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News & Reviews

14 Aug
2019

Nutritional frailty Presented by: Professor Renuka Visvanathan PhD, FRACP, FANZSGM

Anorexia of aging affects approximately a quarter of older people and is a major contributor to both a reduction in protein intake and weight loss. Weight loss in older people is often associated with loss of muscle mass and strength which contribute to frailty. Professor Visvanathan described the phenotypic method…

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02 Aug
2019

Designing effective printed education materials Presented by: Dr Kelly Lambert, PhD, AdvAPD

Kelly provides us with the stark facts about literacy and health literacy in Australia and New Zealand, and it isn’t good news. Over 45% of the population don’t have adequate literacy and numeracy skills. This has huge implications for the way we communicate our health messages. Kelly guides us through…

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26 Jul
2019

Practising as an eating disorder dietitian Presented by: Maureen O’Connor, APD

From the first of November this year, a new Medicare item will be introduced for patients with eating disorders. This means that people with eating disorders could potentially be rebated by Medicare for up to 40 psychological and 20 dietetic sessions a year. How do we ensure we are professionally…

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22 Jul
2019

Why kids don’t need ‘growing up milk’ an interview with Evelyn Volders, AdvAPD

By Paula Goodyer

If you want to make a paediatric dietitian’s eyes roll, just say ‘toddler milk’. “It can displace food because it’s so easy for toddlers to fill up with a drink and because it’s sweet it helps drive a preference for sweet foods. About half of all three year olds now…

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16 Jul
2019

Positive ageing Presented by: Associate Professor Christina Bryant

Some of the most negative aspects of ageing are related to physical decline- bone loss, hair loss, muscle loss- loss of strength, endurance and flexibility, stiffening of blood vessels and arteries. Christina explains that growing older is not always negative. In Australian Bureau of Statistics data from 2015 two-thirds of…

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12 Jul
2019

Increasing muscle mass Presented by: Simone Austin, AdvSD, APD

Muscles are vital for our existence. We need skeletal muscle to move, smooth muscle for digestion, respiration and blood flow and cardiac muscle for heart function. Maintaining or increasing muscle mass is important not just for athletes who may want to bulk up to improve their performance but for anyone…

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05 Jul
2019

Legumes Presented by: Natalie Figueira, APD

Legumes tick all the boxes, they are tasty, nutritious, cheap and sustainable. The United Nation’s even designated 2016 as the International Year of Pulses. Despite all this most of us either don’t eat enough of them or avoid them. People are generally confused about what they are- even the dietary…

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28 Jun
2019

Spinal cord injury: case studies Presented by: Paula Carroll, Senior Clinical Dietitian

Paula presents two case studies on spinal cord injury. The first is the acute case of a 20-year-old man who sustained a C5-6 translocation fracture after a trampoline accident. In this case Paula describes the trauma of a life changing event and the continuous nutrition intervention during his hospitalisation which…

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28 Jun
2019

Nutrition in rehabilitation and long-term spinal injury. Paula Carroll Senior Clinical Dietitian

A spinal cord injury does not affect just our ability to walk and eat. Depending on the location, a spinal cord injury can affect nearly every system in our body including our skin, bladder, bowel, sexual function, breathing, temperature regulation and blood pressure. Then on top of all the physical…

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27 Jun
2019

Talking about the C word: Hot topics and new ideas in nutrition and cancer

By Lee Mason, APD

Talking about the C word: Hot topics and new ideas in nutrition and cancer. A full day event held at Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre June 27th 2019 The day was made up of four very interesting sessions 1. Hot topics in Nutrition and Cancer Dr Barbara van der Meij…

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