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Information on Symposia Sessions

Symposia sessions will be held on Wednesday 5 September, Thursday 6 September and Friday 7 September 2012. 

Congress delegates may simply attend the session of their choice once onsite at the Congress. No additional registration is required for these sessions

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Wednesday 5 September Symposia Session
11.45am – 12.45pm


2.9 Emerging trends in Asian Dietetics Education: Where do we go?

Presenters:Sunard Taechangam, Dr. Leh-Chii Chwang

Asian Federation Dietetics Association
Asia is a rapid changing society.  What are the future dietetic practice roles?  Is the current dietetic education well prepared for future dietetics practitioners?  The symposium will be an opportunity for crucial assessment and vision about future direction of dietetics education in Asia.

2.10 Taste Assessment in the Clinical Setting and its importance for dietitians

Presenters: Anna Boltong, Katrina Campbell

Taste problems have nutritional, social and gastronomical implications for patients. Taste problems are difficult to manage because of a lack of routine assessment and a limited understanding of the impact of disease states on this sense. In this practical workshop, delegates will learn the difference between taste and flavour and the influences on these sensory systems which can affect clinical outcomes. Delegates will test their own taste function using standardised methods and explore the applicability of laboratory oriented testing to clinical assessment. Evidence related to the assessment and management of taste problems in oncology and renal contexts will be presented.

2.11 Catching up and moving ahead – critical weight studies for dietitians

Presenters: Jacqui Gingras, Jennifer Brady, Lucy Aphramor

As nutrition professionals confront the "obesity epidemic," new perspectives have arisen regarding changes that are needed to contemporary approaches to fatness and the fat body. In a growing literature from the inter-disciplinary fields of Fat Studies, Health at Every Size and Critical Dietetics, researchers, practitioners and activists are problematising the narrow approach of dominant obesity knowledges, typically those that take body weight as the primary indicator of health. The panel will highlight work that questions taken-for-granted assumptions in dietetic weight management; provide alternative means of approaching this complex issue; and aim to create a supportive space for delegates to debate emerging understandings of fatness.

2.12 Time and Food

Presenters: Dorothy Broom, Cathy Banwell, Catherine Hankey, Lisa Schubert, Jane Dixon, John Germov, Lauren Williams

Time and food are increasingly being discussed both in academic literature and in the popular media. The perceived decline in the family meal, the replacement of home prepared meals with food prepared outside the home, population dietary transitions, and the time dimension of food provisioning are topics that force us to engage with different dimensions of time: from the scale of domestic lives to the passage of decades, generations and culinary cultures.
This symposium offers an opportunity to explore the relevance and implications to dietetic practice and nutrition policy of a range of research projects pertaining to time and food.

2.13 Towards a common goal: lessons from a multi-disciplinary child obesity research network

Presenters: Louise Baur, Clare Collins, Tracy Burrows, Lynne Daniels, Rebecca Golley

The Australasian Child and Adolescent Obesity Research Network (ACAORN) fosters research collaboration among Australian and New Zealand child and adolescent obesity research groups from a number of disciplines including nutrition and dietetics, human movement, public health, clinicians, psychology and epidemiology. This symposium will highlight the advantages that a multi-disciplinary research network can provide for Dietitians and provide specific case studies illustrating the potential of research networks to foster leadership, evidence and advancing nutrition and dietetics-related research and practice.

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Wednesday 5 September Symposia Session
1.45pm – 3.00pm

3.9 Dietetic narratives enrich education and practice – the ethics and impact of telling our stories

Presenters: Erin Rudolph, Jacqui Gingras, Emily Vettese, Martina Chippindall

This symposium will include an in-depth exploration of four interrelated projects surrounding narratives in dietetic education and practice and will be followed by a facilitated discussion regarding the practicalities of involving story and storytelling in dietetic education and practice.

Presentations Include:
Jacqui Gingras PhD, RD: Students to professionals: shifting narratives of dietetic education and practice.

