Expertise: Dietetic Education, Urban & Rural Health, and Nutrition Related Chronic Disease
Creating value for the role and importance of Dietitians in Malaysia has always been the striving passion for Professor Dr. Tilakavati.
“...If we can grow our postgraduates in this field (Dietetics), it can create an impact for the Society. Dietitians are more than just healthcare professionals licensed to assess, diagnose and treat nutritional problems. Through involvement in research pathways, dietetics professionals play roles in prevention and treatment, explore diets of Society to inform on Malaysian policy, and advocate on government responsibility to create a better quality of life for Society.”
Professor Tilakavati, a Strategic Research hire who joined Taylor’s University in November 2017, has spent the last 40 years exploring Dietetics. She is also an accredited practicing dietitian with the Dietitians’ Association of Australia. Her aims are never permanent as these evolve according to research, education and practice challenges. Irrespective of the nature of research, an underlying need is to give back to the society, in forms of capacity building, exploratory science, community-based studies and patient-centered care in chronic kidney disease. In the 1980s, dietitians were hardy relevant to health care in Malaysia. It’s a different story today. With 7 universities offering the dietetics curriculum, dietitians have options to work in public and private hospitals as well as the industry. However, the scope for dietitians to contribute in research and education is developing, and for this, the dietitian should opt for postgraduate pathways.