About Kylie Russell
Kylie is a New Zealand Registered Dietitian with over 12 years experience in both public and private practice across Auckland. Her scope of practice is endorsed with prescribing rights, so she can prescribe and authorise subsidised dispensing of vitamins, minerals and related products (e.g. pancreatic enzymes) in addition to the Special Foods listed in the PHARMAC Schedule.
Kylie has a strong interest in research and since graduation has completed her Masters with first class honours through the Department of Surgery at Auckland City Hospital and The University of Auckland. She continues to collaborate on academic publications and is a guest lecturer at Massey University and The University of Auckland.
Kylie is a specialist clinical dietitian in gastrointestinal disease, including both in the acute surgical context (upper gastrointestinal surgery, hepatopancreaticobiliary (HPB) surgery and colorectal surgery) as well as chronic gastrointestinal disease including inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and Crohns disease.
She is experienced in specialised diets including the low FODMAP diet for IBS, as well as the gluten-free diet for those diagnosed with Coeliac disease.
She has worked in the New Zealand Liver Transplant Unit providing nutritional support for patients undergoing transplant, as well as individuals with chronic liver disease including Wilsons disease, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) and hepatitis. She has published several academic papers in these areas.
Pancreatic disease is an area Kylie is particularly interested in, including acute and chronic pancreatitis, pancreatic enzyme insufficiency (PEI) and enzyme replacement therapy (PERT).
Kylie also has experience in working with individuals who have anorexia in the acute care setting, and presented a free paper at the Australia and New Zealand Academy for Eating Disorders 7th Annual Conference.
Other areas of practice include weight management and womens health.
- Master of Health Science (First Class Honors), University of Auckland, 2014
- New Zealand Registered Dietitian, Dietitians Board New Zealand, 2009 - current
- Post Graduate Diploma in Dietetics (Distinction), University of Otago, 2009
- Bachelor of Science (Human Nutrition), University of Otago, 2007
- Prescribing of Total Parenteral Nutrition (TPN), current
- St Marks Intestinal Failure and Rehabilitation Course, 2019
- AuSPEN Advanced Clinical Nutrition Course, 2016
- New Zealand Dietitians Board Annual Prescribers Course, 2014 - current
Publications and Presentations:
1. Russell K, Zhang HG, Gillanders LK, et al. Preoperative immunonutrition in patients undergoing liver resection: A prospective randomized trial. World J Hepatol. 2019;11(3):305-317.
2. Russell K, Gillanders LK, Orr DW, Plank LD. Dietary copper restriction in Wilson's disease. Eur J Clin Nutr. 2017.
3. Plank, LD.; Russell, K. Nutrition in liver transplantation: too little or too much? Current Opinion in Clinical Nutrition and Metabolic Care Issue: Volume 18(5), September 2015, p 501-507.
4. Russell, K. Effect of Preoperative Immunonutrition on Outcome in Patients Undergoing Liver Resection: A Randomised Pilot Study. University of Auckland Bindery, 2014. Thesis submitted for Masters of Health Science.
5. Russell, K (2015). Hepatitis C and Nutrition. Talking Hep C, 15:8-9.
6. Becker, K., Plank, L.D., Bartlett, A., Gillanders, L.K. Effect of Preoperative Immunonutrition on Outcome in Patients Undergoing Liver Resection: A Randomised Pilot Study. Oral presentation at the Australasian Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition Annual Scientific Meeting, Auckland, 2014.
7. Becker, K.; Fuller., M. Development of a nutrition cardiac recovery presentation for Tahitian patients at Auckland City Hospital. , Nutrition & Dietetics 2010; 67 (Suppl. 2): 3-22. (Abstract). Oral presentation at the Dietitians New Zealand Conference in Dunedin, 2010.
8. Becker K. Resource development of an audio meal support tool for adolescents with anorexia nervosa. Oral presentation at the Australia and New Zealand Academy for Eating Disorders 7th Annual Conference, Brisbane 2009, and New Zealand Dietetic Association Conference, Hawkes Bay, 2009
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Dietitian - The term dietitian is a protected term. A dietitian is a registered health professional who meets standards required by the Dietitians Board and has both an undergraduate science degree in human nutrition and a post-graduate qualification in dietetics. To practise in New Zealand, a dietitian must, by law, be registered with the Dietitians Board and hold a current practising certificate. The Dietitians Board protects the health and safety of the New Zealand public under the Health Practitioners Competency Act (HPCA) 2003, by ensuring that every dietitian working in New Zealand is fit to practice and meets standards of professionalism. In New Zealand dietitians are the only nutrition health profession to be regulated by law. Dietitians work in a variety of settings from hospitals, the community, public health, food service, sports, education, research, media and the food industry. The Dietitians Board regulates the dietetic profession and only those on the Register can call themselves a dietitian and practise as a dietitian…
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