Winsome Abbott-Johnson, PhD, is a well-known dietician, nutritionist and researcher in Queensland, Australia, with more than 40 years in the healthcare industry. To prepare for a successful career, she attended the University of London, where she received a Bachelor of Science in physiology chemistry in 1969. The following year, Dr. Abbott-Johnson returned to Australia and earned a diploma of nutrition and dietetics from the University of Sydney. She further advanced her knowledge of nutritional science by obtaining a master’s degree in applied science from Queensland University of Technology and a Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Queensland. In recognition of her achievements, the Australasian Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition bestowed Dr. Abbott-Johnson with several honors, including the David Russell Clinical Prize, Bob McMahon Science Prize and Mead-Johnson Professional Development Award.
Dr. Abbott-Johnson commenced her professional career in 1971 as a dietician at Sydney Adventist Hospital. After that, she worked at Princess Alexandra Hospital in Brisbane for over three decades, serving in several capacities and ultimately reaching the status of = Senior Advanced Level Dietician Nutritionist. Equipped with a broad understanding of her chosen field, Dr. Abbott- Johnson established her own practice in 1998. She has worked primarily in the field of preoperative nutrition and surgical outcomes; conducted research on vitamin A and the correlation of night-blindness in patients suffering from advanced liver disease; and has studied the biomarkers of vitamin B12 and folate status in the elderly.
In addition to her work, Dr. Abbott-Johnson stays abreast of industry trends and developments through her affiliation with several organizations. She maintains membership with the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology, the Transplantation Society of Australia and New Zealand, and the Dieticians Association of Australia. Dr. Abbott Johnson’s findings have been published in numerous industry-related journals, and she has discussed her studies at several conference proceedings. Although she is semi-retired, Dr. Abbott Johnson wishes to continue her consulting work. In her leisure time, she enjoys music, reading and bushwalking.
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