Emily Vetesse BASc : Digital Narratives as an Educational Tool in Food and Nutrition Practice

Erin Rudolph BASc, MHSc: Interprofessional Narratives: Stories as a means for enhancing

learning in health and community care

Martina Chippindall BApSci, Grad Dip N & D APD: Storytelling and the narrative metaphor: from problem solving to meaning making

3.10 What helps people who lose weight keep it off for good? A summary of the evidence for maintenance of lost weight

Presenters: Clare Collins, Helen Truby, Diane Jensen, Marina Reeves

Research has begun to focus on what it takes to achieve weight loss success permanently. This indicates that once weight loss has been achieved, specific interventions are required that target the behaviour changes associated with maintenance. The lifestyle changes identified from maintenance of lost weight trials in adults and children will be summarised. Importantly, the directions for future research will be highlighted.

3.11 Nut consumption cardiovascular risk, body weight and diabetes

Presenters: Emilio Ros, Jordi Salas-Salvado, Linda Tapsell, Lisa Yates

The association between frequent nut consumption and a lower risk of cardiovascular disease mortality was observed in 1992. Since then over 100 human studies have researched the health benefits of nuts. In this Symposium three expert scientists will discuss the latest advances in research on the effects of regular nut consumption in metabolic syndrome management and diabetes prevention with reference to a current large Mediterranean diet study – the PREDIMED study. The effect of nuts on body weight, insulin resistance and diabetes management will be discussed.

3.12 Can government and industry work together for the public good? A ‘made in Canada model’

Presenters: Phyllis Tanaka, Elaine De Grandpre, Lisa Forster-Coull, Pat Martz, Hasan Hutchinson

This very dynamic symposium will present case studies highlighting government and industry collaborations. Tangible examples such as the creation of the Sodium Working Group, a national educational program on Nutrition Labelling, collaborations that enhance the food environment, as well as an award program that motivates the food industry to offer healthy choices will be presented. The critical analysis of these collaborations will highlight how food industry and governments can bring together their breadth of respective knowledge and expertise to address pertinent public health nutrition challenges. Through this sharing of learning, participants will leave with a set of guiding principles they can consider when developing their own private-public collaborations.

3.13 What a waste! Food waste and what can be done about it

Presenters: Dr Peter Williams FDAA (Aust), Tina Beerman (Den), Dr Mark Jackson (Aust), Assoc Prof Alison Harmon (USA), Gabrielle O'Kane AdvAPD (Aust)

This mini-symposium will discuss the issue of food waste in modern Western societies: whether food waste is related to increasing obesity, how food waste in hospitals can be controlled, educations strategies for the general public, and ways in which waste from food manufacturers can be reduced and redirected.

Thursday 6 September Symposia Session
11.00am – 12.30pm

6.9 European Dietetic Networks of Excellence: a model for good practice

Presenters: Anne de Looy, Judith Liddell, Therese Libert, Daniel Buchholz

In 2006-09 the European Union invested about 1m Euros in a Thematic Network (TN) for dietetics with a view to ‘Improving the Education and Training of Dietitians’ (DIETS). Success has lead to a further three years of funding for DIETS2. In this symposium we will explore vision, start-up, facilitating engagement and exploitation of outcomes between the 120 dietetic associations, higher education institutes and NGOs in the Network across 31 diverse European countries. How the TN has lead to growth for dietetics in individual countries will be celebrated and discussed.

Note: Part 2 of this session will be held on Thursday 6 September from 1.30pm – 3.30pm

6.10 Weight loss using the web: evidence and opportunities to advance practice

Presenters: Melinda Neve, Jean Harvey-Berino, Robin Callister, Clare Collins

The number of web-based weight loss programs available to the public has increased substantially in recent years. However they have not been evaluated commonly and are extremely diverse. This symposium will summarise the best available evidence related to their use and help dietitians identify factors that facilitate client success and how dietitians can engage with this medium to optimise weight related outcomes for clients.

