About Shirley

About Shirley 

Shirley is a highly experienced Accredited Practising Dietitian, with nearly 20 years of clinical experience in large public hospitals and in private practice.  She obtained her Master of Nutrition and Dietetics from the University of Sydney and received further training at St George Hospital and Liverpool Hospital.


Shirley has experience working with the media, being interviewed for nutrition articles and television, and contributed articles in Medibank members magazine. See our recent contribution here. Shirley has partnered with other health businesses as their expert nutrition consultants for a variety of nutrition work, including menu development, staff professional development and development of in-house nutrition resources.



Experience matters


Shirley started her career in Singapore working in Singapore General Hospital. After returning to Australia, Shirley spent over 13 years working in Fairfield Hospital and Liverpool Hospital, where she served 8 years as a senior member at the Department of Dietetics. Shirley has helped many patients and clients with providing effective nutritional advice to manage a wide range of conditions, including mental health issues, neurological conditions, brain injuries, kidney diseases, Type 2 diabetes, IBS and weight concerns.


As a senior clinician, Shirley has trained many student dietitians during their clinical placement, supervised and mentored junior dietitians and provided nutrition training to other health professionals. Shirley developed a number of key nutrition policies and drove research projects during her appointment at Liverpool Hospital. 


Since 2016, Shirley consults privately in Sydney Hills District for a variety of nutrition work.



Practical scientific Advice


Shirley uses a person-centred approach, together with scientifically supported nutrition information to tailor your nutritional recommendations suitable in your lifestyle and circumstances.


Shirley's clients come from different walks of life - from young children to young adults, families to older people and people with a varied level of abilities. Shirley has worked with many clients from a wide range of cultural backgrounds. She is very aware of the impact of work commitment, family life, lifestyle and culture on the adoption of nutritional advice. This means that Shirley is able to make sensible and practical nutritional recommendations that suit your unique needs and eating style.



Continue Education 


Shirley is committed to providing quality evidence-based dietetics practice. She undergoes regular professional development activities. In recent years, Shirley has completed the Monash University 'Low FODMAP Diet for IBS' training course for health professionals, nutrition courses in the area of disability, and in health coaching.


She has recently contributed to a 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 a keen cook and she loves cookbooks. Shirley loves trying different ingredients and different cuisines. This helps her practice enormously she can show you exactly how to implement her advice if cooking suits you. 


Shirley has a special interest in breast cancer and nutrition(during and after active treatment). She understands the emotional roller coaster, the impact of a cancer diagnosis and its treatments, and the nutritional impact of the treatment. She is able to help to guide you regarding suitable nutrition recommend depending on the type of breast cancer you have, both for during active treatment and post-treatment.  


This practice is vegan and vegetarian-friendly. Shirley has a deep personal interest in plant-based nutrition and its beneficial effects on health, animal welfare and the environment. 


In additional to English, Shirley is fluent in both spoken and written Chinese Mandarin and Chinese Cantonese languages. 


In the Media


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


Shirley Chan Dietitian Sydney


  • Master of Nutrition and Dietetics University of Sydney

  • Bachelor of Science 

  • Health Coaching Course (Health Change Australia)

  • Monash University Low FODMAPTM Trained Dietitian

  • Diploma of Business (Front Line Management)

  • Certificate in Food Safety Supervisor