About Me

I am fascinated by the many knowns and many unknowns in the field of nutrition and its impact on health. I am passionate about conducting research that directly translate to improve outcomes for my clients, and vice versa aim to identify research questions through my clinical work.

Thoughtful. Positive. Academic. Organised

My experience

I graduated from Deakin University in 2008 and subsequently worked in a range of clinical dietetic roles including rural, metropolitan clinical (St Vincent’s Hospital), community health and private practice. I first joined the wonderful team at Diet Solutions in 2010.

After working as a dietitian for 4 years I decided to start my PhD and joined the research team at the Department of Gastroenterology, Monash university, based at the Alfred Hospital. My PhD was entitled “Adjunct therapy to the low FODMAP dietary approach for Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)”. Throughout my PhD I continued to work at Diet Solutions and St Vincent’s hospital.

Following my PhD I was fortunate to move to Kingston, Canada and conduct a 2-yearpost-doctoral fellowship at the Gastrointestinal Diseases Research Unit at Queen’s University. During this time I was able to conduct a number of research studies that looked mechanistically at the role of diet in gastrointestinal conditions and practically at the translation of dietary interventions in practice.

I am now a Lecturer at the Department of Dietetics and Human Nutrition at La Trobe University. My research focuses on nutrition intervention in patients with gastrointestinal conditions and food intolerance.

Other things I have done

  • Presented my research both internationally and nationally in conferences.
  • Multiple speaking engagements at professional development events for dietitians, gastroenterologists, and GPs.
  • Written an article for “Best Health” magazine and interviewed for “Nourish” magazine.    
  • Co-authored the World Gastroenterology Organisation (WGO) guidelines ‘Diet and the gut’.
  • Written and reviewed content for ‘PEN nutrition’ (practice-based evidence in nutrition).
  • Current editorial board member of the Neurogastroenterology and Motility Scientific journal.

Awards

  • Early career development award, Nutrition Society of Australia
  • Post-Doctoral Fellowship award, Canadian Institutes of Health Research
  • Award of excellence in Nutrition and Dietary Fibre research, Nutrition Society of Australia.
  • Best oral presentation, Joint Annual Scientific Meeting of the Nutrition Society of New Zealand and the Nutrition Society of Australia
  • Finalists of the Gastroenterological Society of Australia Young Investigator Award

Specialises in

  • irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
  • inflammatory bowel disease (Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis)
  • coeliac disease
  • chronic constipation
  • chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS)
  • diverticular disease
  • eosinophilic oesophagitis (EoE)
  • functional dyspepsia
  • gastroesophageal reflux disease
  • gastroparesis
  • gut health
  • food intolerances (including food chemical intolerances; RPAH/FAILSAFE diet)
  • low FODMAP diet (3 phases)
  • small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO)

Articles

Links to research articles by Caroline Tuck

Access research studies that look at the mechanical role of diet in gastrointestinal conditions.

Nutrition research