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Health Professionals

Joanne Turner BSc, MSc(Nutr, Diet & Ex Rehab), APD, AEP, AccSD

Accredited Practising Dietitian, Sports Dietitian & Exercise Physiologist

Director of NuActive Health

Joanne Turner is both an Accredited Practicing Dietitian and Exercise Physiologist, with a Master of Science degree in nutrition, dietetics and exercise rehabilitation, from the University of Wollongong. Joanne is an Accredited Sports Dietitian, trained as a sports nutrition at the Australian Institute of Sport and has worked with national and state sporting teams and some of Australia’s top athletes. Joanne is the official dietitian to the Parramatta Eels NRL, Golf NSW and a NSW Institute of Sport Accredited Nutrition Service Provider. 

Joanne has additional qualifications in paediatric nutrition and is very passionate about promoting the importance of a healthy lifestyle for kids. Joanne is the founding convener of the Dietitians Association of Australia Paediatric & Maternal Health interest group. Visit www.joanneturner.com.au for more information. 

Catriona Hull BSc (Nutrition), MSc (Nutrition and Dietetics) APD

Accredited Practising Dietitian

Catriona is a member of the Dietitians Association of Australia (DAA) and is officially recognised by then as an Accredited Practising Dietitian(APD). Catriona has a Bachelor of Science majoring in Nutrition and a Masters of Science degree majoring in Nutrition and Dietetics from the University of Wollongong.

Catriona is a mother of four children and her main interests lie in the prevention and management of lifestyle diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, weight management and polycysitic ovarian syndrome (PCOS). Other interests include pregnancy health, coeliac disease and other gastrointestinal disorders such as Irritable Bowel Sydrome (IBS). Catriona's experience includes a variety of clinical and community based positions.

Catriona has a genuine passion for good health and helping people. She takes a fresh and innovative approach to empower people set personal goals. She translates the latest research into understandable and useable nutrition and lifestyle advice to make these goals a reality and provides ongoing support and motivation to make these changes permanent.

Angela Webster BPsych MAPS

Registered Psychologist

Angela has been a registered Psychologist with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) since 2010 and is a member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS). She completed her Bachelor in Psychology in South America in The Pontifical Xavierian University; her qualifications were assessed and approved by The Australian Psychological Society, Angela speaks fluent English and Spanish.
Angela is an experienced Psychologist with a broad background in areas including: mental health, substance abuse, crisis intervention and organisational psychology. Angela has experience working in a wide range of settings including educational, community and corporate.
Angela has a very caring nature with a genuine desire to help. Angela strongly believes in building an empathetic and mutually respectful relationship with all her clients. She has a client centred, task focused approach that is uniquely tailored to the individual needs of each client and approaches her work with enthusiasm and energy. 
Angela has a passion for strength based and values driven therapy and practices within evidence based frameworks including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT), Mindfulness, Motivational Interviewing and Solution Focus Therapy. She is also eager to continue to expand her skills and has done training in Schema Therapy and Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT).
Angela brings a wealth of life experience with her from her own multicultural background. As a mother of two, Angela understands and relates to the challenging journey of raising children, adjustment to parenthood, parenting and family issues. She is also skilled in treating areas including: depression, anxiety, grief and loss and relationship issues. With more than 10 years’ experience as a Psychologist Angela is comfortable working with a broad range of clients including adults, young people and Culturally and Linguistically Diverse communities (CALD).

Hayley McDonald MPSych(Clinical) PhD (Candidate)

Clinical Psychologist

Hayley’s qualifications include a Bachelor of Social Science and Postgraduate Diploma of Psychology from the University Western Sydney, a Masters degree in Clinical Psychology from Bond University and is currently completing a PhD in Psychology at Macquarie University. Hayley has received several academic awards, including Dean’s Scholar and is a recipient of the Australian Postgraduate Scholarship at Macquarie University. She has presented her research at national and international conferences, and has acted as peer reviewer for a number of journals.

Hayley's work encompasses a range of interventions drawn from an evidence base to address the whole person and their presenting difficulties. Her approach integrates many differing schools of psychotherapy and is informed by psychoanalytic literature, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, Schema Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Mindfulness and Brief Solution Focused Therapies, adapted to fit the individual client needs.