6.11 Dietitians as artists: A celebration of creative expression

Presenters: Catherine Morely, Jacqui Gingras, Ann Fox, Jenna Brady

Dietitian As Artist is a celebration of creative expression. All delegates will be invited to submit their work in any artform (including textiles, film, sketching, writing, painting, poetry, music, playwriting, acting, sculpture, woodworking, pottery, radio, etc.). Artists will present their work at a walkabout reception providing a unique opportunity for sharing, conversation, and networking.

6.12 INDANA – FARPP – Australia Allergen Bureau Symposium thresholds, avoidance, diets and practical approaches to food allergy

Presenters: Berber Vlieg-Boerstra, Debbie Palmer, Steve Taylor, Joe Baumert, Robin Sherlock, Fiona Fleming, Kirsten Grinter, Anne Swain, Marion Groetch, Lynn Christie, Carina Venter

INDANA is a new network established in 2009, for Diet and Nutrition in Allergy, initiated by three allergy specialist dietitians. INDANA aims to be a platform for nutritional and dietary management in patients with food allergy: not only for dietitians, but for all professionals who are involved in dietary care of food allergy, and to promote the role of the dietitian and the nutritionist in the field of food allergy. INDANA encourages a membership that is representative of all countries and continents. INDANA has a particular interest in sharing food allergy knowledge between different countries, understanding different approaches and the reasons for these.
This symposium is a collaborative initiative from INDANA, FARRP and the Allergen Bureau

6.13 Nutrition interventions for cancer survivors

Presenters: Kathy Chapman, Steve Pratt, Erica James, Camille Short, Fiona Stacey

Evidence is growing that nutrition interventions are an important part of the care of cancer survivors. Healthy lifestyle interventions that include diet and weight management can improve outcomes for cancer survivors, including reducing the risk of cancer recurrence and secondary cancers, as well as risk of other chronic illness risk, and improving quality of life. This symposium will outline the evidence base for nutrition and lifestyle interventions for cancer survivors, and discuss the findings of some recent nutrition trials in this area.

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Thursday 6 September Symposia Session
1.30pm – 3.00pm

7.9 European leadership for dietetic change: contribution of a dietetic thematic network

Presenters: Carole Middleton, Anne de Looy, Andrea Hogbauer, Stojan Kostanjevic, Sandra Capra

In 2006-09 the European Union invested about 1m Euros in a Thematic Network (TN) for dietetics with a view to ‘Improving the Education and Training of Dietitians’ (DIETS). Success has lead to a further three years of funding for DIETS2. In this symposium we will explore vision, start-up, facilitating engagement and exploitation of outcomes between the 120 dietetic associations, higher education institutes and NGOs in the Network across 31 diverse European countries. How the TN has lead to growth for dietetics in individual countries will be celebrated and discussed.

7.10 Application of the Low FODMAP Diet to manage gastrointestinal symptoms associated with irritable bowel syndrome

Presenters: Sue Shepherd, Jaci Barrett, Jane Muir, Kevin Whelan, Emma Halmos

The research team at Monash University, Australia have been investigating rapidly fermented short chain carbohydrates (FODMAPs, Fermentable Oligo- Di- and Mono-saccharides And Polyols). There is now good evidence to show that restricting the dietary intake of FODMAPs reduces gastrointestinal symptoms (wind, abdominal pain, bloating). This symposium will provide dietitians with information about this area, including efficacy in irritable bowel syndrome, inflammatory bowel disease and enteral feeding intolerance, the mechanism of action and the latest research on food composition. We will also discuss how best to translate this research into other countries with presentation of findings from UK collaborators.

