Dr Sue Shepherd is an Advanced Accredited Practising Dietitian and founder of Shepherd Works Dietitian Practice, she is recognised as an international expert in digestive health. Sue graduated with a Bachelor of Applied Science in Health Promotion and postgraduate Masters in Nutrition and Dietitics. In 2008 she completed her PhD research into aspects of Coeliac disease and Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS).
Sue developed a form of fructose malabsorption diet. Subsequently a team at Monash University, led by Professor Peter Gibson and including Dr Shepherd and others, developed the low FODMAP diet; a diet that is now recommended by doctors worldwide, as the most effective therapy for Irritable Bowel Syndrome. An estimated 5 million Australians with IBS and non-coeliac gluten intolerance can now benefit from the Low FODMAP Diet to manage the troubling symptoms. Sue was awarded the Financial Review’s 100 Women of Influence in 2013 for her ground-breaking research and advocacy work on the Low FODMAP Diet.
Sue, who has Coeliac disease herself, has devoted most of her career to developing ways in which people with food intolerances can eat a greater variety of foods with confidence. Her passion to raise awareness and improve the quality of life for people with special dietary needs has driven Sue to launch the world first Low FODMAP dedicated brand, opening a totally new food category of food manufacture. Sue predicts “the uptake of the Low FODMAP Diet will rival the growth we have seen in the followers of the gluten free diet in coming years”.