Nutrition and fertility

CerialNutrition is a key component of reproduction and pregnancy. The sperm, egg, hormones and uterus need to be healthy to initiate and maintain a pregnancy to full term. There is a constant requirement for nutrients at each stage of reproduction, and the best source is food. Supplementation can be useful if meeting these nutritional requirements is compromised in any way.

City Fertility is affiliated with several accredited dietitians who can provide you with dietary and nutritional advice.




Dr Shelley Wilkinson

PhD, BSc (Hons) (Psych), Grad Dip Nutri & Diet, AdvAPD

  • Advanced Accredited Practising Dietitian (AdvAPD).
  • Member of the Dietitians Association of Australia (DAA).
  • Member of the Australasian Diabetes in Pregnancy Society (ADIPS).
  • Member of the Fertility Society of Australia (FSA).

Dr Wilkinson has worked as a dietitian since 1995. She specialises in women’s health, including nutrition for preconception, pregnancy and new mums, as well as weight management.

Dr Wilkinson has a PhD in health psychology; her research was part of a community-based project that investigated better ways to support women to achieve a healthier pregnancy through improved nutrition, physical activity and cessation of smoking.

Her current work continues to blend dietetics and psychology – supporting people to live healthier lifestyles, particularly through optimal nutrition and the process of behavioural change. At Mater Health and Wellness she sees patients for nutritional counselling for weight loss, including before and after gastric banding. Dr Wilkinson also provides nutritional advice and guidance for fertility optimisation, pregnancy and breastfeeding, using innovative approaches and resources including the Mater Personalised Pregnancy Weight Tracker. She has also completed the Dr Rick Kausman “if not dieting” training and incorporates many of its techniques and approaches in her counselling sessions.

To make an appointment, please call Mater Health and Wellness on (07) 3163 6000. Dr Wilkinson looks forward to supporting you on your journey to better health and wellness.

Catherine Chong

  • Master of Nutrition and Dietetics
  • Accredited Practising Dietitian (APD).
  • Member of the Dietitians Association of Australia (DAA).
  • Certified Fertility Dietitian

Catherine has been an Accredited Practising Dietitian since 2010. She completed a Master of Nutrition & Dietetics and has now extended her clinical training in fertility nutrition. She has worked as a clinical dietitian in Singapore. Since returning to Australia, she founded her private practice in 2014 and has extensive experience working with the GPs and fertility specialists.

In addition, she is a Certified Fertility Dietitian and a recognised dietitian provider. Catherine’s focus is on providing personalised care that emphasises Clarity, Education and Results for her patients.

Catherine primarily works with women and couples to optimise nutrition for fertility and have a successful and healthy pregnancy. She specialises in IVF and early life nutrition. She also sees clients from various women’s health conditions, such as polycystic ovarian syndrome and endometriosis.

Catherine prides herself on offering a personalised nutrition solution tailored to individuals and their partners’ fertility plans, which is vital in achieving high-quality care.

To make an appointment, please call 0452 658 727 or email In-person consultations are available at the Myhealth Brisbane Showgrounds Medical Centre or Star Medical Centre Sunnybank.

Gold Coast

Amanda Clark

Great Ideas in Nutrition

Amanda Clark, director of Great Ideas in Nutrition on the Gold Coast, is an Advanced Accredited Practising Dietitian with more than 25 years’ experience. She leads a team of experienced dietitians and exercise physiologists who take a stepwise approach to making practical dietary changes easier. Amanda’s career has included a focus on women’s health issues, such as fertility, pregnancy, eating disorders and weight control. She also shares with her professional staff a keen interest in food and mood and irritable bowel syndrome. Great Ideas in Nutrition offers face-to-face and Skype consultations from offices at Broadbeach and Coolangatta.

Amanda is the author and creator of the best-selling weight management kit Portion Perfection – A Visual Weight Control Plan. Portion Perfection is recommended by dietitians and medical professionals nationally and includes a pictorial book demonstrating the correct portion size of any food for your needs. The book is accompanied by actual portion plates and bowls, to ensure serving sizes are implemented easily, in addition to a handy pocket snack guide.

At City Fertility, Amanda’s team offers a no-nonsense assessment of eating habits to optimise nutrition for fertility. Staff provide a clear guide to change-focused opportunities that are practical and realistic, and all clients receive an electronic copy of the Pregnancy and Preconception Bible, written by Amanda, along with a porcelain Portion Perfection plate to encourage healthy eating.

Amanda and Great Ideas in Nutrition have received two national healthcare excellence awards for their realistic approach to food and nutrition.

For further information or to download a free electronic Portion Perfection Healthy Snack Bible, see or


Maureen O’Connor

Maureen is an Accredited Practising Dietitian with more than 20 years’ clinical experience. She has a keen interest in women’s health and has worked at the Royal Women’s Hospital on a part-time basis since 2003. Her work there includes giving nutritional and weight management advice to women both before and during pregnancy, as well as providing dietary and lifestyle guidance to patients with polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS). Maureen also has extensive experience working within a multidisciplinary team to help women overcome emotional eating issues and disorders.

You can contact Maureen on (03) 9440 9509 or 0430 627 541 to make an appointment.


Dr David Mann

PhD, BSc (Hons), Dip Nutri & Diet, MDAA, AN APD

Dr David Mann has been in private practice as a consultant dietitian for the past 32 years. He has extensive experience in all areas of human nutrition and dietetic management of disease conditions, dietary treatment and management of adult and childhood obesity, fertility, PCOS, insulin resistance, and sports nutrition.

Dr Mann consults to nursing homes nationally as well as private hospitals in Sydney. He has been an adviser to elite athletes for both endurance sports such as long-distance swimming, marathons and triathlons, and power sports including judo, karate, kickboxing and boxing.

He has been a mentor for medical students from the universities of Newcastle, New South Wales and Sydney. He also mentors dietetic students and new graduates for the University of Sydney.

Dr Mann is a guest lecturer for UNSW, the University of Sydney, the NSW Nurses’ Association, the Australian Chinese Medical Association and Nutrition Australia. He is also an educator and trainer for general practitioners through their Division of General Practice.

Dr Mann, who has collaborated with GPs in research projects, has been on the board of directors for the Uniting Church’s Aged Care Committee and heads the dietetics department at St Vincent’s Clinic, Sydney.

He has given talks for Parkinson’s disease support groups, Weight Watchers branches, the Masonic Club of Australia, and Probus, Lions, Apex and Rotary clubs.




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