About Joey De Backer

Joey is an Accredited Practising Dietitian committed to holistic nutrition counselling. She has worked in hospitals, aged care and community health with clients from a diverse range of backgrounds with conditions ranging from irritable bowel syndrome to cancer to heart disease and diabetes.

Joey now likes to use her experience in a more preventative context. Why heal illnesses when you can prevent them? She is passionate about the opportunity to guide and support you to achieve your health and wellbeing goals and empower you to take control of your health. She is experienced with the non-dieting or mindful eating approach for weight loss as well as food intolerances including low FODMAPs diets and FAILSAFE (low food chemical) diets.

Joey has studied Ayurvedic nutrition and lifestyle counselling and can incorporate this ancient knowledge into consultations so the advice is personalised to your body type.

Joey’s Story

Joey was inspired to create Living Nutrition after facing her own health issues in 2011. She had chronic back pain due to a snowboarding trauma which developed into debilitating sciatica.  Her doctor prescribed pain medications, steroid injections and back surgery.

She saw physiotherapists, acupuncturists, orthobionomists, and massage therapists and each time her pain would be slightly relieved but would return. Joey became increasingly depressed and anxious about her condition as she didn’t have a moment without pain, her sleep was disrupted and she wasn’t able to play sport or even sit down.

In desperation she took some time off work and researched everything she could do to get better.

It became clear it needed to be a multi-faceted and holistic approach. She continued to see a number of integrative health practitioners as well as following an anti-inflammatory diet, taking up regular meditation, visualisation for healing, emotional freedom technique,  muscle imbalance therapy, trigger point therapy and inversion therapy.  Within a month she was completely pain free, playing sport again and looking forward to the snow season!

She is now inspired to provide the holistic health and wellness care that she created for herself during this time. This involves looking at not only nutrition and diet, but lifestyle factors on a physical, biochemical and energetic level. Joey has done further training in wellness and mindfulness counselling and incorporates this in her work.


Our objective is to collaborate with other local health practitioners in providing a multi-faceted and holistic health and wellbeing support service.

Our mission

To inspire, educate and assist people from all walks of life to achieve health and wellbeing through healthy eating habits and a positive relationship with food; to empower people to take control over their health by supporting self-efficacy; and to support a sustainable food supply by promoting consumption of local, seasonal and fresh foods and minimising waste.

We believe in the WHO Definition of health: ‘A state of complete physical, mental, social, and spiritual wellbeing and not merely an absence of disease or infirmity’

Our Vision

That the increasing trend of nutrition related disease is reversed through people re-connecting with the food supply and their bodies and eating whole foods to achieve health and wellbeing as well as promoting a healthy planet.

Our Values

  • 1Holistic Health Care: We acknowledge the importance of all determinants of health.
  • 2Balance: We provide practical advice that fits with each individual’s lifestyle.
  • 3Sustainability: We are considerate of the environmental consequences of lifestyle choices.
  • 4Excellence: We are committed to evidence based practice as well as person centered practice.
  • 5Integrity: We demonstrate honesty, reliability and accountability.
  • 6Respect: For people from every background and for people’s choices.
  • 7Collaboration: With clients, local food providers and other health care providers.

What is an APD?

Joey is an Accredited Practising Dietitian (APD) and Accredited Nutritionist (AN). This means Joey is qualified to give expert nutrition advice to individuals and groups, as well as rebates to patients under Medicare, DVA and private health funds. The APD and AN symbols are your guarantee that Joey’s training is approved by the Dietitians Association of Australia (DAA), and that she meets their ongoing Continuing Professional Development standards and abides by the DAA Code of Professional Conduct and Statement of Ethical Practice.