Dr Heleen Roex-Haitjema, paediatrician (non-practising), migrated to Australia from The Netherlands with her husband and three children in 2000. Eight years ago, Heleen stumbled across the abundance of well-executed studies on the influential role of diet in chronic disease causation. Not having been exposed to much nutrition education in her medical degree, Heleen was fascinated to learn that a healthy plant-based diet is not only preventative, but can also play a curative role in halting and sometimes even reversing numerous chronic diseases.
To formalise her knowledge, Dr Heleen completed the Certificate in Plant-Based Nutrition from eCornell University, New York and trained with the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) in Washington DC to become a Certified Food for Life Instructor. In this capacity, she conducts 5-week courses in Adelaide.
Heleen regularly presents on evidence-based health and nutrition for the general public, in hospital Grand Rounds, and for medical students both in Australia and Europe.
This year, Heleen co-founded and leads the not-for-profit organisation ‘Doctors For Nutrition’ whose mission is to bring food back to healthcare.