Linda graduated from the University of New England with a Bachelor of Science, majoring in biochemistry and physiology. She then went on to complete post-graduate studies at the University of Sydney and was awarded a Diploma in Nutrition and Dietetics and later a Master of Science in Medicine.
After several years of working as a community dietitian developing nutrition education programmes for all ages, she trained with the experts at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital Allergy Unit in Sydney, learning the most up-to-date techniques for the investigation and treatment of food chemical intolerance.
Linda then devoted years to the research of the effects of food chemical sensitivity on symptoms of asthma and was responsible for ground-breaking research into the effects of fish oil consumption in asthmatics whilst working with the Institute of Respiratory Medicine, now the Woolcock Institute, in Sydney.
Throughout her career, Linda has presented the results of her research and experience at conferences of the Dietitians Association of Australia (DAA), The Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand, the International Paediatric Respiratory Congress, the Australian Society for Medical Research N.S.W. and the Gastroenterological Society. In addition, her work has been presented to the American Thoracic Society and the Asian Pacific Society of Respirology.
Linda has had a regular lecturing position with Sydney University to Dietetic students and has facilitated workshops on food allergy and intolerance for both medical practitioners and dietitians.
Since qualifying as a Dietitian in 1982 Linda has been an active member of the Dietitian’s Association of Australia (DAA) and has held positions of National Convenor of the Food Allergy and Intolerance Interest Group and Chairperson of the Food Standards Advisory Committee. The DAA has acknowledged her as an expert in food allergy and food intolerance and she has been a spokesperson for both the DAA and The National Asthma Council.
Linda has been awarded life membership of the Asthma Foundation of New South Wales and was a member of their Medical Advisory Board for many years. She is also a member of the Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy (ASCIA), Australia’s professional body of allergists and clinical immunologists.