I am involved in the Lantern project due to my passion in identifying and preventing/managing malnutrition. I hope The Lantern Project will achieve a radical cultural change in the way we approach food and nutrition in aged care so as to improve quality of life of older Australians.
Associate Professor Maree Ferguson is an Advanced Accredited Practising Dietitian, Fellow of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, and is an internationally renowned nutrition and dietetics expert. Maree is currently the Clinical Academic Fellow at Princess Alexandra Hospital and The University of Queensland. Maree is also the Director of Dietitian Connection, an online hub for busy nutrition leaders to find up-to-date credible nutrition news and resources.
She was previously the Director Nutrition and Dietetics, Princess Alexandra Hospital. She has held leadership positions both within the Dietitians Association of Australia and the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (formerly American Dietetic Association).
Maree developed the Malnutrition Screening Tool to identify patients at risk of malnutrition. Her innovative malnutrition screening tool has been implemented in many hospitals worldwide. Maree is an invited speaker at national and international dietetic conferences. She has received more than $1 million in research grant funding and authored over 30 peer-reviewed journal articles.
Maree has been awarded the Dietitian’s Association of Australia National Award of Merit, Barbara Chester Award and the President’s Innovation Award. She also received an Australia Day Achievement Award in 2011.