Hometown: Perth, WA
Credentials / Qualifications:
- Accredited Practicing Dietitian (APD)
- Credentialed Diabetes Educator (CDE)
Favourite PBCo. Product: Protein Pizza Base
Where to find her: Amy works at the Telethon Type 1 Family Centre in Perth, WA.
She offers phone and Skype appointments for people with type 1 diabetes anywhere in Australia. Contact Amy via email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- 2018 WA Credentialed Diabetes Educator (CDE) of the Year
- Published article – Zinn C, Rush A, Johnson R. Assessing the nutrient intake of a low-carbohydrate, high-fat (LCHF) diet: a hypothetical case study design. BMJ Open 2018;8:e018846. doi:10.1136/ bmjopen-2017-018846
Amy Rush is an Accredited Practicing Dietitian and Credentialed Diabetes Educator working solely with people living with type 1 diabetes. Amy’s passion to help improve the lives of people with type 1 is inspired by her brother, who was diagnosed at a young age. This passion is has lead her to have been awarded West Australian Credentialed Diabetes Educator (CDE) of the year for 2018.
Amy practices privately as both a diabetes educator and dietitian at the Type 1 Diabetes Family Centre in Perth, where she also develops and manages the group diabetes education programs. Amy is passionate about the role of nutrition in managing type 1 diabetes. Amy is a self-confessed ‘tech nerd’ and loves interpreting CGM and flash monitor graphs or constructing profiles from pump and meter readings. In clinic she is known as the ‘Diabetes Detective’ for her knack at deciphering food and insulin interactions and using these to a patient’s advantage.
Amy has also worked as a personal trainer, she is married to a professional athlete, and she encourages people with type 1 to achieve their sporting goals. She believes type 1 should not hold anyone back in any way, and supports her patients to dream big!
Amy has a great professional Facebook page in which she shares weekly ‘In the Kitchen with Amy’ recipe videos, interesting information bites and other fun things. You can join her page here https://www.facebook.com/amyrushAPDCDE/
In her spare time, Amy loves to create parodies of well-known rap songs, with new lyrics about type 1 diabetes. Her rap ‘The Real T1D (Slim Shady)’ went viral! Check it out here
We recently caught up with Amy to ask her a few questions…
Why (and for who) do you advocate a low carb approach?
For management of type 1 diabetes.
What is one of your career highlights?
Awarded 2018 West Australian Credentialled Diabetes Educator of the year.
What’s one thing you’re doing or have done this year that you’d like to share with us?
I presented at the National Dietitians Association Conference on the benefits of low carbohydrate diets for type 1 diabetes management.