7.11 The use of telephone coaching and counselling in nutrition and dietetics

Presenters: Janice Sangster, Blythe O’Hara, Marina Reeves, Helen Haresign, Margaret Allman-Farinelli

Telephone call centres, coaching and diet counseling are proving to be an acceptable and likely cost effective means of providing nutritional and lifestyle advice to both health professionals and consumers. This symposium encompasses the use of the PEN database in a call centre funded by a provincial health department, individual lifestyle coaching “the Get Healthy” service and for cardiac rehabilitation, and telephone counseling for type 2 diabetes and breast cancer survivors. The general principles and review of evaluations will be presented as an introduction to discussion of four unique services run in Canada and urban and rural locations in Australia.

7.12 Food Literacy: The role of dietitians in developing food knowledge skills

Presenters: Helen Vidgen, Andrea Begley, Sandra Fordyce Voorham, Rie Imoto, Danielle Gallegos

“Food literacy” is an emerging term used to describe the ability to understand the nature of food and how it is important. It also describes the knowledge and skills to gather, process, analyse and act upon information about food and to apply it in different contexts. This symposium will provide an overview of three key Australian studies which examine practical approaches to the improvement of food literacy in education settings and in public health nutrition and dietetic practice. It will hear from the experiences of the United Kingdom and Japan in endeavouring to address the practical implications of meeting nutrition guidelines.

7.13 Advancing and protecting the profession and public in a time of change

Presenters: Helen Barker, Susan Kellie, Pauline Mulholland

Come to this symposium and learn about the model for career and workforce development of the dietetic profession in the United Kingdom. See how dietitians are being supported to design new roles, extend their roles and advance their practice in a variety of settings.
The symposium will consider the role of evidence based practice, advanced practice, the nutrition and dietetic model of practice and dietetic outcomes. A key aspect of the symposium is to understand the views of Government and direct and indirect users of services of the professional body and how the tools can and are being applied.

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Friday 7 September Symposia Session
11.00am – 12.30pm

10.9 Why we need a critical dietetics

Presenters: John Coveney, Jacqui Gingra, Ann Fox, Debbie MacLellan, Catherine Morley

Critical Dietetics is an initiative that is grounded in critical theory and proposes broadening our lens beyond traditional/dominant paradigms and embracing new ways of framing how we research, educate and practice in dietetics. This symposium will introduce delegates to Critical Dietetics by discussing the core ideas of Critical Dietetics and the application to teaching, research, practice and workforce development.

10.10 Food intolerance: Advancing practice with emerging evidence

Presenters: Robert Loblay, Velencia Scoutter, Anne Swain, Liz Beavis, Wendy Stuart-Smith, Kim Faulkner Hogg

New and emerging evidence for the role of food chemical intolerance in chronic urticaria and irritable bowel syndrome will be presented based on 30 years of research and more than 2000 patients at The Allergy Unit, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital utilising an elimination diet and challenge protocol (DBPC or food). This symposium will explore the conclusions of this research and it application in children and adults.

10.11 Steps to engagement – working in partnership with indigenous communities

Presenters: Josephine Gwynn, Nicole Turner, Victoria Flood

Establishing a true partnership with Indigenous communities is essential to the development, implementation and delivery of effective programs in health for their peoples. Establishment of such a partnership is often a challenge for non-Indigenous health professionals, who usually have little experience in doing so and are not aware of the important steps involved. This workshop will describe the key steps in the process of engaging with Indigenous communities with a particular focus on Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, give concrete examples of these steps and provide scenarios with which to explore this important and complex process.

10.12 Developing a National Professional Competency Profile: A Collaborative Approach

Presenters: Angela Cuddy, Marlene Wyatt, Eleanor Beck, Corinee Eisenbraun, Sue Ash

Collaboration between dietetic educators, regulators and professional associations leads to the identification of strategic professional priorities. A priority commonly identified is the need for ongoing review and potential redevelopment of the profession’s competency profile. This profile must speak to the profession, the public, students, employers and other health professions as well as addressing future directions of both the profession and the national population. This workshop will highlight the development and validation of practice competencies, performance indicators and range of variable statements using Canadian and Australian examples as a model for work in this area.

