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About Shirley

About Shirley Chan, Accredited Practising Dietitian

Shirley is a highly experienced Accredited Practising Dietitian located in Sydney. For the past 20 years, she has worked across numerous hospitals across Sydney and Singapore, including Liverpool Hospital, Fairfield Hospital and Singapore General Hospital, as well as in private practice. 

Experience matters

Shirley has worked across in a wide range of health sectors, clinical areas and medical conditions at both secondary and tertiary hospitals. Having been appointed as the senior renal dietitian at Liverpool Hospital, Shirley has experience across clinical cases with numerous complex medical conditions and have helped people to improve the condition with nutritional therapy, along with medical care.  Over the past twenty years,  Shirley has developed dietetic knowledge and skills at an advanced practice level in a variety of areas. Her special interests are:

 - Chronic kidney disease and Type 2 diabetes

 - Breast cancer and recovery

 - Women's health: PCOS and menopause weight concerns

 - Plant-based eating focusing disease risk reduction and health

 - Gut health

 - Mental health: Depression, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and anxiety disorder

 - Disability sector: Intellectual disability and Down syndrome

Mentoring and training

In her role as a senior dietitian, Shirley has trained many student dietitians, mentored junior and experienced dietitians as well as conducted nutrition training to other health professionals. 


Practical scientific advice

Shirley employs a person-centered approach, combining scientifically supported nutrition information to customize nutritional recommendations tailored to her clients' lifestyles and circumstances. Her philosophy towards nutrition is grounded in sensibility, practicality, sustainability, and scientific evidence. Shirley engages her clients by presenting available research information, collaborating to develop a plan that suits their individual needs.


Shirley's clientele spans diverse demographics, ranging from young adults to older adults, encompassing families and individuals with varying abilities. With experience working with clients from diverse cultural backgrounds, she recognizes the influence of work commitments, family dynamics, lifestyle choices, and cultural factors on the adoption of nutritional advice

Continued Education 

  • Monash University Low FODMAP course

  • Eating Disorder Community Training for Dietitians - the Essential from Inside Out

  • Diploma of Business (Front Line Management)

  • Health Coaching Course (Health Change Australia)

  • Certificate in Food Safety Supervisor 

  • Authored medical journal article for the Australian Diabetes Educators Association titled 'Challenges in the dietary management of people with type 2 diabetes and chronic kidney disease'.


More about Shirley

On a personal level, Shirley is an enthusiastic cook and an avid cookbook lover. Her passion for experimenting with diverse ingredients and cuisines significantly enhances her practice.


In additional to English, Shirley speaks and writes two Chinese languages: Mandarin and  Cantonese.  

In the Media

Shirley has been invited to comment on nutrition trend in various media outlets, including printed media , radio station and TV programme such as SBS and TVB Australia. 


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  • Master of Nutrition and Dietetics University of Sydney

  • Bachelor of Science 

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