AW-11434138844Shannon McDonough (APD) | Eat Love Live | Recovery from eating disorders, disordered eating & diet culture
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SHANNON McDONOUGH

She/Her
Accredited Practicing Dietitian (APD)
Accredited Counsellor

 

With more than 10 years’ experience as a dietitian, Shannon has worked across a wide variety of clinical areas within large organisations including The Royal Women’s Hospital, Diabetes Victoria, and The Butterfly Foundation.

Shannon has a particular interest in the way certain health conditions can significantly impact an individual’s relationship with food and their body.

Living with diabetes for almost 35 years herself, she is deeply familiar with the complexities that come along with managing chronic health conditions, including mental health challenges, the impact of diet culture and stigma in healthcare settings and the wider community. 

Shannon can support individuals foster a shame-free approach to managing their wellbeing, in whichever way they choose. She can provide gentle, compassionate support for people living with diabetes to manage blood glucose levels without food rules or restrictions, and guide individuals in dismantling misinformation around diabetes and diabetes management.

Shannon takes a non-diet, weight inclusive, trauma informed approach, and is committed to centring the voices of those with lived/living experience to shape the provision of safer, more effective healthcare. 

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Qualifications: Professional Memberships: 
  • Bachelor of Food Science and Nutrition (Deakin University)
  • Master of Dietetics (Deakin University)
  • Master of Counselling (Monash University)
  • Bachelor of Arts – Drama and Vocal Studies (Flinders University and Adelaide Conservatorium of Music)
  • Dietitians Australia
  • Size Inclusive Health Australia (Formerly known as Health at Every Size (HAES) Australia)
  • Australian Counselling Association
Areas of special interest: Professional development:
  • Diabetes (all types) 
  • Chronic health conditions 
  • Mental health
  • Relationship with food and body  
  • Non-diet approach 
  • ACT
  • Trauma informed care
  • Weight inclusive diabetes care
  • Supporting the Trans and Gender Diverse Community
  • Person centred approach to care in acute settings
  • Cancer malnutrition – member of the Victorian Cancer Malnutrition Collaborative 2018-19

 

BOOKING DETAILS:

 

Shannon is currently accepting new clients
  (Shannon is not currently accepting clients with eating disorders)  

 

To make a booking with Shannon, you can contact reception or book online via: 
Phone: (03) 9087 8379
Online booking system: Shannon's online booking link
 

Availability:

Shannon is available for consultation:

  • Tuesday 10am - 1pm
  • Wednesday 10am - 1pm (telehealth only)
  • Thursday 10am - 1pm

You can fill out a pre assessment Questionnaire here.

Please send all referrals to:
Email: reception@eatlovelive.com.au
Fax: (03) 9088 0249

EAT LOVE LIVE POLICY

We require that all clients be linked in with regular medical support to ensure their ongoing medical safety.

We require clients to be engaged with or planning to engage with psychological support to ensure that we are providing safe, ethical and evidence-based support.

AGE LIMITS FOR ACCEPTING NEW REFERRALS: 

Please note some practitioners have boundaries on the age of clients they will accept as new referrals. 

We request that for all new clients aged 15 years and younger that a pre-assessment questionnaire be completed to assist us in triaging the young person and family. 

For all clients aged 15 or younger we request that the initial assessment be with the parents/ carer only. 

Eating disorders do not just affect the person but families as a whole.

This is an important part of the assessment process and will help us to get a clear history of the development of the eating disorder and aid in setting up a treatment team and clear treatment goals moving forward. 

Family Based Therapy/Treatment (FBT) is the gold standard for supporting children and adolescents with eating disorders. The Eat Love Live team are not trained in FBT or family therapy. 

We can be an adjunct to this important treatment process, provide a safe space for discussion around meal planning, information about eating disorders, physical and psychological risks associated with the eating disorder, normal puberty changes to the body, guidelines to adequate amounts of nutrition and help clear many of the myths about food and bodies in our community. 

We appreciate that accessing paediatric and adolescent services is difficult and there are long wait lists. As with all clients, we insist that all adolescents are linked in with a multidisciplinary team including a GP and a mental health clinician - be it a psychologist or psychiatrist. And we suggest that clients make the referral to CAMHS/CYMHS and / or private family therapy and be on the waiting list for this support. 

Along with the GP or paediatrician we can provide information and support while families are waiting for this important more intensive support.

Parents can speak with their GP or Paediatrician about referrals to these supports.

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