Hayley's approach is to work together to provide an empathic, genuine and mutual understanding of a person's difficulties, with a view to enhancing personal growth and personal meaning, and enriching relationships with oneself and others. Through a better understanding of themselves, other people and their relationships Hayley helps her clients to begin to discover and live from a place of their own authentic self. She believes in building a safe therapeutic relationship as an important first step in this process. Hayley is a fully registered Clinical Psychologist with AHPRA (Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency) and has specialist registration under Medicare.

Vicki Darmanin  BA, Grad Dip Science (Psychology), MA  

Registered Psychologist

Vicki Darmanin is a fully registered psychologist specializing in treating adults with mood disorders such as depression and anxiety. She has worked as a psychologist and counsellor for over 10 years, with a strong background in public mental health. As an experienced therapist, Vicki has worked with individuals, therapy groups and families. She also continues to work as an educator, providing training to clinicians and the community. Vicki is registered to provide services through Workcover NSW, and to Australian Defence personnel.

Vicki works with her clients using an eclectic range of treatment modalities, mainly working with evidence based therapies such as cognitive behavioral therapy and acceptance and commitment therapy, and also using solution focused brief therapy and motivational interviewing. Vicki has a strong interest in other mindfulness based treatments such as mindfulness based cognitive behavioral therapy and dialectical behavioral therapy.

As a qualified yoga teacher and mindfulness practitioner, Vicki is able to incorporate additional skills in stress management treatment using various mindfulness techniques.

Vicki works empathically and collaboratively with each individual, allowing the client to draw on their strengths as they work towards their lasting recovery.

Justine Darling RND CNS CDE 

Credentialled Diabetes Educator

Justine Darling is a Clinical Nurse Specialist and Credentialled Diabetes Educator with 30+ years’ experience working in the public and private health sectors. 

At present she is the Diabetes Clinical Nurse Specialist at The Royal Hospital for women in Sydney. Where she is responsible for providing clinical management, psychological support and education to a wide range of people with diabetes. Her passion and specialty is Diabetes in pregnancy and PCOS where she frequently attends nationally and internationally conferences in these areas. Justine also works casual shifts in RHW ACC keeping abreast with clinical nursing.

In addition to her clinical work, she is active in ongoing clinical research with UNSW identifying screening methods for Gestational Diabetes.

Justine has a Bachelor of Nursing at Charles Sturt University and also a Graduate Certificate in Diabetes Education and Management from UTS. She also holds current registrations from
AHPRA Nurses & Midwife Board NSW,
Australian Diabetes Education Association ADEA,
Australian Diabetes in Pregnancy society ADIPS.

Justine provides education sessions to other health care professionals and provides support and education sessions to people with diabetes and their families.

Justine is an active member & secretary of the Diabetes in Pregnancy SIG (Special Interest Group) ADEA,
And recently received The Royal Nurse of the year award 2018

Practice Staff

Our reception staff have many years experience in medical office administration.  They are skilled at dealing with people in a caring and friendly manner.

Leigh Hough - Practice Manager

Leigh has worked for NuActive Health since 2010. She is an integral part of our team and works Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.

Penny Underwood - Receptionist

Penny works Monday, Fridays and Saturdays at NuActive Health on reception.

NuActive Health has been the trusted nutrition service providers to the following organisations:

Diabetic Living Magazine

NuActive Health provides nutrition and exercise editorials in each issue of this bi-monthly magazine.  NuActive Health works with the food consultant Alison Roberts, to develop delicious healthy meals, snacks and treat recipes each issue, and responds to nutrition and exercise related reader questions, in Joanne Turner's regular page.

MaxFM Radio 

NuActive Health's Joanne Turner had a weekly radio segment on 2RE radio.

Nestle Medical Nutrition

NuActive Health's Joanne Turner, is an invited member of the Medical Nutrition Advisory board for Optifast, providing expert advice on recipe development, program structure, client communication, and eduction of health professionals on very low calorie diets.

Creative Gourmet and Patties

NuActive Health consults to Creative Gourmet, the supplier of healthy frozen berries, providing online content about the health benefits of their products.

Cronulla and Parramatta Eels NRL Teams

NuActive Health's, Joanne Turner, is the official dietitian of the Parramatta Eels NRL team for 2013. Prior to this she worked with the Cronulla Sharks NRL team, combining the latest nutrition science with peak performance nutrition advice to maximize the performance of the players.

NSW Golf

NuActive Health's Joanne Turner was the official dietitian to the NSW Golf team, where hydration and nutrition equal performance on the golf course!

NSW Cricket

NuActive Health's Joanne Turner was the official dietitian to the NSW Breakers and Blues teams for numerous years.

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