10.13 Reaching culturally diverse communities in diabetes care

Presenters: Sobia Khan, Lilisha Burris, Sio Khuan (Sharon) Khoo

People of Aboriginal, South Asian, Chinese, African, and Latin American descent have higher rates of type 2 diabetes and associated complications when compared to the general population. Diabetes resources and programs that are culturally and linguistically appropriate are important for providing client-centred care to people from these cultural backgrounds. In this symposium Registered Dietitians working in diabetes prevention and management in tele-dietetics, community health, food and culinary research in an educational setting will share their experiences working with multicultural clients. The symposium will provide attendees with practical approaches that can be applied to their own practice.

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Friday 7 September Symposia Session
1.30pm – 3.00pm

11.9 Public health nutrition workforce preparation – outcomes of an Australian Learning and Teaching Council (ALTC) project

Presenters: Heather Yeatman, Roger Hughes, Andrea Begley, Lauren Williams, Lisa Schubert, Claire Palermo

Public Health Nutrition (PHN) is an evolving discipline with immense challenges that require an effective workforce. This symposium will facilitate scholarly dialogue on public health nutrition workforce preparation with the nutrition and dietetics community. Results of a national Curriculum Renewal in Public Health Nutrition project in Australia (2011/12) will be presented. This project built on previous international work on PHN competencies and developed innovative teaching and learning strategies. The project outcomes will provide a basis for discussion and debate relating to the education and training of dietetics and other graduates to work effectively in public health nutrition practice.

11.10 Seniors in the community risk evaluation of eating and nutrition: advances in practice and research

Presenters: Heather Keller, Helen Haresign, Carol Wham, Sally Watson

Nutrition screening can serve many purposes. Seniors in the Community Risk Evaluation for Eating and Nutrition (SCREEN©) is a flexible tool that is used in surveillance, self-management, community practice, and research. This symposium will provide a brief background (development, validation, reliability testing) on SCREEN© as well as review its use in these contexts and recent advancements and opportunities using technology. Prevalence of nutrition risk as well as outcomes of screening and user feedback will be discussed.

11.11 Coeliac Disease: pathology, hidden gluten, oats, babies at risk and future directions

Presenters: Kim Faulkner-Hogg, Wendy Stuart-Smith, Robert Loblay

COELIAC DISEASE: Beyond the glutenfree diet (GFD). Is there a safe level of gluten? A European GFD once contained ~30mg gluten/day. Since their food standard change in late 2008 the gluten intake from foods labelled glutenfree is ~6mg/day. The food standards and what this residual gluten means in real food terms & in recovery outcomes will be discussed. When to use the genetic vs. diagnostic blood tests will be reviewed along with the current immunology of active coeliac disease (CD), possible future treatments and the latest research on when to introduce gluten to babies at risk of developing CD.

11.12 Hospital Feeding as though recovery mattered: high time for evidence based practice

Presenters: Catherine Morley, Kate Willcutts, Sharon Carey

This presentation will address evidence for ad lib feeding in hospitals rather than the traditional diet progression of nil-by-mouth (NBM or NPO), clear fluids and full fluids, and evidence for pre-procedure and pre-operative fasting. The symposium will include presentations from different countries on the lack of evidence supporting the use of transitional diets and evidence-based innovations in feeding practices, with an open microphone session inviting attendees to share their experiences promoting feeding practices in hospitals that help, rather than hinder, recovery.

11.13 Meta-analyses for dietitians in practice

Presenters: Dominik Alexander, Marijka Batterhamd

To help dietitians translate nutrition research into dietary advice as part of their practice, this workshop aims to make reading and interpreting meta-analyses easy. Meta-analyses are not only considered level 1 evidence, they also provide a useful summary of the available evidence on a specific issue.  A glossary of relevant terminology will be provided along with a checklist on what to look for and how to interpret results within the context of their work practice. 


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