Disorder. Melanie is trained in the SOS Approach to Feeding Program, and is highly skilled in the management of Problem Feeding. Melanie will help parents to understand why eating is so challenging for their child and provide families with realistic strategies to implement in the home environment, so that children can safely move up the steps to eating. Melanie is committed to expanding children’s dietary intake, while ensuring they are meeting their nutrient requirements.

Melanie trained as Dietitian in Queensland at Griffith University, and has been practicing as Dietitian since 2009. Melanie has a wealth of knowledge and experience in Paediatric Dietetics and enjoys working closely with families to achieve optimal health outcomes. Melanie sees infants, children, adolescents and looks forward to meeting you at Youthrive.

Areas of specialty:

  • Fussy Eating
  • Food Aversions
  • Children with an Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Diagnosed Food Allergies and Intolerances
  • Coeliac Disease
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • Faltering Growth
  • Poor Weight Gain
  • Weight Concerns
  • Nutritional Deficiencies
  • Introduction to solids
  • Creating positive meal times

Qualifications:

Formal:

  • Bachelor of Nutritional Science, La Trobe University, 2005
  • Master of Nutrition and Dietetics, Griffith University, 2008

Training:

  • SOS Approach to Feeding Program, 2012
  • Certificate in Paediatric Nutrition and Dietetics, 2013

Favourite Quote: “Food was created for nourishment, happiness and enjoyment. So let’s eat together, laugh together and grow together”.