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PhD Candidate, University of Wollongong

Joel worked as a clinical dietitian in an assortment of hospitals across the Illawarra region before deciding to enroll in a doctorate degree exploring vegetarian-based diets and their relationships with immune function and the inflammatory response. In 2018, he started his own private dietetic practice ‘Purely Plants’ (, which advocates a plant-based approach to eating.
Outside of work and study, Joel has a passion for keeping active and enjoying time with his family. Recently he has turned his athletic focus to competing in Ironman distance triathlons.


  • 2016–2019
    PhD Candidate, University of Wollongong
  • 2013–2015
    Masters of Nutrition and Dietetics , University of Wollongong
  • 2010–2013
    Bachelor of Science (Med Biotech), University of Wollongong